Paid by the hour

Jul 23, 2014


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   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.






now go on the teacher salary for 365 days and report it. it is more than senators..FACT..check it and report that please

Stop It

Great humor Chuck.

If only.


Re: "The fact our elected officials in Washington get paid as salaried personnel,"

Seriously, I don't think ANYONE goes to DC to get rich on the salary.

The perqs, benefits and the ancillary income help to supplement the income.

Plus after leaving office, approx. 50% of 'em become lobbyists - THAT'S where the money is.

So, it's the income after the job that's important.

Kinda like being in an internship to thievery.

Remember: 6 of the 10 richest counties in the U.S. surround DC.

In the U.S., a feigned sense of altruism can pay real well.

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Creation of searchable, sortable disclosure of the information contained in reports even for Congress, the president, vice president, the president’s cabinet and congressional candidates.
Required electronic filing for Congress, the president, vice president, the president’s cabinet and congressional candidates, as well as high-level executive and congressional branch employees. Even images of the staffers’ filings will not be available for viewing on the web..."

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Tuesday - 1 Fundraiser
Wednesday - 3 Fundraisers
Thursday - 1 Fundraiser

You'd hardly know anything wrong was going on with the world, wouldn't you? Our President has so much free time he can (presumably on our time) go to political party fundraisers so often. This man seems to work very hard on behalf of all people, what with this blatant partisan sponsorship, the remarks he gives at such events, and the fact that money raised doesn't reflect a majority of the population.

If you want to look at the true income sources of the top 50 richest members of Congress:

Whole lotta real estate there. Hope there's no conflict of interest with all that "infrastructure" talk, eh? Certainly there's no insider trading going on, you know what with knowledge of the bills that are going to be voted on soon. Naw, there's no way Congress members would manipulate the market through law to make their investments increase is there?

These are the same people, mind you, that many don't want YOU to invest by demonizing "capital gains" and telling you that you aren't allowed to have any better Social Security than what they give you. Why, if the common man could ride the success of the market as well as they it might mean that...that...they'd be out of a job and not be able to make as much money.

Perish the thought!


Great article Chuck...but why stop with just federal legislators? Why not pay state, county, city, village & township trustees by the hour? Then we might actually see them actually representing their constituents.


While driving, try never to get behind a public ee. on their morning commute to their job; you'll be late for work like them.

And unlike them, you might get fired.

The Big Dog's back

While driving try not to get behind pooh. You never know how much Kesslers he had.


Re: "While,"

Na-na, na-na, boo-boo; stick your head in poo-poo.


Calculate the amount of hours Soldiers , Airmen, Sailors, etc. work and what they get paid. It aint much and it aint enough!