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March 22, 2013

Debbie Wasserman-Shultz: We Must Insure These Sequester Cuts Do Not Compromise Quality-of-Life In Congressional Amenities

Remember, when the cuts come, they immediately begin denying basic services to the public.

But what about services that our tax dollars provide to our Congresspersons?

No effin' way, man. Those are sacred.

At a House hearing earlier this week, she worried that her staff is being “priced out” of a good meal due to price increases at the House cafeteria, and worried that a potential 8-percent budget cut for congressional offices would further lower “the quality of life” on Capitol Hill.

Wasserman-Schultz' claim is that Congressmen and their staffs are so incredibly valuable that we cut their perks at our own risk. After all, they could easily jump to other jobs, leaving us all the poorer.

I always hear the same thing from teachers, incidentally.

Erika Johnson notes:

[T]he federal government has the all-too-convenient ability to essentially keep writing themselves checks to fund whatever it is they deem they need to be competitive — which probably explains why the government has a consistent tendency to compensate their employees with benefits much more lavish than those in the private sector.

I don't trust state employees to decide for themselves how much the state should pay them, or what perks it must offer to keep them working for the state.

For some reason, I think they tend to highball their guestimates.


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