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Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio)

Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday.

Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds members’ $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee.

(Related: Jim Moran, John Boehner Sought Congressional Pay Raise Reform as Freshmen)

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

The senior appropriator pointed out that some members have taken to living out of their offices to save money, while others have “small little apartment units” that make it impossible to spend the time they should with their families.

(Related: The 50 Richest and 10 Poorest Members of Congress; Moran One of the Poorest)

Most state legislatures provide their members with a per diem allowance, Moran argues, so the federal government should do the same.

The Legislative Branch appropriations bill introduced by Republicans on Wednesday aims to show the chamber’s commitment to austerity by holding spending at current levels. It would continue a freeze on lawmaker salaries that has been in place since 2010.

As for a dollar amount, Moran hasn’t yet thought that through. He said it would probably be consistent with what the federal government provides to other employees.

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Moran wants to highlight members’ living standards. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

According to the Congressional Research Service, members began receiving a $6 per diem in 1789. The rate was eventually raised to $8 and remained there until 1856, when members began to receive annual salaries.

Moran assumes the amendment will not pass, admitting “this is wholly quixotic,” but he may bring it up on the House floor to garner attention.

“Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.

Moran isn’t the only Member of Congress to spark a debate on member pay in recent years.

Moran recently announced he would retire from Congress.  Roughly a dozen Democrats are making a bid for the seat in Virginia’s 8th District, which includes the inner suburbs of D.C.  The seat is considered Safe Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Tamar Hallerman contributed to this report. 

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Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified what bill Moran would seek to offer an amendment to.

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  1. Sally Morris

    April 3, 2014
    5:57 p.m.

    Maybe he should find another job.

    • Dubya123

      April 3, 2014
      6:06 p.m.

      Hell, his staff assistant only makes about 28k. What kind of closet do they live in

      • 338LapuaAckleyImproved

        April 3, 2014
        7:55 p.m.

        Look at his assistants. Cockroaches live better – voluntarily.

        • Nacho69

          April 4, 2014
          10:07 a.m.

          Maybe they should apply for one of those high paying jobs they’ve (Democrats) created. I’ve heard so about them but can’t seem to find!

          • SWDC

            April 4, 2014
            10:25 a.m.

            This is all about devaluing the United States dollar.

            Raising the salaries will only result in even higher prices and of course higher taxes.

            Nothing more nothing less. Your house is not more valuable than last year only the US dollar buys far less.

          • Seeker72

            April 4, 2014
            10:42 a.m.

            Boooyaaa!

          • Joan Lussier

            April 4, 2014
            12:26 p.m.

            LIke those green energy jobs. Can’t seem to find them
            either.

        • OBAMA_FAILED_E_VERIFY

          April 4, 2014
          10:14 a.m.

          FEDS: ObamaFailedEverify.com and makes $400,000 a year.

          • Loathus the Ghastly

            April 4, 2014
            10:24 a.m.

            The American people HIRED Barack Hussein Obama to serve and protect them. Like so many small minded individuals before him, Obama chose to interpret this RESPONSIBILITY as power and control over the very people he was hired to serve. Obama has violated his oath of office…IMPEACH HIM,

          • sonnyboy1

            April 4, 2014
            11:22 a.m.

            Or ancient Rome

          • Roger L

            April 4, 2014
            10:29 a.m.

            Starting with George W. Bush the president’s salary went up to $400,000. And while that’s a lot of money, it’s much less than previous presidents were paid when adjusted for inflation. In fact, George Washington’s salary in today’s dollars would be about $625,000. Without getting into a debate of whether this president, or any other president, did a job that earned that amount, the job itself is not being paid what it used to be. We may not like Obama, but the salary discussion should be about the salary for the job, not the man or woman who holds the office.
            That said, Congress should get a salary cut, not an increase. We have allowed them to be paid well enough that they’ve created their own little class. Many of them come to Congress without much in assets but years later they’re millionaires. How do you get to that on $174,000 a year? Clearly there are corrupt things taking place that need to be cleaned up.

          • Guest

            April 4, 2014
            10:42 a.m.

            Later on theyre millionaires? Ahem the senate and congress is a millionaires game and even the poorest jerk still has like 12 million. Its not how much they even have themselves its who they’ve married for power etc.

            a billionaire heiress sure isnt marrying some smuck or celebrity its probably your local senator.

          • Cheri

            April 4, 2014
            11:16 a.m.

            It’s not just the salary, it’s the perks. They live in a free house, free utilities, free food. Free private school. Free transportation. Free car insurance. And take multi million dollar vacations funded by taxpayers. He gets a $400k salary but doesn’t have to spend any of it. Definitely overpaid.

          • Nathaniel Talcott

            April 4, 2014
            11:27 a.m.

            Usually by writing books. Oh, I’m sorry… that was meant to be a rhetorical question.

            e.g. Ted Cruz just signed a $1.5m book deal.

          • Joan Lussier

            April 4, 2014
            12:31 p.m.

            Maybe so, but the tax payers are not paying for the
            book deal. I have no problem with politicians writing
            a book as long as it is done on their own time.

          • moderate fringe

            April 4, 2014
            5 p.m.

            They don’t write them. It’s called a ghostwriter. Sometimes they even tell the other persons name that “helped.” As in listened to them for a couple of hours and threw 300-400 pages together. I don’t know what they are paid for the drivel but they are probably the ones that need a raise.

          • moderate fringe

            April 4, 2014
            11:39 a.m.

            Obama is going to make 20 million dollars in the first six months of retiring between a couple of speeches and a book someone else will write. What did Washington make of his book and a couple of speeches? Obama could be worth well over 100 million by the time he hits 65. Probably 200 million due to the inflation his policies create.

          • Bigearsbarry

            April 4, 2014
            2:19 p.m.

            “Obama could be worth well over 100 million by the time he hits 65.”

            True, if he doesn’t die of AIDS first.

          • Jem James

            April 4, 2014
            11:41 a.m.

            Calculating Washington’s would be salary adjusted for inflation is closer to 400k. I say “would be” because he did not take the $25,000 offered him.

          • Jen

            April 4, 2014
            2:42 p.m.

            What does a president need a salary for. Everything is taken care of then some.

        • Daniel Petry

          April 4, 2014
          10:27 a.m.

          I have more respect for the Cockroaches…let’s pay them instead – they’d at least give us the service we expected. Personally D.C. has metastasized into a cancer…vaporization would be preferable. Then a reset.

      • Breitbomber

        April 4, 2014
        10:09 a.m.

        They should be paid for performance. If they got a review from their employer (us) every year when we go to the voting booth, they would be begging for an increase in the minimum wage. I hope they keep pushing this issue and dig themselves an even bigger political grave.

        • SilverState

          April 4, 2014
          10:21 a.m.

          If they got paid for the performance, they’d be paying us.

          • Loathus the Ghastly

            April 4, 2014
            10:27 a.m.

            The U.S. Constitution is solely responsible for the relative lack of government corruption. It built the largest strongest middle class the world has ever seen. This is why so many are willing to do almost anything to live here. This is all changing now With Barack Hussein Obama. If Americans continue on current path they will soon surpass even the corruption driven misery experienced by the people of Ecuador.

          • Decuplare Masă

            April 4, 2014
            10:51 a.m.

            Amazing! As these freaks of nature destroy the lifestyle of 300 million Americans they complain that THEY are the victims? Preposterous!

          • Robert Govan

            April 4, 2014
            11:02 a.m.

            Check this out patriots……

          • Kilgore Trout

            April 4, 2014
            11:08 a.m.

            Regardless of whether a leftist is driven by ignorance, apathy, or greed, they all have one thing in common: they lie. The ignorant liberal lies either out of ignorance or to preserve self-delusional beliefs; the apathetic leftist lies to excuse his lifestyle; and the malicious progressive leader lies to keep his power base apathetic and ignorant.

          • Robert Govan

            April 4, 2014
            11:12 a.m.

            Do not miss my next post dear patriots we can have our country back.

          • PIKEMASTER

            April 4, 2014
            11:26 a.m.

            They can’t live “decently? With their unlimited Government Credit cards, Servant and Intern Staff and all expense Tax-Payer paid vacations, trips and World travel?

          • ROOT OF EVIL MUST GO

            April 4, 2014
            11:47 a.m.

            THEY LIVE LIKE PARASITES UPON OUR TAXES.
            GOOGLE EXCLUDED INCOME, then obey the written law.

          • garb67

            April 4, 2014
            12:11 p.m.

            You should be flogged for disrespecting Drew Barrymore.

          • ConservativeNotRepublican

            April 4, 2014
            12:29 p.m.

            MY EYES!!!!!!

          • iptra

            April 4, 2014
            11:29 a.m.

            At least they have reasons. Rightwingers lie just out of habit. C’mon, get off this broad stereotype “theoretical” nonsense, and contribute some actual practical thinking.

          • Artemis Entrari

            April 4, 2014
            11:34 a.m.

            There is no Left or Right! They are all the same. or haven’t you noticed. They have successfully divided us to conquer us.

          • sirgareth

            April 4, 2014
            1 p.m.

            You are so correct, there is a divide but its not R vs D but makers vs takers.

            The makers produce the things that everybody wants and face competition in doing so. They generate both profits as well as their EARNED wages, both of which are taxed far too heavily by those who only TAKE If you do a poor job or your employer cannot produce efficiently what other people actually want to voluntarily buy then you may well be dismissed for ANY reason whatsoever; just or unjust as perceived by you.

            The takers on the other hand, do not make things people would voluntarily buy. In fact that make nothing at all (ie like global warming “scientists”) They in fact take their cash under coercion and force and are impossible to fire for any reason short of assassination of their chief Kleptocrat. They cannot “earn” money since earnings are associated with the “value” of work and value cannot be ascertained when threats and jail time are associated with the failure to pay the takers what they “demand”

            The Republican party tries but often fails to represent the makers.

            The entire Democrat party is a party of Kleptocratic Communists and losers.

          • Frank

            April 4, 2014
            2:16 p.m.

            Its well known that even the average member of Congress makes MANY times over what their average constituent makes. Six figures on average isn’t enough for them!?! Most of the members of the Senate (particularly dingy Harry) are multimillionaires!! Not to mention they’re now getting over 70% of their healthcare SUBSIDIZED by taxpayers!?! Not to mention the perks! Insider trading! Private jet for leaders of both chambers of Congress! PLUS – they have access to the Treasury to basically put whatever they want on the taxpayers tab while lining their own pockets with K-street lobbyist money! Swines in both chambers! Particularly the Commiecrats!

          • Honest John

            April 4, 2014
            5:01 p.m.

            They are indeed an insult to real pigs, and yes the Obamacrats are a worse threat as they want to squash your very soul whereas the others just want your money.

          • nostudme1

            April 4, 2014
            5:16 p.m.

            Net worth skyrockets, put their advisors in at dept of treasury.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:44 p.m.

            The dept of treasury is selected by the banksters that run the bank for international settlements. The government is a puppet show. Politicians are all far too stupid to make any adult decisions.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:43 p.m.

            The government does not have access to the treasury. The money supply is controlled by the federal reserve. The federal reserve is not part of the government, it is a private corporation that derives its income from the interest on the debt it issues. The federal income tax does not fund anything for the people, it pays the interest on the debt foisted upon the populace. It is the other federal taxes that pay for the roads, etc. If you do not know how the government works,you have no basis to justify voting.

          • damnitalready

            April 4, 2014
            2:20 p.m.

            They do nothing more than represent the royals.

            The repugs do it by exploiting the conservative minded, the dems do it exploiting the minorities and poor. They both aim for the same goal.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:48 p.m.

            Exactly. Every single president of the US is related to the queen of england. The US is just the former virginia company renamed. What else could the war of 1812 been about?

          • danowood

            April 4, 2014
            3:48 p.m.

            And pray tell what do politicians make? and that is in Demand? They are all takers

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:49 p.m.

            They make slaves of the populace, as demanded by their puppetmasters, those who control the bank for international settlements.

          • Bill Powell

            April 4, 2014
            7:57 p.m.

            Correct on all points except that the ‘takers’ do make something. They make more ‘takers,’ they make more criminals, they make more demand on resources, they make more trouble for the rest of us.

          • Takiwiaa

            April 4, 2014
            2:21 p.m.

            So true. The left/right paradigm is a ruse to keep us from throwing them all out.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:56 p.m.

            Thomas Jefferson said we shall have government until we govern ourselves. Our course, he was nothing but a lying politician anyway. We already do govern ourselves, and the real powers that run the world hope we never figure this out.If 10% of the populace were to riot, there is no way that the current power structure would stand for a day. If we were anywhere near the homicidal psychopaths that the people who actually run the world are, there is no way we would have anywhere near the 7 billion people that presently inhabit the planet. These people do nothing but plan on furthering their own goals, while the vast majority of the populace just wants life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you vote, you are not only your own worst enemy, your are the enemy of the people and the instrument of the psychopaths who use you to do their dirty work.

          • tg

            April 4, 2014
            3:51 p.m.

            Amen, keep posting the truth and fighting the war on ballet-voting ignorance and automaticity in the common people’s election habits. We MUST say NO and discourage the “legacy-voters” to excercise sound judgement and tell them that it’s not 1980 or it’s not 1960 anymore, back when there was a great difference between the Reds And Blues – they’re all the same corrupt, pandering, liars now, wearing different colors, saying the same bullshit over and over again.
            Lets get 3rd party difference makers into the DC area.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:59 p.m.

            You can only vote away freedom. you can never vote for it. Wake up. You are your own worst enemy. If you think that someone else is capable of, let alone will be obligated to make better decisions for you than you are capable of making for yourself, then how can you possibly believe that you are entitled to vote to make this decision for others? How hard is that to figure out?

          • Danny

            April 4, 2014
            3:57 p.m.

            Finally someone with their eyes open you are so correct on all levels with that statement

          • larryS

            April 4, 2014
            9 p.m.

            Divide and conquer…

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:37 p.m.

            All you are doing is endorsing them. If you want to stop this you need to know what the game is. It is dependency. The more you depend on them, the more yu are trapped. Learn to barter. Money is a big part of the control system. Learn to make whatever you can instead of buying. Learn to grow your own food. Even if your efforts are small, it will change the way think, which is the real control system. Why do you think there is free televison broadcasting. If you can’t even turn off the television, you are a total slave.

          • Raymond Smith

            April 4, 2014
            11:40 a.m.

            At least they have reasons. Rightwingers lie just out of habit. HYPOCRITE MUCH?

          • Alan Summers

            April 4, 2014
            11:50 a.m.

            “Rightwingers lie just out of habit.” Good thing yo don’t have any “broad stereotype “theoretical” nonsense” in your logic !!

          • paoliana

            April 4, 2014
            2:34 p.m.

            Just remember the Obama zealots like IPTRA are being paid to post on websites!!!
            All those unaccounted trillions are being put to use!

          • War_Wolf

            April 4, 2014
            12:05 p.m.

            Sure… you’re not on any kind of broad stereotype thinking… naaaaaaaah, not at all…. You’re a damn hypocrite.

          • Charlie Hook

            April 4, 2014
            12:07 p.m.

            Is that worse than all the lies Obama and Harry Reid tell on a daily basis.

          • Chimes

            April 4, 2014
            12:14 p.m.

            Was it a rightwinger that said over and over, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, period. If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance, period.”
            Was it a rightwinger that said the Benghazi attack was caused by a video?

            NEVER expect a democrat to tell the truth.

          • Noozjunkie

            April 4, 2014
            2:19 p.m.

            And you can tell when a democrat is lying. His/Her lips are moving.

          • tg

            April 4, 2014
            3:47 p.m.

            how can you tell both republicans AND democrats are lying?

            They’re in office.

          • Danny

            April 4, 2014
            3:55 p.m.

            That’s the problem they divided us looong ago.They are all crooks

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:01 p.m.

            Exactly. They run the education system to keep as many people stupid as possible. If you think the US is or ever was, or was ever intended to be a democracy, you swallowed the wad. If you think democracy is freedom, you swallowed another one.

          • ross slayton

            April 6, 2014
            3:09 a.m.

            Hang ’em all!

          • Noozjunkie

            April 6, 2014
            10:12 a.m.

            If they weren’t crooks, they wouldn’t be politicians. Instead, they’d be “armchair quarterbacks” telling the gov’t what they’re doing wrong.
            .
            If there ever was an honest politician, he could never get elected. Its really a shame.

          • Honest John

            April 4, 2014
            4:59 p.m.

            There truly is very little difference BUT I do believe the leftists are more dangerous as they act out of a religious zeal to control peoples’ lives whereas the other guys just want your money.

          • chamuiel

            April 4, 2014
            7:38 p.m.

            the leftists don’t want my money?

            then why do they keep talking about sharing the wealth?

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:06 p.m.

            I never hear any talk about sharing. All I hear about is taking. If they want to share, fine. If they wantto take from me, I want to know how they think they are entitled to the fruits of the labor of anyone else.

          • Snowman 54

            April 4, 2014
            7:39 p.m.

            eh… they BOTH want your money. The left just feels entitled to it. At least the right side of the aisle has the decency to make sure you have a job to earn the money they take from you.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:10 p.m.

            No, they don’t. they both just rolled over on the ACA. Neither side undoes the legislation that the other side passed when the ‘balance of power’ changes. Neither side calls the other side the liars they both are. If you vote, you are admitting that you are too stupid to make your own decisions. Politicians are the biggest group of liars on the planet. How anyone can be stupid enough to endorse them by voting is beyone me. And the money is not the issue: it is control. they hold the money out like a carrot on a stick, and you dance for it. how pathetic.

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            12:49 p.m.

            Ah, it took me a bit to recognize what’s going on here… this is the part where the left messed the bed, and now wants to blur the lines of distinction between the left and right, and discourage voters on the right from voting because their efforts are useless since we’re all the same. Almost forgot that strategy. The left and right are as different as night and day in their motivations and policies. The left is all about control, moving control to the central government, deciding for us what careers to pursue, deciding for us what is normal behavior, and not normal behavior, denying the existence of a higher authority that can stand in judgment of their behavior, and denying the existence of distinctions between moral civilization and immoral anarchy. The right may also tend to favor government as it exists today, but that would be because of the inexorable strategy of the left to drag the political landscape left, then hold when the right has control and shame them into believing that their psycho-babble altruistic nirvana emulating pap is too valuable to dispense with, and their motives are only humanistic. Advance, hold, advance, hold until the “right” is as far left of center as the old left was. Sorry. Awake now. It was late the other night.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            1:11 p.m.

            How is voting a right? What right does anyone have to prohibit the actions of anyone who is not causing any harm? How is civilization in any manner moral when it is nothing more than the subjugation of the populace by the use or threat of use of force? Do you eevn know what anarchy means? How is it immoral to make decisions for yourself? The right is no better than the left and neither side has any justification for trying to force anyone into compliance with any policy that does not remedy any harm that has been caused. Both sides are nothing more than mobs who justify their desired monopolistic use of force to obtain their desired goals.

          • bornelk

            April 5, 2014
            8:02 p.m.

            The right was in control when we could live in a country that one never had to lock their door. People went to church and helped each other out. There was love in this country and not hate. Now there is a disgusting group in power-the left-and we all are under attack. We can’t fly without being pawed or radiated, we can’t drive on the road without using suicide machines CAFE standards. We cannot use the type of light bulb that we wish to use. We are being spyed on. YOUR trouble is that you were not alive when we had a right country. You only know hard left wing control and think that it has always been this way. By the way, Snowman KNOWS what anarchy means. You have it now with a president making laws and erasing laws. As I said, you never did enjoy what this country was…too bad for you.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            9:08 p.m.

            There never was any such time where nobody had to lock their doors. During the depression the owner of walgreens advised the store owners to grab all the liquor in case of fire, because the firemen would steal it. It was still available for medicinal use. You have no idea what I know or do not know. I am not left wing, nor is it all I know. And who are you to speak for snowman? If he knows what anarchy means, he can speak for himself. If you think the definition I objected to was correct, you are wrong. Anarchy and monarchy share a common root. The hard left you so vehemently rail against would have you believe that anarchy implies violence, confusion and chaos, which has nothing to do with the philosophy. It means without central authority. Monarchy is the rule of one, anarchy, the rule of none. The individual is sovereign. If you hate the left so much, why do you use their terminology? Anarchy is not the president going rogue, The president acting as the supreme authority is monarchy.

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            11:50 p.m.

            So, Arcane-ek, you reveal yourself. An anarchist gamer? Maybe a member of the Goon Squad? wtf, wyeudodat?? Ceiling kitty got ur tongue?

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            11:56 p.m.

            Don’t know anything about any goon squad. What is that? A gamer? How did you come to that conclusion? and what are you trying to imply? I don’t get the ceiling kitty reference, either. Arcane knowledge is the name I use when my normal user name is already taken. And what makes you think i am holding my tongue on anything. I don’t recall ever having been accused of not speaking my peace. I am an anarchist is the sense of the true definition, which has nothing to do with violence or chaos, just having no acceptance of authority over me.

          • bornelk

            April 5, 2014
            7:56 p.m.

            You are so true. My father spoke about this before he died in 1981. He said that the left win and then the right will win for a short time but the left will win further and further left. Why, because they are traitors. Has anyone of these socialists moved to a socialist country? They all want to destroy our free country of the Constitution, yet they refuse to leave for their ideal of socialism. I have been around for a long time and have seen them come and go. The traitor Fonda and all the other destroyers and they never, never go to their ideal such as the Union of Soviet Socialists.

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            11:48 p.m.

            Exactly. The father of good friend, who was my history teacher in ninth grade said the same thing. His comment was “the left will never completely destroy the United States because it’s the only country around that could begin to afford their excess. And as you can see. It begins to test us pretty harshly. The left says Ronald Reagan won the cold war by outspending the Soviets. What is happening now, I am sure, is revenge. They are spending us into a hole in the ground.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:04 p.m.

            If you think that anyone other than yourself will make the best decision for you, you are incapable of thinking for yourself. The right is just as religious, just as zealous, just as out of control. It’s not aboutmoney. It is about control. They have you right where they want you. You are trapped. You can not even see the trap, let alone figure out that you are snared.

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            12:55 p.m.

            It must be a terrible existence indeed, to believe that the entire landscape is tilted against you and there’s no alternative but anarchy… it’s always about money, but money is nothing more than a means to determine measures of value in the exchange of goods and services. The war against money is and has always been a war of the incapable against the capable. The difference here is that the left wants to perpetuate this notion of incapability and dependence on government. The conservative strongly believes that the decisions that we make guide and form our lives, and that we, not some remote faceless monarch, determines the role we play in the future we are delivered. Fight back? Sure. But don’t believe for a minute that anarchy is anything but another version of enslavement by bullies and thugs. Stand up. Make a few decisions and stick to them.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            1:18 p.m.

            Exactly what is terrible about believing that I am not only capable of making my own decisions and am the best person to make those decisions for myself? You have absolutely no idea what anarchy means. Anarchy means without a central authority. In other words, nobody rules over anyone else. You have swallowed the collectivist wad. They don’t want you thinking for yourself, so they tell you anarchy is terror or the use of violence. It is no such thing. You have this entirely backwards. The right is a collective. The left is a collective. They are the mobs, not anarchists. I do make decisions. I do stand by them. I do not rely on either the left or the right to make my decisions for me.

          • bornelk

            April 5, 2014
            8:08 p.m.

            The right wants to do the correct thing because they are NOT religious and zealous and out of control. Let’s see what you have here-I have seen males go to a freezing field and sit for hours on a wooden bench and zealously, religiously watch a football game. I have seen them paint their faces and get drunk and destroy cars they are out of control.
            The right that worshipped GOD pleased HIM by being good to their neighbors and living quietly. You are very confused about your words and their meaning. You must be very young also.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            8:33 p.m.

            If someone wants to go to a football game and get drunk, as long as they cause no harm, that’s fine with me. If they destroy the property of another, that is causing harm. I am not confused by my words, you are. How are you harmed by some drunk watching football, and what concern is it of yours? Where is the injured party? So what if they paint there faces. Some women will not leave their place of residence without makeup. Are you opposed to them doing so? Just because you don’t like football games, drinking or face painting how does that give you the right to prohibit others from doing so? That sounds like what I would consider a zealot. And prohibiting actions that cause no harm is out of control as far as I’m concerned. And there are many people who believe that telling someone that they will spend an eternity in hell for not sharing their religious beliefs is also the sign of an out of control zealot, as well, as far as I am concerned. And if you consider 57 years old to be young, then I’m young. however, inferring that my beliefs are caused by a lack of life experience is non sequitor at best and bigoted.

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            11:53 p.m.

            This is Soviet philosophy. U R Trapped so give up. When I am trapped, I will fight, If need be I will die. But I will not be a slave. Period.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            11:58 p.m.

            What are you getting at? How am I trapped? I have asked you several things that you have not answered, and I’m the one who has been trapped? If you accept the authority of anyone, you are a slave to that authority. Exactly what are you suggesting I am enslaved by?

          • Arcanek

            April 6, 2014
            10:48 a.m.

            Didn’t mention in my earlier reply, but,no, soviet philosophy is rule by committee. Look it up. That’s what soviet means.

          • Noozjunkie

            April 6, 2014
            10:29 a.m.

            I’m not really sure I understand your comment. The way you worded it, you could be referring to either side of the equation on both sides of your argument.

            .

            “whereas the other guys just want your money”….the democrats want to redistribute the wealth more evenly across the population and they’re willing to pass laws to make sure that happens. On the other hand, the republicans want to be sure that you, as an individual or family or business, are free to spend or thus lose your income, any way you see fit. I think, however, you meant for this to be the left, in your comment.

            .

            “…religious zeal to control peoples’ lives”….this is clearly directed to the right, and through this control, they see this nation as a Christian nation. Although it was founded upon Christian values, it is clearly a melting pot of religious freedoms granted by the Constitution. [soapbox] The right, of which I’m one, for the record, is really good at quoting the Constitution, but only applying its principals where it benefits themselves. [/soapbox] Anyway as I was saying, the “religious zeal” may be different, but the notion of controlling peoples’ lives is a definite part of that which comes out of the theory of man-made global warming, Obamacare, redistribution of the wealth, and many, many, other liberal agenda items.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            11:58 a.m.

            So you don’t think they lie when they are running for office? Really? SMH

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            12:58 p.m.

            Of course they lie. But who is the bigger fool, the liar, or the fool that follows him. When did we give up the desire and ability to see deeper into the state of our lives than a thirty second sound bite on state controlled media. It’s a matter of personal responsibility to see, understand, and act upon the information that we’re presented. Not to lay back like a whining, crying child and proclaim the game lost and hopeless.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            1:21 p.m.

