Rewarding failure …

AP:
The Republican-controlled Congress helped itself to a $3,100 pay raise on Friday, then postponed work on bills to curb spending on social programs and cut taxes in favor of a two-week vacation. […]
Yup, they gave themselves a raise and then went on vacation. When they get back, they'll throw some kids off of foodstamps to pay for more tax-breaks for the boys down at the club.

That pressure behind your eyes is rage. It's natural. Take a few deep breaths so your head doesn't explode.
The cost-of-living increase for members of Congress -- which will put pay for the rank and file at an estimated $165,200 a year -- marked a brief truce in the pitched political battles that have flared in recent weeks on the war and domestic issues.
And you thought comity was dead. See, they can still come together for the important stuff.

In case you were wondering, Congress' last cost-of-living adjustment was … why, it was just last year!

Unlike the minimum wage. It's been eight straight years since Congress last authorized an increase in the federal minimum, leaving it at a 56-year low relative to average wages, according to EPI.

But, hey, a whopping 36 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. With that kind of performance, why would you deny them a little extra cash?
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