In response to a possible pay cut for Congress as a result of the impending sequester, one House member is none too pleased. Nancy Pelosi says that she is against a Congressional pay cut because it would diminish the “respect” and “dignity” of the work they do.
Interesting, because the last time I checked, members of the House like Nancy Pelosi worked for us. We are the ones who elect these representatives to Congress. With that being said, Congress started off this year with worst approval rating in history. At the start of the new Congress, it had an abysmal 14% job approval rating, according to Gallup polling. Generally speaking, Nancy Pelosi is usually the least popular member of the least popular governing body in America. In fact, I remember a study released in January which really highlighted how unpopular Congress is to Americans: “Congress is now less popular than root canals, NFL replacement referees, head lice, the rock band Nickelback, colonoscopies, carnies, traffic jams, cockroaches, Donald Trump, France, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen and Brussel sprouts.”
Considering this fact, and the fact that Congress works for us, it doesn't seem all that irrational to approve of a Congressional pay cut. In any other job in the private sector, if you are not achieving your goals or getting the job done, not only would you not get a raise but you would probably be fired. Perhaps its time that the American people got serious about firing some of these ineffective members of Congress if we are truly that unhappy with their performance.