More than $10 Trillion in Debt and Congress Gives Itself a Raise

Posted: 23 December 2008 by Sayyid in National News
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Exerpt from The Hill – “With the Economy in Shambles, Congress Gets a Raise”:

A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.

Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.

“As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a non-partisan group. “This money would be much better spent helping the millions of seniors who are living below the poverty line and struggling to keep their heat on this winter.”

However, at 2.8 percent, the automatic raise that lawmakers receive is only half as large as the 2009 cost of living adjustment of Social Security recipients. … [read the full article]

This sounds like a ‘what else is new’ moment that people are just brainwashed to accept, but the hypocrisy is quite immoral to the point where the State’s tyranny makes it illegitimate.

There’s no corporation in the US failing more than the US government. We’ve seen banks tens of billions in debt and have called them failures. Our government bails them out and we criticize the bank execs for wasting those tax dollars on their lavish lifestyles and golden parachutes. The people demand that if their money will be used to prop up these failures that executives take paycuts.

Our government is more than $10 trillion in debt.

We, the People, hire and fire Congressional representatives through elections. Shouldn’t we, who hire and fire, decide their compensation?

The US government is a corporation that doesn’t produce any goods. You could say that the government provides services and our tax dollars pay for them. But, if so, should the consumers of the service decide what they’re willing to pay for that service?

The US government makes antitrust laws to prevent unlawful monopolies in the market, but the State, itself, is a monopoly. The State is, therefore, breaking its own laws.

If the government is of the people, for the people, and by the people, the people should be the bosses.

If you were the boss of a corner store and one of your cashiers asks for a raise, you have the right to refuse and the cashier has the right to quit or strike. What the cashier doesn’t have the right to do is pocket money from the cash register. If he did, he could be prosecuted.

The State should be prosecuted for theft and, like any other fraudulent corporation, be dismantled and handed to those from whom they stole as restitution.

No investor in their right mind would willing invest in a corporation $10 trillion in debt with plans to raise that debt and no plan to pay it off. Why are the American people so sheep’ish when the State does it to us?

Congress shouldn’t get a raise. They should be fired and imprisoned by the people like the gang of thieves that they are.

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