            The bigger fool is the fool that believes the liars. That would be the voters. I do not cry, nor do I expect anyone to make decisions for me. OK, big mouth, where did I declare game over or lost? Your own life is your personal responsibility. /you do not have the right to make decisions for others, which is what your vote would represent if it actually counted.

          • brbroberts

            April 4, 2014
            8:23 p.m.

            Same as a Republican. They’re all politicians.

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            1:02 p.m.

            Wrong. Liberal democrats are leftists and believe in locating all power and authority in central government. Both may be corrupt, indeed. But democrats and republicans are as different as peas and oats. But it’s not a zero sum game. There are also incumbents, who we know are corrupt, and candidates, who may or may not be corrupt. If anyone has a disagreement with their representative authority, support the candidacy of an honest opponent.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            1:24 p.m.

            The republicans believe in central authority as well, otherwise they would not be in favor of a federal republic. I disagree with anyone who thinks they have the right to decide anything for me if I am not causing any harm. Supporting any candidateis in direct opposition to personal responsibility.

          • brbroberts

            April 5, 2014
            2:24 p.m.

            2 things: 1) Noozjunkie’s post stated that you could tell when a Democrap is lying because his lips are moving. My response was that the Republicunts are lying when their lips are moving too, so your response to my comment is a non sequitur.

            2) You’re wrong. By the time they’re ready to run for the House or the Senate, they’ve already been corrupted.

          • Noozjunkie

            April 6, 2014
            10:40 a.m.

            I’m not entirely sure that an honest man/woman could actually get elected. And if by some miracle that they could, I don’t think that they could accomplish much while they were in office. A big part of politics is knowing how to play the game. I suspect that’s most likely not a skill that the honest man has acquired. What do you think, brbroberts?

          • brbroberts

            April 6, 2014
            6:10 p.m.

            An honest politician would have 1 strike from the start, they might blow the whistle on the rest.

          • Noozjunkie

            April 7, 2014
            10:07 a.m.

            “honest politician”: isn’t that an oxymoron?

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            11:57 a.m.

            How can you tell when somebody is too stupid to think for themself? They vote. They can not fathom the possibility that the biggest group of liars on the planet is lying. If you think the republicans are any more honest than the democrats, you are an idiot.

          • Noozjunkie

            April 6, 2014
            10:37 a.m.

            I did not suggest or imply that the republicans are more honest than the democrats. However, through their own lying agenda, I trust the conservatives far more than I trust Obama.
            .
            Arcanek: That was not a slip on my part. I did not mean that I trust the conservatives more than I trust the liberals. I meant it as I said it. I trust the conservatives and their agenda more than I trust the liberal who is currently in office and his agenda. I believe that the conservative lies are better for the country than Obama’s lies.

          • Arcanek

            April 6, 2014
            11:01 a.m.

            Well then, who are the conservatives that you claim to trust? The republicans? They marched lockstep with the democrats over the ACA when they could have destroyed the whole thing. They did nothing other than make a token gesture to fool anyone stupid enough to trust them. The republicans are just the right hand that distracts you while the left hand picks your pocket. They are in collusion. How are they any better for the country when they just let the other side win? And how are lies good for anything but the benfit of those telling the lies. You have swallowed the collectivist wad, and are asking for more.

          • Noozjunkie

            April 7, 2014
            9:47 a.m.

            I didn’t say that I trusted them. I said that I trusted them more than I trust Obama. That’s not meant to imply that I trust the conservatives. Let me say it a bit differently. I distrust all politicians, but I distrust Obama more than I distrust the Conservatives.

          • Arcanek

            April 7, 2014
            11:34 a.m.

            Yes, you di. If you trust one more than another, that implies some level of trust. It might not be much, but if there is a difference in the level of trust, there has to be some trust.

          • Noozjunkie

            April 7, 2014
            2:34 p.m.

            You are correct. If you trust one more than another, that implies *some level of trust*. But it does not imply, as you stated in your question “who are the conservatives that you claim to trust?” that I actually trust them. I don’t.
            .
            Its a scale of negatives. I trust Obama, maybe 5% or 10%. But I have like 25% trust for conservatives. That doesn’t technically imply that I trust them.

          • Arcanek

            April 7, 2014
            3:19 p.m.

            My psotion is if you trust someone at all, then you trust them. Maybe not entirely, maybe very little, but there is some trust. I don’t trust them at all.

          • Noozjunkie

            April 7, 2014
            4:15 p.m.

            I can see your point. I’m more a numbers kind of guy. I see “trust” as a variable. I’ll never give anybody 100% trust, but by the same token I don’t think anybody could achieve a 0% either.
            .
            For instance, you’re in a crowd of people and suddenly you’re confronted by Obama and his million dollar entourage. If you could resist the urge to punch him in the face or hurl a few choice obscenities his way, then you could reasonably trust that he wouldn’t pull out a Saturday night special and create a new air vent in your head. While you “don’t trust him at all”, you’re still not at zero percent.
            .
            Anyway, that’s my view of “trust”.

          • Arcanek

            April 7, 2014
            4:22 p.m.

            That’s a differnet issue. It has nothing to do with him as a politician. As a politician, I have no trust. It is as a politician that he affects me. As a person, I don’t expect to ever be near him.

          • paoliana

            April 4, 2014
            2:32 p.m.

            If they ever dared to -The Party would cease to exist…

          • brbroberts

            April 4, 2014
            8:23 p.m.

            Never expect a conservative to tell the truth, either. They’re all politicians.

          • larryS

            April 4, 2014
            8:59 p.m.

            Just Democrats? Come on, get real.. they ALL lie

            Forget weapons of mass destruction? Or we will hunt Bin Laden down and not rest until he is captured? forgot so soon

          • solarscreen .

            April 5, 2014
            10:23 a.m.

            You must be under the assumption that W. invented the WMD excuse, you’d be wrong. AND, the effort to find Bin Laden began under Clinton who failed to take him out FOUR times. Here’s some FACTS to clear up your ignorance.

            “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to
            develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them.
            That is our bottom line.”
            – President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

            “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear.
            We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass
            destruction program.”
            – President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

            “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great
            deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use
            nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the
            greatest security threat we face.”
            – Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

            “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten
            times since 1983.”
            – Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

            “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the
            U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if
            appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond
            effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of
            mass destruction programs.”
            – Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle,
            John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998

            “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass
            destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and
            he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
            – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

          • solarscreen .

            April 5, 2014
            10:25 a.m.

            In case you feel that is inadequate, keep reading:

            “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical
            weapons throughout his country.”
            – Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

            “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to
            deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam
            is in power.”
            – Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

            “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and
            developing weapons of mass destruction.”
            – Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

            “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are
            confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and
            biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to
            build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence
            reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
            – Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

            “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the
            authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein
            because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction
            in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
            – Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

            “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working
            aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear
            weapons within the next five years… We also should remember we have
            always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of
            weapons of mass destruction.”
            – Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

            “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years,
            every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and
            destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity.
            This he has refused to do”
            – Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

            “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show
            that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological
            weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
            He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including
            al Qaeda members .. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam
            Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and
            chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
            – Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            1:09 p.m.

            Thank you.

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            1:08 p.m.

            No, but it was an organization of lefties that made us wait long enough before initiating hostilities that Sadaam could move everything to Syria, where OH. By the way. The Syrian government has used chemical and biological weapons against their own people. Interesting coincidence.

          • Ferris

            April 4, 2014
            10:55 p.m.

            Wasn’t it a “Leftie” that swore that there were chemical weapons in Iraq? Hmmm, over 4, 000 lost American lives later……

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            11:56 a.m.

            You are only partially correct. Never trust a politician. Never trust anyone to make a better decision for you than you can make yourself. If someone else is better at deciding what is better for you than you are, you are too stupid to vote. Your precious republicans didn’t even bother to tell the people that the ACA was written by the health care industry and not congress. They sold out entirely.

          • Snowman 54

            April 5, 2014
            1:06 p.m.

            Lie. If you recall, which I do, when the ACA came to the floor of the House of Representatives, not one, single, solitary, lone Republican voted for it. It was carried entirely by house Democrats, who had a majority at the time, and voted en masse for the measure. The Senate also had a Democrat majority, where it carried against the opposition. This is a Democrat stink pile, purebred, plain and simple. It’s their mess. Their philosophy, their idealism, one hundred per cent. And as far as blaming the health care industry. I don’t think so. Maybe some preferred health insurance companies, but health insurance is just protection money anyway, one of the mobs oldest scams. “Pay me or you’ll have an unfortunate accident”. Sounds like Al Capone. I don’t think the doctors, nurses, hospitals or clinics had much to do with this thing, if anything at all.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            1:29 p.m.

            It is not a lie. You are missing the point. If the republicans were opposed to the bill, then why didn’t they inform the public that the bill was totally illegal since it was not created by congress, as exposed by Nancy Pelosi when she unintentionally stated so? According to the constituion, only congress can create legislation, but Pelosi revealed that congress was not even allowed to see it. How could they havr written it, if they hadn’t even seen it? The republicans totally failed just like the democrats. They both violated their oaths of office. It doesn’t matter that the republicans did not vote for it; they should have demanded to see it. That would have called the democrats bluff.

          • vettelover

            April 4, 2014
            12:53 p.m.

            “Rightwingers lie just out of habit”
            Its not the rightwingers who are in power right now. It is your party in complete control over the senate and the white house. It is your party that rolls out pure lies through DISINFORMATION on a DAILY BASIS.
            Obama is an even greater liar and deceiver than Bill Clinton and Bush put together. As you watch your MSNBC and CNN, you are being programmed as a non-thinking easily manipulated usful idiot.

          • KeithCrosby

            April 5, 2014
            12:59 p.m.

            Iptra: WOW! All right wingers (what ever that means) lie! You probably think all black people and minorities are a certain way, too. Even closet racists and bigots reveal themselves through logic like this iptra.

            He’d rather not deal with the comments on audio but change the subject.

            He’d probably give to certain causes as long as certain people don’t move into his neighborhood.

            Martin Luther King said, Iptra, he’d rather deal with a Southern Bigot redneck racist than a closet racist posing as something else…

            “All right wingers lie…” reveals a lot about the content of your character…” and probably the color of your white, gated community skin. This bigoted broad brush statement of yours says a lot about what and how you really believe.

          • Stan_DC

            April 4, 2014
            12:58 p.m.

            I agree, the rightwingers do lie, well at least the ones that want to act like a Democrat. I am not sure which is worse, the liberal politicians that lie or their mindless followers that believe and defend every word they say. I guess you can’t fix stupid….

          • KeithCrosby

            April 4, 2014
            1:33 p.m.

            You’re right. Just like people who work in Manhattan and commute from New Jersey, let them do the same. They can commute from rural Virginia, or Maryland…

            If they want to live nearby, they can lease as he described, “small units.” After all D.C. is not their home.

            They have Rolls Royce health plans, they have Franking Privileges, and they have all kinds of privilege, speaking of 1 per centers. They are exempted from observing labor laws in the treatment of their employees, who have the same housing challenges. It’s hard to believe that he’s crying the blues in this economy with so many out of work and with so many with cancelled insurance policies that were better and cheaper than replacement policies. Can we say “disconnect?”

            The reality is that they make a little less than $200,000 ($174K) a year and this fellow wants to argue that he DESERVES better because he sits on the “board of directors” of something like the US economy? Take $50K and rent a place (my brother in law did in “Pentagon City”) without any subsidy.

            Rent a less expensive place, then live on the rest of this salary. Try being frugal. Most of the rest of the country makes nowhere near $200K.

            I recognize that these guys are comfortable with governmental deficit spending. Well now, he has a chance to cut his expenses or live beyond his means in his personal life—just like the government.

            Let him show a little humility fiscal responsibility.

          • paoliana

            April 4, 2014
            2:38 p.m.

            Show humility? Good luck with that!!!
            Don;t you know- he is a privileged class….

          • obammy

            April 4, 2014
            2:06 p.m.

            “At least they have reasons” for lying. Man, itptra, that takes the cake. Perfect statement regarding you and your dem/lib heroes. Hilarious beyond even my own imagination. I think you might want to review what it is you consider practical thinking. YOU are one of us being lied to and YOU are watching YOUR money be wasted. Or your parent’s money… more than likely. Stereotypes don’t come easy and your party has the stereotype of lying daily on every issue.

          • paoliana

            April 4, 2014
            2:31 p.m.

            I do hope you thoroughly enjoy THE REASONS Leftist lie as we sure are living the consequences of them NOW, looks like you are too blinded with hate to see it!

          • Daniel Scott

            April 4, 2014
            2:50 p.m.

            At least they have reasons? Are you kidding me? It doesn’t matter why someone lies, only that they have lied, period. That being said, both sides are guilty of it. It’s why I refuse to support parties. I look at the individual candidates and if they are honest, upstanding and moral, they will get my vote regardless of party

          • ThinkAboutIt

            April 4, 2014
            4:18 p.m.

            Sorry, but it is a fact that democrats lie 125% more than repubs.

          • larry sheppard

            April 4, 2014
            4:40 p.m.

            my mama always said stupid is as stupid does. man are you stupid.

          • Honest John

            April 4, 2014
            5:03 p.m.

            I truly hope you don’t believe your own BS. Really… Eyes wide shut?

          • TxnByBrth

            April 4, 2014
            5:15 p.m.

            Hey iptra…having a reason to lie does not make it any better than someone that is a habitual liar, which I might add, is what Mr. Obama has turned out to be…and you should follow your own advice.

          • Joe Rogowski

            April 4, 2014
            5:29 p.m.

            Yeah, Democrats drink with their pinkies extended and complain that they don’t make enought for what they do.

          • brbroberts

            April 4, 2014
            8:22 p.m.

            You’re just as full of crap as the guy you’re responding to.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            11:52 a.m.

            Their reasons are fallacious and have no more logic behind them. You are blind. you are not intelligent enough to think for your self, so you defer to politicians, the biggest group of liars on the planet.

          • paoliana

            April 4, 2014
            2:28 p.m.

            Unfortunately judging by some Obamazelots posts there are still plenty of them!

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:29 p.m.

            Judging by comments like this, the opposition thinks they are somehow smarter. Both sides are against you. Wake up.

          • brbroberts

            April 4, 2014
            8:22 p.m.

            Replace the word liberal with conservative, and your statement is just as true..

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            11:40 a.m.

            You have fallen for the hoax. Liberalism and conservatism are both frauds. The conservatives think they are so much smarter than the liberals, and the liberals think they are so much smarter than the conservatives. They are both stupid juveniles. Both of them scream about democracy, but neither of them knows what the word means. The liberals stupidly believe that somehow the government will create some mythical equality. The conservatives think their is a way to limit government by endorsing it.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:22 p.m.

            This is all true of the worthless so called conservatives every bit as much. you are blind.

          • ChicagoThunder1

            April 4, 2014
            11:10 a.m.

            What a perfect word to describe it… “Preposterous” This word could describe the entire administration that is running the show today. Ha! let it be recorded in the books of history that today’s United States Government is in fact the Preposterous Government. There that will show them shake that one off.

          • Edly

            April 4, 2014
            12:34 p.m.

            On top of it, with online meeting programs and other forms of media technology, they don’t even need to live in DC. All their shenanigans can be done by email, Skype, etc. They could stay in their home states.

          • Chriss Markey

            April 4, 2014
            3:50 p.m.

            TERM LIMITS !!!

          • tg

            April 4, 2014
            3:53 p.m.

            NO – RE-ELECT NO ONE.

            period.

          • Honest John

            April 4, 2014
            4:57 p.m.

            Isn’t this a mind boggling circumstance. And to think these govt leeches actually believe their own BS. Yes, there is an alternate universe.

          • Gracie66

            April 4, 2014
            5:54 p.m.

            Beautiful.

          • Snowman 54

            April 4, 2014
            7:36 p.m.

            Agreed. Put government BACK on the footing it had when this nation was formed. Members of Congress were NOT full time, and had to go home and earn a living just like everyone else, under the constraints of the laws they passed. This bunch think they’re divine, and immune.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:21 p.m.

            As long as peopleare stupid enugh to think that their vote counts, that the US is a democracy, that democracy is freedom and that the biggest group of liars on the planet will make better decisions for the people than the people will make for themselves, exactly what reason do you have to express surprise at all?

          • SickOfTheStupid

            April 4, 2014
            11:25 a.m.

            impeach? nope not good enough , the man has violated his oath of office and countless US laws concerning aiding terrorists………….nothing short of arrest conviction and a public execution will suffice , and it must be done before the next president shields him form justice like Obama has done with Bush.

          • Joan Lussier

            April 4, 2014
            12:18 p.m.

            They are starting to sound like the
            “I deserve, I deserve,” crowd !!!!!!!

          • Shirley_Mae

            April 4, 2014
            12:36 p.m.

            Where were you during 8 years of G.W. ‘Babyboy’ Bush and Dickless ‘666’ Cheney?

          • Bobby Jo

            April 4, 2014
            6:32 p.m.

            ummm, no.

          • brbroberts

            April 4, 2014
            8:21 p.m.

            I guess you’ve never actually heard the Oath of Office of the President of the United States… please stop posting until you’ve educated yourself on what his job really is.

          • Kilgore Trout

            April 4, 2014
            9:06 p.m.

            It seems that YOU, you pathetic robot gynotroll chump, are the one in dire need of an education.

            POTUS Oath of Office:

            “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

            Obama’s top ten violations of the Constitution in 2013 alone:

            1. Delay of Obamacare’s out-of-pocket caps. The Labor Department announced in February that it was delaying for a year the part of the healthcare law that limits how much people have to spend on their own insurance. This may have been sensible—insurers and employers need time to comply with rapidly changing regulations—but changing the law requires actual legislation.

            2. Delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate. The administration announced via blogpost on the eve of the July 4 holiday that it was delaying the requirement that employers of at least 50 people provide complying insurance or pay a fine. This time it did cite statutory authority, but the cited provisions allow the delay of certain reporting requirements, not of the mandate itself.

            3. Delay of Obamacare’s insurance requirements. The famous pledge that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” backfired when insurance companies started cancelling millions of plans that didn’t comply with Obamacare’s requirements. President Obama called a press conference last month to proclaim that people could continue buying non-complying plans in 2014—despite Obamacare’s explicit language to the contrary. He then refused to consider a House-passed bill that would’ve made this action legal.

            4. Exemption of Congress from Obamacare. A little-known part of Obamacare requires Congressmen and their staff to get insurance through the new healthcare exchanges, rather than a taxpayer-funded program. In the quiet of August, President Obama directed the Office of Personnel Management to interpret the law to maintain the generous congressional benefits.

            5. Expansion of the employer mandate penalty through IRS regulation. Obamacare grants tax credits to people whose employers don’t provide coverage if they buy a plan “through an Exchange established by the State”—and then fines employers for each employee receiving such a subsidy. No tax credits are authorized for residents of states where the exchanges are established by the federal government, as an incentive for states to create exchanges themselves. Because so few (16) states did, however, the IRS issued a rule ignoring that plain text and allowed subsidies (and commensurate fines) for plans coming from “a State Exchange, regional Exchange, subsidiary Exchange, and federally-facilitated Exchange.”

            6. Political profiling by the IRS. After seeing a rise in the number of applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS in 2010 compiled a “be on the lookout” (“BOLO”) list to identify organizations engaged in political activities. The list included words such as “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” and “Israel”; subjects such as government spending, debt, or taxes; and activities such as criticizing the government, educating about the Constitution, or challenging Obamacare. The targeting continued through May of this year.

            7. Outlandish Supreme Court arguments. Between January 2012 and June 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Justice Department’s extreme positions 9 times. The cases ranged from criminal procedure to property rights, religious liberty to immigration, securities regulation to tax law. They had nothing in common other than the government’s view that federal power is virtually unlimited. As a comparison, in the entire Bush and Clinton presidencies, the government suffered 15 and 23 unanimous rulings, respectively.

            8. Recess appointments. Last year, President Obama appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during what he considered to be a Senate recess. But the Senate was still holding “pro forma” sessions every three days—a technique developed by Sen. Harry Reid to thwart Bush recess appointments. (Meanwhile, the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the CFPB, provides that authority remains with the Treasury Secretary until a director is “confirmed by the Senate.”) In January, the D.C. Circuit held the NLRB appointments to be unconstitutional, which ruling White House spokesman Jay Carney said only applied to “one court, one case, one company.”

            9. Assault on free speech and due process on college campuses. Responding to complaints about the University of Montana’s handling of sexual assault claims, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, in conjunction with the Justice Department, sent the university a letter intended as a national “blueprint” for tackling sexual harassment. The letter urges a crackdown on “unwelcome” speech and requires complaints to be heard in quasi-judicial procedures that deny legal representation, encourage punishment before trial, and convict based on a mere “more likely than not” standard.

            10. Mini-DREAM Act. Congress has shamelessly failed to pass any sort of immigration reform, including for the most sympathetic victims of the current non-system, young people who were brought into the country illegally as children. Nonetheless, President Obama, contradicting his own previous statements claiming to lack authority, directed the Department of Homeland Security to issue work and residence permits to the so-called Dreamers. The executive branch undoubtedly has discretion regarding enforcement priorities, but granting de facto green cards goes beyond a decision to defer deportation in certain cases.

          • brbroberts

            April 4, 2014
            10:25 p.m.

            Whoops! Another mental midget jumps out of the remedial English class to show his lack of mental prowess… or it might be that he is indeed a trout, as his post (aside from the obviously copy/pasted stuff he stole from someone else) looks to have beeen composed by someone with the IQ of a fish.

            Can you please explain what any of the plagiarized drivel you posted has to do with the comment I made? I’ll be waiting…

          • Kilgore Trout

            April 5, 2014
            11:34 a.m.

            Poor little troll-bait is just spitting mad; yes, very angry, very angry indeed! Thanks for the warning, I just raised the troll-bait handbag slapping alert to “Red Status.”

            I find it funny that someone like you who seems to hold his cognitive skills in such high esteem does not recognize “Kilgore Trout.” You must not be very well read.

          • brbroberts

            April 5, 2014
            2:31 p.m.

            You’re back, fish boy? Can you please explain what any of the plagiarized drivel you posted has to do with the comment I made? I’ll be waiting…

          • Bev_DeLuca

            April 5, 2014
            1:43 a.m.

            I agree. brbroberts is in desperate need of a remedial Civics course. He also seems very malevolent, maybe he’s having a bad day.

          • brbroberts

            April 5, 2014
            2:36 p.m.

            Shouldn’t you be in the kitchen making Trout a sammich? LOL

            But since you’re here, why don’t you point out where my Civics education is lacking? I’ll be waiting for your answer as well…

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            12:19 p.m.

            No, they are not our employess. The government is not, nor was it ever “ours”. The constitution was written in secret, by a grooup of elitists who did not believe the common person should even be allowed to vote, in violation of the charter granted to them by the continental congress. The US is not a democracy. It is a federal republic. Read Plato’s treatise, the republic: the people are a herd that needs to be led. A herd is eventually led to slaughter. The shepherd must make sure the herd never figures this out and runs away or attacks.

          • tulet

            April 5, 2014
            6:50 p.m.

            IMPEACH HIM?, IMPEACH THEM ALL.

          • bobdog19006

            April 4, 2014
            10:55 a.m.

            And Moran makes his appearance in a $3,000 suit, driven every day to his free office in the Capitol in a limousine, surrounded by staff paid for by taxpayers, collecting untaxable campaign contributions, until he eventually loses the election,or, more likely, retires on full salary and full benefits until the end of his life. Most of them don’t even remember how the rest of us have to live.

            Based on their recent performance, this sanctimonious, self-serving bast*rd whining about wanting a raise is the height of arrogance. Both houses of Congress are millionaire’s clubs, and very few of them earn half of what they’re paid.

            Not only that, but I don’t like these guys very much.

          • rfrapal

            April 4, 2014
            10:58 a.m.

            Not only that, but I don’t like women like Nancy Pelosi very much.

          • CJ

            April 4, 2014
            10:56 a.m.

            Yet, the voters keep sending them back.

          • Earnest Will

            April 4, 2014
            10:58 a.m.

            “Presidents are selected, not elected.”


            Franklin D. Roosevelt

          • rfrapal

            April 4, 2014
            10:59 a.m.

            You mean the LOW INFORMATION VOTERS?

          • SickOfTheStupid

            April 4, 2014
            11:08 a.m.

            more like the rigged balloting machines and CIA tabulation of the votes that sends them back , after all this country only has one political party with two names.

          • Dr. Truth

            April 4, 2014
            11:53 a.m.

            Obvious to most now that we don’t have a 2 party system but a 1 party system, The Money Party!

          • sullyxter

            April 4, 2014
            11:15 a.m.

            Yeah, they keep voting them into office but who are these voters. Well they’re the misinformed, uninformed, dumbed down, delusional and in deep denial Liberals. The only people that vote for them with a purpose are the Communist and Illegals.

          • DragonsTalon

            April 4, 2014
            11:27 a.m.

            Actually I think they keep sending her back because if they didn’t they’d have to hear that windbag on MSNBopinion…her and Chris Matthews could both be telling the Low Information people what types of “Tingles” they get down their legs (cue the “Depends” Commercial)

          • Artemis Entrari

            April 4, 2014
            11:37 a.m.

            I think she would run into her rat hole and hide. If she came to my part of California she would get tarred, feathered, and lynched.

          • Perplexed

            April 4, 2014
            11:39 a.m.

            I would be satisfied if we just paid them for the time they actually worked. It is the highest paid part-time job in the world.

          • Arcanek

            April 5, 2014
            11:35 a.m.

            No, wake up.their get paid for their performance. They are all actors. They have totally fooled you. They did their job perfectly on you.

        • Maggiemom

          April 4, 2014
          10:26 a.m.

          The voters are their reviewers. Vote them out!

          • OldSailor

            April 4, 2014
            10:33 a.m.

            Hear hear!!

          • Jerry Doyle

            April 4, 2014
            10:41 a.m.

            They’ve spent the U.S. 20 trillion in debt and have committed another 80 trillion in unfunded liabilities–what’s another trillion for congressional salaries anyway?

        • libwithIQ

          April 4, 2014
          10:37 a.m.

          If they are so underpaid how come so many (specially Dems) go into Congress as regular folks but come out of Congress as millionaires???? Are they taking bribes? Kickbacks? Payola? One thing for certain…they aren’t losing money.

          • mensa141

            April 4, 2014
            10:40 a.m.

            They do a lot of insider trading both in the market and real estate.

          • SickOfTheStupid

            April 4, 2014
            10:46 a.m.

            they should be paying us for the privilege of ripping us off with legal insider trading and lobbyist kick backs.

