I’m poor. That will change but for now I’m poor. Sometimes I sit back and think to myself, how can I make more money. Well, Lindsay can work and I can get a evening job officiating sports. I could also get a better job. This is a free country, we can apply wherever we want.
I choose to get a better job which I did in November 2012. It’s a great opportunity to really help get out of debt. Good base salary and commission plan.
About two weeks ago I watched the Netflix series “House of Cards.” It was very well written and you felt like you were right in the thick of Washington politics. I don’t know if I would recommend it though, there were several risque scenes that were not necessary.
Anyway, I noticed in the show that the Congressman had a nice house on a nice street in a nice neighborhood. So I did some digging.
According to a pretty cool blog by My Budget 360 the average household income in America is $46,326. Ok that’s a little low but this is America and they can always improve their situation.
Then I looked up the salaries of our politicians starting with the Rank-and-File Members from About.com. The current salary (2013) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.
Wow. Impressive. How about the leadership?
Majority Party Leader – $193,400
Minority Party Leader – $193,400
Speaker of the House – $223,500
Majority Leader – $193,400
Minority Leader – $193,400
Ok, I’ll be honest here. When I read numbers like that I want to go into politics. Not because I’m called to be a servant of the people (settle down my church going friends – you know what I mean) but because it’s a good salary and it will help raise up a strong family.
That is not how it should be. I should not strive to make a good living through politics. In fact the BEST and BRIGHTEST should not be in government but in the private sector helping spark the economy.
How are these politicians ever supposed to be the voice of the people when they are so out of touch with what the average American makes?
This sickens me. Republican, Democrat, Independent, SO WHAT. YOU MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY.
What if their salary was based on a sliding scale of their district. Average income for your district is X therefore your salary for the next 2-3 years is X.
Novel concept don’tcha think?
Do you know what would happen if the will of the people went for a more balanced salary for these fat cats in Washington? They would start to leave and the positions would have to be back filled by individuals that can hear and feel the heart of the people. Teachers don’t teach for the money and neither should our government serve for the money.
Anyone disagree with me?