Congressional Raises On Hold. AOC Still Wants A Raise, Natch.

Mockarena, Co-Founder

Seriously, is there a more insufferable seahag in Congress right now than AOC?

Wait. Don’t answer that – I know how many solid choices there are to wear that crown.

But you guys, AOC is pushing for Congressional raises, because apparently 174k annually just isn’t enough to “accommodate for the changes in the economy.”

BEHOLD (it takes a few seconds to load and start playing):

If you’re unable to see the video try this link.  But her main point is that voting AGAINST a Congressional raise is “superficial” because it’s “not even like a raise.”

She says even though it doesn’t look good optically to be in favor of raises for Congress, the reason for raises is because of the “pressure to turn to lobbying firms and to cash in on member service after people leave, because of precisely this issue.”

She went on:

“It may be politically convenient, and it may make you look good in the short term for saying, ‘Oh we’re not voting for pay increases,’ but we should be fighting for pay increases for every American worker,” she said. “We should be fighting for a $15 minimum wage pegged to inflation so that everybody in the United States with a salary with a wage gets a cost of living increase. Members of Congress, retail workers, everybody should get cost of living increases to accommodate for the changes in our economy. And then when we don’t do that, it only increases the pressure on members to exploit loopholes like insider-trading loopholes, to make it on the back end.”

Last night, the House stopped the effort to increase their pay, saying it “needs more discussion.”

Those poor Congress folks haven’t had a raise since 2009, and HOW IN THE WORLD ARE THEY SURVIVING, I ask you.

AOC’s point about exploiting loopholes is fair, and in fact, Ted Cruz is suggesting that the two of them work together on bi-partisan legislation to put an end to the lobbying and insider-trading loopholes.  I’m totally down with that idea.  And you know what?  I’m down with them doing that WITHOUT INCREASING THEIR FREAKING PAY.

 From the Fox article:

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) found in May that, adjusted for inflation, salaries for members of Congress “have decreased 15 percent since the last pay adjustment in 2009.” Following a cost-of-living adjustment formula established in 2009, members of Congress should currently be making $210,900, the CRS found.

Cry me a river.  $174k annually is still waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much.  Public service shouldn’t be a get-rich-quick scheme, and that’s precisely what it’s become.  If AOC wants to change policies and laws such that she and other members can no longer take advantage of taxpayers in the way they do, I’m all for it.  But she can do that without a pay increase.  Acting as though the only way to survive without a raise is to get back-scratched from lobbyists and take advantage of insider trading secrets is a cop-out.  FIX THE PROBLEM.  DO YOUR JOB. And STOP treating Americans like we’re a blank check.

UGH.