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Paid by the hour

Register • Jul 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM

The fact our elected officials in Washington get paid as salaried personnel, 24/7/365 a year during their term(s), is why it’s easy to believe they’re taking full advantage of that fact.

That’s right. They know, they all know, they get paid the same for sleeping at home as they do for sleeping on the job.




Considering the consistent lack of results from the people we’ve elected to represent us, it appears quite a few, or even more, have been earning their around the clock salary doing other things besides working for us.

Sleep, eat, shampoo, rinse and repeat.

Perhaps it’s time to put them on the clock. Take their salary based on the yearly 8,760 hours they’re theoretically getting paid for and make it punch the time clock time whenever they actually work for the people they represent.

Then, and only then, would the following elected officials, along with those not listed, earn the pay they were elected to office for, when paid by the hour for actual work performed:

President — $400,000 a year, or $45.67 an hour.

Vice president — $230,000 a year, or $26.34 an hour.

Speaker of the House — $223,500 a year, or $25.52 an hour.

Senate president pro tempore — $193,400 a year, or $22.08 an hour.

Senate and House, majority and minority leaders — $193,400 a year, or $22.08 an hour.

Senators and Congressmen— $174,000 a year, or $19.87 an hour.

Imagine, if you will, a dimension beyond that which is known to man, the Twilight Zone. Not Rod Serling’s version, but the voters’ version of the Twilight Zone, Washington, where the representatives of the office they were elected into disappear to a dimension beyond which is known to voters.

All the while still receiving a paycheck from taxpayers for everything they do in that dimension.

Now imagine, if you will, a dimension in Washington in which our elected officials only get paid for work they actually performed to benefit the voters.

All the while filling out the work performed section on their time card.

Perhaps paying them by the hour could be the incentive for our representatives to put in the work time required to make things work.

However (and yes there is always a however).

However, the best argument for our representatives getting paid by the hour is when our elected officials want to be re-elected.

That’s right. At a time when one of our nation’s main issues is how our elected officials in Washington deal or rather don’t deal with the issues, they will be hop, hop, hopping down the campaign trail promising how they can resolve the issues as members of the 114th Congress that they didn’t resolve during their tenure on the 113th.

Whilst getting paid.

This practice falls into the fill in the blank category.

“What the ______?!”

Plus, just when you were convinced our elected officials are full of it, according to omgfacts.com   the average person spends in a two-year time period over 250 hours sitting on the toilet.

Meaning John Boehner makes $6,380 a term just sitting there then flushing.

Flushing away our tax dollars and making it my No. 2 reason why our elected officials in Washington should be paid by the hour instead of 24/7/365. Paying them by the hour might produce 40-hour work weeks in Congress where issues such as the ongoing immigration issue because of the work put in by our representatives would’ve, could’ve and should’ve never been an issue.

Will Congress ever pass legislation mandating they get paid by the hour? Are you new here? Congress would never consent to such a concept as that to get paid for what they do. Or don’t do.

Which explains why Congress is more than willing to allow taxpayers pay them while campaigning for re-election.




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