        • Zoltanne

          April 4, 2014
          10:46 a.m.

          I know a couple dozen unemployed American citizens who’d LOVE to work in Congress. Go ahead….quit. Let REGULAR AMERICANS take the jobs.

        • Slwsnowman40

          April 4, 2014
          10:57 a.m.

          They get a review every 2 years in the House. And the re-election rate is alarmingly high even in years the House changes sides.

        • vtxtreme

          April 4, 2014
          11:25 a.m.

          Except that the voters that do not contribute income taxes are voting them in. They have a perpetual constituency by taking our money and giving it away.

        • ManaMoffa

          April 4, 2014
          11:36 a.m.

          Poliicians have done it to themselves and to the rest of us
          Their policies CAUSE inflated prices of products and services., and this inflation is universal…even built into your rent.
          Despite what some have told you, the “rich” guy, the corporation, and the business owner does not get it’s money to pay for forced pay increases, taxes and regulatory costs from some magic pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
          ALL the money to pay ALL taxes , including your own
          income tax , comes from one place of origin……the Consumer . The money to pay taxes and all costs comes directly from the Consumer of
          products and services in the price they pay for them
          Higher taxes mean higher cost to all consumers New regulations that require a team a lawyers and consultants to meet ,, cost the Consumer , not the company

          NO Dear Democrat ,raising taxes and new unnecessary regs, do NOT help the vast majority of Consumers who are POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS
          NO Dear Republican, the Corporations and even most small businesses aren’t hurt when politicians increase taxes and costs….they will just raise their prices that they charge the Consumer. The Consumers, which
          are mostly poor and middle class are hurt the most by increases in costs.
          It’s the vast majority of poor and middle class working people that PAY for all of it.
          So the GOP is right, taxes should be kept low and regulations restricted to only things that protect the consumer. BUT not for the Business owners sake, for the Consumer’s sake.
          Dear Citizen, it’s YOU that pays for all taxes each time you pay for anything.
          YOU should think about how much things as much as you think about how much your pay is.
          Success is your Costs versus your Income. just like any business or other citizen.
          Please stop believing the Economists hired BY Corps , the political parties and foreign investors. IT is YOU that pays for all of it.
          We need some taxation and necessary regulations to protect the CONSUMER , but we all need to keep in mind WHERE the money to pay them comes from.

        • paoliana

          April 4, 2014
          2:26 p.m.

          They should not get paid at all…just traveling expenses, no special pensions and be subject to the same laws they write for us-only then will we see how they identify with American people they fall back on each time they make a statement what American people want!

        • SWMichigan

          April 4, 2014
          3:58 p.m.

          If they got paid by performance, they would have be paying us.

        • WAYCAL

          April 4, 2014
          5:21 p.m.

          If they worked a real JOB they would be FIRED at my company for not being able to really understand the task, execute it and get it right the first time. Arnt these suppose to be smart people, show me the dumb ones then! Too much F%%%ing up and letting the tax payer pay for there goofups! If they cant live there under a budget like the rest of us, QUIT and we will find someone to replace you. Time to drain this SWAMP and this could start a good reason.

        • buyitcheap

          April 4, 2014
          6 p.m.

          Pay them NOT to perform….just stay out of DC…. :-)

        • cppthis

          April 4, 2014
          8:23 p.m.

          They do basically get a review every two years, and the public voices its approval by re-electing most incumbents.

        • tobythetiger

          April 4, 2014
          10:52 p.m.

          What performance /?/6.5 out work,,,5 times deep in debt ,and they lied about health care and only raising tax’s on the rich….Try food stamps sir….Half the country is on the public dole thanks to you liberals..

        • Arcanek

          April 5, 2014
          11:34 a.m.

          The people are not their employers. That was the whole purpose of the constitution. The US isnot, was never, nor was it ever intended to be a democracy. Their is no such thing as a ‘representative democracy’. Your get a vote or you don’t. The idiots who vote just rolled over on the ACA. The ACA was written by the ‘health care’ industry, and congress had nothing to do with it. Nancy Pelosi even told the stupid democrats herself, “we have to pass this to see what’s in it.” They were not even allowed to read it. The stupid republicans didn’t even try to warn the public, either. Anybody who thinks they voted for either a republican or democrat is an idiot, blinded by an ideology that is totally delusional. The ‘health care industry’ just strong armed the polpulace, and there are people that have willingly signed up for this. And then, there’s comments like this, from someone who thinks they have a clue. Congress is paid for their performance. Their performance is an act. If you can’t figure this out, you are far too stupid to vote.

      • JBar595

        April 4, 2014
        10:14 a.m.

        Dubya, there is this thing called choice, his staff member chose to work this job, if he doesn’t make enough, find another job. Use your brain, honestly that was a stupid comment on your part.

        • Guest_User

          April 4, 2014
          10:19 a.m.

          Personally, I don’t think it was an unfair comment as a relative comparison of salary disparity. You could also make the same statement of “choice” about the politician; if they really want to make the “big” money, why do they choose “public” service? As we have seen, many of them get very rich through the process, which provides them with access to the “big money” both in and out of office; supposedly, they’re not supposed to be seeking “big money”, but somehow they all seem to accomplish that goal.

          • RG Allen

            April 4, 2014
            10:40 a.m.

            Exactly, the money the make is not from their salaries but from the perks. By perks I mean kick backs, bribes, free travel, allocations by their parties, book deals, paid appearances, etc. Obama’s net worth has gone up 1000% since he’s been in office, how does one do that on 400K per year?

          • useyourhead2

            April 4, 2014
            10:51 a.m.

            Answer: To make more money than they can in the Private Sector and/or to enlarge the huge sum they already have, e.g., Jay Rockefeller, Nancy Pelosi, The Kennedys.

        • SilverState

          April 4, 2014
          10:24 a.m.

          Hey, now, in a Democrat’s world, choice only applies to killing a baby. Choice doesn’t apply to education, gun ownership, union membership, carbon footprint, or anything else.

        • dixie68

          April 4, 2014
          10:25 a.m.

          Do you not think this creep asked to be a member of Congress?

        • Mason

          April 4, 2014
          10:26 a.m.

          It’s not a stupid comment at all, you simply missed his point entirely. How is it that staff members can survive on their tiny paychecks in Washington if these politicians can’t get by on 174000? Also, your point applies to them too – if these politicians feel underpaid, they can go get a job somewhere else too.

        • Scott Keller

          April 4, 2014
          10:27 a.m.

          The stupid comment is yours. The article is about an “underpaid” congressman making $174k complaining he can’t live “decently” in DC while his assistant gets $28k to live in the same town. The assistant is not the one complaining. Try reading. Dubya is making a comparison. And since you’re using the term “choice”, it was Moran’s choice to run for Congress. Let HIM get another job.

        • Kimbell

          April 4, 2014
          11:23 a.m.

          JBar595, Stupid was a little strong on your part. Just disagree, OK. and if you have time to make those remarks……try reading “Guest_User’s comment below.

      • calimani

        April 4, 2014
        10:39 a.m.

        Who the hell cares?

      • A_lawyer_who_knows

        April 4, 2014
        10:55 a.m.

        Maybe if Obama hadn’t his first four years convincing the US that the “One Percent” should be lynched, Democratic Congressman Moran would have more luck convincing voters that the “One Half Percent” was underpaid.

      • HalfMoments

        April 4, 2014
        11:12 a.m.

        on the books it’s only 28k

      • NYGOPer

        April 4, 2014
        11:22 a.m.

        First let “them” define DECENTLY and let the debate start there and see how it resonates among the majority of the tax payers who are being asked to pick up the tab

      • Joan Lussier

        April 4, 2014
        12:10 p.m.

        Wash. D.C. has one of the highest tax rates in Country.
        Obviously they voted for it and now they are complaining?
        Something is definitely wrong here !

      • paoliana

        April 4, 2014
        2:22 p.m.

        His assistant makes way more than that and also exempt from Obamacare , so we can supplement their premiums!

      • ThinkAboutIt

        April 4, 2014
        4:15 p.m.

        I’m sure 28K in DC won’t provide enough for a pot to p#$ss in.

      • buyitcheap

        April 4, 2014
        5:59 p.m.

        A shared one… 😉 actually I lived a mile from the Pentagon in Arlington for about $650/mo in the 90s and that same unit is around $1200/mo today for a one bedroom (no charge for the roaches!)

      • Will Rogers

        April 4, 2014
        9:57 p.m.

        All Congressmen make a poultry 174k/yr. House and Senate same…and apparently not enough.
        Oust all these tyrants.

      • Skinner

        April 5, 2014
        2:50 p.m.

        The same closet all their gay friends came from. Must be a walk in closet. Or a union walk out closet. Either way we need to lock up the door and throw away the key.

    • Expunge

      April 4, 2014
      10:10 a.m.

      Hey Jim, BALANCE a BUDGET for this YEAR, not one that is 10 years in the future (and will never actually happen) and then we can talk pay raise. Til then, STFU!

      • SilverState

        April 4, 2014
        10:26 a.m.

        Balance a budget, I’d be happy if they just passed a budget. I mean a real budget.

    • Syrin

      April 4, 2014
      10:10 a.m.

      8 of the top 10 WEALTHIEST counties in the country surround DC. They are PLUNDERING this nation for their own sake, and then telling us they haven’t plundered enough. Feinstein made MILLIONS doing the same thing that Martha Stewart went to jail for. When are you F”ING SHEEPLE GOING TO WAKE THE F’UP ?!?!?!

      • dupkaman

        April 4, 2014
        10:13 a.m.

        Indeed!

      • Ted Kennedy's SEARCH+RESCUE

        April 4, 2014
        10:17 a.m.

        WASHINGTON DC: Home to the USA’s #1 ILLEGAL ALIEN youtube.com/watch?v=Qwj2tk7Ee9c

      • sandnomad

        April 4, 2014
        10:36 a.m.

        The sheeple are not sleeping. They are comatose.

    • way2confused

      April 4, 2014
      10:11 a.m.

      This is nothing more that a precursor for the soon to be proposed bill increasing their pay. If they can’t afford to live in DC–resign and don’t spend hundreds of thousands trying to keep their jobs. No one is forcing them to run. If they want a bigger paycheck, go out and earn it. Lord knows they certainly aren’t doing the jobs they were hired to–representing the American people. They deserve to have their paychecks confiscated.

    • dupkaman

      April 4, 2014
      10:12 a.m.

      Raise their salaries 25% but institute term limits (6 yrs for both chambers).
      Give them 401K’s instead of their diamond studded retirement plans and sign them up for Obamacare instead of their golf plated health plans.

      • John

        April 4, 2014
        10:19 a.m.

        No. Cut their pay by 50%. If you are not successful in life enough to be a citizen legislator, don’t run. The concept of the peoples house was that those who had “made it” in life would serve several terms for having done so well in this country. Then they go home. They don’t stay in DC for 30 years and then retire as lobbyists. What a load of bovine excrement…

        • Jeebus

          April 4, 2014
          10:36 a.m.

          Cut their pay by 99%, and put them all on swingblades clearing weeds out of ditches on some backroads I know of in Texas. It’s staring to warm up a bit…If they hustle, they can get a lot done before it hits triple digits. If they dawdle, screw ’em. They deserve to die of heat stroke.

      • quid agis

        April 4, 2014
        10:20 a.m.

        Surprisingly, the “diamond studded retirement plan” and the “gold (fixed it for you) plated health care plan” don’t exist – the Old retirement system was retired in the early 80’s, now, they contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan (tsp.gov) which is essentially a 401K, and all members of congress were required to leave their old Health Care plans and purchase from the DC Exchange.

      • Jobu

        April 4, 2014
        10:28 a.m.

        Why do they expect to live like royalty anyway?! They are public servants doing a public service…and most of the time not even getting shot at. Sadly most of them are making millions on the side because of their positions. The day politician became a career instead of a temporary duty, is the day the system began to fail…
        Because of this, the left and right politicians have more in common with eachother than they do with any of their constituents.

      • David Knight

        April 4, 2014
        12:03 p.m.

        This is very reasonable. They do have very lavish defined benefit plans. Since insider trading does not apply to their actions on the hill, any 401K type plan should not be self directed.

    • Squid Hunt

      April 4, 2014
      10:18 a.m.

      While I agree he’s out of line, the military is definitely NOT underpaid.

      • Dave

        April 4, 2014
        10:31 a.m.

        How many legs have you lost doing your job?

        • Squid Hunt

          April 4, 2014
          11:50 a.m.

          What’s your point?

          • Dave

            April 4, 2014
            12:53 p.m.

            The military is underpaid!

          • Squid Hunt

            April 4, 2014
            12:58 p.m.

            No. They’re not.

          • Dave

            April 4, 2014
            3:15 p.m.

            Do you have arms and legs?

            Tell those wounded soldiers relearning how to walk with prosthetic limbs that they were not underpaid!! We couldn’t pay those soldiers enough for what they have suffered.

          • Squid Hunt

            April 4, 2014
            5:13 p.m.

            Wounded soldiers get VA assistance and disability. It’s also inherently obvious when you sign up now in certain jobs you could see serious combat. Neither of those facts has anything to do with how much your everyday military gets paid, which is plenty. I would also call into question the nobility of invading countries half a world away and how that entitles you to a blank check from society. You’d really have to stretch to argue they’re defending our freedom in Afghanistan or Iraq.

          • Dave

            April 4, 2014
            9:31 p.m.

            Does receiving assistance really make up for losing limbs and brain function? You obviously wouldn’t defend your country from harm but shame on you for going after those that will….and yes Afghanistan and Iraq is defending our freedoms. Afghan is where the 911 attacks were planned you know!

            Your a real patriot! May God forgive you for the lack of appreciation you have for your fellow citizens defending YOU.

          • Squid Hunt

            April 4, 2014
            10:16 p.m.

            I never went after anyone. I stated that these people are adequately paid for the job they’ve done. You can romanticize it, but if someone treated us the way the U.S. treats Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, and Egypt, we’d call them terrorists.

      • Mason

        April 4, 2014
        10:35 a.m.

        The O’s aren’t, no. But enlisted people assuredly are. For the amount of work and time I put into this job, I could be making a hell of a lot more on the civilian side. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

        • Squid Hunt

          April 4, 2014
          11:53 a.m.

          I was in the Navy for 11 years. Enlisted. I know exactly what I’m talking about.

        • David Knight

          April 4, 2014
          12:09 p.m.

          No they are not. They make much more than civilians of the same age and education.

          • Mason

            April 4, 2014
            12:25 p.m.

            Heh, your ignorance shows in your comment. There are people of all ages and education levels in the military. I work with someone with a master’s in architecture and is rather brilliant, and I have multiple people working under me that are a decade and older than I am with college level educations. I’m in my mid-twenties with my own college education and I could be making several times over what I am now once my enlistment is up, which is exactly what I will be doing. Not only that, but I’m not going to be working 12+ hour days all week long and during weekends much of the time. That’s the biggest level of obliviousness I see in civilians. They seem to think that we all work 9-5 jobs at the same stress levels that they do.

          • David Knight

            April 4, 2014
            5:32 p.m.

            My ignorance comes from 40 years in both active and reserve Army service. The demographics are clear. Using the 25-34 bracket the average wage for a worker with a High School diploma is $29,950 dollars. (NCES 2013-037) This would be representative of early to mid carrier Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of pay grades E-4 – E-6. Their wages would range from $30k to $36k per year NOT INCLUSIVE of BAH, rations or combat pay.
            Yes there are those who can make more…and they get out or change jobs, but I am not speaking of one anomaly, I am speaking in broad demographics.

    • Jim C

      April 4, 2014
      10:24 a.m.

      He is. He retires after this term: guess 24 years of f’ing over the country is enough. And given the way his district has gone, he’ll be replaced by an even more extremist left-wingnut.

    • useyourhead2

      April 4, 2014
      10:48 a.m.

      He apparently already has as he announced earlier his intent to NOT run for reelection. Wanna bet he’ll become one of the newest Lobbiest on K Street in Washington, DC?

    • 10thGenerationAmerican

      April 4, 2014
      10:52 a.m.

      Oh you poor elitist bastards!!! You complain about making an amount OVER what 75% of Americans would absolutely KILL for, not to mention the that these people get the BEST publicly paid HEALTHCARE (not like the rest of us low class citizens who have to deal with Ohbummer care) for their entire LIVES even AFTER one term, they take trips on the taxpayer’s money, most don’t EVEN show UP 80% of the time to even VOTE for proposed bills, have the inside track to make laws that help them become even MORE rich as 65% of the members of the Senate increased their net work by millions after the 2008 recession (SEE Pelosi), and he has room to complain!!?

    • dmxinc

      April 4, 2014
      10:53 a.m.

      You are not up on military pay. It has grown enormously with the every expanding government.

      It’s a multimillion dollar career for officers with colonels making over $160,000 total pay and about 100K in retirement (30 years at age 52) for life!

      Then there are the benefits – medical, 100K GI bill that can be used for kids even if the officer attended an academy (like I did), spousal education benefits.

      This isn’t your father’s military any more.

      • rfrapal

        April 4, 2014
        10:55 a.m.

        For officers…yes….for non-coms…..NO!

        • David Knight

          April 4, 2014
          12:14 p.m.

          Wrong. My RETIREMENT check is just short of 3K a month. That was half my base pay and that does not include another 1.5k a month in other cash benefits. Those benefits are tax and payroll tax exempt. If you happen to be assigned to a high rent area, those benefits may go up to around 4k a month for an E-8.

    • Oatie

      April 4, 2014
      11:03 a.m.

      Too old and the fact the military prefers people of integrity. The jerk is an embarrassment.

    • lloydc1234

      April 4, 2014
      11:06 a.m.

      Ditto.

    • HalfMoments

      April 4, 2014
      11:13 a.m.

      Make their pay based on cuts to the budget. Since they fattened them up so much, should be able to make a bundle off them.

    • Can O'Korn

      April 4, 2014
      11:25 a.m.

      According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks
      political spending in Congress, at least 268 of the current 534 members
      of Congress had a net worth of at least $1 million in 2012. The median
      net worth of a member of Congress reached $1,008,767 in 2012, up from
      $960,000 in 2011, according to disclosures filed annually by all members
      of Congress, which the center analyzed.

    • GoneApe

      April 4, 2014
      11:29 a.m.

      Exactly right. The military knows what underpaid means, not these marshmallows masquerading as public servants. Take their pensions and health care away and let them pay like the rest of us do. If they want to live in D.C. or Northern Virginia, let them have roommates. We are sick of their whining.

    • Artemis Entrari

      April 4, 2014
      11:30 a.m.

      Maybe we all should let him know how we feel about his comments.

      (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

    • David Knight

      April 4, 2014
      noon

      The military are NOT underpaid. They are very well paid in every demographic. Yes lower ranks don’t make a lot, but they make more then civilians of the same age and education. Don’t repeat the same tired emotional arguments that advocates for higher military benefits use. They are simply untrue. By the way I am a retired Army Master Sergeant. I know what I am talking about. Check the pay scales and benefits.

    • Right1111

      April 4, 2014
      12:02 p.m.

      They go to extreme lengths to get elected and to hold on to their office once there.
      If it’s so bad go get a real job like the rest of us and quit your bellyaching.

    • BenThereToo

      April 4, 2014
      12:03 p.m.

      Amen. The best point I’ve seen made, Sally.

    • Blue_Max

      April 4, 2014
      12:31 p.m.

      No, you wouldn’t want him the military! Read up on him, he has anger management issues, you wouldn’t want him around any weapons.

    • Edly

      April 4, 2014
      12:31 p.m.

      They should live in tents.

    • Gladiator_Posse

      April 4, 2014
      12:49 p.m.

      Obama and Congress are Domestic Enemies of the Constitution…Youtube: Save the Republic!

    • Cool_Radley

      April 4, 2014
      1:28 p.m.

      Maybe we can get illegal aliens to do this work.

      • Zach Smith

        April 4, 2014
        3:10 p.m.

        One would be more than sufficient, I’m sure.

    • CAV

      April 4, 2014
      2:37 p.m.

      on target!

    • Lewie

      April 4, 2014
      3:42 p.m.

      Wolves in sheep skin degrees! Pay them all part time wages…it is sad they are becoming like the majority of “Pastors and Preachers” in America. They receive money from people who really do work jobs, but they have real no real job themselves. ….and today’s pastors are not apostles..and even Paul who wrote most of the NT had a trade of making tents! peas in a pod.

    • labillyboy

      April 4, 2014
      5:34 p.m.

      If he didn’t like the salary, then why the heck did he run for the office? Typical politician.

      He probably bought a house under an airport runway and then started complaining about the noise too….

    • Gracie66

      April 4, 2014
      5:51 p.m.

      Exactly!

    • Jason Vickers

      April 4, 2014
      11:14 p.m.

      I’m sure he does not want to increase the military’s pay.

  2. Phil

    April 3, 2014
    6:43 p.m.

    Their salary should be cut in half this way they will make a career out of being a politician.

  3. Sally Morris

    April 3, 2014
    6:45 p.m.

    If they stayed in their district and convened only, say, once a year in Washington, they could legislate via tele conference, cost less, reduce corruption and BY GOD, maybe even save the earth by cutting carbon emissions.

    • Moirrainefortruth

      April 4, 2014
      6:49 a.m.

      Gee, why didn’t they think of that?

      Because, my friend, they need a reason to have their parties, their meetings, their overextension of our dollars and zero consequences when things go south – as they have been for – uh…… – decades now.

      • josephKing

        April 4, 2014
        10:07 a.m.

        Centuries

    • Jack Thompson

      April 4, 2014
      10:06 a.m.

      Then how would they justify the crazy yearly salary of $174,000 for a lite part time gig. Na, all they want is more, more, MORE!

    • bk

      April 4, 2014
      10:24 a.m.

      not enough hookers in their own districts… plus the fact that the lobbyist’s would have to travel more to give them free meals and pay for the hookers

  4. 338LapuaAckleyImproved

    April 3, 2014
    7:54 p.m.

    You know who was underpaid? His son – for rigging Virginia’s elections.

    Obama owes him more reparations than Sheila Jackson Lee.

  5. Taters

    April 3, 2014
    7:55 p.m.

    Why do they deserve more of a raise than their maids? Tie any increase to a new REALISTIC minimum wage. Or heads on pikes. Just sayin’.

    • Jack Thompson

      April 4, 2014
      10:02 a.m.

      Minimum wage increase is only benefitted from for about 3 months until the price inflation to cover the raise catches up. Minimum wage does nothing but raise prices for everyone and lower the living standard for others whose wages have been brought closer to that of minimum wage.

      • CPPray

        April 4, 2014
        10:10 a.m.

        So, if we cut everybody’s wages prices will go down?

        • Jack Thompson

          April 4, 2014
          2:16 p.m.

          So what do you think would happen if people stopped buying $100,000 and up luxury cars? It doesn’t cost no where near that much to make them so those prices would dip. If everyone’s labor cost dropped significantly across the board then yes prices would drop. It wouldn’t happen instantly but it would eventually happen. What would not drop very much would be materials and resources but that what depend on how much they required labor for their havesting or manufacturing. There’s a thing called a Gaussian curve and it relates to manufacturing, employment and purchasing power. With the increasing use of robot manufacturing there is a decrease in human employment and hence purchasing power. As this continues more and more people become unemployed. What happens when the robots are manufacturing and repairing other robots. What about when they start buildings homes and office buildings? Or they become so advanced they are teaching and doing surgery. Eventually, who would they be making those goods and services for when so few would be employed and have purchasing power? I know you think I may have deviated from my original point but it all connects. The economy is a gigantic chain connecting everything like a spiders web. Pull on one part and other parts will react. Makers need users and farmers need eaters. Eaters need farmers and users need makers. And with out one another we are in the past with everyone farming and making for themselves and bartering for other items and services. I know, long winded but I hope you get the jest of what I was saying..

  6. Matt Musal

    April 3, 2014
    8:01 p.m.

    Um.. ..so how many of them are millionaires already ?

    • Charles Wolf

      April 4, 2014
      12:47 a.m.

      More than half…

      Over all, at least 268 of the 534 current members of Congress had an
      average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, which is the year
      covered by the reports that each lawmaker had to file in 2013.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/us/politics/more-than-half-the-members-of-congress-are-millionaires-analysis-finds.html

      • Matt Musal

        April 4, 2014
        8:53 a.m.

        Don’t for some are multimillionaires like Nancy Pelosi is worth like $25 million plus.

      • Erich Soldat

        April 4, 2014
        11:33 a.m.

        thank you for pointing this out – apparently, 1%ers are only the percentage of Americans that have more than 1 million but the percentage of in congress is more than 50% – and they have the chutzpah to tax us more and ask for more???

        • Charles Wolf

          April 4, 2014
          12:23 p.m.

          Actually, The Republicans of late …have the chutzpah to tax us… not enough to pay the bills for the things they already voted to buy.
          …and by us, I especially include those of us who keep huge fortunes in the Caymans or Cook Islands for the sole purpose of avoiding paying their fair share back to the Homeland that enabled them to game so much $$$ from the rest of us.

  7. ranchdancer

    April 3, 2014
    8:31 p.m.

    ” members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington ” then go the f home and get a real job.

    • JasonH

      April 4, 2014
      10:07 a.m.

      The problem is they aren’t supposed to live in DC. Our founding fathers didn’t want them there full time. They wanted them to back home and live under they laws they passed. Nowadays, the Congressmen are so completely removed from the damage their policies inflict.

      • Jimmy Rustler

        April 4, 2014
        10:10 a.m.

        Well said.

      • Herb

        April 4, 2014
        10:38 a.m.

        exactly, the original intent was for them to work their trades and come to washington for sessions and then return so they can be intone with those they supposedly represent

    • Booger Brown

      April 4, 2014
      10:09 a.m.

      They should try working in the private Obama Economy. Sucks even worse.

    • Guest_User

      April 4, 2014
      10:12 a.m.

      True. “Congress” was supposed to be an assembly to discuss issues (travel, discuss, and then go home), and they were supposed to live in their districts most of the time they were in office. Now, they see Washington as a full-time job, and they buy houses and live out their lives there, while keeping some “closet” in their home districts as residences for appearance sake. Their entitlement attitude is that “we’re the rulers, and we should live in dwellings at the capital befitting our status of monarchy.”

      • SilverState

        April 4, 2014
        10:27 a.m.

        Bingo!

    • fightforamerica

      April 4, 2014
      10:19 a.m.

      He is home. He lives in Alexandria , VA. 9 miles from DC

    • Rap Stallion

      April 4, 2014
      10:33 a.m.

