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As Working America Lives Paycheck to Paycheck, the House Gives Itself Another Raise

For Immediate Release. July 22, 2002 As Wall Street continues its downward spiral, the results of corporate malfeasance affect millions across America as they continue to lose their savings, but does Washington care? No.   Weekly, millions of employees continue to lose their jobs and the federal budget deficit continues to climb because of pork-barrel spending, but does Washington care?. No.  The reason Washington does not care is simple, the House of Representative had the audacity to give itself a $5,000 raise effective in 2003-the fourth raise in four years, increasing annual salaries of rank-and-file members of Congress to about $155,000, as the average taxpaying citizen that pays their salary continues to live paycheck to paycheck.  House Majority leader Richard Armey (Republican-Texas) said that the House members work hard and deserve the raise but so do the taxpayers of America who cannot give themselves a raise.  They have to live within their budget or look for other employment that will provide a higher salary.  If the Congressmen feel that they are not making enough they should look for another job.  It isn't enough for them that they receive annual benefits that include special tax deductions, travel allowance, funds to hire a staff and assistants, free medical care at the Capitol, an office in Washington and home, no postage charge on their official mail, life insurance, medical insurance and a pension plan all at the expense of the taxpayer.

When the Founding Fathers decided on a republican form of government-a government by representatives duly elected by the people — they never intended for these officials to make it a life-time career.  For many years, representatives served their country going back home after only a few terms after completing their desired goals they felt were best for this nation.  Currently, many politicians make this their life-long career, leaving Washington with million dollar pensions.  Washington asks the American people to sacrifice, but they live life to the fullest on the backs of the American people.  How often do the citizens of this country hear that the legislatures work for the American people and that they are employees of the people.  Yet how many people in America can tell their employer that in January 2003 they will be receiving a $5,000 raise without even asking if the employer feels that they deserve it. “It is time for the American people to send a loud and strong message to all those in Washington that voted for this raise in November and vote these hypocrites out of office,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  “For if the American voter does not stop this new ruling class soon it will be too late and they will be able to reign their tyranny and oppression upon the people, and they will no longer be able to be stopped.”

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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