Of course, everyone knows that in recent years when the American people were pinching pennies until Lincoln serenaded them, they have been busy voting pay raises for themselves.   There is some representatives that choose not to have a pay raise, there are many more that disregard the declination and instead accept their increase.  It should be duly noted that a large portion of spending on things like education has been cut drastically due to the nation’s current monetary woes.  Of course, the best way to save money would be to cut spending, but the spending that doesn’t get cut is salaries of the representatives of the people of the United States; Senators and House Representatives continue to make salaries that you and I dream of seeing just once in our lives.  They do pay in to pension funds and social security, but still most see more than we will on average during our lifetime.  So today, it’s time to crunch the numbers.

Leadership positions in the Senate and the House generally pay more than the average Representative.  Those figures are as follows:  Senate Majority Leader: $193,400, Senate Minority Leader: $193,400, Speaker of the House: $223,500, House Majority Leader: $193,400, House Minority Leader:$193,400.  The average Senator and House Representative earn $174,000 per year.  With those figures in mind note that: a) those who have chosen a particular pension plan pay 1.3 percent into that plan and 6.2 percent to social security.  While we would love to brand that all into the mix, we are going to deal with the base numbers, figuring how much we would save yearly on salaries alone for the representatives working so hard for us.  The 1.3% and 6.2% can easily be calculated after we deal with base pay, but keep in mind also that Representatives in both branches of government must still file and pay income taxes as everyone else, but due to their asset management detail, the Bush Era tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of the population apply to almost every elected representative.  Let’s get to crunching those delicious numerals, shall we?

The average American, with trade school knowledge, makes anywhere between $20,000 to $25,000 per year pre-recession.  The average American, with an associates degree from a college, makes approximately $25,000 to $30,000 per year.  The average American, with college education bachelor’s degree, earns anywhere from $28,000 to possibly $35,000 or $40,000 dependent solely upon supply and demand for jobs.  There are Bachelor’s Degree achievers earning $45,000 to $50,000 based upon the need for highly educated workers.  Those Americans with Doctorates can easily earn two to four times that amount, again given supply and demand for their fields of expertise.  Since there are a small amount of people in the upper echelons of earning, let’s say the average American citizen who graduates high school with no work skills except the basics can expect to make anywhere between $10,000 to $15,000 per year as an average.  So, with all due respect, let’s say the average earnings of the average American worker is between $15,000 and $22,000 per year.

So, now you’re ready to hire the average elected official into his rightful office in the House or Senate buildings.  As an elected official, it is important to note that it is completely within the scope of the job description to  pay attention to the people who hired you by voting on bills and referendums via the opinion of your constituents, not the lobbyists who banter for votes to achieve special interests.  So, if you, hiring a representative, wish them to be given the fairest wage possible for the job considering the amount of time they work (NOT a full year to the average American), the amount of time they work for me, and the quality of that work that a more realistic yearly income for them should be $21,500 without any kind of executive privilege.  I’m talking about company car, company credit card, expense account reimbursement, travel expenses reimbursement, paid time off beyond two weeks vacation, company provided travel lodging, rentboys, open dry cleaning accounts, golden parachutes, bonuses contingent on performance and revenue advancement, prostitutes, floosie interns, money grubbing sluts or expenditure accounts for general office supplies.  Most of these can be dealt with via filing appropriate income tax returns with itemization opportunity.  This way, your lazy ass can’t complain that your wage is poorly fitting for the job you do, or rather, FAIL TO DO.  Anyway, numbers crunching.

So, since the average representative gets $174,000 per year, reducing that to $21,500 per year is a saving of $152,500 at 435 is equal to a savings of $66,337,500 for the House of Representatives and a savings of $15,250,000 for the Senate.  The grand total of money saved would be a staggering $81,587,500.  These millions could be redistributed in a wide variety of ways more productive than the representatives are of the United States.  That money could go into social security, education, defense budgets, and other benefits that would effect millions of people who are unemployed or struggling to make ends meet making less than minimum wage, surviving on tips, or who will fall into serious debt crisis should they miss an hour of work due to health or vehicle issues they can’t afford.  There has been a long line of representatives who often mention that they are “struggling” to get by on their salaries at the current rate.  Which begs the question of what one is finding to spend $152,500 on that you and I can’t dream about affording?  Steak?  Produce?  Dairy products?  Toilet seats?

The effective trimming of that fat from the budget would be a great relief to thousands left unemployed by representatives who eagerly voted to move for tax relief to those companies who moved production activity from native soil to foreign soil such as Mexico and China.  The responsibility to the people in agreement of borrowing trillions of dollars from China to afford wars and other expenses we really couldn’t afford was terribly abused by the majority ruled House and Senate by Republicans, thus obviously not working for their constituents, but for their own benefit and bottom line.  If we effectively determined that it was no longer acceptable to pay hundreds and thousands of dollars to people who failed to represent us and our typical best interests, what else are we wasting money on?  We pay every president no longer in office a salary they don’t need or deserve after serving as US President.  Millions are flushed into earmarked pet programs that would benefit representatives and not people in large numbers.  We cut off unemployment to millions of people because the employment rate went up ignoring the fact that the false positive is due to others who collected unemployment benefits exhausting their federally mandated funds.  The truth that more people are unemployed now but the unemployment rate has lowered is an unrealistic supposition of representatives who are earning a more than comfortable yearly salary.  Perhaps if they collected the average salary, the number I proposed being somewhat generous, and were forced to worry about the exact same monetary woes as over 95% of their constituents, the tone on spending and unemployment might be significantly affected.  The striking contrast of reality of the average American and the reality of the average Senator or House Representative is one that shouldn’t be overlooked, glossed over, or apathetically accepted by stagnant public with “better things to worry about”.

Because seriously, folks: What would you do with $152,500?

 

 

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