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Teetop
04-01-2009, 02:37 PM
The evil Fox News Link. (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/01/lawmakers-gave-m-taxpayer-dollars-bonuses-staffs/)

WASHINGTON -- While Congress has been flaying companies for giving out bonuses while on the government dole, lawmakers have a longstanding tradition of rewarding their own employees with extra cash -- also courtesy of taxpayers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Capitol Hill bonuses in 2008 were among the highest in years, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks payroll data. The average House aide earned 17 percent more in the fourth quarter of the year, when the bonuses were paid, than in previous quarters, according to the data. That was the highest jump in the eight years LegiStorm has compiled payroll information.

Total end-of-year bonuses paid to congressional staffers are tiny compared with the $165 million recently showered on executives of American International Group Inc., which is being propped up by billions of dollars of U.S. government subsidies. But Capitol Hill bonuses provide a notable counterpoint to the populist rhetoric and sound bites emanating from Washington these past weeks.

Last year alone, more than 200 House lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, awarded bonuses totaling $9.1 million to more than 2,000 staff members, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of office-disbursement forms. The money comes out of taxpayer-funded office budgets, and is surplus cash that would otherwise be forfeited if not spent.

Payments ranged from a few hundred dollars to $14,000. Lawmakers, at their own discretion, gave the money to chiefs of staff, assistants, computer technicians, and more than 100 aides who earned salaries of more than $100,000 a year.

"Click here to read more from the Wall Street Journal. ("http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123854799133476409.html)

Are they going to tax these people 90% as well? :confused:

:rolleyes:

Odysseus
04-02-2009, 03:29 PM
The evil Fox News Link. (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/01/lawmakers-gave-m-taxpayer-dollars-bonuses-staffs/)

WASHINGTON -- While Congress has been flaying companies for giving out bonuses while on the government dole, lawmakers have a longstanding tradition of rewarding their own employees with extra cash -- also courtesy of taxpayers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Capitol Hill bonuses in 2008 were among the highest in years, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks payroll data. The average House aide earned 17 percent more in the fourth quarter of the year, when the bonuses were paid, than in previous quarters, according to the data. That was the highest jump in the eight years LegiStorm has compiled payroll information.

Total end-of-year bonuses paid to congressional staffers are tiny compared with the $165 million recently showered on executives of American International Group Inc., which is being propped up by billions of dollars of U.S. government subsidies. But Capitol Hill bonuses provide a notable counterpoint to the populist rhetoric and sound bites emanating from Washington these past weeks.

Last year alone, more than 200 House lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, awarded bonuses totaling $9.1 million to more than 2,000 staff members, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of office-disbursement forms. The money comes out of taxpayer-funded office budgets, and is surplus cash that would otherwise be forfeited if not spent.

Payments ranged from a few hundred dollars to $14,000. Lawmakers, at their own discretion, gave the money to chiefs of staff, assistants, computer technicians, and more than 100 aides who earned salaries of more than $100,000 a year.

"Click here to read more from the Wall Street Journal. ("http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123854799133476409.html)

Are they going to tax these people 90% as well? :confused:

:rolleyes:

Hmmmm.... Let's see, what were the arguments against bonuses for AIG executives? Oh yeah: Companies that lose money and take taxpayer dollars shouldn't be rewarding failure. Now, unless something has changed, the Federal Government takes taxpayer dollars, generates no revenues and has been hemorraging red ink for decades, so how is it that they warrant bonuses? :rolleyes:

linda22003
04-02-2009, 03:57 PM
LegiStorm.com is an interesting site when it comes to reporting salaries. :)

tacitus
04-02-2009, 04:10 PM
The difference is that the 'lawmakers' are exempt from their insane laws. Wait and see what they do with their socialist HC programs for the masses, while they keep their special HC. Same with the great ripoff, social insecurity.

marinejcksn
04-02-2009, 06:04 PM
LegiStorm.com is an interesting site when it comes to reporting salaries. :)

I love this website! Take time to look at the "Earmarks" section and seek out the craptacular leaders like:
Pelousy ($144,089,500)
Reid($966,163,470)
Biden($396,875,205)
Waters($8,500,000)
Waxman($13,241,000)
Obama($457,551,720)
Boxer($665,689,660)
Clinton($1,583,115,755)
Collins($412,942,000)
Dodd($489,747,242)
Durbin($931,943,700)

The list is endless! But you know what's interesting? Can you guess a Senator who didn't request ONE THIN DIME in earkmark money for 2008???

Jim Demint. Funny, I thought Conservatives had no good ideas, that Conservatism was "dead" and all Republicans are in bed with "Big Business"? :rolleyes: