"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Po-TAY-to; Po-TAH-to 

I have no special beef with Congress providing itself a cost-of-living adjustment, especially since they agreed to fairly stringent restrictions on speaking fees in return, but I do have a problem with pretending it is something other than a "pay raise":
The annual debate on the members' COLA resembles kabuki theater: Both Democratic and Republican leaders guarantee sizable majorities of their members to block the effort [to roll back the raise], and they make sure there is not a clear-cut vote on the measure. None of the party campaign committees uses the pay-raise issue in campaigns.

"Each side put up their required quota" of votes, said Rep. Deborah Pryce of Ohio, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House.

Republican leaders — who succumbed to pressure to block the COLA for three of the first four years their party controlled Congress — now are strong advocates of it. The last time it was rejected was in 1998.

"It's not a pay raise," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. "It's an adjustment so that they're not losing their purchasing power."

Remember that when you don't get a raise this year. No "adjustment" for you!

 

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