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  1. #1 Doug Alder
    March 30, 2011

    I’m Shocked, Shocked I say to not hear him offer to take a steep cut in his salary for the sake of the deficit :)

  2. #2 gwen
    March 30, 2011

    But, of course, HIS bills are MUCH more important than MY bills!

  3. #3 thomask
    March 30, 2011

    From the viewpoint of someone in the wilds of Canuckistan that video is rather puzzling.

    It surprises me not at all that someone should focus on money because I don’t think that any people on Earth are as intent on money as Americans are…but I really would have thought someone would mention healthcare.

    From up here it looks like you folks are going through a really painful debate over whether poor people deserve to go bankrupt or die because they’re poor and in Canuckistan we haven’t got that problem, yet, despite Conservative efforts to make it so. And yet there’s a curious similarity betwixt your legislators and ours, apart from their absurd salaries…your legislators and ours have complete and free access to a healthcare system that most people can only dream of, and it’s publicly funded.

    The root issue here isn’t whether politicians get paid too much or even whether career politicians are a Bad Thing, it’s whether folks can get their heads out of their asses long enough to see their own rational self-interest.

    Whether in the US or up here there’s only one real question:
    Is every man for himself the highest ideal we can aspire to as a nation? In a greater sense, isn’t that a global question?

    It’a going to be a bumpy ride…

  4. #4 unclejeffie
    March 30, 2011

    As an Wisconsin resident I am embarrased by this man. He earns $174,00.00 per year plus he gets a “gold plated” health insurance policy (free)and all he has to say is that he “struggles”. Tough! Think of those who earn minimum wage and have to purchase their own health insurance. What self-justification.

  5. #5 Equisetum
    March 31, 2011

    From TPM’s rss feed:

    Then this morning, our video hosting service received a take down notice from the Polk County Republican party trying again to prevent anyone from seeing the video. We believe that it’s wrong for a political party to use copyright to prevent the public from seeing something a member of Congress said in the course of his public duties. (This was a townhall meeting.) Equally important, our legal counsel believes they have no case. So we have now reposted the video on our own site along with a news report on the Polk County GOP’s effort to prevent anyone from seeing the video.

    Link here.

  6. #6 Blitherypoop
    March 31, 2011

    I make about $24k a year before taxes. He can go do unspeakable things to himself.

  7. #7 joemac53
    March 31, 2011

    Weren’t we also reminded recently (pleeeeze extend Bush tax cuts!) that $250000 wasn’t enough to live on?

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    March 31, 2011

    The root issue here isn’t whether politicians get paid too much or even whether career politicians are a Bad Thing, it’s whether folks can get their heads out of their asses long enough to see their own rational self-interest.

    Seconded.

    Weren’t we also reminded recently (pleeeeze extend Bush tax cuts!) that $250000 wasn’t enough to live on?

    Yes, that is in fact what that means. But, the Dems are bad at springing to their feet with the clear and concise message. Somehow that should have developed as a slogan. Our poor deprived rich people, they need welfare.

  9. #9 Phillip IV
    March 31, 2011

    joemac53 @ #7:

    Weren’t we also reminded recently (pleeeeze extend Bush tax cuts!) that $250000 wasn’t enough to live on?

    Perhaps that only concerned Arizona where, as Ms. McCain pointed out, you can’t really get around without a private jet.

  10. #10 Doug Alder
    March 31, 2011

    Gosh Ms. Mcain – you mean all those pioneers who settled AZ all had private Lear jets? Golly Gee and here I always though that Orville and his Bro were the first to have powred flight.

  11. #11 arkham
    April 1, 2011

    A rethuglican talks about his pay…of course bullshit ensues.
    Thanks Dr. Laden for providing more ammo that the bullshitters will not acknowledge. At least it’s out there now.

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