Fire them all... Sustainablitly and the current economy
A Brief Introduction
I told someone on one of my other hubs that I was going to outline how I think the Senator's and Congressman should get a pay cut. I am going to include the President in this analysis. Since after all it was his plan to cut, fire fighters, teachers, and Police officers if we couldn't figure out a way out of this mess... notice how he didn't offer to take a pay cut though.
Okay so maybe we can't actually fire the President, after all where would we be with out his leadership....
But we can demand that he and the rest of the goons in Washington D.C. take a pay cut. I suggested in my other hub that none of them should make more than the lowest paid soldier, I just don't think that they who work for us should make more than those who would die for us.
We could go so far as to make the argument that they should only be paid for the work that they actually do but let's face it, if we paid them by how hard they worked most if not all of them would be pulling in around 14,000 a year and that is way below poverty.
While we would like to give the majority of those who currently "work for us" the boot.
Yes, I mentioned it again, because it seems as Americans we have forgotten just who is in charge. Not the Congressmen, not the Senators, not our Governors, or even Mr. President. While they should be treated with respect they are still employed by us and at extravagant wages.
Average Salary for Military Personnel
Enlisted Personnel range from 30,000 a year to up to 93,000 depending of course on the years of service within the military and their pay grade.
Officers make between 49,000 and 140,000 depending of course on their pay grade and amount of years in service.
Those who defend our Freedoms
For those who defend our freedoms they are granted a small penance for the work that they do. After all how do you affix a price tag to someone willing to lay down their life for you. I doubt, and I could be wrong that anyone joins the military for the money that they will make doing so.
These brave men and women serve because of a higher calling that money can't justify, the idea that they are going to be putting their life on the line for their principles. That America is good, that we are a great country, and that our constitution is worth defending. They deserve way more than our thanks, and more than they make serving, but they don't ask for any of it. I have not even met a soldier who demanded a thank you. These individuals are cut from a different cloth.
How much are we talking?
$174,000 Average Salary for a Congress person
Majority Party Leader - $193,400
Minority Party Leader - $193,400
Majority Leader - $193,400
Minority Leader - $193,400
Senators and Congressman
Now these guys unlike the individuals who would gladly lay down their life for this country, have a tendency to seek out praise, to look for compliments, and they most likely go into it for the money. Granted they don't make as much as a Senator or Congressman as they could in the private sector say as an Ambulance chasing attorney, but they also don't have to work nearly as hard as a representative as someone in the private sector does. Heck they don't even have to read the bills that they want to pass.
What about the President and Vice President?
Effective January 1, 2001, the annual salary of the president of the United States was increased to $400,000 per year, including a $50,000 expense allowance.
The salary of the vice president is currently (for 2009) $227,300
The President & Vice President
Now I read once that President Washington turned down his salary of 25,000 a year for being President, because of the principle of it. He wanted to serve the country, serve his fellow man, he wasn't interested in the fame or fortune that it would bring him. I wonder what President Washington would think of our current state of affairs. An economy in ruin, debt and a deficit wildly out of control, and a President who currently makes 400,000 a year plus an additional 50,000 to cover what exactly? If we are talking Obama that doesn't even cover his trip to India... I guess it's a good thing he has tax payers to pay for these vacations of his.
- 2008 Annual Salary Chart for U.S. Military Officers
Here is the 2008 Average Annual Salary Chart for military officers with 20 or less years of military service
- Fy2007 Military Annual Average Salary - Enlisted
This chart shows average annual military salary for enlisted personnel, to include base pay, average housing allowance, monetary food allowance, and the tax advantage of untaxed allowances.
- US Congress Salaries and Benefits Salaries and Benefits of US Congress Members
Salaries and benefits paid to Members of the US Congress
- Presidential Pay and Compensation Pay and Compensation of the President of the United States
Pay and Compensation of the President of the United States
Time to pay the piper
So while the federal reserve prints out more money that is not going to be worth anything, and the cost of everything skyrockets out of control. More people find that they have to choose between food, and a roof over their heads, I say it's time we call for those who are supposed to be working for us to take a pay cut.
If we ran this country like a business, big or small, and things were going bad... we weren't making ends meet, would we go out and borrow money, or would we tell people who weren't working, who were taking extravagant vacations to far off lands that well guess what now that you are back we are going to have to cut your pay by half? What about cutting it from 400,000 to 50,000. Everyone else is struggling, perhaps it is time that President Obama start chipping in. After all who pays the lighting bill, the phone bill, and the mortgage payment at the White house? If the average person can't take a vacation this year does Obama really need to take six or more?
The New Wages:
Vice President: $45,000
Speaker of the House: $40,000
House Majority Leader $35,000
House Minority Leader: $35,000
Senate Majority Leader: $35,000
Senate Minority Leader: $35,000
Everyone else that is in the Senate or House: $30,000 yearly
Now that might seem low, but these people are supposed to be serving the people, how many of you out there if you could afford to hire someone as a servant would pay them more than what you make per year? They work for us, they are servants to the people, and now they can all take pay cuts, and that money that was going to their salary well it can go to this monstrous debt that we have.