Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Congress can balance the budget by cutting its own pay


By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
I know this is just symbolic - but - I'd like to go on the record as agreeing with my fellow Americans who say that the first step toward a balanced budget is a cut in congressional salaries.
Perhaps the question is a bit unfair and a tad leading. It's like asking Americans if they like ice cream. Who in their right mind would say "no?"
If you ask the American people if the salaries of members of Congress should be cut as a way of helping balance the budget - you'd be equally hard-pressed to find anyone who wouldn't agree.
And that's just what the Rasmussen poll found.
Seventy-five percent of those surveyed say Congress should take a salary cut until the budget is balanced.
Seems like a great incentive to balance the budget. You want your $174,000 a year? Balance the budget.
Of course, the likelihood that members of Congress would vote themselves a salary cut is null. But it's really all a moot point anyway. With the throw the bums out mentality sweeping the nation, many members of Congress are going to lose that salary completely during the mid-term elections this November.
Gary Baumgarten
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