We’ve Found the Parasites
We’ve Found the Parasites
It’s not enough that rank and file members of Congress get salaries of $174,000 per year paid by we, the people, many of whom earn considerably less and struggle to make ends meet paycheck to paycheck. It’s not enough that these leeches get benefits at our expense, including health insurance and retirement benefits – much like any other federal employee – but only work about half the days of any other federal worker. Congress has averaged 138 “legislative days” per year since 2001, averaging about 18 hours of work per week.
And yet, a bunch of bloodsucking parasites in Congress have decided to give themselves some additional perks, because the poor babies can’t seem to survive on their generous salaries and some *GASP!* even sleep on the couches in their offices!
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.) introduced a bill that would ban members of Congress from sleeping in their offices and would change the tax code to allow House members to deduct their spending on housing in D.C. up to $3,000. The deduction would not apply to senators.
Thompson has also proposed turning a vacant building near Capitol Hill into apartments for House members at the expensive of taxpayers, which critics have dubbed a “Congressional Animal House.”
The taxpayer-watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste criticized Thompson’s legislation and his proposed “taxpayer-funded dorms.”
That’s right, boys and girls! Bennie Thompson, whose estimated net worth as of 2016 was $757,012 – money many in the United States could only dream of – decided that in addition to his $174,000 salary, the taxpayers should also fund his crash pad in DC.
But Bennie wasn’t the only one who thinks you should pay for his housing. Twenty three additional blood-sucking parasites signed on to HR 5845. All Democrats, and every last one of them a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11] Rep. McEachin, A. Donald [D-VA-4] Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6] Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3] Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10] Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12] Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large] Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2] Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2] Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7] Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13] Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1] Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]
At least three of these parasites are listed among the richest members of the caucus, including Al Green, who is worth $4.5 million, Marcia Fudge, who is worth $1.3 million, and Joyce Beatty, who is worth $2.6 million. Even “poor” Alcee Hastings, who somehow managed to get himself elected and is receiving a generous salary from the taxpayers after being charged (and acquitted) of conspiracy and federal bribery and impeached as a federal judge, and is STILL going about his corrupt dealings unfazed, and while still owing $2.23 million from his legal bills.
And yet, these leeches want you to pay their housing costs, because… you know… reasons!
Now, how many of us have crashed in our offices sometimes? It happens. We work late. We work a lot. We don’t have time to run home because of some emergency, so we grab a few winks on the couch and start working again.
The claim is that there are dozens of members of Congress using their offices as crash pads during the legislative session in lieu of getting an apartment or even sharing a place with another member, because they can’t afford a place to live.
The Congressional Black Caucus claims it’s unsanitary to allow members to crash in their offices! “The practice of lawmakers bunking in their offices is unsanitary — and an abuse of taxpayer funds, according to members of the Congressional Black Caucus.” (Because, you know, the CBC cares so much about abusing the taxpayers’ funds, that their members repeatedly are caught siphoning said funds for their own enrichment and profit!)
I find that difficult to believe. This is not about being sanitary. This is about sucking yet more taxpayer dollars from the pot.
The average net worth of a member of Congress in 2011 was $7.8 million. In 2015 the richest member of Congress Montana’s Greg Gianforte was worth a whopping $315 million, and the net worth of Congress keeps rising. The 115th Congress is collectively worth $2.43 billion, according to press reports – 20 percent more than the previous Congress – definitely a faster growth than the people they represent.
Housing in DC is pretty expensive, but not so much that one can’t afford a one-bedroom apartment on a $174,000 salary, which amounts to roughly $6,000 per month after taxes, health insurance, etc. are deducted from one’s paycheck. Rent for an apartment outside city center in DC is about $1600 per month. Public transportation is relatively reliable, and easily accessible. There are taxis and Ubers as well. A three-bedroom apartment in the posh center of town averages roughly $4000 per month. You can’t tell me that’s unaffordable when split between three members, who are all earning at least $174,000 per year! If you go out to Alexandria or other DC suburbs, it’s even less expensive!
But we can’t allow all-important members of Congress to take the Metro to work, can we? They’re VIPs! Taking public transportation or living in an inexpensive apartment in Alexandria, VA is beneath them!
Instead they must have the taxpayers subsidize their housing, so they can live in the center of DC in the style to which they have become accustomed and don’t have to take public transportation with the dirty masses – all for giving us roughly 140 days of “work” per year.
What a bargain!
The answer to this travesty from the most vocal grievance mongers in Congress should be a loud and resounding “FUCK YOU!”
“Public service is not supposed to be comfortable or luxurious,” said Tom Schatz, the president of Citizens Against Government Waste. “Taxpayers send these men and women to Washington to work and pay them a salary that is more than three times that of an average American. Congress should focus on getting America’s fiscal house in order and spend less time trying to create a Congressional Animal House.”
We are not subsidizing your luxurious crash pads.
We are not paying for your corruption.
We are not giving you any more benefits for the minimal amount of work most of you perform.
You don’t do enough work to justify the freeloading you do at the taxpayers’ expense.
Get a roommate. Get a studio apartment. Move further from Capitol Hill to save some money. We don’t care what you do. Just go away.
Anyone who votes for this travesty should be sent home packing; physically remove their maw from the public teat (no doubt making a sucking sound like a hooker sucking a bowling ball through a garden hose) and send them back to their districts to complain about how hard their life was at $174,000 per year plus perks the rest of us could only dream of.
And with some of them being as corrupt and morally repugnant as they are, maybe the DC jail can give them a cell and a toilet, right alongside some of their criminal staffers.