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Would you feel bad if congress received a paycut?

I consider myself bipartisan because I have probably voted equally democratic and republican over the years.  However Senator Pelosi needs a reality check.  How many people feel their paychecks reflect the dignity of the work they do?


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is speaking out against a cut in congressional pay because she says it will undermine the dignity of their positions. "I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi said. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded." ("Dignity" is apparently a synonym for "fat paycheck.") Pelosi, whose husband, Paul, is a legit real-estate mogul, was quick to add that slicing her own paycheck wouldn’t "mean as much" as those senators who struggle to make ends meet on $174,000 per year. "We are obviously contemplating a sequester," Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) said. "Obviously we are going to take a cut, like everybody else." [Source]



Asked by RyansMom001 at 4:01 PM on Feb. 15, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Oh, for the love of peanuts! The dignity of the work they do? Struggling to make ends meet on $174,000? I don't no whether to laugh or kick something.

    No, most people's paychecks do not reflect the dignity of the work they do. Teachers, police officers, bus drivers, hardly. The exception might be overpaid sports professionals, some of whom have egoes that are inflated like that of Congresswoman Pelosi.

    I'd like to see a pay cut that makes the senators feel the pinch the rest of us are feeling. They get premium healthcare for the rest of their lives, unlike most of us; even free mailing privileges, and ice and fresh flowers delivered to their offices daily. Ice and fresh flowers! The last time I got fresh flowers was five years ago when I had my gallbladder out.

    Okay, I'll go make another cup of coffee now. Rant over. Grrr!

    Answer by Ballad at 4:09 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • I would feel as bad about Congress receiving less pay as I would about a child molester receiving castration.

    Answer by hootie826 at 4:10 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • those senators who struggle to make ends meet on $174,000 per year.

    Yeah- if they are struggling on that then they are doing it WRONG. I manage to keep my family afloat on a little over 1/5 of that a year and manage to 'respect the work I do'

    Answer by But_Mommie at 4:19 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • Nope. I wouldn't feel bad. If they can't figure out how to do their jobs then they shouldn't have them. I'm tired of paying for shit that won't work. JMO.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 4:20 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • The "dignity" of their work would be best reflected if they worked on a volunteer basis. There is no dignity in what they do for profit.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:35 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • OK, I just saw the part about struggling to make ends meet on $174,000. I would feel like I won the lottery with that kind of money!Our family of 4 isn't even "struggling to make ends meet" on $50,000 (combined income). Then again, it is probably because we don't have expensive taste, because you know, we know HOW to live with the money we have.

    Answer by AF4life at 6:55 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • No it wouldn't bother me. People would have more respect for the people holding those positions if they did take a cut, and did the job bc they have a heart to serve the country, or to protect the constitution, etc. A lot of people work at jobs they love and feel called to, not for the money.

    Answer by Nimue930 at 4:13 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • Undermine the dignity of her position? That should be the LEAST of her concerns.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 4:17 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • No, I would not feel bad. Rather, I would applaud.

    Answer by theMOMmission at 5:11 PM on Feb. 15, 2013

  • Pelosi undermines the dignity of her job every time she opens her mouth to speak.

    Answer by DSamuels at 5:20 PM on Feb. 15, 2013