"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Thursday, June 30, 2005
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!