Some nights the mind bounce simply does not allow me to focus on my more in-depth projects … I have three of them in-process at the moment … and so nothing will do but a few snarky snippets. Sorry, folks … I simply cannot help myself. Sigh.
I want you to get out your box of tissues and don your sympathy hats, for this one’s a real tear-jerker. Members of Congress have not had a pay raise … not even so much as a cost-of-living increase … since 2009 – ten years!!! The horror! I mean, the majority of them only earn a paltry $174,000 per year! How on earth are they managing? So, two republican representatives, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, have quietly proposed a pay increase … just about a 2.5% increase … ballpark $3 million per year in total … nothing to break the bank.
But wait! The minimum wage rate of $7.25 also has not been raised since 2009. The full-time minimum wage worker earns $15,080 per year. Um … that is a mere 8.67% of what those members of Congress are earning. All of which might not cause a raised eyebrow except … back in March there was a bill in Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in increments by 2024. Guess what? The bill ran into a bit of a snag, with every single republican, including Representatives Scalise and McCarthy, committed to voting against it, and even some democrats refusing to support it, saying it would place an “unfair burden” on small businesses. Unfair burden? Unfair burden??? What about the burden of all those people working second jobs just to survive???
The very people who are poised to grant themselves a $4,500 per annum pay increase, would deny the minimum wage worker an increase. The bill hasn’t garnered the 218 votes needed to pass the House, and even if it passes the House, Mitch McConnell has indicated that he will not bring the bill to a vote in the Senate. And even if it passed both the House and the Senate, in all likelihood Trump would veto it.
Think about that one … the people who are making 11.5 times as much as minimum wage earners, most of whom are already millionaires, want a raise for themselves, but none for the man or woman who is struggling every day to feed their children, pay the rent, pay the doctor’s bills, and keep the electricity from being shut off. My answer to the members of the U.S. Congress is do what the minimum wage earners are having to do … take a second or even third job!!!
In year’s past, a president might be applauded for a brilliant speech, or criticized for one that wasn’t so good, but it tells you all you need to know about Don Trump when he is praised for not veering off-script. The speech he gave at the ceremony for the 75th anniversary of D-Day was praised by two of Trump’s media antagonists, Jim Acosta and Joe Scarborough, not for it’s content (Trump didn’t write it) or sincerity (there was none), but because he stayed on script and didn’t go off on a tangent as he is prone to do.
“This is perhaps the most on-message moment of Donald Trump’s presidency today. We were all wondering if he would veer from his remarks, go off of his script but he stayed on script, stayed on message …” – Jim Acosta, CNN
“I’m also glad the president chose to have the discipline to stick to script …” – Joe Scarborough, MSNBC
Sorry, guys, but given that he spent three full days making an ass of himself and of this nation while visiting our allies, he gets no kudos from me for managing a few minutes reading from a paper without veering off course. Two and a half years in office, and this is his crowning achievement – being able to read a speech that somebody else wrote??? That’s sad. That’s really, really sad.
Truer words have never been spoken than these by President Dwight David Eisenhower
Th-th-that’s all f-f-folks