      Exactly, go home and surround yourself with your constituents, not the K Street vermin that drive up the prices in DC. Raises would only allow them to continue to wallow with the lobbyists. Want DC to be affordable? Ax the abilities for lobbies to do what they do, in turn they will stop bringing in so much money, money which drives up the cost in DC. Everyone in the country wins.

    • dmxinc

      April 4, 2014
      10:57 a.m.

      They created an expensive DC to live in by all of their massive deficit spending.

      And now they want raises?

  8. Todd

    April 3, 2014
    8:34 p.m.

    “Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C.” LOL! That’s an understatement. There is nothing decent about D.C. or the Members of Congress.

    • Jack Thompson

      April 4, 2014
      9:56 a.m.

      Things that go on in D.C. in the elitist political crowd would make Caligula cringe.

  9. genes

    April 3, 2014
    8:41 p.m.

    $6 per diem seems to be fair. But only for the days they’re actually in the House.

  10. tiredofdogma

    April 3, 2014
    8:45 p.m.

    Underperform? Is that what you call it? Underperform? If you got paid for performance like the people you reputedly represent, you wouldn’t earn a dime. If you were CEO of a corporation, you’d be history. You’ve been on the taxpayer dole your whole career — go home and live out your life on the taxpayer pension — and be grateful you’ve never had to do a day’s work in your life.

    • hippie1367

      April 4, 2014
      6:41 a.m.

      Yeah just look at all the thieving banker filth who lost their jobs.

      • tiredofdogma

        April 4, 2014
        7:38 a.m.

        Point taken — but they did perform in their job, which is to make money. At our expense of course, but they still performed.

        • Erich Soldat

          April 4, 2014
          11:32 a.m.

          applying your logic, then congress performed as well…
          maybe bankers are not such a great comparison

  11. EricStoner

    April 3, 2014
    9:32 p.m.

    Well Jim, when an area gets flooded with a bunch of overpaid bureaucrats, prices tend to rise, but go ahead, chase it using our money. http://www.youtube.com/embed/xOAgT8L_BqQ

  12. apieceofwork

    April 3, 2014
    9:38 p.m.

    You should all be fired .

    • Jack Thompson

      April 4, 2014
      9:54 a.m.

      There’s about a dozen good ones that should be allowed to stay.

  13. Timothy

    April 3, 2014
    11:05 p.m.

    Are we supposed to feel pity? The majority of Congress (both House and Senate) are worth quite a bit and I’m sure Moran isn’t hurting too badly. Regardless, how much should the government pay “public servants?” If you ask me I think they’re making far too much as it is.

    • Guest_User

      April 4, 2014
      10:08 a.m.

      If they truly believed they were public servants and acted as such, we’d be in far better shape; the fact of the matter is they see themselves as our rulers once they are elected, and they only “pivot” from fear; not from a sense of duty or caring for the U.S. citizenry.

    • only4uandme

      April 4, 2014
      10:11 a.m.

      No we are suppose to get motivated.

  14. L1inMn

    April 3, 2014
    11:07 p.m.

    If they worked in the private sector they would all be in prison. What they have done with taxpayer money makes what Madoff did look like shoplifiting

  15. pandabear

    April 3, 2014
    11:21 p.m.

    Anybody know where the audio is?

    • Steven Dennis

      April 3, 2014
      11:41 p.m.

      Yeah. Click play on the video box.

      • pandabear

        April 4, 2014
        12:04 a.m.

        The video box is not popping up on my phone. Oh well. I’m just glad that fool is retiring soon.

  16. Linda Marquis

    April 3, 2014
    11:58 p.m.

    Is he expecting us to feel sorry for them? My daughter works in DC and lives in MD.She makes ends meet on a LOT less money than that! Deal with it!!!

    • Booger Brown

      April 4, 2014
      10:10 a.m.

      I am sorry to hear your daughter has to work in that cesspool

      • Linda Marquis

        April 5, 2014
        10:21 a.m.

        Don’t be. She has a very good paying job at a hospital there. She isn’t on the hill so she actually “works” at her job! She was recruited right out of Catholic for this program and truly is working in her chosen field. Feel sorry that it costs so much to live in that city but she found a place she could afford and wasn’t a long haul to get to work. She thinks Washington is an exciting city full of lots of history. Again, she isn’t in politics so she sees the city in a different light. Thanks for your concern though, lol

  17. Johnny Olson

    April 4, 2014
    12:01 a.m.

    moran, you make $178,000 a year in taxpayer monies to do nothing except spend billion$ a year in taxpayer monies. come out to my construction site where i will promptly biotch-slap your pompous, elitist backside.

    • Gregg Mcphedrain

      April 4, 2014
      10:11 a.m.

      lololol

    • Bigfella

      April 4, 2014
      10:30 a.m.

      What he said…

    • James Lee Addington

      April 4, 2014
      12:37 p.m.

      you got that right Johnny biotch slap that over paid sob.

  18. La Lummus

    April 4, 2014
    1 a.m.

    Underpaid!!!! Just start doing your job to start with before talking about raise

  19. Chris Frederick

    April 4, 2014
    3:15 a.m.

    Jim Moran can suck it. First of all, his district is right across the Potomac from the Capitol, so he can hop in a car and be home in 30 minutes. Unlike most members of Congress, he has no need to maintain a separate residence in DC or live apart from his family. Second, if he thinks it’s tough to live decently in the DC area on $174K plus perks and a full guaranteed pension, then how does he think the rest of us feel who are struggling to support a family in the DC area on far less than $174K per year?

    • algonquinmatt

      April 4, 2014
      10:09 a.m.

      so what you are saying is that Jim Moran is out of touch with reality?

  20. Jack Everett

    April 4, 2014
    6:25 a.m.

    This loon Moran calls our country a business and this should alert people to his plan to be nothing but a corporate politician looking for a free ride off the backs of workers. These politicians are nothing more than part time help now and do nothing to earn their bloated pay check. If they can’t live on their salary then it’s their own fault for creating our runaway inflation. These Washington politicians are nothing but part time help just like Walmart that hires part time at minium wage. We don’t need to reward these people we need to get rid of them and replace them with real leadership.

    • Philly-Buster

      April 4, 2014
      11:21 a.m.

      Mr Everrett,
      I sorry I dont agree with you assessment the plan you outline the the 2014 national Democratic re-election platform. They are for each and every one of the items you outlined. Can you name one they dont support?

  21. hippie1367

    April 4, 2014
    6:41 a.m.

    Moran should be executed as the corrupt, bribe taking piece of filth he is- as is every member of both parties.

  22. hippie1367

    April 4, 2014
    6:42 a.m.

    This is the same piece of filth who can’t be bothered to worry about the minimum wage the citizens of DC make. Hopefully one of his guntard constituents puts him out of his misery.

  23. vicki

    April 4, 2014
    7:28 a.m.

    Wah wah wah..it’s my understanding that the members who live in their offices are making a political statement as tea partiers

  24. RJohnston

    April 4, 2014
    7:28 a.m.

    Typical Democrat, give me, give me…I need more but don’t want to work for it.

    • Philly-Buster

      April 4, 2014
      11:17 a.m.

      The tax payer has entirely too much money we need to take more…..and give yourself raises…ya thats the ticket. We tax them to death, force them to buy crappy government insurance, borrow more money than can ever be paid back, destroy the currency and give ourselves big fat raises. There stupid they will go for it! we get Obama to pitch it. everyone believes in Obama cuz he so honest and truthful!

  25. vicki

    April 4, 2014
    7:29 a.m.

    Perhaps they should divide the salary by number of days worked….

    • Jack Thompson

      April 4, 2014
      9:49 a.m.

      Yep, and not include all the time spent campaigning and raising money for their parties right out of their congressional offices. I keep seeing those empty house and senate chambers on cspan and I wonder what’s more important than than the jobs they were elected to do.

  26. Ferris

    April 4, 2014
    7:52 a.m.

    UNDER PAID??????? If I performed at my job like many members of Congress have over the last 4 years, I would have been FIRED a long time ago. What a selfish and arrogant statement! You folks are already pampered like royalty, and now you think that you should be compensated more? You’re not “earning” what you’re currently getting…

    • Philly-Buster

      April 4, 2014
      11:11 a.m.

      Yes underpaid $174,000 a year is not enough money, Seriously Ferris who could live on $174k a year? Can you? Do you know how much CHAMPAGNE and CAVIAR cost these days ……..Pashhhh on performance? They wake up every morning, were you expecting more than that?

  27. Bob Smetters

    April 4, 2014
    8:18 a.m.

    Since corporations are people and have personhood rights, this could be solved by just electing corporations into office and getting rid of the expensive middle man like this numbskull.

  28. Grannysmovin

    April 4, 2014
    8:20 a.m.

    Pass the minimum wage raise because many of middle class and the poor can’t afford to life decently through out the United States, than do your jobs and stop spending so much of your time begging for money.

  29. Good_Lt

    April 4, 2014
    8:56 a.m.

    If you can’t make it work on 174K a year, with a pension, all expenses paid, gold-plated health care and access to pretty much whatever you want, then you’re doing it wrong.

    In the case of this blockhead, he’s being paid about 173K to much per year.

    • NickandLynds

      April 4, 2014
      10:19 a.m.

      I agree and would like to add the following: if he can’t live on all of that, he has no business making decisions about budgeting and financing for this country. No wonder we’re in debt.

  30. fake_progress

    April 4, 2014
    9:40 a.m.

    Hey, Diamond Jim (D-VA since 1991), you can always RETIRE. We, the people, would not dream of subjecting you to the horrid living conditions you have endured for 23 years. Oh, the humanity!!

  31. Norma Munn

    April 4, 2014
    9:48 a.m.

    Sorry, but I have no sympathy for anyone in Congress re the pay levels. I will acknowledge the job as real work, but the results would get them fired in either the commercial business world or the non-profit world of work. Do your job better, take less vacations, and pass a minimum wage bill for those in this country who are REALLY having a hard time living decently. (Or do like the poor working class folks do, get a second job!)

  32. ASAC Schrader

    April 4, 2014
    10:02 a.m.

    How about you F*&K off and Die, Moran

  33. EchoLiberty

    April 4, 2014
    10:02 a.m.

    Wow. You might as well rephrase that to say, “Please, don’t re-elect me again come November!” Whomever is going to run against him next election cycle is saying, “Thank you, God. THANK YOU!”

  34. Steven Seagull

    April 4, 2014
    10:03 a.m.

    Oh those poor poor babies. There must be a law against this!

  35. Ronaldus_Maximus

    April 4, 2014
    10:03 a.m.

    If you jackasses are doing it for the money, shame on you. I guarantee, if you put it to a national vote, 90% would say you don’t deserve the pay you get. Much less any more. Please.

  36. whoisjohngalt58

    April 4, 2014
    10:03 a.m.

    WOW. they are supposed to servant not live high off the hog.

  37. tony tyler

    April 4, 2014
    10:03 a.m.

    game over for America.. these people are monsters.

  38. Wilkins Micawber

    April 4, 2014
    10:04 a.m.

    If it’s not enough pay then don’t seek office. End of problem.

  39. FlyFree

    April 4, 2014
    10:04 a.m.

    If you don’t like it, leave!

  40. Alfred Neuman

    April 4, 2014
    10:04 a.m.

    It’s truly amazing how members of congress came become multi-millionaires while being underpaid. Perhaps Jim Moran or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid can share some of their secrets.

  41. BenderIsGreat

    April 4, 2014
    10:04 a.m.

    What’s the matter, Jim? Bribes and dirty money not flowing like it used to?

  42. Josh

    April 4, 2014
    10:04 a.m.

    If I had job where I wasn’t getting enough money, I’d find another job. In government, if they are not getting enough money, they just pass their own raise.

  43. BarbDwyr

    April 4, 2014
    10:05 a.m.

    Wow. Talk about being out of touch with his constituency. Maybe he needs to join the ranks of the unemployed and then look for a better job.

  44. haydenma

    April 4, 2014
    10:05 a.m.

    What a colossal, corrupt, ignorant, arrogant POS!

  45. Name

    April 4, 2014
    10:05 a.m.

    No problem if there is an Amendment to limit terms of POTUS, House and Senate to 8 years and stagger the elections like they do with the Senate – about a 3rd of each comes up every two years.

  46. Bob Parkman

    April 4, 2014
    10:05 a.m.

    Moran is definitely overpaid, but if you son is found to be helping people commit vote fraud, I guess your costs go up.

  47. DDP

    April 4, 2014
    10:06 a.m.

    I would recommend we pay each member of Congress $5 million to retire. That would save us a fortune.

  48. 729

    April 4, 2014
    10:06 a.m.

    We must stop electing Public Serpents and start electing Public Servants.

  49. John Rustic

    April 4, 2014
    10:06 a.m.

    Hey congressman numbnutz: booFu*kinghoo!!!

  50. John Galt

    April 4, 2014
    10:06 a.m.

    It’s a poor politician that can’t steal enough from taxpayers to get by in Washington today. Boo hoo, I feel so sorry for them.

  51. tim

    April 4, 2014
    10:06 a.m.

    stop spending your money on hookers and blow.

  52. OrlandoRican

    April 4, 2014
    10:06 a.m.

    This American thinks you are way overpaid. If you don’t like your pay do us all a favor and quit. But then you might have to get a real job.

  53. smokehouse56

    April 4, 2014
    10:06 a.m.

    I’ll pass on this one. It’s way too easy.

  54. Ralph Davis

    April 4, 2014
    10:06 a.m.

    Perhaps members of congress should look into “GoToMeeting.com” and stay the hell in their districts, saving taxpayers millions in travel and office costs. There’s no reason they can’t work remotely. Just don’t let Obama develop the software….

  55. Probus

    April 4, 2014
    10:06 a.m.

    With todays technology they can work from home.

  56. Jessie

    April 4, 2014
    10:07 a.m.

    Please pay the politicians, how is it possible that Justin Bieber can out earn the country’s decision makers!

  57. doublehotdog

    April 4, 2014
    10:07 a.m.

    What about all the lobbying $ they pull in?

    • Tommy

      April 4, 2014
      10:12 a.m.

      Not to mention the under the table money and bribes.

  58. Ed

    April 4, 2014
    10:07 a.m.

    “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,”
    Thank comment alone should be grounds for dismissal. Virgina, if you can, start an immediate recall on this Blozo.

  59. snapperman

    April 4, 2014
    10:07 a.m.

    Moran just needs to ask how Harry Reid managed on his Congressional income all those years, even becoming a multi-millionaire in the process. Evidently Moran needs a basic course on budgeting – personal and governmental.

    • JDStill

      April 4, 2014
      10:10 a.m.

      While living year round in a suite of the most expensive hotel in Washington no less!

      • bluesky

        April 4, 2014
        10:11 a.m.

        They can only make so much from insider trading.

  60. Name

    April 4, 2014
    10:07 a.m.

    Little known fact: His family changed its name from More on to Moran when they got off the boat in 1903.

  61. algonquinmatt

    April 4, 2014
    10:07 a.m.

    It’s amazing how many of them are working for peanuts and come away wealthy.

    i guess the best and the brightest ARE representing us.

    or they are corrupt liars.

  62. JoeThePimpernel

    April 4, 2014
    10:08 a.m.

    It ain’t your seat, Jimmy.

    It’s not meant to be a permanent job.

    Citizens are supposed to do it for a few years, then step aside and go back to the real world.

  63. EchoLiberty

    April 4, 2014
    10:08 a.m.

    Three words: Out of touch

  64. billmelater1

    April 4, 2014
    10:08 a.m.

    This is what you get when Congress members live in a bubble which has no attachment to reality. Time to vote them ALL OUT.

  65. Rick Smith

    April 4, 2014
    10:08 a.m.

    The WICKEDNESS of the RULING CLASS in America would to spark a REVOLUTION,
    in eighteenth century America.
    In the decadent, corrupt, degenerate, depraved twenty first century it wouldn’t light a match.
    That is the price of immorality in a nation that has lost its foundation and its way.

  66. telleroftruth

    April 4, 2014
    10:08 a.m.

    Our founding fathers never expected these positions to be full time. They were contribution positions for only a few weeks a year. Look at Texas’s legislature.
    They should only convene 3 times a year for a few weeks each time, and that is it. Pay their expenses for that period of time, no salary, and that is it.

  67. Mr. Fish (catch & release)

    April 4, 2014
    10:08 a.m.

    I’ve said this before but…..

    Okay, double or triple their salaries, with conditions:

    1. Fully repeal the ACA
    2. Impeach Obama and charge him with treason
    3. Replace Eric Holder
    4. Investigate Holder, Pelosi, Reid for crimes against the American people ( Any conservative too)
    5. Close the boarders, deport all not legally in the country
    6. Require proof of citizenship to vote
    7. De-certify all public sector unions
    8. Eliminate 50% of all government regulations
    9. Flat or fair tax of some sort and eliminate the IRS
    10. Implement a budget balance amendment

    For starters. Then you can have your raise with gratitude.

    • digitaltexan

      April 4, 2014
      10:38 a.m.

      Very clear thoughts. I like it. Just add term limits and a balanced budget bill that jails congress if they fail and I am in!

  68. Josefa

    April 4, 2014
    10:08 a.m.

    I guess they didn’t factor in the bribes- maybe that’s not listed on turbotax as income

    • BigBoa

      April 4, 2014
      10:13 a.m.

      Sure it is……

      “Any other income….”

  69. Booger Brown

    April 4, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    Politicians are underpaid but they all become millionaires before they leave Congress…….strange how that works.

  70. Bill Fairweather

    April 4, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    Any time Jimmy Boy wants to swap paychecks with me I would gladly accept. Or he could retire and go to work as a lobbyist (leech on society) and make more money than his current piddling $174K plus benefits. Jerk.

  71. Larry Nichols

    April 4, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    Too bad the people on this forum cannot see me. I Have my index finger and thumb pressed together and I am rubbing them. What I am doing is playing the world’s tiniest violin little for Jimmy Moran and the rest of his fellow poor souls in Congress. But I have a solution for this master stateman; I was just in the Walmart in Camden NJ, I understand that they are hiring. But none of this can be true!! Harry Reid lives in a luxurious apartment in the plush Watergate building. This despite the fact that he entered office with little personal wealth. Jimmy should stop by harry’s office and ask him how he makes his dollar stretch so far.

    • adsdasd

      April 4, 2014
      10:22 a.m.

      Haha :) Nice image. Some other commenters are exercising a different finger at the screen and the article’s sentiments.

  72. oynque

    April 4, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    Actually, Mr. Moran, IF legislators were Board members of a true business dependent on success/failure of maintaining a positive operating ratio the majority of you would be terminated on the spot.
    The $174k salary is but a fraction of the “stink-burger” aka “golden parachute” you and your colleagues have voted for your egregious selves without knowledge, permission and/or approval by your electorate, is the other insult.
    Balance the budget, shrink the role and function of the federal government and demand full accountability, then I might be a little more tolerant of listening to your salary proposals. But when the poverty rates in this country are what they are you have nothing but stupid audacity to ask for more.

    • MadMoto

      April 4, 2014
      10:12 a.m.

      You NAILED it.

    • BigBoa

      April 4, 2014
      10:12 a.m.

      Not to mention that most of THIS “board” would be doing time in the slammer….

      • oynque

        April 4, 2014
        11:06 a.m.

        Agreed. And for perjury/lying starting with mouth-piece Carney all the to Obama along with the heads of every current federal administration office they’d be disbarred as well as incarcerated and prohibited from running for any public office every again.

  73. jxgrab

    April 4, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    Even better cap all politicians income and pay the excess over the cap to poorer politicians.
    Let the lowlife politicians share their wealth.

  74. Wally

    April 4, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    NO! NO pay raises for these vermins!

    We struggle more than these millionaires!

  75. Gordon Freeman

    April 4, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    Harry Reid lives at the ritz Carlton in d.c. Poor guy, give me a raise!

  76. Opinionated2

    April 4, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    Harry should help a brother out and take on a roommate.

  77. Max

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    Let them come home and live.

  78. Mikey

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    They voted themselves the right to legally use insider trading while everyone else who does this goes to jail. Their legal insider trading steals money from other investors.

    • adsdasd

      April 4, 2014
      10:18 a.m.

      I thought they passed regulation to deter that? I don’t recall the specifics, but the whole thing irked me. We already have laws against insider trading – let’s apply it to all those who do it, including these primadonnas. Why did they need “new legislation,” unless they crafted the language to create gaping holes you could drive a truck through. …?

  79. billmelater1

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    This is what the Framers of the Constitution worried would happen.

  80. Bill Fairweather

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    And they wonder why we want term limits…

  81. JanitorWillie

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    I don’t have a problem subsidizing them….MEANS TEST THEM FIRST. IF you can afford it, it’s out of pocket. Most dems, being rich, are taking a step DOWN in moving to D.C.

  82. Lookin4Change

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    IS THIS SOB OUTTA HIS FREAKIN MIND? I’VE TAKEN AN 80% PAY CUT SINCE 2007!!

  83. Doug Sterling

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    Perhaps we should abolish the Congress and let the American people vote directly on the Internet.

    • adsdasd

      April 4, 2014
      10:12 a.m.

      This administration would go for that – and give the contract for building online voting to the one that bungled the Obamacare site.
      Great idea, but who can we trust to build it?

      • bluesky

        April 4, 2014
        10:13 a.m.

        George Soros?

        • adsdasd

          April 4, 2014
          10:19 a.m.

          Well, he would worm his way into anything.

  84. Tommy

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    If they don’t like the pay, don’t run for the office. In my opinion, Moran is grossly overpaid for his mean spirited antics and arrogance.

  85. johnnybopbop2

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More like under worked!

  86. Bud Strong

    April 4, 2014
    10:10 a.m.

    Fire anyone of these bastards who try to raise their pay. They deserve a decrease.

  87. NotBuyingIt

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    I feel sorry enough for them all to beseech them to go home and take some time off.

  88. Booger Brown

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    ARREST THIS MAN!!!

  89. NickandLynds

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    Jim, if you aren’t happy with your salary, you are free to get another job. You won’t be missed. By the way, I hear Walmart is hiring.

  90. Yu So Wong

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    That why we need term limits. So that elected people will not be encouraged to stay beyond the times of their contribution.

  91. BigBoa

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    Someone should remind them,,,,, most anyone can get health insurance for just $100 a day…..

  92. RogerW

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    You knew what the job paid when you took it. If you don’t like it, find another job.

    • Shootist

      April 4, 2014
      10:12 a.m.

      You’re wrong, you know.

      If you don’t pay your servants enough you won’t have good servants, only rich ones.

  93. Brad Broadwell

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    My God are these guys out of touch buffoons
    or what?

  94. Shootist

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    I agree that junior Congress critters don’t make enough to live reasonably in DC.

  95. PrincessBarry

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    Not only should there not be a raise. There should be ONE unpaid term for each Congress critter. Moran needs to go to rehab. Not paid by Americans.

  96. agreatsign

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    With few exceptions, I think these people who blatantly ignore the will of the people are grossly overpaid.
    Come November we need to give a bunch of them their pink slips.

  97. JBar595

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    America should be asking for a refund from this ignorant fool.

  98. Judy P65

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    I like their kind of math. They get paid $178,000, but by the time they retire they are all millionaires and better. How do you suppose that happens? They all must skim off the top. All are so crooked, they can’t lay in bed straight.

  99. Jessie

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    If we paid the politicians enough money the billionaires won’t be able to corrupt them with money!

    • Petar

      April 4, 2014
      10:24 a.m.

      You are great evidence that smoking marijuana should remain illegal. What a maroon! I bet your a fan of increasing the minimum wage as well. Just pay them more and all will be well.

  100. Mike Nowicki

    April 4, 2014
    10:11 a.m.

    You think Congress is hated now? Go ahead a get a raise…..I say vote them ALL OUT,regardless of party.

  101. Name

    April 4, 2014
    10:12 a.m.

    Go live in “those” zip codes – 1. You will save thousands in living expenses and 2. you will clean up the neighborhood and drive crime down significantly.

  102. Jonathan Reichel

    April 4, 2014
    10:12 a.m.

    Hahahahahahajajhahhahhahhahhahaahahhahahahhahahhahhhahahhahah

  103. baldwin

    April 4, 2014
    10:12 a.m.

    If the senate is such a tough underpaying job, how come nobody ever wants to leave? We see guys like Arlen Specter, dying of cancer, switching parties in order to
    give him self a better shot at re-election. Frank Lautenberg on his death bed wouldn’t give it up. Senators Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond just among many who
    serve well past retirement age because the job is so tough and poor paying. When are we going to term limit these blood sucking leeches?

  104. Radagast_the_Brown

    April 4, 2014
    10:12 a.m.

    174k isn’t enough for Moran. He really needs to live it up before he dies and goes to Hell. He only has maybe 15-20 good years left.

  105. Bringthehate

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    He should just shut up and be happy their salaries aren’t performance based..

  106. John C

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    Oh, boo hoo, he can’t live on $174,000.00 plus more money for committees and even more for Committee chairmanships. Hey you can always quit.

  107. Carmels4me

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    Shameless Buffoons! Take your underpaid a$$es and go home if you don’t like it. The Board of Directors for the World’s largest economy has failed miserably and doesn’t deserve another red cent of my hard earned tax dollars!

  108. Gordon Freeman

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    Congress gets a free pass on insider trading. Who needs a raise when you have lobbyists writing you checks, and hedge fund managers giving you the goods.

  109. Demlies

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid”

    For two days a week? Hardly. In fact, let’s remove all perks and see who really
    want to serve the people. Time to weed out the morans.

  110. johnnybopbop2

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    Get your lazy butts in gear and get this once great country back on its feet again!

  111. Ferd321

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    The hubris of most congressmen and senators knows no bounds! They have, on the record in the past, compared their pay to Neurosurgeons and Fortune 500 C.E.O.’s, maintaining they are worth at least s much as those folks. Of course, they do not work 100 hours a week and accomplish very little, save for running for re-election from the first day they are sworn in. I say, shoot them all and start over by banning lawyers from serving, impose strict term limits, ban them from any post retirement lobbying, and start sending our neighbors to D.C. for a single six year term.

  112. ounceoflogic

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    Do they take into account their perks, bribes, investment tips, slush funds, illegal dealings, land deals, and so on?

    • motimer

      April 4, 2014
      10:17 a.m.

      and their legal insider trading ?

  113. Aztec_Chimera

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    Maybe if he understood inflation and how the Federal Reserve system has gutted the middle class he could make some real progress on income inequality and affordability.

    What am I thinking, he’s just a dimwit politician.

  114. Brad

    April 4, 2014
    10:13 a.m.

    They should be required to live in their office or go home to their home state.

  115. Erik

    April 4, 2014
    10:14 a.m.

