I want a Raise!

Every once in a while someone in Washington says something absolutely crazy and outlandish. Actually, it probably happens quite a bit. Representative Alcee Hastings this week lamented that Congressmen and their staffers need a raise. Since 2009 there has been an overall freeze on pay in DC, and the budget of each staff has been cut tremendously. His argument was that it is very difficult to live in DC on $174,000 a year.

I normally do not lament of pick on people who are looking for a raise or a CEO making a boat load of money. I don't think that Congress is particularly over paid either. However, they serve at the will and the paycheck of their constituents. Mr. Hastings has been representing his district in Florida for over 20 years. Apparently he has been able to suffer through the high price of housing fairly well. It is important to note that he is 1 of 8 judges to be officially impeached. If you want to know more about the esteemed member, check out Wikipedia. He is know for his nepotism more than his political accomplishments.

The average household in his district makes roughly $52,000 a year. I am sure that no one in his district would not mind switching positions with the congressman. But before we go further let's be fair, it is fairly expensive to live in DC and also pay for your house back in your district. By being a congressman you are serving the people and I am sure that there is some toll on family life. However, there is a simple solution to the expense of DC. --Live in an outlying neighborhood. You see Washington has some of the best public transportation in the United States. People do not have to live where the pricing is outrageous.

Does Mr. Hastings need a raise? Probably not.