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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Congress won’t get cost of living increase for fiscal 2014!

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The new bill to reopen the government is as remarkable for what it does not contain as what it does:

We know now that in the sparse 35 pages of the bill to reopen the government – – – can you imagine something passed by Congress that is only 35 pages long?  I think that is a miraculous accomplishment all by itself. – – – but anyway . . . in the 35 pages of the bill to reopen the government there are a lot of good things:

Among the good things are reported to be money to help People in Colorado who have been victims of some pretty bad floods lately and money to help people who have suffered losses because of those big wildfires in California and everywhere that we have been watching on the news lately.

Then there is some money to help the Veterans Administration get caught up on some of the backlog of claims that had been building up.  Being a Vet myself, I really think this is a good thing!  We really need to pay more attention to doing what is best for our Veterans!  I think we might have done better than we have in this regard – – – a lot better!

I know a lot of those furloughed Federal Workers are going to be happy about the fact that the bill authorizes them to get their back pay for the time they were off work because of the shutdown.  I spoke to one computer programmer who works at a local Air Force Base where I live and he was very happy about this news.

There is something missing from the bill, however and I think it deserves a little mention here:

According to what I have been reading on various news sites, the members of Congress will not be getting any cost of living increases for the fiscal year 2014.

I cannot help but wonder how that item slipped by?

If you are wondering where I read that, it was in an article from “Reuters” entitled, “Bill To Spare U.S. Economy From Debt Crisis Also Delivers Favors.”

You can look it up and read it if you want to but I don’t have permission to link to “Reuters.”

It is interesting to me to note that in order to get to this bill I am talking about here, it cost us a shutdown of government and $24 billion dollars in taxpayer money too! – – - HERE.

I guess if what I have read in the past is anywhere near the truth, Congress hasn’t gotten any raise in their pay for the last four years.   Of course I am wondering how some of them can afford to live on the wage that reportedly approximates $174-thousand dollars a year in this tough economy in which we find ourselves?

Personally I have had to live on one-tenth that amount in my relatively uneventful life and I thought I was having it hard.

But maybe it isn’t all that bad about Congress not getting a cost of living increase for 2014 – – – did I hear somewhere that many of them are already wealthy to begin with?

Oh well – – maybe they can vote themselves an increase sometime soon.  While they are at it, I hope they vote an increase for me and my Fellow Americans too.

Or maybe we could all follow the old Right Wing formula of going out and using our self-sufficiency to bring our financial status up to that of the Congress.

If anyone out there has suggestions on how to do this and how to get the taxpayers to pay for it, I am all ears!

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John Liming - American Liberal Times

Author: John Liming - American Liberal Times

I am an American Man, 72-years-old, and a Veteran of The U.S. Military. I have served honorably in both The United States Army (National Guard) and The United States Air Force for a total of seven years and three months active duty during what is now known as The Vietnam Era. I am a concerned citizen and refer to myself as "A Crazy Left Wing Liberal Nut Case with occasional Right Wing Conservative tendencies. I am particularly concerned and grieved about the way our beloved America seems to have become so politically divided over the past few years to the point where hardly anyone seems to be able to get along or to work together and where mutual vilification seems to be a spectator sport of some kind. I am particular fearful that we might get to the point, in our internal power struggles where we would be a One Party Nation. That, in my opinion, would be a total disaster and that is what I fear certain members of the element generally known as The "Christian" Conservative Right may have in mind.

7 comments to Congress won’t get cost of living increase for fiscal 2014!

  • Your article lis exclusively focused on the Congress, you seemed to overlook the wealthy amongst the Senate. As an example how did Harry Reid a lifetime public servant accumulate a net worth estimated to be in the range of $10 Million. Read about his tactics here
    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/314025/how-did-harry-reid-get-rich-betsy-woodruff

  • You got something against people being successful have you?

  • Just curious how he accomplished it on the pay of a civil servant, based on some of the apparently shady deals he was involved in all Americans should be equally curious. Or does he get a pass as a Democrat

  • Albrecht Schäfer

    This kind of partisan mudslinging isn’t helping anyone. We should stick to the content of the article and work with that.

    If I were to give a content-related comment, I’d say that it is imperative that a new budget that raises revenue and cuts spending be passed in order to prevent a deficit increase and help us reduce the debt. Some debt is good, but not $16.7 trillion

  • Albrecht,
    The reality is that Americas politics are partisan by nature, the nation is a two party one for all intents and purposes. Unfortunately some individuals take that to heart to the point that one of their own can do no wrong. This is the real problem. Harry Reid is a power hungry bum who has used his position to feather his own nest, on the other hand the Republicans have their fair share of crooks as well. I defend nor support either party as a whole.

    If Americas financial woes are to be solved it will not be by the likes of Harry Reid or Barrack Obama, spending under the current administration is at an all time high with the debt growing as much under this President as it did under all previous Presidents combined. Now some like to blame Bush for that, but we are 5 years and a bit into Obama’s presidency and there are no signs of the bleeding slowing down. When does thus guy plan to take responsibility? Better yet will the next President blame Obama or continue to point at Bush.

    The country needs leadership and hard choices, choices that will most likely not be popular. The fact is that the United States takes in all the revenue it needs to run the country, however toss in hundreds if not thousands of boondoggles like Solyndra , Lifeline, or Healthcare.gov and the money is squandered pretty quickly.

    What the American political system has become is an out of control leviathan attempting to control it subjects from cradle to birth, while those at the top improve their own lot in life. Unfortunately the alternative to a limited government is unlimited government, something that America is well on the way to having.

  • while those at the top improve their own lot in life. – - – and this is done never-failingly at the expense of everyone who is not on top – - something like in a country run by Royalty where the elite have all the wealth and everyone else in the country are serfs whose only acknowledged purpose is to serve the whims of the ruling class to keep them rich and to make them richer. A kind of feudalism if you will but more refined. A little bit like France just prior to the revolution or Czarist Russia before the storming of the winter palace.

  • John,
    There is a big difference between accumulating wealth through diligence, risk, and hard work in private industry versus a public servant using their position and inside knowledge of government workings to benefit financially. One is the “American Way” the other is unethical and criminal. I certainly hope for your sake that you can see the difference. As I have stated to you many times in the past, you don’t have to die on the sword for your party, if someone in it is doing wrong you can admit it. In fact if you truly support a party it is your duty to flush out the bad apples before they rot the entire barrel. Tell me, how seriously would you take a Republican that refused to admit any wrong doing on the part of Richard Nixon?

    If Harry Reid’s wealth was honestly acquired he should be forthcoming about that and release the information. After all wasn’t he the guy that stated ” he heard the Mitt Romney didn’t pay his taxes” and then when questioned on it further stated that ” it wasn’t up to him to prove the Mr Romney hadn’t paid taxes, it was up to Mr Romney to prove he had”.

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