    Yes, keep singing that tune Jim. Sing it loudly and at every opportunity you have. And then mail it out to everyone in your district and make sure they know you’re a Democrat from Northern Virginia complaining about the cost of living in Washington DC! Go for it!

  116. LiberalsAreCancer

    April 4, 2014
    10:14 a.m.

    Public service!! Pay the bastards 40 grand a year, make them pay into their own 401k & pension plan & for their own health insurance like the rest of America. That will weed the cockroaches out real fast.

  117. Jessie

    April 4, 2014
    10:14 a.m.

    If politicians had big salaries billionaires wouldn’t be be able to corrupt them with money!

    • pesky_facts

      April 4, 2014
      10:15 a.m.

      In my book, politicians DO have big salaries … just sayin’ …

      • Jessie

        April 4, 2014
        10:15 a.m.

        Not nearly big enough!

        • pesky_facts

          April 4, 2014
          10:16 a.m.

          Please …

        • PutTheClockBackOnTheWall

          April 4, 2014
          10:19 a.m.

          “For the first time, more than half of congressional lawmakers are worth at least $1 million.”

          Poor babies…..

    • Jerry Dever

      April 4, 2014
      10:24 a.m.

      they would corrupt them with more $, women & power

  118. 1Mojo_Risin9

    April 4, 2014
    10:14 a.m.

    Seems the “whiter” the hair, the more left the politician — White hair, supreme Bolshevik — without a semblance of common sense, possessor of abject economic illiteracy, on display daily!

  119. pesky_facts

    April 4, 2014
    10:14 a.m.

    Now … where did I put my freakin’ violin …

  120. RedHotRash

    April 4, 2014
    10:14 a.m.

    utter BS…they don’t deserve the salary they make.

  121. Buck

    April 4, 2014
    10:14 a.m.

    WTF!!!!!!! I’ll take his job and all the perks that go with it. Especially not having
    to be on Obamacare!

  122. freedom_is_good

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    When Congress passes a balanced budget for 50 consecutive years, they can have a pay raise.

  123. JP

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    Only in America … Could the government collect more tax dollars from

    the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion

    dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7Million PER

    MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

    • JP

      April 4, 2014
      10:15 a.m.

      And they want a raise for accomplishing the above…give me a break!

  124. carlyle_ny

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    You don’t like the salary? Get another job, you bum! There are people just as if not more qualified than you who will take your place for less money—and I’m one of them!

  125. RIMSPOKE

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    HOW ABOUT CONSIDERING CONGRESSIONAL PERKS AS PART OF
    THEIR SALARY ?

    A RAISE , SERIOUSLY ? GOOD GRIEF !
    WHAT DO THEY DO NOW THAT JUSTIFIES A $175,000 ?
    IF THEY CUT IT IN HALF IT WOULD STILL BE TOO MUCH .

    WHY CAN’T WE BASE THEIR SALARY ON MONEY LEFT OVER AFTER BALANCING THE BUDGET ?
    THINGS WOULD BE DONE DIFFERENTLY FOR SURE & WE WOULD ALL BE BETTER OFF .

  126. sirandrew

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    Under paid ????
    For the work they do , the hours at work and what they actually do,they are vastly over paid.
    I would not be surprised if the opt to join a union.

  127. Dikbert

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    between your thumb and forefinger

  128. John

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    I think congress should know that the American people have had enough. If $174,000 isn’t enough, then they need to go home and get a real job. Then we need to move that damn capitol to Kansas and in the process, shut down the 50% of it that does nothing but push paper. The Federal government needs to be dismantled.

  129. B_Olton

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    4 year term limits…problem solved

  130. kjatexas

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    I’ve got a great idea, why don’t you all go back home to your home states. That would certainly limit the damage you are all doing to the country.

  131. JukeJohnson

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    They should be paid what their worth but there’s a minimum wage law.

  132. southernmom1

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    Congressional jobs were NOT designed to be a way of life. If he doesn’t like his pay, don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. AND don’t you DARE propose a pay raise when you have cut pay for our service people. When and IF they have at least 6 months of added pay, then the public might listen to a proposal. But given the Democrats and their push to fund the ACA, I doubt it. Why doesn’t he go talk to Ms. Pelosi and ask her where are the 400,000 new jobs created when this act passed. Go get one of those!!

  133. Cindy Otis

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    The military are underpaid. Inner city teachers are underpaid. Members of Congress are so overpaid it’s ridiculous. They SHOULDN’T be given a full time salary – being in Congress should NOT be a full time job. Allowing people to spend all year in DC and become “career” politicians has led to the mass corruption we see in the Federal Gov’t today. Here’s a perfect example from the article “Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they
    underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for
    the largest economic entity in the world.””

    See that’s the problem right there. Gov’t fails at almost everything it does. The free market IS better – always has been and always will be. Congress SHOULD NOT be thinking they are in charge of the economy. They should be getting out of the way and letting the economy take care of itself. I say pay them less, have strict term limits, and force them to have real jobs so the DC gravy train is derailed for good. Make Congress live and work under the same conditions they force us to work and live under.

  134. RedHotRash

    April 4, 2014
    10:15 a.m.

    geeze, look at the rest of us, stuck with high taxes and obamacare…suck it

  135. sixwhitehorses

    April 4, 2014
    10:16 a.m.

    They’re clearly underpaid, especially when you consider that they legislate and fund the butchering of millions and millions of babies. They deserve a raise.

    • dissonance

      April 4, 2014
      10:17 a.m.

      lol. That’s hilarious.

  136. Jess L. Jessup

    April 4, 2014
    10:16 a.m.

    Send them home to their states and districts. They can meet via video conferencing and travel to DC a few days a month for votes.

  137. MaybeA

    April 4, 2014
    10:16 a.m.

    Sure, here in NH we give $100 per yr. Work for you? No? Then STFU and be happy you get what you do, grasping idiot.

  138. Smartattack

    April 4, 2014
    10:16 a.m.

    …..perhaps if we weren’t already paying SO MANY members of Congress and bureaucrats SO MUCH….and if the number of INCREDIBLY PAID lobbyists could be cut back…inflation and housing in the DC area wouldn’t be so high….also, with such paltry salaries of $174,000, how do so many of these members become multi-millionaires during their terms of service?….

  139. rtc_MA

    April 4, 2014
    10:16 a.m.

    Maybe …. just maybe …. THEY SHOULDN’T LIVE IN WASHINGTON! Maybe living in their district and having a LIMITED, PART TIME CONGRESS would be a good thing! UNPAID would be even better!

  140. Lummi

    April 4, 2014
    10:16 a.m.

    Before any consideration is given to a Congressional pay raise, a complete disclosure of all compensation and benefits should be made public. That includes pay, retirement plans, travel, “perks” like haircuts, restaurants, gyms, etc, to say nothing of the goodies that lobbyists lay on them. If it’s such a financial and family hardship, it amazes me that so many of them want to keep returning term after term to toil unappreciated in such demeaning conditions. Call me a cynic, but I find it hard to believe that they all are motivated by an overwhelming desire make big personal sacrifices simply in order to serve their fellow citizens.

  141. flatj

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    They’re not underpaid enough.

  142. Zohar Khan

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    Pay should be proportional to performance. Considering the Congress’ public approval ratings… they should pay us for their free seats at the “Club”.

  143. LoyalJetFan

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    “Board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world”???!? That’s their view of democracy?? Is this guy Moran serious?

    I’m stunned by this hubris! This guy needs his perspective adjusted. He’s a public SERVANT. All across this land Americans volunteer for they school boards and township committees – working without pay – and they (we) understand the meaning of being a public SERVANT. Our interest in democracy is making sure it is PRESERVED, not that we profit by it!!!!

    Hey Moran – why don’t you and your “board” do us a favor and go on STRIKE?

    I’m disgusted. Utterly disgusted.

  144. Nick

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    So they’re underpaid….. is that why the don’t do anything? Those self-righteous jet setting MF’s need to NOT be paid until they actually do something. Pass a budget and maybe you can get paid. and then poor them, their healthcare is subsidized by the american taxpayers. If I don’t do my job I get fired and I don’t get paid. Every member of congress should not be paid until they start producing, maybe that would get them to do their damn jobs!

    Poor guys can’t “afford to live decently in Washington D.C.”. Maybe because DC has the fastest growth of millionaires in the country and the cost of living their (along with the crime) is through the roof. Don’t they Live in the states they are from? Must be hard to drink and socialize all night, bang interns left and right and get any work done.

  145. nine14six

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    Underpaid?!!! What an arrogant bunch of good-for-nothings. Maybe they should quit sucking on the government teet And get a real job in the private sector. Fire them all.

    • pesky_facts

      April 4, 2014
      10:18 a.m.

      Yep … except they’ve managed to kill the economy and ship all the jobs off-shore.

  146. pesky_facts

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    I say … embrace the suck, fellas.

  147. Johnny Argon

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    Hey , if you feel as sorry for him as I do ,
    Fax him a quick note of encouragement at
    202 225 0017 or 703 922 9436

  148. John Seymore

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    moran is the filthy corrupt democrat from disgusting alexadria

  149. OWilson

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    The bigger government gets, the more they lose touch with reality, and with real folk.
    They have no concept of “public service”. They actually believe we are working for them!

  150. Karl Magnus

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    IF we returned to the CITIZEN Legislature as the Founders intended, this would not be an issue. In the alternative, how about dormitories/barracks for the CongressCritters? If it’s good enough for our military and college students, it should be good enough for them. In the meantime, they should just stop whining. They are only embarrassing themselves, especially money-grubbing Leftist poseurs like Moran.
    ~(Ä)~

  151. L Renea Woodward

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    The Party of the Rich: The millionaire Democrats are the party of the rich and not the Republicans as pushed by the main stream media.

  152. 951Timeless

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    It’s not like as if they’re doing a spectacular or even decent job.

  153. John Smith

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    “but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” Were that true, the board would have been tossed by the shareholders. Unfortunately, the “shareholders” in this case are truly ignoramuses who continue to lemming away with the party lever. If the States had any guts they’d have a Constitutional Convention, toss all of Congress out and make the Constitution the governing document.

  154. JDC

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    What would they do if we the people gave them back what they have giving us, talk about being done wrong!

  155. jtisinsc

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT GETTING THEIR DOLLARS WORTH WITH THE HUMAN EXCREMENT THAT WALK THE HALLS IN BOTH HOUSES !

    • rtc_MA

      April 4, 2014
      10:22 a.m.

      We need to GIVE WASHINGTON AN ENEMA!

    • Jessie

      April 4, 2014
      10:23 a.m.

      We the people are quite happy to discuss pay raises for the politicians, once they do the jobs we hired them for!

  156. RedHotRash

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    he’s part of the problem

  157. Philly-Buster

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    Mr Moran,
    Are you serious? Compensation should be based on performance not the fact that you cant pay your bills. If I went to my boss and said I need a raise because I have credit card debt he would laugh me out of his office. If they cant afford the job they should quit and flip burgers at McDonalds or steal lollipops from little kids. Besides lets look at your performance, you have run up $17 trillion in debt with no end in sight and another $5.3 trillion on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet, you have created another unfunded entitlement and have not growth the economy in 5 years and for this you expect a raise for this performance? Let me help you with how the world really works. People get raise for performance when they increase sales, increase profitability, improve cashflow bring new products to the market. Lets make a deal! Lets say you guys balance the budget and grow the economy for the next five years then we will talk about giving you a raise. Until then you should be happy to just have a Job. Besides a whole lot of you will be leaving in November!

    Respectfully,

    P. Buster

  158. hitechsailor

    April 4, 2014
    10:17 a.m.

    “. . . the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” – Where in the Constitution is that listed as a role of the Federal government? That he thinks this is a BIG part of the problem!

  159. Days_of_Noe

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    We should pay them the average salary of a worker from their home state. That would insure they stay grounded in the issues that impact their constituency. More importantly, it would insure that none of them make a career out of public office. It was never intended to be lifelong job. It was certainly never intended that they become millionaires from the position although most of them have done so.

  160. Joe Smith

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    Go back home and a job like the rest of us do.
    When I stop seeing people get elected, go to Washington
    and then in 10years they ARENT rich, I will be sympathetic.
    What a clownass loser!

  161. migtex1234

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    LOL, these part time ego’s need a reality check and lessons on constitution. congress has the lowest rating of all. They keep sharing THEIR opinion rather than representing their own citizens. I would call them useless.

  162. Oilfart1

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    then, they should return to their regular jobs, if they can’t afford to live in D.C.

  163. DoneWDems

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    Then tell me, HOW DO SO MANY OF THEM RETIRE MULTI-MILLIONARES???????????

  164. rtc_MA

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    How about we tie their compensation to their performance ….. the less you spend the more you make! Tie it to inflation, Inflation UP …. compensation DOWN.
    Or tie it to a base income tax rate …. the lower the rate the higher their compensation!

  165. Guy Joseph

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    Give them a pay raise only if they have to contribute to their on retirement system, do away with all the perks they receive, like free medical, their current retirement system, etc. Also require them to work 40 hours a week and no extented vacations.

  166. BigD

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    I’m sorry, but I find it really hard to have any sympathy for someone that cannot make on a $174,000 salary. Especially when they get it for doing nothing. If that’s the way they continue to work, let them draw welfare as a salary just like all the others that don’t want to work.

  167. Dill Bates

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    Time to throw them all out!!

  168. David

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    One would think that with all of the corrupt under-the-table deals that Members of Con-gress make (including being beholden to the Banksters) that they would be livin’ Lolita. Greed begets greed…

  169. lewpubco

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    The earn more than a military three star general who has far more actual responsibility. More importantly, they earn over five times the salary of a Marine sergeant, who has a far more important job than they do. If they keep carping the public might actually figure out one day that we really don’t need them at all. I’m a big proponent of returning to a part-time congress. Lots less damage done that way.

  170. RedHotRash

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    balance the budget and we’ll talk

  171. BillV

    April 4, 2014
    10:18 a.m.

    Maybe we should introduce term limits so our congressmen aren’t forced to suffer for so long.

  172. daveinboca

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    Moran is a typical greedy Democrat who believes government should take care of the poor like himself, who lives in ritzy Alexandria close to the Capitol. He was recently accused of fraud, so his cries for more money should be discounted, if not discredited.

  173. cointelanalyst

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    um. NO! give the military a pay raise FIRST. so sick of these POS.

  174. BigBoa

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    This topic ALWAYS reminds the mighty Boa of a time back in the early 80s. Some goofy marxist democrat was crying his case on TV. Congress was trying to get a raise, public was opposed.

    This buffoon explained that it cost SO MUCH MONEY to live in DC. Then, the clincher when he stated that most of the public had NO IDEA how difficult it is to own and maintain TWO homes..

    The mighty Boa had to agree… many have no idea how difficult it can be to own ONE!

  175. Petar

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    Underpaid my @$$. Give me a break. CUT THEIR PAY.

    How can a member of congress go from being a regular person to a multi-millionairre? Be a member of Congress. The get their base plus extra for every committee their on, no penalty for insider trading, and of course the corruption.

  176. gzizzle

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    IMO the job should be a volunteer position anyway.

  177. Ken

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    Underpaid! Really. These freaking morons are spending the peoples money at an alarming rate. They act like a bunch of immature children in the toy store. They make three times the medium wage of the people or better. They all should be thrown out of office period! They Obama’s spend more on vacations that a small city makes in a year, all at the peoples expense. For what? What has that worthless lump of coal done for anyone? Except force people who work to buy insurance for people who are too damn lazy to. I would not even let most of the DC trash enter my home.

    • lndependent

      April 4, 2014
      10:41 a.m.

      He’s done a hell of a lot for illegal aliens and furnished guns to the cartels through Fast and Furious. How dare you accuse him of not doing anything for anybody.

  178. Michael Panetta

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    Hey Moran.. I found a place to rent for 995 a month in Washtington, DC.. Maybe you need to live within your means…

  179. Squid Hunt

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    It’s time for these charlatans to go.

  180. Trialdog

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    Fine Mr. Moran. We’ll pay you based on performance.
    Now, stop your insider trading, excessive staffing, franking, and other handouts.

  181. TxPatriot53

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    How about we build them a dorm, just like in college, put in a cafeteria, so they have free room and board and meals, and give them $20 a day for incidentals. Much more than they are worth!

    • lndependent

      April 4, 2014
      10:38 a.m.

      Room, board and meals are not free in college. Having three kids I know this well.

  182. rtc_MA

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    That’s it people …. the final straw …. TIME TO GIVE WASHINGTON A COMPLETE ENEMA IN 2014! Vote out EVERY INCUMBENT IN THE HOUSE AND 1/3 OF THE SENATE!

  183. James Brown

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    If they can’t afford to live there, leave!

  184. Jack Bolly

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    Wow! Just another example of how out of touch with the country the Ruling Class is. How about a pay cut Rep Moran!!!??? Many, many folks in this country that are being asked yearly to pay more local, state, and federal taxes have had not their pay frozen, but cut.

  185. D.I.

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

  186. realheadline

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    Really, according to their net worth they’ve done remarkably well on a government salary. One could say they’ve made out like bandits.

  187. YeahOK

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    What a crock! I’m deeply offended by any legislator thinking they’re underpaid. Many of these highly paid mouthpieces couldn’t survive outside of Congress without joining a lobbying group or living off the sweet nest they built only because of the office they now hold.

  188. robert stuart

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    I’ve known a few congressmen in my life and I never knew one who left DC poorer financially than when they first entered the halls of power. Heck the greatest example was LBJ who had a pot but no window when he was 1st elected from Texas and when he returned after doing nothing but being an elected official was a multi-millionaire. He was one of those hah-hah with no real passion behind it jokes.

  189. Branden Sloan

    April 4, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    Boo hoo hoo. What a crock. Another clueless idiot.

  190. Falcon 78

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    Rep Moran has suffered underpayment, somehow, for 12 terms–roughly 24 years, 25% of a century. Why then, given being so poorly paid, did he stick around for a quarter of a century? I’m sure his interns are feeling the same way.

  191. cleo48

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    The only members of Congress that are underpaid are those not selling their services to lobbyists. The rest, like Reid, are quite comfortable thank you very much. And as Mark Twain said: “America has no inherent criminal class, except maybe Congress.”

  192. RedHotRash

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    greedy democrat bass tard

  193. Jessie

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    As your bosses we the people demand you do your job first and then we can talk of a pay raise!

  194. Jerzeyboy

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    They could always give up their cable TV and cell, oh, that’s right, they don’t pay for that anyway, only us stupid working stiff pay for thing we need and use.

  195. Hiker42

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    Pay raise, hell no! No elected official should receive another pay check until congress produces a budget!

  196. BevfromNYC

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    Oh, this is golden material for the midterm cycle. Seriously, they are underpaid at $174K and all travel and other expenses included plus all of those perks from every lobby in the known universe. Personally, I think that it is time that they be paid the same as the average income of their respective constituency. And only when Congress is in session which should be every two years. I have never been in favor of term limits, but I am beginning to change my mind.

  197. XXXXX

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    Yea find another job, you suck at this one anyway.

  198. Winston III

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    Did it ever occur to these idiots there is absolutely no reason for elected officials to reside in Washington, D. C. except to vote on bills perhaps two or three times a year period. They need to live and breathe in their districts and states, let those crazy lobbyists come to them. Can one imagine the savings? So much work is done today anyway electronically.

  199. Engineer 100

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    Almost all of them should be in prison with no pay at all.

  200. Blue Star mom

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    If the pay is so bad, why do they spend millions to get the job? Maybe it is because the perks make up for the “low” salary.

  201. Opinionated2

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    Initially I was outraged given what we know about Reid, Pelosi and others. But it can be argued that Congressmen living in their offices are probably not using their position to line their pockets. They do not deserve to be vilified for the actions of others. We should be careful to make that distinction.

    • lndependent

      April 4, 2014
      10:33 a.m.

      If you can prove that any of them are living in their offices please do so. And their offices should be pretty swanky in view of the allowances they get for them.

  202. Kelley Wright

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    We talking just base pay or the greased palms, kickbacks and under the table deals too?

  203. El Mac

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    Utter crap! Underpaid? Perhaps they will enjoy the accomodations at the nearest Federal Correctional Institute as that is where they all belong.

  204. Aaron Costello

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    Of course they are underpaid. You think it’s easy to come up with new and painful ways to ruin everyone’s life??

  205. John

    April 4, 2014
    10:20 a.m.

    This out of touch idiot should motivate us to get rid of them all next fall!

  206. Jerry Patterson

    April 4, 2014
    10:21 a.m.

    When you add the perks, House members make more than a half million per year. The Senators make over three-quarters of a million. They get all kinds of subsidies.

  207. MOE

    April 4, 2014
    10:21 a.m.

    Can someone tell me what the hell makes these people so delusional?

    • Layla

      April 4, 2014
      10:25 a.m.

      P O W E R AND G R E E D.

  208. ohgo

    April 4, 2014
    10:21 a.m.

    LOL!

  209. Hill411

    April 4, 2014
    10:21 a.m.

    When an individual is hired for a position, the individual should understand the conditions of employment, INCLUDING the amount that is paid for that position AND the responsibilities the individual is required to perform. Apparently there are members of Congress who are not quite bright enough to have researched the pay schedule and responsibilities associated with the performance of their employment. As in any other employment situation that has established criteria for employment, IF you do not like the conditions, LEAVE! The fact that some members of Congress are ‘forced’ to live in homes that are too small for them really brings a tear to my eye! I didn’t know that housing should be an entitlement for legislators! Apparently, some members of Congress still hven’t become MULTI-MILLIONAIRES while inoffice. Poor babies!

  210. Layla

    April 4, 2014
    10:21 a.m.

    You all need to be removed from office if you haven’t noticed how Americans are still losing homes, jobs, can’t afford Obamacare. You cut our military pay and retirement, but not your own.

    You all need to be removed from office. You are out of control.

  211. Johnny Argon

    April 4, 2014
    10:21 a.m.

    Call his office and ask the person who answers how much they make

    • joyfulgiver

      April 4, 2014
      10:24 a.m.

      legistorm.com it may be .org it lists the salaries of every member of congress and their staff. A real eye opener. no one in D.c is lacking!

  212. edbarbar

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    He’s a Democrat. I wonder how he feels about the gentrification of DC by Washington politicians, insiders, govt. workers, and lobbyists. For shame. Aren’t Democrats for the little people? They should be ashamed of pushing the crack mommas onto the street.

  213. Jerry Patterson

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    I might add that almost all of the congressmen become multi-millionaires because of their position.

  214. Karen Pickford Pluhar

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    I have worked for the State for almost 13 years, my daughter qualifies for reduced lunches at school. We were slated for a whopping 1% (Yes I said 1%) raise this year. We aren’t going to get it, we were denied. I make less than $25,000 a year and I scrape by, not very well some months, but I make due. Sorry, I have no sympathy for you guys making close to $200,000 a year. Live on my pay for a month and see how well you do!!!

  215. James V.

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    We’ll raise their salary, as long as they quit making money through bribes and graft. Every American knows you can get Fat-Cat rich being a Congress Person.

    Better yet, no salary increase, let’s just house them in a barracks when they are in DC.

  216. Mason

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    Hey, whiny a$$holes, how about my pay and the pay of my fellow enlistees? Try living life as enlisted personnel do on the pay that we recieve, especially those with families. 174,000? That’s more than five times what I’m making, and I don’t get special kickbacks and other allowances like you.

  217. Batman

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    As public servants, I don’t think they should be paid at all! Provide food, housing, and transportation for them to and from DC, but other than that, there shouldn’t be any compensation.

    • pesky_facts

      April 4, 2014
      10:24 a.m.

      Touché …

  218. Acknud

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    Let him bring it up on the floor and broadcast his desires for the world to see. This will just be more evidence (like we need any) of the democrat, entitlement mentality. Higher pay for them means higher taxes and less money for us. I am sick of these people.

  219. DistributeNothing

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    “Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing
    it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently
    in Washington,” he said.

    Welcome to Obamaville.

  220. Bo knows

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    Can’t wait for American Spring May 16 2014..u-tube it or google it. Time to drag these people out of office !!

  221. danowood

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    Lets remedy that and turn them loose to the private sector jobs, where they actually will have to produce to make a living. Fire all of them.

  222. pesky_facts

    April 4, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    Moran … who’s campaign his son had to resign from due to claims of voter fraud.

  223. Beacon of Truth

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    I’m wet with compassion.

  224. StevenNewsom

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    Don’t live in DC, live in the states you were elected to, and travel.

    • las3000

      April 4, 2014
      10:26 a.m.

      Agree, but add to ” and travel” , “on your own dime, not ours” !!

      • StevenNewsom

        April 4, 2014
        10:27 a.m.

        Or don’t travel at all and use video conferencing technology.

        • las3000

          April 4, 2014
          10:27 a.m.

          Excellent idea!

  225. RedHotRash

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    who the F makes $174 in my hood and is sniveling about it??????

  226. theidel

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    I am leaning the other way on this one. I think we need to turn these “jobs” into part-time jobs and limit the amount of time they are wrecking things. Far too often they seem to have too much time on their hands to get involved with things that don’t really matter and not get done what they need to do.

    Lets have a law similar to that for those in the military. When you leave your job to serve the country, you are guaranteed your position upon your return. Many companies even make up the difference in their salaries.

    Lets get away from this joke “representative of the citizens” and have citizen representatives.

  227. Ed Mang

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    Are you F_ _ KING kidding me? The liberals have lost their minds.

  228. mpmcd81 .

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    It was decided that all the milk and windfall apples, as well as the apples from the regular harvest, would go only to the pigs. After all, the pigs are the brain-workers, and without the pigs, the humans might come back. We pigs do not like milk and apples, but we eat them because we are always looking out for your good.

    I feel soooooooo comforted knowing that pigs like these have my back.

  229. HoiPolloiBoy

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    Maybe he should quit and find a job worthy of his talents 😉

    • RedHotRash

      April 4, 2014
      10:24 a.m.

      picking up dog crap

      • Joseph

        April 4, 2014
        10:30 a.m.

        Cleaning bed pans in a hospital.

    • The Gimlet Eye

      April 4, 2014
      10:25 a.m.

      like ” You want fries with that ?”

  230. mickey_moussaoui

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    If any of them have personal liquid assets that exceeds $2 million then they don’t deserve a raise. They should be paying us !!!!!!

    Give working Americans a raise first and STOP killing job growth with Obama policies

  231. dennis pitner

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    Nobody asked you to run,I think that they should reduce their pay and extra goodies they get and then maybe we will get true citizen legislators .

  232. RedHotRash

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    F you moran

  233. Matweld

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    And then all that money they make as a lobbyist? Holy S*%t

    • MacMan

      April 4, 2014
      10:25 a.m.

