Job Well Done? Congress Gets a Raise!

After authorizing billions of dollars in bailout cash that can't seem to save the US economy and lambasting CEOs for their perks and salaries, Congress has decided to give itself a raise.


While many Americans deal with salary freezes, or no salary at all, members of Congress will get a $4,700 pay increase, which will cost taxpayers $2.5 million extra.

To be fair, the 2.8 percent increase is automatic, and only half of the cost-of-living adjustment given for Social Security. Since taxpayers would probably never give Congress a raise, do you think keeping the salary out of politics by making the increase automatic is best, or should Congress's compensation be based on performance and the economy just like everyone else's?

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