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February 12, 2016

Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio)

Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday.

Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds members’ $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee.

(Related: Jim Moran, John Boehner Sought Congressional Pay Raise Reform as Freshmen)

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

The senior appropriator pointed out that some members have taken to living out of their offices to save money, while others have “small little apartment units” that make it impossible to spend the time they should with their families.

(Related: The 50 Richest and 10 Poorest Members of Congress; Moran One of the Poorest)

Most state legislatures provide their members with a per diem allowance, Moran argues, so the federal government should do the same.

The Legislative Branch appropriations bill introduced by Republicans on Wednesday aims to show the chamber’s commitment to austerity by holding spending at current levels. It would continue a freeze on lawmaker salaries that has been in place since 2010.

As for a dollar amount, Moran hasn’t yet thought that through. He said it would probably be consistent with what the federal government provides to other employees.

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Moran wants to highlight members’ living standards. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

According to the Congressional Research Service, members began receiving a $6 per diem in 1789. The rate was eventually raised to $8 and remained there until 1856, when members began to receive annual salaries.

Moran assumes the amendment will not pass, admitting “this is wholly quixotic,” but he may bring it up on the House floor to garner attention.

“Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.

Moran isn’t the only Member of Congress to spark a debate on member pay in recent years.

Moran recently announced he would retire from Congress.  Roughly a dozen Democrats are making a bid for the seat in Virginia’s 8th District, which includes the inner suburbs of D.C.  The seat is considered Safe Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Tamar Hallerman contributed to this report. 

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Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified what bill Moran would seek to offer an amendment to.

  • Sally Morris

    Maybe he should find another job.

    • Dubya123

      Hell, his staff assistant only makes about 28k. What kind of closet do they live in

      • 338LapuaAckleyImproved

        Look at his assistants. Cockroaches live better – voluntarily.

        • Nacho69

          Maybe they should apply for one of those high paying jobs they’ve (Democrats) created. I’ve heard so about them but can’t seem to find!

          • SWDC

            This is all about devaluing the United States dollar.

            Raising the salaries will only result in even higher prices and of course higher taxes.

            Nothing more nothing less. Your house is not more valuable than last year only the US dollar buys far less.

          • Seeker72


          • Joan Lussier

            LIke those green energy jobs. Can’t seem to find them


          FEDS: and makes $400,000 a year.

          • Loathus the Ghastly

            The American people HIRED Barack Hussein Obama to serve and protect them. Like so many small minded individuals before him, Obama chose to interpret this RESPONSIBILITY as power and control over the very people he was hired to serve. Obama has violated his oath of office…IMPEACH HIM,

          • sonnyboy1

            Or ancient Rome

          • Roger L

            Starting with George W. Bush the president’s salary went up to $400,000. And while that’s a lot of money, it’s much less than previous presidents were paid when adjusted for inflation. In fact, George Washington’s salary in today’s dollars would be about $625,000. Without getting into a debate of whether this president, or any other president, did a job that earned that amount, the job itself is not being paid what it used to be. We may not like Obama, but the salary discussion should be about the salary for the job, not the man or woman who holds the office.
            That said, Congress should get a salary cut, not an increase. We have allowed them to be paid well enough that they’ve created their own little class. Many of them come to Congress without much in assets but years later they’re millionaires. How do you get to that on $174,000 a year? Clearly there are corrupt things taking place that need to be cleaned up.

          • Guest

            Later on theyre millionaires? Ahem the senate and congress is a millionaires game and even the poorest jerk still has like 12 million. Its not how much they even have themselves its who they’ve married for power etc.

            a billionaire heiress sure isnt marrying some smuck or celebrity its probably your local senator.

          • Cheri

            It’s not just the salary, it’s the perks. They live in a free house, free utilities, free food. Free private school. Free transportation. Free car insurance. And take multi million dollar vacations funded by taxpayers. He gets a $400k salary but doesn’t have to spend any of it. Definitely overpaid.

          • Nathaniel Talcott

            Usually by writing books. Oh, I’m sorry… that was meant to be a rhetorical question.

            e.g. Ted Cruz just signed a $1.5m book deal.