      We have the same thoughts!!

      • Guest

        April 4, 2014
        10:32 a.m.

        And how much money is in their Pension Fund that the Media never discloses ?

  234. Gas_Passer

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    Build those elected Washington D.C. critters a couple of military style barracks to live in.

    • Joseph

      April 4, 2014
      10:29 a.m.

      Then cut their pay and charge them for food. They were recently discussing how the troops would be happy with less pay.

  235. dilsin

    April 4, 2014
    10:23 a.m.

    Still working on a formal response to Rep. Moran, but I’m confident I can get it down to two words.

    • AZ_skier1

      April 4, 2014
      10:28 a.m.

      Ha ha…do thoes two words start with F and U perhaps? :)

  236. Sighted In And Ready.

    April 4, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    You are sent their to DO A JOB….it is not intended as permanent employment, nor are you required to be there throughout the whole year. I’ve got a very good solution to the problem. They need to build dormitories for the senators and representatives while congress is in session. It is perfectly acceptable practice to expect soldiers to live in dorm (at best of times), or tents…I think the same practice needs to be done with these legislators.

  237. Ken Schaeffer

    April 4, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    If these buffons got paid what they were worth, they would owe the taxpayers money. Harry Reid belongs in jail and pelusy (with all her money) should be in a retirement home for the feeble minded. Obama should be organizing communities…..Get real.

  238. GuardAmerican

    April 4, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    Dear Congress: Fek off.

  239. MacMan

    April 4, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    $174,000 a year salary paid by the tax payers; 3 to 5 million paid by lobbyist .

  240. Gothamite

    April 4, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    We’re $17 trillion in debt, they make more than triple what I make and I live comfortably in NYC, their staff makes less than I do, and they’re underpaid? Okay America, okay Party hacks, okay Obamaramanauts, how are you going to respond to this? I’ll put $100 on “Support fervently.”

  241. PhocusPlease

    April 4, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    They show up with normal net worth, and leave multimillionaires. Poor things.

  242. Bo knows

    April 4, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    call his office! (202) 225-4376

  243. WBC

    April 4, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    They fail to account for all the free stuff they get and the perks derived from their campaign accounts and from general graft. Pelosi is married to a fat cat real estate developer whose projects are fast-tracked with her political influence. Cut their salaries to zero and let them go on food stamps and live in Section 8 housing. They’re all thieves.

  244. poorhardworker

    April 4, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    Waaa. waaa, waaa! Congress has done nothing except cost We The People more and more and more…and continues to devalue our money by printing more and more and more…and restricts our freedoms while arming virtually EVERY FEDERAL DEPARTMENT!!! And him bringing this bill up…just wasting more of OUR MONEY! Hey, do you remember that WE are your EMPLOYER??? WE decide when you get a raise!

  245. Dondgeon

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    I’d laugh if it wasn’t so insulting.

    what he’s doing should only be a part time job anyway.

    Send this POS home.

  246. Gas Man

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    No body made them take or keep their jobs, if they don’t like the pay LEAVE just like the real people do!

  247. Jessie

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    Dumb politician! You reap what you sow! Do your job first!

  248. Snookums

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    I swear we’re all dead and in hell.

  249. Nick25

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    There was just a story yesterday that showed this is the wealthiest congress, EVER.

    They are the biggest corrupt bas**rds the world has ever seen. This gross corruption AND incompetence will be the US downfall–it’s happened time and time again through history, we are not immune.

    This is what we get when idiots vote (look at the demon in the White House).

  250. victorvictor

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    Well Congress Moron you might consider taking a part-time job.

  251. VG

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    You poor, poor souls.It’s not enough you’ve totally fcuked up the country, but we haven’t bought you a Caribbean Island to retire on.

  252. JohnnyWham

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    What happened to public service as altruism? If they can’t afford to perform the service, they should never have taken the job. These people are nothing more than royal court parasites.

    • migtex1234

      April 4, 2014
      10:43 a.m.

      They should be embarrassed for all their anti-citizens legislation and be required to live by same rules as all other citizens. They have too much and think THEIR OPIONION is worth money. LOL
      Should have thrown out all those who have served too long.. sorry group of greed and corruption.

  253. Joe_E_in_the_IE

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    Suddenly, the word “arrogant” and the phrase “out of touch” lose all meaning.

  254. msmnewssucks

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    GET RID OF OVOMITCARE COMPLETELY AND LETS TALK !!!!!!!!!

  255. Brian W

    April 4, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    Well too bad, 100+K is too low? Here’s your box of tissues crybaby!
    BULL! let that idiot get a REAL job and see what underpaid is, or join the military

  256. Eric Murdock

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    the private sector is not giving raises, $174k is not enough, LOL

  257. phil

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    Underpaid? OK, have him live homeless for a few weeks, with no EBT card , nothing…..then we can talk about a pay “raise”

  258. John Buchanan

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    Yeah, right. First off, they should all be FIRED for gross incompetence and rampant corruption. But aside from that, they are actually overpaid, if one considers public service to truly be about public service. A perfect example of a very lowly paid but highly effective legislature is that of New Hampshire. That should become the federal model in every respect. Then we’d have a productive, competent “citizen” government, not a Congress made up of career political hacks.

  259. The Man from Scene 24

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    Anyone who thinks Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are underpaid needs to go sleep in a garage with a running vehicle.

  260. Bobby Cullari

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    These hacks are always looking for ways to feather their own nests…..

  261. Jade Sun

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    No one feels even the slightest bit of sympathy for these morons, they are overpaid for what they do

  262. Dave

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    Underpaid….How come the majority of them are millionaires then?

    Congressman should not get paid at all except miscellaneous expenses. Meals and housing should be provided and then they can do their jobs and get out of town! They have built themselves up as elitists with lucrative pay and now they want a pay raise?

    How about jail time for the damage they have caused to our currency, economy and freedoms!

    • AndrewInterrupted

      April 4, 2014
      10:27 a.m.

      And their pay will go up even more in semi-retirement when they further use their wealth and access against us.

  263. wxboy

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    Our elected officials think the general public is unaware of the benefits these people will get for the rest of their life a doing very little for the public’s well being. If they are unhappy these officials should get a job and try to make ends meet like the rest of the country. Better yet, quit and save some taxpayer dollars.

  264. TxPatriot53

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    No wonder they have to take bribes and payoffs, they can’t afford to live in D.C.

  265. PutTheClockBackOnTheWall

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    Do they think we don’t know over half of them are millionaires
    http://time.com/373/congress-is-now-mostly-a-millionaires-club/

    And that they are exempt from insider trading laws??

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/congressional_insider_trading_revisited_but_dont_tell_anyone_commentary-224674-1.html

  266. Bo knows

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  267. Jeebus

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    Sounds like the “board of directors” needs to be voted out. I’ve only has *two* raises in the past 11 years…

    “Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.

    Not my problem. You people chose this job, so deal with it.

  268. Mako

    April 4, 2014
    10:26 a.m.

    We should make all of them live in public housing.

    • motimer

      April 4, 2014
      10:27 a.m.

      great idea !

  269. BobQSoss

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    See, that’s why we have airlines and roads. So that you underpaid, underappreciated rulers of the universe can go back where you came from and try scratching out an honest living for a change.

  270. IckyD

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    Public service is supposed to be about selflessness and sacrifice- not about “liing comfortably”.

    Let the fed build a set of apartments for legislators and elected officials. They don’t need $500,000- $1,000,000 homes to do their jobs.

  271. lndependent

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    Spoken like a true Democrap. Most of the Senators and reps. are millionaires. Excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for them. If they were in the private sector and performed this poorly and lied and screwed people like they do they wouldn’t hold their jobs for a day. Pi$$ on them. Let them get a real job outside of DC if they don’t like it. The problem is they get to vote their own raises.

  272. Joseph

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    I saw an article last year where Nany Pelosi was valued somewhere around 25 million. Poor Nancy. She spends more on whine and cheese than many families make in a year.

  273. tlunde

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    I hear pounding sand pays well.

    • lndependent

      April 4, 2014
      10:57 a.m.

      Not as good as kissing a$$ of lobbyists.

  274. digitaltexan

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    Only Congress, an employee group where 91% of their superiors (us) feel they are over paid, could press for a raise.

    Let them start holding cyber video debates and remote voting. They can live and work at home and telecommute. They could stay close to their employers (those that elected them) and a long way away from lobbyist and reduce living cost. This would also cripple the beltway’s power structure and start returning it to the people.

    Federal Government is broken and we have proven that more money is never the answer.

  275. Jessie

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    He admits he’s doing a bad job and still demands a pay raise. Such arrogance would have any employee fired by his boss. Let’s fire these nonachievers!

  276. Vic

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    Moran is a bloated crooked lying scum. Just look at this guys record. Hell they have all stolen more than their salary is . If they don’t like it leave . Oh cant find a job blame your leader for that. Pelosi loves her job is worth 54million where did this idiot make all that money why of course serving her Calf. people the lying witch. Harry Reid is another worth over 10million hell he doesn’t even try to hide how crooked he is

  277. realitychecked

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    It’s never enough for the Democrats. They always want more money from the taxpayers. It’s sickening.

  278. R Lockwood

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    1. Institute term limits.
    2. Outlaw ALL lobbyists.
    3. Make DC a museum.
    4. Congress meets 4 times a year.
    5. The location of sessions will be a dedicated, closed and secure military base.
    6. Closed base will furnish offices, staff, office machines, on-site housing and dining halls.
    7. ALL members and staff will return to their districts after session.
    8. Citizens of districts will have exclusive access to the political appointee.
    9. All appointees will receive a stipend for the time spent away from their regular private employment.

    • lndependent

      April 4, 2014
      10:54 a.m.

      Sounds good to me.

  279. Michael Marley

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    Maybe they should be paid for what they do. They probably woulnt even have a paycheck. And for the record, 90% of them are multimillionairs.

  280. OneOtherPerson

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    There are 10 military bases in DC
    Assign a few barracks for congress and their staff.
    Pay them the average military wage, and give them free transportation home once every tour.

    • BusProf

      April 4, 2014
      10:34 a.m.

      Perfect!

  281. Brad

    April 4, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    If you don’t like your job, quit. You’ve been there too long anyway.

  282. Szell

    April 4, 2014
    10:28 a.m.

    Wow! This turd better have some beefed up security because his hide won’t be worth spit on the street.

  283. Fred Shaw

    April 4, 2014
    10:28 a.m.

    I just can’t stop laughing. How about tying compensation to performance, like most of us in the real world and not the fairy tale that is Washington, DC. If that were the case the solons would be paying the taxpayers

    • greatmag

      April 4, 2014
      10:52 a.m.

      How about tying compensation to balancing the enterprise’s budget. You fail to balance the budget you don’t get paid.

  284. OldSailor

    April 4, 2014
    10:28 a.m.

    No Rep Moron (excuse me, Moran), IMO you turkeys are badly OVERPAID for your jobs.

    If you think you need a job with better money, resign and hunt up a position somewhere else.

  285. VinBick

    April 4, 2014
    10:28 a.m.

    They are OVERPAID. They do not have to run for office if they do not like the pay.

  286. kenwood17

    April 4, 2014
    10:28 a.m.

    “Moran assumes the amendment will not pass, admitting “this is wholly quixotic,” but he may bring it up on the House floor to garner attention.”
    They spend time on our dollar on things they assume will not pass then want more of our money. Wasting time is what they do.

  287. scm111

    April 4, 2014
    10:28 a.m.

    Fine, you want a pay raise? Ok, IF we get term limits and NO pension when you’re done.

  288. Walter Bramhall

    April 4, 2014
    10:29 a.m.

    I’d say every one of them are at least $174,000 overpaid

  289. Ben

    April 4, 2014
    10:29 a.m.

    The arrogance astounds me

  290. Suri_mike

    April 4, 2014
    10:29 a.m.

    If the BOD of any corporation performed as poorly as our Congress they out be out on their ear so very quickly. Pay for performance. Mr. Moran, most of the worker bees’ pay in the US has been ‘frozen’ for the last decade or so. Possibly you and your colleagues could attend to that first.

  291. VerdeTech

    April 4, 2014
    10:29 a.m.

    IF they work 3 full 8hr days in a week, every week (ha!) they’re pulling down $140 an hour ……….. and thats not enough? Talk about the entitlement class ……

  292. Godot

    April 4, 2014
    10:29 a.m.

    Why is it so many of them never move back to the home turf after they retire on the fat legislative pension. We need TERM LIMITS.

  293. Bo knows

    April 4, 2014
    10:29 a.m.

    Be sure to call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  294. OBUMYA

    April 4, 2014
    10:29 a.m.

    Underpaid? Lets add up all the perks why dont we? How many Board of Directors get to go on “fact finding” missions and oh gee stop in Switzerland on the way home? How many get pensions that would make a Union boss jealous? How many have a staff size that makes most REAL CEOs shake their heads and ponder how much they could get done with all that help?

    Oh and best of all…how many real world CEOS get to make rules that dont apply to THEM? These guys make laws and exclude themselves form most of them!! Thats why they can make a fortune…as Reid and Pelosi have done…from the stock market using what we call insider information in the real world.

    But worst of all…how many REAL Americans put in such little time to accomplish so very little and not get fired?

    Please. These guys as of NOW are overpaid…hey Jimmy, if its so hard, resign and go work in a Lobbying Firm…

  295. jas

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    What a Moran.

  296. IckyD

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    One term limit on ALL federal positions.

    NO EXCEPTIONS.

    Let real Americans run our nation again.

  297. Texasdav

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    Gee, I wonder why these blood-suckers come to Washington and STAY for DECADES if they are so underpaid?

  298. Uncle Remus

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    Go to Hell.

  299. Tucker Peterson

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    4 years on the job gets you a lifetime retirement. Poor babies!

  300. useyourhead2

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    Can’t afford to live in Washington, DC? Then live in the districts and states that you are suppose to represent and learn what your constituents are feeling, thinking, and saying so that you can represent them.

    On a $174,000 salary, you ought to be able to afford a condo to live while representing your consitutents and not actually become a Washington, DC resident for years while losing all touch with them back home.

  301. diggiodiggi

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    $174,000 isn’t enough. Too bad. Quit and get a real job. It pays half that. These politicians barely work 6 months and there complaining. What do the mean can’t live decent. $20 breakfast, $50 lunches and $150 dinners everyday. Is that what they mean? I don’t even spend that at the grocery in 2 weeks.

    • lndependent

      April 4, 2014
      10:52 a.m.

      And I hear people complain that teachers only work 9 months. How about the Capitol scum?

  302. gittlopctbi

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    Poor babies.

  303. ReadyToMoveOn

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    Well, now that they can sign up for ObamaCare, they’re no longer tied to a job. They are now free to quit, and become artists, or street mimes, or just hang out on the beach and surf all day without worrying about how they’re gonna get health care.

  304. MikeOchenbolls

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    They’re raping the system daily with kickbacks, bribes, extortion, and insider trading/deals and all becoming millionaires in the process. Their greed is far more motivating than actually representing their constituents or the best interests of our country.

    • greatmag

      April 4, 2014
      10:42 a.m.

      No they are not raping the system. They are raping you and me. Until everyone understands that nothing will change.

  305. azmole69

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    Board of Directors? These fools wouldn’t last 15 minutes at a real job, let alone sit on a Board. Most of them work about 3 days a week.

  306. mesavella

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    The individual STATES should pay their representives whatever they deem they’re worth. Make the STATES pay for their own. Yea…some states would pay more than others…but SO WHAT. WHY should the federal government pay for it.

    …think about it at least!

    • lndependent

      April 4, 2014
      10:48 a.m.

      That wouldn’t work because the idiots would pack more pork into bills for things in their state just to get the state to pay them more. Remember the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase. ( not the original one.)

  307. Mark

    April 4, 2014
    10:30 a.m.

    This group of trash bankrupt America and they want higher pay. Get the hell out now! The board of directors for the largest company in the world? You failed, get the hell out and find a real job!

  308. Bo knows

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  309. TexBill

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Maybe raise the salaries only for new office holders. The starting pay is the best it will ever be. That makes the salary de facto term-limits. We don’t want the hanger-ons,like this guy who has been a congressman for 20 years, to be comfortable. But we do want the office to be attractive enough to bring in good people…but only for a few years. Maybe his lack of pay increases is what made Moran decide to finally retire.

  310. Joe Smith

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Moran can go out and suc some dik if he needs more money IMHO

    • Devsfan

      April 4, 2014
      10:43 a.m.

      I’m sure he would but he’s a Dem so he just gives it away for free.

  311. doublehotdog

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Tell you what, If they ban lobbying $, then YES, I would
    support raising Congress’ salary. However, this would be contingent on
    instituting term limits. That alone would solve the vast majority of the
    problems that plague this country. Congress would have to pass that legislation which ain’t happening anytime soon.

  312. Mike

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Hey Mr. Underpaid…I’ll trade you my teacher salary. That way I quadruple what I make and you can complain more…

  313. ccryder

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Thank goodness this bum is not running for re-election after 35 years in Congress.

  314. Fred Shaw

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    The founders of this country did not intend for our Congress to be lifetime members of the House or Senate. Being in the bubble that is Washington causes them to lose touch with reality and be swept up into the “Peyton Place” that that town has become. We should limit their pay so encourage them to serve and then get back to employment in the private sector. Taking to money out of politics would benefit us all.

  315. john654

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Oh Dear God, HELP US!

  316. Fred863

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Whoever said that being in congress or the senate should allow you to live LARGE?
    Let them apply for welfare like the military kids have to.

  317. kinnison

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Get Obama and the Fed to stop printing money and inflating the currency and maybe you can live within your means…

  318. Jason Burkett

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Any representative that feels they are underpaid, please let me know. I will gladly take over the position for you.

  319. Traveler

    April 4, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    Simply fix.
    Do a performance review then cut back 20% of DC Fed workers.
    Real Estate would dive the there you go. No problem. Kill two birds with one stone.

  320. Jim

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    Quit your bitchin’, resign, get a real job. Let the people serve that consider it a privilege and want to be there for the betterment of the country.

  321. scot

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    Vote out every incumbent regardless of party if our nation is to survive. Clean the slate and start again.

  322. ROK247

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    time for the shareholders to purge the board then if they don’t like the bennies.

  323. EEDDGGY1776

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    Fine. Don’t live in DC then and actually reside in the State that elected you.
    Have you corrupt and criminal Politicians ever heard of Go to Meeting?

  324. Davy Crockett

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    Go to Hell you freaking PIGS!!!!

  325. cico31

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    75% of them should be working for cigarettes and good and gain time in the pokey

  326. Bob Colbert

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    Build them a dorm. Thy could each have a small two bedroom unit similar to married student housing and walk to work.

  327. BusProf

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    If you don’t like the pay, don’t take the job!

  328. Uncle Remus

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    Drop dead you arrogant bum

  329. John K.

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    LOL- this story should have been issued on April 1- a great April Fools’ treat. Congress is supposed to be ‘public service- though those words for most are meaningless- and, if anything, Congress should take a pay cut. Let them live on what is statistically the average income of US citizens then maybe they will have more interest in real problems! Peace.

  330. Opaque Blinders

    April 4, 2014
    10:32 a.m.

    So you idiots are saying that it’s ok to increase your incomes to offset the increases you are experiencing but the middle and lower class Americans who put you in office have to suffer with a loss of $5,000 in take home pay the past 6 years. Well I for one say NO FREAKIN’ WAY!

  331. YouWontLikeIt

    April 4, 2014
    10:33 a.m.

    Boo Hoo … time to come home and see how your constituents live under your policies … not so good I bet …

  332. Ernie Zippreplat

    April 4, 2014
    10:33 a.m.

    Maybe if they cut back on the 34.1 bottles of wine that the average congressman drinks each year they could get some work done and afford to live there!

  333. dennis1960

    April 4, 2014
    10:33 a.m.

    Cry me a river, congressman. Lets start adding up all the perks members of Congress get and see where that puts you. And when it really comes down to it, if the job wasn’t so attractive people wouldn’t be spending millions every couple of years trying to get one.

    I’m surprised that he hasn’t said the low pay of those who hold public office forces them to take money under the table or trade votes for special deals that lines their pockets with cash. Hell, how did Harry Reid become a multi-millionaire many times over on his paltry salary?

  334. skywalkr2

    April 4, 2014
    10:33 a.m.

    I am a conservative/libertarian. That being said… He is right… Trying to live in DC on that salary alone would be very difficult. Underpaid reps just increases the risk of them taking bribes and/or getting in bed with corporations.

    • TheStewie

      April 4, 2014
      10:34 a.m.

      UR funny

      • skywalkr2

        April 4, 2014
        10:38 a.m.

        I know its cool to just toss crap at these guys… and they do deserve it. However we do have to be serious. Washington DC is expensive. You will never have anyone with ethics wanting to run for representative if they have to live in DC at 175k. The only people willing to do so are folks that are in it for power and to get into the pockets of someone else who will be bankrolling them.

        • planetcrap

          April 4, 2014
          10:40 a.m.

          You are quite daft, if anything they deserve a pinkslip.

        • TheStewie

          April 4, 2014
          10:40 a.m.

          WOW, you really believe that, don’t you? Calling yourself a libertarian? Now that is funny. DC has the richest population per capita in the US.. why is that? How about you look at the reasons why it costs so much there.

    • planetcrap

      April 4, 2014
      10:36 a.m.

      Feel free to send him a check.

  335. Switzerland

    April 4, 2014
    10:33 a.m.

    OH BOO FRICKEN HOO!
    Cry me a river. Another scumbag politician looking to get richer.

  336. Mitch Berger

    April 4, 2014
    10:33 a.m.

    If a company consistently ran in the red, they would be fired. Fire them all except for the ones not voting to increase the debt.

  337. Coffeeestain

    April 4, 2014
    10:33 a.m.

    Not happy with your congressional welfare checks, pal? Put on your big boy pants and get a real job. Too old? Should have thought of that.

  338. mesavella

    April 4, 2014
    10:34 a.m.

    Make it a PART TIME legislature…

    …they’d be less expensive to support

    …they’d be less able to do all the harmful mischief

    …everybody wins…mostly the constituancy

  339. C. Adkins

    April 4, 2014
    10:34 a.m.

    how can these people hold a straight face and ask for more money?

  340. Andrew Arnold

    April 4, 2014
    10:34 a.m.

    Hey Hannah- April Fool’s was a few days ago, please check your calendar next time you’re going to pull a prank like this.

  341. tj1000

    April 4, 2014
    10:34 a.m.

    Hey Jim, how about we have this conversation when your party demonstrates a willingness to be more financially responsible. Maybe like balancing the federal budget. Ya know like all of us gum on your shoes Americans have to do. When you do your job lets have that conversation, but until then you’re lucky we don’t cut your salary.

  342. Rich_The_Engineer

    April 4, 2014
    10:34 a.m.

    What a load of crap! These crooks are allowed to do “insider trading”, plus get all kinds of perks and bennies from lobbyists.

    They should be paid by the people in their district, on a voluntary basis. No other income at all while in office. And any income made by spouse or child or parent should be placed in trust.

  343. Mike Nace

    April 4, 2014
    10:34 a.m.

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” This guy is quite possibly the most colossal idiot in American politics today. Does idiocy have no bounds? First off, to compare the U.S. government to a corporation is fallacious and an exercise in stupidity. IF ONLY it were a corporation; the stockholders would have pulled the plug on these clowns decades ago! And what about the “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform” comment?! “I understand that it’s widely felt” is code for this guy saying, “people are misinformed.” Not only is it “widely felt,” it is also TRUE. What top-paid executive who performs as bad as our elected officials do would EVER get a pay RAISE?

    Sorry for the trollish rant — I don’t usually comment like this, but this guy got my Irish up!

  344. Snookums

    April 4, 2014
    10:34 a.m.

    Maybe they should take a cue from ole Barney Frank, and run a gay brothel out of their residence.

  345. Bo knows

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    Make sure you call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  346. Matweld

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    And how about the money is in their Pension Fund that the Media never discloses ?

  347. Plep

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    Instead of a raise, how ’bout we move Congress to Detroit where they can afford to live.

  348. Rich Barrett

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    “We are the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    NO you are an elected official, put into office by the will of the people.

  349. Bridget

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    James Moran and justice does not fit in the same sentences. By the way no one ask you to live in D.C. you should be able to get the work done and GO HOME.The Washington way for both Republicans and Democrats has to change, we are a country trillions of dollars in debt! Ask Nancy Pelosi or Eric Cantor where they were when they went to serve the people and where they stand now financially. They sure are doing a lot better than most American citizens.

  350. BusProf

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    Pay them $10.10 an hour.

  351. Bucky

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    So was the salary a surprise after they spent thousands to get there?

  352. Jessie

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    Raise Pelosi’s salary! You gotta be out of your MIND!

  353. planetcrap

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear that, here’s your walking papers, feel free to get a new job elsewhere…..These morons don’t even do their jobs and they think they deserve more money?

  354. William Bartholomew

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    If the President believes a proposed minimum wage of $10.10 an hour is good enough for the people, then I say the same pay rate is good enough for Congress.

    • csbubba

      April 4, 2014
      10:48 a.m.

      I like that! Now lets take it one step further…..They have to come in to the capital building and CLOCK-IN, not electronically, but the old fashion way via a time clock. You only get paid while in. Make all these AHole be there together all day.

  355. Neil

    April 4, 2014
    10:35 a.m.

    I think Congressman Moran’s idea could save the taxpayers a bundle: pay members a per diem for each day they’re actually in session. Given their propensity for frequent vacations we should come out ahead. Hell, I’d even be willing to go for the $8.00 per diem rather than the original $6.00. Of course he might want to rethink his reference to Congress as a “board of directors.” Given the losses run up by our government despite higher prices (taxes) he might inadvertently be encouraging a shareholders’ revolt.

  356. SilverBullet77

    April 4, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    Treason should not pay well.

  357. NSSA3Way

    April 4, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    FCK e’m!!! Didn’t they get a massive raise/subsidy to cover Owebama Care…think of all that money they save and can be used to better their grossly rich lifestyles in DC.

  358. Putintaine

    April 4, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    Each year 12 Billion is spent by K Street lobbyists to influence 535 legislators. So it must depend on how they define ‘decently’.

  359. WI Native

    April 4, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    Tough crap. All of DC doesn’t deserve a pay raise. If you guys were in the private sector you would be fired not rewarded. And us in the private sector are tired of paying your way as you keep the gravy train going for yourselves and those who vote Democrat.

  360. D C

    April 4, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    Assuming perks and what they steal doesn’t count as earnings, then they should stop paying appointees, like those working for CFPB and others, higher wages than they receive.

