Because they deserve it and all…
Via the Weekly Standard:
President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he’ll now make $231,900 per year.
Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase.
The Standard provides a list of the adjusted wages for those interested.
Meanwhile the President and members of Congress are playing around as the nation heads for the ‘fiscal cliff’. Nice to know the President can grant lawmakers raises while the nation nervously awaits the results of fiscal cliff negotiations, and the inevitable onslaught of taxes that will be hitting them in the new year.
Reminder – The Congressional approval rating stands at 18%. I propose a new wage scale for members of Congress. Take the ‘top of pay grade’ amount, and multiply it by that month’s approval rating, then issue their paychecks.
Maybe then, these people will remove their heads from their back sides.