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Don't worry America — Congress still gets paid

Tom Jackson • Oct 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

So the government has been shut down. Museums and national parks have closed, so families that chose the wrong week to take a vacation are out of luck. Kids with cancer aren't getting treatment, and the CDC has quit tracking new epidemics.

But you'll be glad to know that at least one class of federal employees won't have to worry about where their next paycheck is coming from. According to this Washington Post dispatch, the lawmakers who are actually responsible for the fact that there's no federal budget can continue pulling in their $174,000 a year salaries.

I'm sure you were worried about that.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has announced he won't accept his pay during the shutdown.

Meanwhile, columnist Bob Greene argues that since lawmakers haven't done their jobs, taxpayers should get a refund. Mr. Greene is delusional; the rules that apply to everyone else don't apply to government. 

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