  361. EEDDGGY1776

    April 4, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    Solution. Build a barracks near D.C. and live there. It’s good enough for our Military, that actually does something for America, thus, it should be good for you scum bags.

  362. jbd1975

    April 4, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    Maybe un-employment for the high paid do nothing bunch of High paid retirement for life idiots—-how about be happy serving as Kings to us serfs??

  363. mesavella

    April 4, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    …Put them up at the Army barracks at Ft Mcnair. If it’s good enough for us soldiers…it’s MORE the good enough for them…

    …yea…i’m pi77ed…can you tell?

    • Bridget

      April 4, 2014
      10:40 a.m.

      Perfect solution and I do not blame you for being pissed ! Thank you for your service, as far as I’m concerned you guys and girls are the best and brightest we have! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  364. Amerika_Lost

    April 4, 2014
    10:36 a.m.

    If it so bad, why do these useless people keeping running for re-election for life? Quit and find a real job!

    • Red_Ruffansore

      April 4, 2014
      10:42 a.m.

      Nobody in the private sector would employ these useless idiots, they found their calling as a government leech.

  365. tateofpa

    April 4, 2014
    10:37 a.m.

    Then move them out of DC and start doing secure telecommuting. In this day and age why should they be in one control area that makes them easier to be control by big lobbyist? Keep them at home where there constitutes can get in contact with them? Universities and Business are doing it more and more.

  366. calimani

    April 4, 2014
    10:37 a.m.

    Bwahahaha! Go F yourself, you corrupt, thieving, government sewer-rat.

  367. SDLakeshore

    April 4, 2014
    10:37 a.m.

    The “board of directors,” need to fix the deficit before anyone talks about a raise.

  368. Dwayne Keith

    April 4, 2014
    10:37 a.m.

    Board of Directors for the largest economic activity in the world? That the Democrats think this is so telling. This explains why Obama & Co.’s five year plan for our economy produced these results.

  369. Abe Voelker

    April 4, 2014
    10:37 a.m.

    They make millions when they leave office by joining lobbying firms (K Street).

  370. Bo knows

    April 4, 2014
    10:37 a.m.

    American Spring May 16 2014, u-tube it…google it

  371. Dave

    April 4, 2014
    10:37 a.m.

    Just shows how detached from the real world politicians are in D.C. Most families would give anything to have their pay anywhere in the world.

  372. Carl Mayo

    April 4, 2014
    10:37 a.m.

    want some cheese with that whine?

  373. R Lockwood

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    Time to take the princes and princess’ down a couple of notches.

  374. Charliemopps

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    So they’re as bad with their personal finances as they are with the governments? On $170k+ salary per year I could liver in DC very comfortably.

  375. Kllr

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    Give me a f-king break. Yeah, and if they were on the board of directors at a real company they’d all be fired. What a bunch of useless parasites.

  376. Glen3

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    Fine. When they balance the budget in a current fiscal year (not theoretically in ten years) they can have a pay increase.

  377. scottlo

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    My suggestion is to give them all some free Ambien until they get an unnecessary pay raise. Congress is only underpaid depending upon the lifestyle one thinks they deserve. No one in Congress is destitute.

    Congressman Moran – the reason the stipend was so low was because it was never intended to be a lifelong career at the expense of the taxpayer but a short term service by those who had achieved success and could pay it forward by serving without being bought by lobby interests through campaigning. If you’ve served ten years or more, GO HOME!

  378. Guest

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    Mr. Moran is misspelling his own name. $174,000 per year and they can’t live on it. Let them ask some of their neighbors how they live on $45,004 per capita income. Granted this info is for 2012 from the US Census Bureau but I’m sure it hasn’t gone up that much in 2 years. Even factoring in over inflated egos and the fact that our lawmakers think they are a step above the rest of us American’s $174k is more than they deserve. If you don’t like your salary do what the rest of us do. Look for another job.

  379. amabokcuf

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    F*ck congess and the marxist odumbo regime. Time for a revolution to throw all the bums out…

  380. NSSA3Way

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    Perhaps they could follow the military lead on sacrifices and get the same kind of pay raises?

  381. FrankHerbert

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    awww…the aristocrats “can’t afford it”… TOUGH!

    DC has become a cesspool of corruption populated largely by individuals who think they are royalty.

    they need a wake up call, a SERIOUS ONE

  382. First Last

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    Im sure Ill lose sleep tonight hearing how hard these guys have it. F y0u d-bag.

  383. Bo knows

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  384. Grampeire

    April 4, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    Maybe the Congress-critters should take their constitutiional responsibility for money creation seriously instead of ceding it to a privately owned central bank that is only interest in its own power. If Congress took their responsibility serious then they would not have let inflation get out of control and they would be able to afford housing instead of being faced with their current choice of not being able to afford their lifestyle or becoming a bribed, corrupt and enslaved tool of the moneychangers. I have no sympathy for them. They have shirked their responsibility to the people and this country.

    • pesky_facts

      April 4, 2014
      10:40 a.m.

      And even worse … we continue to let it all happen.

  385. pesky_facts

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    Please … who else would get a 6-figure salary for ruining a nation …

  386. trampletheweakhurdlethedead

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    They are under paid? First, they have not done their jobs. Second, the reason the country is in such serious economic trouble is responsibility. They indeed must be paid for the disaster they have placed this country in, and it’s called imprisonment. They all must be investigated, prosecuted, and if necessary, executed for treason. Why do we have to continue paying for their agenda? It’s time they pay for what they have done to us.

  387. Jackolyn

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    Completely clueless. Yea don’t like the pay get another job.

  388. Kaye Bellis

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    Oh! break my heart. Do you really think we have sympathy for a do nothing congress.. Try living with in your means. It’s called living with in your budget, but then again you all don’t even know how to do that. Let me think how long has it been since we have had a balanced budget?

  389. Elpescador83

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” Proof positive right there that Congress represents “the corporation,” and not the people.

  390. dough

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    Since you all are not doing anything take a second job!!

  391. BusProf

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    Balance the budget every year and we will pay you. Until then, you get squat.

  392. Burton Robson

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    $10.10 would be good!!!

  393. Wilder Napalm

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    In the private sector we fire people for poor performance in their jobs, not give them raises. Come November a bunch will be handed their pink slips, so voting for a raise only makes firing them so much easier.

  394. fieldend

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    Seriously? What these numb skulls don’t get is that the job of a senator or congressman (attn: Sheila Jackson Lee) was NOT meant to be a lifetime gig. They were meant to come to Congress for a time, then GO BACK HOME to real jobs. If some of them HAD real jobs, in the real world, paying taxes, fighting with Obamacare, we wouldn’t have such a screwed up mess in Washington. I say we vote out EVERY congressman who wants a raise. Then let them fend for themselves outside the cushy, government ivory tower they’ve been living in.

  395. greatmag

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    Mr. Moran, if you do not like the pay, then find another job. You have, most weeks, a three day work week. You have more than a month of vacation time. You get to go to exotic climes on the taxpayer’s dime. I’m sick and tired of hearing you b****h about your pay. In my opinion you are a useless whiner.

  396. greggsan

    April 4, 2014
    10:39 a.m.

    Dear Congress… Your raise becomes effective when you do.

  397. jsc173

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    Someone should remind them they are not supposed to “live” in DC, only travel there from their true homes. Too bad our Congress has degenerated to the point that they no longer have a real job at home.

  398. Anthony Sasson

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    Let the shareholders decide on this one. I say we get one share of voting power for every dollar we pay in taxes.

  399. tlunde

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    You can afford a home 3 times your annual salary. He lives in Alexandria, so on his salary can afford a home valued at $525,000. If he can’t afford that it is because he and his cronies have made Washington and the surrounding area the wealthiest in the nation by producing zip.

  400. Todd Simpson

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    The solution for all of this is simple. In this day and age with secure telecommunications and networking, there is no need for them to be in DC except for maybe once or twice a year for ceremony purposes. Keep them in their home districts so that they are closer to the people they (supposedly) serve. Then let the lobbying companies set up 500+ offices if they still want unfettered access instead of the cesspool that is Washington dc.

    • pesky_facts

      April 4, 2014
      10:42 a.m.

      Secure communications for the elite, that is .. for the citizen, not so much.

  401. Sean Patriot

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    ““I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,”

    THEY’RE GETTING TOOL MUCH MONEY RIGHT NOW FOR THE JOB THEY’RE DOING. THESE PEOPLE ARE SICK INT HE HEAD

  402. bankruptfromobamacare

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”
    Well, if this was like a corporation, they would have gone running to Bain Capital years ago to try to save their butt. And all directors would have been fired.

  403. Honordads

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    Congress was never supposed to be a career. I’m ok with per diem if their salary (and time in D.C.) is cut to 4 months per year the way most state legislative sessions are run.

  404. longhorndude

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    Tell this self-serving nitwit to find a different job, if he thinks he is underpaid. That is what a normal Citizen would have to do. Either shut up or look for a higher paid job somewhere else. We Citizens should be able to vote for any raises.

  405. throatdog

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    Ph*ck them all to he11. They write laws that favor their personal investments, enriching themselves beyond imagination. Cut their pay to ZERO.

  406. Red_Ruffansore

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    Move them into the ghetto with their voting block, I hear housing is rather affordable there and government subsidized. I think it would be a fine move to have the Patricians rub elbows with the Plebeians to get a better feel of what their voting block wants.

  407. lysosome

    April 4, 2014
    10:40 a.m.

    UNDERPAID?
    If they were paid $1 per year, they would be grossly overpaid. High unemployment? Who cares? High food and energy prices? Who cares? Health care totally destroyed by the Democrats? Who cares?

    Mr. Moran – I’ll tell you who cares – VOTERS. Your days in politics are numbered.

  408. dave_va

    April 4, 2014
    10:41 a.m.

    We should sue them for non-performance of duties and financial negligence since they are members of the “Board of Directors”

  409. hahahahainfinity

    April 4, 2014
    10:41 a.m.

    It may be the board of directors of the largest economic entity in the world, but the stockholders dont have the right to fire you on the spot because we are limited by the constitution as to how long your terms last. Plus, if he wants to be paid as member of a board of directors, does he want Congress to be paid for their performance, particularly their economic performance because the US is also the biggest debtor in the world.

  410. kimdi01

    April 4, 2014
    10:41 a.m.

    Consider what hey have done. They (congress) along with the administration, have put this country so far in debt that we will probably never be able to recover. Consider what they haven’t done. The Senate, under the leadership (?) of Harry Reid have done substantially noting during the past five years except vote on a healthcare bill. Do either of these scenarios warrant a raise in salary? If these politicians were in an actual private sector job they would have been fired long ago.
    If their job tenure were based on how well this country is doing, they would have been fired a long time ago. Do they deserve or need a pay raise. The only thing they need is to be fired.

  411. mb

    April 4, 2014
    10:41 a.m.

    I’d do Nancy doggy-style all day long! Damn she can turn heads.

    • Sean Patriot

      April 4, 2014
      10:42 a.m.

      I think they’re looking AWAY from her

    • First Last

      April 4, 2014
      10:43 a.m.

      The only thing Nancy turns is stomachs.

    • BoSSspy

      April 4, 2014
      10:49 a.m.

      Please put down the vodka and go take a nap!

  412. sandnomad

    April 4, 2014
    10:41 a.m.

    We have the best politicians money can buy, and we are paying them to be bought. If we don’t agree to pay them what they feel they deserve, they simply pay themselves more (with your money), and now that the Supreme Court has ruled that anyone can give unlimited contributions to politicians, the price keeps going up. What a great scam!

  413. bob

    April 4, 2014
    10:41 a.m.

    Classic and the democratic base will shake
    their heads in approval as they vote themselves raises. Here is an idea, you
    are not supposed to LIVE in Washington DC so since they are reducing the armed
    forces put the representatives up in empty barracks around DC … oops! let me
    guess we’re keeping the troops in DC and reducing our foreign presence and
    besides those barracks aren’t up to the expectations of our representatives. How many of them are millionaires?

  414. Icouldhavebeenblack

    April 4, 2014
    10:41 a.m.

    You want me to pay you more? Show me what you can do for me. I’m already subsidizing a bunch of losers who won’t work and are playing the system. I would like the Congress and Senate to start earning their keep. And that can be measured in results, not words per minute.

    • Red_Ruffansore

      April 4, 2014
      10:44 a.m.

      If they could show me that they could jump into a running wood chipper, I’d double their salary.

  415. Bo knows

    April 4, 2014
    10:41 a.m.

    Make sure you call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  416. useyourhead2

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    Per the Washington Post, James Moran first elected in 1990 to the ultra safe Democrat 8th District of Virginia has announced his retirement effective after this year.

    He’s another example of the “Professional Politician Class” and because he will be beyond accountability by not running for reelection, is doing the dirty work of floating the trial balloon of higher compensation for his Congressional Cronies who are too timid to test the Public’s zeal for this outrageous idea. What did we get for our money when Democrats like him held the power: The [Un]Affordable Care Act and, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it……..period.”

    Only Democrats are responsible for Obamacare and so, vote everyone of the Democrat out of office starting this November.

  417. bob

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    I’m sure his Obamacare premium is cutting into his living expenses … oh, that’s right

  418. Charlie

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    Baloney. They knew what they had coming to them going in. If they are that stupid they don’t deserve to be in office, let alone get a raise after underperforming. Also, it if is so tough getting along, why do they spend millions to get a $174,000 per year job? Hmmmmm? Could it be the perks? Power? What then? If you can’t stand the heat, GTF out of the kitchen!

  419. 1twothree4

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    If you don’t like your’e whiny Congressman, you don’t have to keep him. Period.

  420. dig_into_the_lies

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    He’s so full of **** I can smell him from here in CA. They should build a dormitory, complete with kitchen, for them to live in. Law makers have no business “living well”.

    • Dimocrats=NewNazis

      April 4, 2014
      10:47 a.m.

      I am very suspicious of anybody that WANTS the job to begin with.

      How about all those people that started there, poor as can be, yet end up being millionaires after just a couple years, on $174,000 a year? Dingy harry, has done AMAZINGLY well, “in the stock market”.

  421. planetcrap

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    How about we take away that free healthcare and all the perks you get year round?

    • Dimocrats=NewNazis

      April 4, 2014
      10:46 a.m.

      Yep, next it’ll be “we shouldn’t have to fund our own pensions!!!”

      Oh…. wait a minute…… never mind.

      Like the saying goes, once they figure out they can vote themselves a raise….

  422. Sean Patriot

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    Can we all just go up there armed locked and loaded and finish this already

    • Bo knows

      April 4, 2014
      10:43 a.m.

      american spring may 16 2014 …u-tube it …google it

      • Sean Patriot

        April 4, 2014
        10:45 a.m.

        Got it thanks

  423. JohninRedding

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    “but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” And doing a very lousy job of it I might add. Any business that ran in the red as long as the US government would have been out of business long ago. So quit your complaining.

  424. Fred Garvin

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    Then don’t take the job and go the F back to the SH you crawled out of. I’m so sick of you Prima Dona Pusses in American Government, you disgusting bunch of leeching, a$$ boils !

  425. Alex

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    1 There is no shortage of people running
    2 IF it is so bad, then why even send there to DC at all. We have VOIP, video conferencing, closed circuit tv and lots more. There is no reason to send them there, they can vote over the internet as their votes are public knowledge anyways.

  426. brilliantmindonthemountain

    April 4, 2014
    10:42 a.m.

    Methinks they could get a raise in pay IF they will at the same time enact term limits. Six terms as a member of the House, two terms as a member of the Senate. Twelve years is enough. Oh, and have that twelve years be the cap as to what they can count for retirement pay.

    • pesky_facts

      April 4, 2014
      10:43 a.m.

      Two terms … one in office … one in prison.

      • brilliantmindonthemountain

        April 4, 2014
        10:50 a.m.

        With you as the prison guard?

    • fud

      April 4, 2014
      10:49 a.m.

      1 year is enough. Then we would actually get people in office that want to SERVE the country.

      • brilliantmindonthemountain

        April 4, 2014
        10:54 a.m.

        And who are those people? Methinks all of these people have set their sights on a career once they get there.

        • fud

          April 4, 2014
          11:43 a.m.

          Citizens who actually care would have an opportunity to run, because career politicians would not exist.

  427. tops116

    April 4, 2014
    10:43 a.m.

    So, we’ve gone from “equal pay for equal work” to “We deserve more money for sitting, standing, and talking”? To paraphrase Bruce Campbell: you deserve jack and s***, and jack just left town.

  428. Big Ed

    April 4, 2014
    10:43 a.m.

    I am never surprised by what comes out of Washington anymore

  429. TaxpayerX

    April 4, 2014
    10:43 a.m.

    Undoubtedly, living in the District of Corruption is expensive since it is the compost pile that attracts the high priced lobbyists, predators and parasites. The vast expansion of the fedgov was caused by the grasping vermin in Congress. They deserve to live in prison cells

  430. David maley

    April 4, 2014
    10:43 a.m.

    how tone deaf could a human be

  431. Tranqual

    April 4, 2014
    10:43 a.m.

    They are so busy selling out Americans and our country they expect a raise? Seriously? Just can’t get by on 174K a yr? Not to mention all the other perks they get? scumbags all of them, Boehner the worst. Leading the charge to flood the country with cheap labor and kill the middle class.

    “The Average Joe of Congress (there are 529 of them) gets paid $174,000 per year. But not everyone is average; the Speaker of the House gets $223,500 a year, while the majority and minority leaders of both the Senate and the House, along with the President Pro Tempore, get paid $193,400 per year.”

    • lndependent

      April 4, 2014
      10:59 a.m.

      Just voted against Boehner this morning. Hope enough others do.

      • Tranqual

        April 4, 2014
        12:58 p.m.

        GREAT,I despise the scumbags licking the boots of the R. Republican oligarchs doing all they can to kill the middle class and our country. Boehner had his minions tweet today that Obama isn’t delivering on jobs. OMG He’s waiting till after the elections to bring back “immigration reform”. So I suppose flooding the country with cheap Mexican labor is good for American workers? Everyone in the world is entitled to a job in America except Americans. Obama isn’t our problem. The traitors who say they’re our “friends” are our problem!!!

        “We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine… whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the work is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” David Rockefeller

  432. mackinac3

    April 4, 2014
    10:43 a.m.

    You know all I had to do was read the first paragraph to know that the remainder of the article had to say. No wonder these folks can’t balance the government budget, they can’t budget their personal finances. LEARN TO LIVEWITHIN YOUR MEANS!! The surfs have to live on about 1/4 of what you make and we’re doing ok. Welcome to the REAL world!!!

  433. Fred Martinez

    April 4, 2014
    10:43 a.m.

    They should be paying US for their LACK of service. They should all be in prison for grand larceny.

  434. RHB2

    April 4, 2014
    10:43 a.m.

    I would gladly support raising the salary of Senators and Congressmen in return for which their lifelong pensions and health benefits will be cancelled. Enough of this ‘Imperial Government’.

  435. no1special

    April 4, 2014
    10:44 a.m.

    Pelosi and Reid (Reid is just corrupt to the core) should be in jail for crimes against humanity. Reid’s net worth has risen dramatically since he’s been in congress. How does that happen on the messily pay of a senator?

  436. crzyvet

    April 4, 2014
    10:44 a.m.

    Many go into Congress with very modest or no assets and leave as millionaires. How is this done if they are so under paid?
    Congress has a long history of taking care of themselves, their listed “salary” may be low, but their benefits, medical, retirement, travel, and other expense, package is very, very, generous and excessive. They should have the same benefit package as the rank and file government employees.

  437. SMyers

    April 4, 2014
    10:44 a.m.

    Let them start meeting for only 5 months every 2 years. Then you will find that it is mainly bills that are somewhat worthwhile and supported get attention. They spend way too much time and accomplish too little right now.

  438. Jefferson Paine

    April 4, 2014
    10:44 a.m.

    They knew this when the ran for the office. F ’em. They are corrupt to the core and killing this nation.

  439. Mike

    April 4, 2014
    10:44 a.m.

    $15 an hour!

    • BusProf

      April 4, 2014
      10:52 a.m.

      nope, $10.10 an hour!

  440. rczeranko

    April 4, 2014
    10:44 a.m.

    The intent was for being a Representative would be a part time job. The people’s representatives would meet several times a year in DC, then go back to their jobs. When politics became a full time career, corruption became the norm.

    • Amichai

      April 4, 2014
      10:46 a.m.

      The very first thing that came to mind when I read this was “public servant”. They only serve themselves in DC. You are absolutely correct in your assessment.

      • pesky_facts

        April 4, 2014
        10:47 a.m.

        And we tend to forget that We the People are the Govt. Time to take it back. No other entity would let their servants get so out of hand.

  441. Gaelic Grandeur

    April 4, 2014
    10:45 a.m.

    I believe they should be paid with beads and muskrat pelts. Back to basics.

    • DubDub

      April 4, 2014
      10:50 a.m.

      Now there’s an idea. I don’t know of any muskrats around here, but I might be sending Randy Neugebauer (my rep) some squirrel pelts. Maybe I’ll even fashion them into a squirrel skin cap!

  442. williampenn

    April 4, 2014
    10:45 a.m.

    The citizens don’t stand a chance against the ruling class.

    • pesky_facts

      April 4, 2014
      10:45 a.m.

      … and they like it that way.

      • juan smith

        April 4, 2014
        10:45 a.m.

        so true

    • fud

      April 4, 2014
      10:48 a.m.

      The ruling class doesn’t stand a chance against death.

  443. stormykitteh

    April 4, 2014
    10:45 a.m.

    There are PLENTY of places to live in Dc – and well on their salaries. Try Anacostia, just beyond the Navy Yard… They do not NEED palaces in Woodley Park on the taxpayers’ dimes! No! No! No! These rascals OUGHT to be volunteering 20% salary CUTS but Nooooo! This leadership by example is NOT what is needed for the US. Want more moohlah? Get a real job using those law degrees in the private sector. That raking it in is NOT what being in Congress is SUPPOSED to be about. Pushing too hard at that trough of OPM (other people’s money).

  444. Dimocrats=NewNazis

    April 4, 2014
    10:45 a.m.

    Heaven forbid they should have to live like the commoners…..

  445. Yukiko

    April 4, 2014
    10:45 a.m.

    Mr. Moran is misspelling his own name. $174,000 per year and they can’t
    live on it. Let them ask some of their neighbors how they live on
    $45,004 per capita income. Granted this info is for 2012 from the US
    Census Bureau but I’m sure it hasn’t gone up that much in 2 years. Even
    factoring in over inflated egos and the fact that our lawmakers think
    they are a step above the rest of us American’s $174k is more than they
    deserve. If you don’t like your salary do what the rest of us do. Look
    for another job.

  446. olddog

    April 4, 2014
    10:45 a.m.

    (D)elusional???…MUCH???..Borrow more so we can pay you Gov. Gumba THUGS..MORE???…KMA (D)ung-Hole….PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  447. Bridget

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    What a weasel!

  448. Mike TheVet

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    Are you FU**ING kidding me?! Most of these SOB’s only to go work 2 days out of the 5-day work week. That’s a VACATION EVERY WEEK!

    Omg, America: we need to fire these people and hire someone who doesn’t have an “R” or “D” next to their name….

  449. MissV

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    Me think thou does protest to loudly! Maybe you need to stop being so crooked :) or better yet you need to get a real job. My mouth dropped over the crookedness of this man that I read on Wikipedia. Question for you dude, what have you done for the people? Since you have been married 3 times already, maybe you can find a bimbo like John Kerry that puts you up in the top 3 wealthiest in government.
    Sleep in your car, that is how all of you expect normal people to do it. What do we get for complaints? More taxes or more corrupt government!

  450. tecumseh

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    you are underpaid what about our military?

    • Bridget

      April 4, 2014
      10:47 a.m.

      And you risk your life and a lot of times you are away from your family. We are living in a upside down world!

  451. ReallyNow

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    I think I’m going to cry…

  452. jazbond007

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    Let’s build them a dorm across the street and pay them $10.10 an hour.

  453. rudeyobnoxious

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    This is a joke, right? I had to look to be sure I wasn’t at theonion.com. It’s a little late for April Fool’s gags, that was Tuesday. Who is this guy Moran?

  454. David Larson

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    I would support the construction of a new barracks at the Washington DC Navy yard for all of the members of Congress to live during their term.

    • ithnkso

      April 4, 2014
      10:52 a.m.

      There is probably an unused building already there. Give him a blanket and a pillow.

    • DWEBSTER

      April 4, 2014
      10:56 a.m.

      And they can get their medical at the VA

  455. amazingoly

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    Glad bully Moran is leaving congress. Shows how misguided he is, knowing full well there are many, many millionaires in Congress.

  456. Lythieth

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    With today’s technology they shouldn’t even be living in DC. They need to be living in their districts, alongside all the rest of us little people.

  457. Ron Burgandy

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    According to the Congressional Research Service, members began receiving a $6 per diem in 1789.

    I’m good with that; $6 a day.

  458. juan smith

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    AS A SHADETREE SHRINK…I KNOW THEY “THEY” KNOW WE WILL NEVER ACT UP, WE WILL SIT BACK AND TAKE IT. ANYTHING WE DONT LIKE DOESNT MATTER.

  459. Sam Quint

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    Typical democrat. You should get a raise when when americas median income goes up. You twits should also get less money when it goes down. Get a clue.

  460. Ted Duke

    April 4, 2014
    10:46 a.m.

    Do you think your Representative or Senator is overpaid? Do you think you are NOT getting your money’s worth? Then VOTE someone else in this year!

  461. Crashemt

    April 4, 2014
    10:47 a.m.

    I live in the DC region, and I make half of that. AND, I do not get the insider trading intel that Congressmen and Senators do; even though if I did, I could not by law be allowed to use it like they do.

  462. Indymaverick

    April 4, 2014
    10:47 a.m.

    Coming from a Democrat, go figure. Quit spending other peoples money and balance the budget and we`ll talk about a raise.

  463. FreeJeffDubay

    April 4, 2014
    10:47 a.m.

    Wow, reading this guys wikipedia page, how has he avoid jail? How does he even get re-elected?

  464. Tranqual

    April 4, 2014
    10:47 a.m.

    “Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.
    I’m making less money than I did 8yrs ago. Thanks to the quislings in WA who lick the boots of the oligarchs and have killed our economy.

  465. James Bro

    April 4, 2014
    10:47 a.m.

    Underpaid?!?! Congressman, you serve two years and get benefits for life. People in our military must serve 20 years to get 1/2 pay.

  466. slug

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    Pass legislation for section C housing (Congressional). Have Congress members fill out an application for assistance based on salary.
    The feds can contract for a housing project to be built just for them but the amenities can not exceed what is in section 8 housing.
    Problem solved

    • DWEBSTER

      April 4, 2014
      10:50 a.m.

      And make sure the construction contract includes the installation of bars on the windows.

  467. rbmjr

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    It’s not a board of directors. It’s a public service. And if they are compensated so poorly, how do so many enter Congress with modest means and exit Congress as millionaires?

  468. BusProf

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    Pay them $10.10 and hour and give them health care from the exchange.

  469. Pickee

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    Most of your constituents can’t afford to live decently either so should they care you can’t get by on $175,000?

  470. Off into the Sunset

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    Just like everyone else in the USA, you agreed to the salary when you took the job. If it no longer meets your needs, then move on! None of you are sacred cows that cannot be replaced. It is absurd enough that you are in control of your salary instead of your boss…the voters. We need an independent source to conduct a real performance evaluation on each of you so voters can make an informed decision instead of buying campaign garbage. I bet we would see a lot more turnover then, and this country can get moving again.

  471. A.c. Morgan

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    “Moran assumes the amendment will not pass, admitting “this is wholly quixotic,” ”
    This is exactly why the people think congress is over paid. Because you bozos waste your time on BS that you know will not make a difference.
    In the private sector a employee would be fired for wasting time on a dead end project… Fire the bum… It is time to hold our representatives accountable.

  472. James Bro

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    Resign a$$hole!

  473. Looseafir

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    Funny I have not seen a rash of Congressmen filing for bankruptcy.

  474. Playtrombone64

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    I guess $174,000 doesn’t include all the free meals and other goodies that lobbyists shower on members of Congress.

  475. DWEBSTER

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    “… the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    A board of directors like that would have been subjected to shareholder lawsuits and criminal prosecution long ago, not a raise. Get real.

  476. Paul Little

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    “….but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    If the board of directors for a private company were as incompetent as these slugs in Congress, they would have been replaced long ago.

    He also reflects the attitude in Washington that they are there to run
    the country as they see fit, not to represent the people.

  477. Charles K Smith

    April 4, 2014
    10:48 a.m.

    Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”
    And therein lies a majority of the problem. Many do not look at this as public SERVICE. They look at themselves as elites. No wonder we are so screwed up.

  478. ithnkso

    April 4, 2014
    10:49 a.m.

    And they want to cap or eliminate the Cola for military retirees?

  479. Jeff Murray

    April 4, 2014
    10:49 a.m.

    replace them with illegal aliens from Mexico and save money.

  480. EEDDGGY1776

    April 4, 2014
    10:49 a.m.

    Please, America begs all of you to go on strike…..permanently.
    Then maybe, the American People can start fixing all the damage you have caused.

  481. J Spurlock

    April 4, 2014
    10:49 a.m.

    A U.S. Congressman, in 1 – two year term,
    earns almost as much as I do in EIGHT YEARS,
    as a Computer Technician with 20 years experience.

    I live in a one room, 400 sq ft – dump of an apt;
    I buy my clothes at thrift and discount stores,
    and my health insurance rates just went up thanks to Obamacare.

    Virginia Democrat Congressman James P. Moran …
    cry me a river about your money problems

    • 308btsp

      April 4, 2014
      10:53 a.m.

      350k in two years… don’t forget, then they have retirement bennies as well. What are our retirement benefits again… oh yes, we contribute to our own 401k (if lucky to have any left).

  482. Joseph Granda

    April 4, 2014
    10:49 a.m.

    The position of public office is a privilege, that of serving the people. It should not be a life long career. If the money’s no good, go work in the private sector.

    • 5Xdaddy

      April 4, 2014
      10:49 a.m.

      Yes, but they have destroyed the private sector.

  483. FascistNation

    April 4, 2014
    10:49 a.m.

    Yes you are underpaid for the amount you steal for your masters. You well deserve a much bigger cut. Perhaps you should send in the troops and become the masters yourselves . . . well, assuming the troops take their orders from you and not your masters.

    Hummmm, perhaps after all it would be best to simply be content with what the masters let you have and continue to be allowed to live above the rabble.

  484. RetiredBob

    April 4, 2014
    10:49 a.m.

    Don’t like the pay, quit!

  485. Joseph Granda

    April 4, 2014
    10:49 a.m.

    He’s just point out Obama’s income inequality push.

  486. Shrewsie

    April 4, 2014
    10:49 a.m.

    Look at all the benefits they receive once they leave office, if they ever do. With today’s technology they could have meetings online from their local offices. They knew what they were getting into when they ran. How many are collecting food stamps? As one poster said, if they want to see poor salaries, join the military. How many are wealthy? We, the taxpayers, pay for them. All we get in return is more taxes.

  487. dv Vaughn

    April 4, 2014
    10:50 a.m.

    impeach obama and we will talk, as for how things are now. YOU ARE NOT EVEN DOING YOUR JOBS!!!! OBAMA is playing dictator and you are just sitting their with your thumbs up your A$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. 2014 biatches you DUMB MFERS ARE GONE~!!!!

    • gatekeeper96740

      April 4, 2014
      10:59 a.m.

      Absolutely IMPEACH OBAMA . Then we can talk.

  488. Nathaniel Talcott

    April 4, 2014
    10:50 a.m.

    I live in Virginia where State Senators make $18,000 a year. As a result, only the independently wealthy can run for office. Either that, or they get kickbacks.

  489. Archer

    April 4, 2014
    10:50 a.m.

    Noticing it’s all democrats whining about their pay…
    “A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.”

    Awww… you poor thing my heart just bleeds for you! Here’s an idea, why don’t you quit and get a job like the rest of us. Maybe a little enforced productivity would give you a new paradigm, you whining little arrogant loon.

  490. DudeFaceofAmerica

    April 4, 2014
    10:50 a.m.

    There is plenty of vehement passion in article comments these days… it’s sad that this principled passion doesn’t show up anywhere else. The bottom line is that we all have to lose what we’re wanting to preserve in order to preserve it, namely our comfort… and none are willing because we’re all spoiled. So, it’s over.

  491. IA_Adam

    April 4, 2014
    10:50 a.m.

    Then leave DC scumbag and go back to your district.

  492. ussr51478

    April 4, 2014
    10:50 a.m.

    The only job where one can become a MULTI-millionaire in less than 2 years. Granted, that is being accomplished by taking bribes but hey… Where else can you do that?

  493. Old Blue Light

    April 4, 2014
    10:50 a.m.

    Considering the lousy job these clowns do, they would be overpaid at a dollar a year. We don’t need reps who want to make a career of Congress, we need reps to want to do their turn and go home so the next person can take their turn.

  494. Tom

    April 4, 2014
    10:50 a.m.

    He oughta try living in the DC area on a military enlisted man’s salary. How ’bout a nice cuppa STFU, Moran?

    • belleruin

      April 4, 2014
      10:54 a.m.

      “How ’bout a nice cuppa STFU, Moran?” Excellent! Made me laugh and was very succinct. Kudos to you!

  495. Fred Obozo

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    How much more can the American people take???

    • DWEBSTER

      April 4, 2014
      10:52 a.m.

      Lying down or standing up?

    • pesky_facts

      April 4, 2014
      10:53 a.m.

      Please … Americans barely whimper when TSA violates their rights. What do you expect … them to take their Govt back or something?

    • Ashton Lively

      April 4, 2014
      11:16 a.m.

      How much more WILL the American people take?

  496. Jim Clarkson

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    If this “Board of Directors” of the largest economic entity of the world weren’t among the worst board of directors in the world, they might deserve a raise, but the simple truth is this; They have mismanaged the “entity” into a state of insolvency and the stock holders (American citizens) are getting screwed while the board members are committing acts comparable to fraud. Fire the bastards.

  497. Jim

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    Give them Fema trailers to live in, four per trailer.

  498. Pickee

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    If a real board of directors kept increasimg their salary while spending more than the company brought in, they would quickly go bankrupt and be out of a job.

  499. fantum

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    They Have No Shame… They are Democrats!

    A Democrat lies about everything (Obama), rapes a teen (Wu), cheats on his taxes (Rangle), cheats on her taxes (Waters), lives with a pimp (Frank), Twitters his package (Weiner), has an extramarital affair (Clinton), lies about his military service (Blumenthal), sells his vote (Stupak), accepts bribes (Murtha RIP), puts bribes in his freezer (Jefferson), sells a senate seat (Blagojevich), buys a Senate seat (Jackson), backs underage sex-trafficking (Cleaver), lies about racism (Carnahan), gropes a massuese (Gore), diverts funds to her husbands bank (Waters), vote no on God (DNC), and on and on ad nauseam…

    Democrats have no morals, praise homosexual butt sex, be politically correct, murder your baby, tax global warming, tax global cooling, embrace illegals, tax big business, tax small business, abandon our allies, apologize to our enemies, there is no God, tax, tax, tax, big Socialist government is the answer to everything.

    They Have No Honor… Nothing Is Beneath Them… They Are DemocratS!

    DemocratS – The Party of LIARS, RINOs, Haters, Corruption, limousine liberals, gimmiedats, cowards, perverts, racists, atheists, ACORNS, black Panthers, gang-bangers, homosexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts, illegal aliens, transsexuals, OWS moochers, welfare moms, freeloaders, navigators, the rest of the dregs of society, and the lowest of all, politicians, all grouped together behind a fruity little narcissist.

    • Fred Obozo

      April 4, 2014
      10:53 a.m.

      Please, don’t hold back, tell us exactly how you feel.

  500. Jeff Cooper

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    Define “live decently”!

    • Prelusive007

      April 4, 2014
      10:59 a.m.

      “Live decently” : take enough of the taxpayer’s money to fly first class, own several homes, be totally exempt from laws that govern the peons (*i.e. obamacare), enjoy guaranteed retirement at taxpayer expense, and basically work part time.

  501. Blu Clw

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    DO IT!!!

    Just try to push a bill demanding a raise while Joe Blow stands in the wreckage you guys fing caused!

    I can’t fing wait till November! I swear I’m considering going to the polls painted up in black face just so I can get away with voting multiple time!

  502. Me

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    LMAO

  503. john

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    if that’s how he feels, then WORK IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. your job is supposed to be a PUBLIC SERVICE. CIVIL SERVANT. it’s not supposed to be a career you get wealthy from. AND HE’S FROM THE DEMOCRAT PARTY??? the party of ”the people”???????????

  504. KevinSTL

    April 4, 2014
    10:51 a.m.

    Build them a barracks like the military live in and have a few school buses transport them back and forth.
    I realize that this may be too good for them, but I surely don’t want a “patriot” like Moran to suffer.

  505. SN0man

    April 4, 2014
    10:52 a.m.

    How about we pay them $0.

  506. Political Hostage

    April 4, 2014
    10:52 a.m.

    Pulic servants do not equate to a board of directors. The proof in that pudding is the deficit. If they were a BoD, they would ALL be in federal prison as we read this garbage.

  507. azhermit

    April 4, 2014
    10:52 a.m.

    One can only hope that a mile wide meteorite hits D.C. when this coven of corrupt, debased and depraved politicians are in full session… but then again this depraved generation of evil is virtue Americans deserves what passes for “leadership.”

  508. JH

    April 4, 2014
    10:52 a.m.

    The irony…they want more money to spend our money…

    • ussr51478

      April 4, 2014
      10:53 a.m.

      I want a job like that, get paid above average salary and spend other people’s money. That’s what I want… Where do I sign up?

  509. Chip

    April 4, 2014
    10:52 a.m.

    Build them housing, just like the housing issued to the military. They always cry “But, I have to maintain two homes.” So, lets issue them one.

  510. firetheliberals

    April 4, 2014
    10:52 a.m.

    BS, it is just too bad they cant live like elites on 14, 000 a month. Afterv taxes that is about 10k a month take home.

  511. lamerican

    April 4, 2014
    10:52 a.m.

    These idiots need to be fired, not given a raise. They haven’t improved the economy, reduced unemployment, they’ve trashed our foreign policy, they are giving us a broken healthcare system even worse than what we started with, and failed to support our allies, and our enemies are gaining power.

    The only thing these incompetent and inept fools have accomplished is growing their own wealth.

  512. Norwegianbear

    April 4, 2014
    10:52 a.m.

    I would be happy to give them 250,000 a year, even a million, but conditioned on one thing. Managing a balanced budget. It they fail, their pay would be one big fat ZERO!

  513. Joe Harrison

    April 4, 2014
    10:53 a.m.

    Boo Freaking Hoo. My pay rate has been the same for 5 years. The only way I get more money is if I work overtime or get a second job. I do my job and do not complain. I am happy with what I receive. They do not do their job. Why should the American taxpayer reward them for not being fiscally responsible and not doing the job they were elected to do?

  514. Mike Smith

    April 4, 2014
    10:53 a.m.

    Find another job, one where you can get FIRED for doing the lackluster work that you do!

  515. mrbp

    April 4, 2014
    10:53 a.m.

    I would work for that amount. These scumbag politicians need to live in a slum somewhere to find out what bad really is. But like other commenters have posted here; if you don’t like the pay for the lousy job you are doing, go home and stay there.

  516. Erich Soldat

    April 4, 2014
    10:53 a.m.

    OH NO – God help us (Oops, I said the “G”-Word…) This is so sad – the people that represent us so well and work so hard are not being paid enough. Maybe I’ll just pay more taxes to help them all!

  517. Fred Doe

    April 4, 2014
    10:53 a.m.

    Then quit!

  518. Pickee

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    Remind me why Congress needs to earn more than the federal minimum wage.

  519. Alex Winters

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    $174k is $3346 per week. Come back to reality sir!

  520. R B

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    Yet strangely, most of them go into congress without a huge amount of money, but leave a few years later as multi millionaires. Wonder how that happens????? Maybe when they know that their committee is about to take down some “evil” corporation, they can legally go out and short that company’s stock and make millions. Just one example of the rampant corruption.

  521. jfkjax

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    This type of an opinion from Moran illustrates the arrogance and lack of integrity of the typical Democrat politician. The truth is that such a large salary should be cut at least by 50% with no chance of an increase unless performance is improved. Also, such a cut would fall right in line with the Democrat mantra of income equality. In short, Moran is grossly overpaid. So let’s get off of these sideshows of the Democrats and start focusing on the Senate taking up some of the many jobs bills the House has passed.

  522. Paul Little

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    Most of these slugs don’t do much other than meet with lobbyists
    and then show up at a hearing or on the floor and parrot what their
    staff gives them.

  523. dingus656565

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    hahhhhaaHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAH

  524. Rob

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    Members of Congress are part time workers.

    The legislative calendars show they will spend less than 200 days in session in 2014. 52 weeks worth of weekends is 104 days. 365 days minus 104 = 251 possible workdays in the year. There are 10 Federal holidays in the year, leaving 241 working days left. The US Senate penciled in 191 working days this year, giving them 50 NON-WEEKEND days off this year.

    That’s 5 weeks vacation, plus 52 weekend days, and 10 holidays. All for a measly 175K a year.

    They should build some studio apartments for these Congress clowns to stay in while in Washington.

    • jfkjax

      April 4, 2014
      10:55 a.m.

      A barracks behind the Supreme Court building would be fine. They deserve nothing more.

  525. Prelusive007

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    Interesting that instead of a servant to the people of the United States, he views himself as a “director” in the “Board of Directors”.

    He needs to go . . yesterday.

  526. NueeArdente

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    I think congressmen should be payed the average salary of 51,017 so that they can be more in touch with the average person. Now I realize that this is not enough to maintain a second residence so I propose that some military style housing be provided to them free during while staying in Washington.

    • Pickee

      April 4, 2014
      10:55 a.m.

      Why should they get more than the federal minimum wage?

      • NueeArdente

        April 4, 2014
        11:27 a.m.

        Well they certainly do not deserve even that. I just figured by tying their pay to the average salary they would have incentive to increase the well being of the average person rather than trampling all over it. Of course their solution to increasing the average and for that matter federal minimum wage would be to increase the minimum wage until they were paid 500k a year or some such.

  527. kantishna

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    Only when we cannot find people to run for office are our representatives under paid. It’s as simple as that.

  528. Mancave001

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    The utter stupidity and insensitivity here is astounding. It truly demonstrates just how out of touch these people are. Our Founders envisioned a part-time Congress made up of ordinary citizens. They weren’t SUPPOSED to be “the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” The fact that Moran talks about job performance just shows how he completely doesn’t get it. You’re not SUPPOSED to “live decently in Washington,” you idiot. You’re supposed to have an office there and perhaps a small apartment for when you need to stay. You can’t do that on $175K a year plus benefits? And when I say “benefits, ” I mean all the perks you get that no one talks about.

  529. robert flores

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    I think we should stop creating anymore bills and laws. I think all senators and congress should be laid off. We should get some real honest hard working people and start going through all laws and consolidating them.

    Do you know how many laws we have? DO you know how many are passed each year?
    What do you think should be the maximum laws? 10000? A million?

  530. dw323

    April 4, 2014
    10:54 a.m.

    In the REAL world, when you under perform you get FIRED. You don’t ask for a raise. Out of touch…??????

  531. 308btsp

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    GFY Moran…. maybe spelled with a o instead of a “a”

  532. Joe

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    What a piece of scum. Typical Liberal trash.

  533. Dyler_Turden

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact
    is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity
    in the world.”

    How very very telling. SO, in his eyes he is no longer a public servant, but the CEO of this country, which is now a corporation, and we are merely his laborers…

  534. DWEBSTER

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    Harry Reid is living in a DC luxury hotel for Pete’s sake. What does he need, a palace?

  535. philster7656

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    The reason Washington, DC is so expensive is because the government spends so much money. If the government stopped spending money, all the crooked rent-seeker would leave town, and prices would drop precipitately. Problem solved.

  536. Percy Mercy

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    Mr. Moran: Feel free to F OFF!!!!

  537. Nathan Young

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    This absolute corrupt loser living off the people is worth $40k per year in the private sector and that’s generous. I hope he and his ugly disgusting unfit family see some really rough times in the very near future

  538. Joltin Joe

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    If you needed more proof of their incompetence, here you go. They work less days them most part timers and make 176K a year. And we should feel bad for them? Oh not to mention free healthcare and pensions for life. They are SOOO disconnected from average americans it’s not even funny.

  539. john

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    so he is now in the poverty line? is the average working man’s salary in DC far above $174,000 a year? do the mcdonalds workers over there make $180,000 a year?

  540. dmxinc

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    Maybe they could afford to live in DC if they would quit pumping the lion’s share of the $1 trillion dollar annual deficit into the DC economy.

    Of course the lifestyle in DC is expensive, politicians like Moran have ensured that it would be.

    So now they need a pay raise? Talk about circular reasoning.

  541. gatekeeper96740

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    BOO HOO Then get out. You wanted the job and now you whine? I wish I was as underpaid as you, with all your bloody vacation time and retirement bennies.

  542. Chris Gait

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    Since he doesn’t get all the graft money he got back in the good old days as corrupt mayor of Alexandria this scumbag feels deprived. The people of Northern Virginia really deserve this person. They vote him in, one time after another. Socialist? Check! Criminal? Check! Doing only harm to his constituents? Check! He’s a winner!

  543. pm38847

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    Reid doesn’t deserve deserve a dime more, a thief only deserves jail time.

  544. Indepcon

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    Maybe we should send him home in November.

  545. Jimmy Sparklenuts

    April 4, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    Dear Washington politicians,

  546. Hurley

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    If you were to cut their salary in half, not one would refuse the run again. They don’t consider what they make on the side as salary, which eventually will be million$.

  547. MICHAELNLA

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    SO QUIT! YOU CAN & WILL BE REPLACED. BIG SMILE

    WE HAVE 91 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK &

    MORE AMERICANS ON FOOD STAMPS THAN AT ANY TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND ALL THESE CLOWNS THINK ABOUT IS THEMSELVES!

    THE JACKA$$ HAS DEFINITELY PROVED TO BE THE IDEAL MASCOT FOR THE DEMOCRAT PARTY…AND THE OBAMAS, CLINTONS, BIDEN, REID, PELOSI, KERRY, HOLDER, SCHUMER & FEINSTEIN ARE JUST A VERY FEW EXAMPLES WHY!

  548. patriotism-matters

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    Veterans living under bridges and in alleys while congress gives our money away to many that have neither defended nor contributed nothing to the American society and they want more??? despicable.

  549. titorite

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    THey better learn how to cupon and ride share plutocratic stinkers

  550. Dylan Young

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    Welcome to the rise of the political class, where elitists will say anything.

  551. Alex Winters

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    Half of all Americans make $12/hr WITH college degrees.

  552. Tony G.

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    Hey . . . . Virginia Democrat James P. Moran . . . . we in the rest of American can’t live in the American you have destoryed either . . . What the hell? . . . . you one sided piece of camel dung. How about paying for my healthcare that YOU AND YOUR DEMOCRAT MORONS HAVE DOUBLED……!!!

  553. jfkjax

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    Tell me about “income equality.” Doesn’t that apply to the Democrats who are bilking the taxpayers?

  554. John G. Gault

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    No budget-no pay.

    • Reboog

      April 4, 2014
      10:57 a.m.

      Even better, no BALANCED budget, no pay!!

  555. Raul

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    No wonder then guy who proposed this is named Moran. (More-on) 175000 isn’t enough to live off of hmmm. Well they should come work for min wage and see how tough it is then. This guy is gushing lies congress sits on there ass all day gets up at noon to go try and get more votes half dont even show up for any important type of bill being passed if anything they should be taking a pay cut a career politician just means corrupt. Make the job worth less take away the lifetime pay and you might actually get some service minded people instead of the fat cows who do nothing but erode our personal freedoms

  556. Janice the Elder

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    Oh, those poor little dears. Whatever shall we do to help them? I know, let’s build some “public housing” units within walking distance of their offices, and rent to them based on some percentage of their current salary. Let us also assign maintenance be done on these units to the same extent it is done on most public housing. And, to ensure that they get lots of exercise, any elevators will only be powered on for a few hours every day. And any additional units in the “public housing” will be rented out to illegal aliens (oops, I mean undocumented workers) and their families. And just to make it fun, let’s pass a law that mandates that they have to live in the public housing during their time in public office. All in favor, raise your right hand . . .

  557. originaltexan

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    the us gov’t should run like texas…they only meet every two years….in the meantime they have regular jobs, go home and live under the crazy ass laws they pass and listen to their constitutients face to face, not from letters and emails…then they wouldn’t need 1/4 of those salaries

  558. Bill D Libs

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    How about you do the work of the people and leave your Gimmie Dat attitude at the door.

  559. John Bourne

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    The criminals are not supposed to live in DC, that is the root of the problem. They should live in state the represent. Fire em all.

  560. WillVMI68

    April 4, 2014
    10:56 a.m.

    Can’t afford DC? GO HOME! We don’t need you in DC 12 months out of the year! I propose you move back to your home state for all but 30 or 40 days a year. You can use SKYPE or Go To Meeting.

    Moran is an especially disgusting narcissist seen by his remarkably elitist comment that Congress ” is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” YOU’RE NOT A BOARD OF DIRECTORS, YOU WORTHLESS WOULD-BE-KING!!! You’re Our Representative who is there to keep government out of our way and protect us from INVASION.

    What a piece of work.

    • susandanielspi

      April 4, 2014
      11 a.m.

      They work three days a week. In 2009, congress was scheduled to work 137 days.

  561. portle44

    April 4, 2014
    10:57 a.m.

    Of course they are underpaid.It takes great skill and dedication to torpedo a society that was once the envy of the world.

  562. Fred Obozo

    April 4, 2014
    10:57 a.m.

    Hi boys and girls. Can we spell REVOLUTION?

    • pesky_facts

      April 4, 2014
      11 a.m.

      I can.

  563. BusProf

    April 4, 2014
    10:57 a.m.

    Remove the EPA from the budget and we’ll talk.

  564. KevinSTL

    April 4, 2014
    10:57 a.m.

    I wish I could tell that ba$tard to his face that HE and his party have caused MILLIONS of Americans to have to go on food stamps and he’s got a LOT of nerve whining about his compensation while doing it.
    We’ll never be a decent country again until more Americans stop worshiping fools that claim to “represent” us. They represent their own interests first and, if time permits, will consider the county’s interests second.

  565. civilwarsoon

    April 4, 2014
    10:57 a.m.

    if they are dead they wouldn’t need a raise

  566. susandanielspi

    April 4, 2014
    10:57 a.m.

    On top of their salary, each congressman has an annual budget of $1.1 million and the senators get $1.3 million.

    • belleruin

      April 4, 2014
      11:01 a.m.

      Really? I didn’t know that.

  567. mandy365

    April 4, 2014
    10:57 a.m.

    I have two suggestions
    1. Merit pay just like they want for school teachers. Factors that would be considered are things like unemployment, national debt, budget accountability.
    2. return to the ideas of the founders. this is not supposed to be a career. Serve a term or two and go home. Create a dorm where they can live for that time.

  568. lamerican

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    I think it is time for some recall elections.

  569. disqus_E4Vdp7qC06

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    You need to leave then and the sooner the better!

  570. cheesemaster

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    “the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    Holy crap. No, you’re not. You’re supposed to protect our borders, deliver our mail, coin our money, and a few other things laid out in Article I, Sec 8.

  571. B-Diddy

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    Only $174K a year?!! What an OUTRAGE!! You can’t even buy two packs of CRACKERS to rub together for that salary! I can’t believe they can even afford SOCKS AN SHOES!!!!

  572. ussr51478

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    Moran – Is it his real name or did he earn it? Maybe it just misspelled, moron perhaps?

  573. Baxter4315

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    So the under performing member of the board of directors of the largest “failed” economic entity in the world, who rarely shows up, fails to follow the Constitution, honor his oath. doesn’t follow the wishes of his constituents (remember shoving the ACA down our throats on Chistmas Eve despite howls of protest?) You Congressman Moran deserve to be fired or removed for malfeasance.

    • jfkjax

      April 4, 2014
      10:59 a.m.

      Baxter, Absolutely — Excellent statement!

  574. Garys_opinion

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    Lets go back to the $6.00 per diem rate of pay.

  575. Pat Riot

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    Mr. Moran: FOAD.

  576. Kris Langley

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    I think that I feel a tear running down my cheek…

  577. Bill D Libs

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    $17 Trillion in debt and you want a raise? But don’t worry you will be replaced the next time you are up for re-election.

  578. Kevin Kent

    April 4, 2014
    10:58 a.m.

    Born and raised in the DC area and currently live there. $170,000+ for a single salary is far more than enough to live VERY well. What he’s saying is that he can’t afford to live in the poshest areas of Arlington.