          • Joan Lussier

            Maybe so, but the tax payers are not paying for the
            book deal. I have no problem with politicians writing
            a book as long as it is done on their own time.

          • moderate fringe

            They don’t write them. It’s called a ghostwriter. Sometimes they even tell the other persons name that “helped.” As in listened to them for a couple of hours and threw 300-400 pages together. I don’t know what they are paid for the drivel but they are probably the ones that need a raise.

          • moderate fringe

            Obama is going to make 20 million dollars in the first six months of retiring between a couple of speeches and a book someone else will write. What did Washington make of his book and a couple of speeches? Obama could be worth well over 100 million by the time he hits 65. Probably 200 million due to the inflation his policies create.

          • Bigearsbarry

            “Obama could be worth well over 100 million by the time he hits 65.”

            True, if he doesn’t die of AIDS first.

          • Jem James

            Calculating Washington’s would be salary adjusted for inflation is closer to 400k. I say “would be” because he did not take the $25,000 offered him.

          • Jen

            What does a president need a salary for. Everything is taken care of then some.

        • Daniel Petry

          I have more respect for the Cockroaches…let’s pay them instead – they’d at least give us the service we expected. Personally D.C. has metastasized into a cancer…vaporization would be preferable. Then a reset.

      • Breitbomber

        They should be paid for performance. If they got a review from their employer (us) every year when we go to the voting booth, they would be begging for an increase in the minimum wage. I hope they keep pushing this issue and dig themselves an even bigger political grave.

        • SilverState

          If they got paid for the performance, they’d be paying us.

          • Loathus the Ghastly

            The U.S. Constitution is solely responsible for the relative lack of government corruption. It built the largest strongest middle class the world has ever seen. This is why so many are willing to do almost anything to live here. This is all changing now With Barack Hussein Obama. If Americans continue on current path they will soon surpass even the corruption driven misery experienced by the people of Ecuador.

          • Decuplare Masă

            Amazing! As these freaks of nature destroy the lifestyle of 300 million Americans they complain that THEY are the victims? Preposterous!

          • Robert Govan

            Check this out patriots……

          • Kilgore Trout

            Regardless of whether a leftist is driven by ignorance, apathy, or greed, they all have one thing in common: they lie. The ignorant liberal lies either out of ignorance or to preserve self-delusional beliefs; the apathetic leftist lies to excuse his lifestyle; and the malicious progressive leader lies to keep his power base apathetic and ignorant.

          • Robert Govan

            Do not miss my next post dear patriots we can have our country back.

          • PIKEMASTER

            They can’t live “decently? With their unlimited Government Credit cards, Servant and Intern Staff and all expense Tax-Payer paid vacations, trips and World travel?

          • ROOT OF EVIL MUST GO

            GOOGLE EXCLUDED INCOME, then obey the written law.

          • garb67

            You should be flogged for disrespecting Drew Barrymore.

          • ConservativeNotRepublican

            MY EYES!!!!!!

          • iptra

            At least they have reasons. Rightwingers lie just out of habit. C’mon, get off this broad stereotype “theoretical” nonsense, and contribute some actual practical thinking.

          • Artemis Entrari

            There is no Left or Right! They are all the same. or haven’t you noticed. They have successfully divided us to conquer us.

          • sirgareth

            You are so correct, there is a divide but its not R vs D but makers vs takers.

            The makers produce the things that everybody wants and face competition in doing so. They generate both profits as well as their EARNED wages, both of which are taxed far too heavily by those who only TAKE If you do a poor job or your employer cannot produce efficiently what other people actually want to voluntarily buy then you may well be dismissed for ANY reason whatsoever; just or unjust as perceived by you.

            The takers on the other hand, do not make things people would voluntarily buy. In fact that make nothing at all (ie like global warming “scientists”) They in fact take their cash under coercion and force and are impossible to fire for any reason short of assassination of their chief Kleptocrat. They cannot “earn” money since earnings are associated with the “value” of work and value cannot be ascertained when threats and jail time are associated with the failure to pay the takers what they “demand”

            The Republican party tries but often fails to represent the makers.

            The entire Democrat party is a party of Kleptocratic Communists and losers.

          • Frank

            Its well known that even the average member of Congress makes MANY times over what their average constituent makes. Six figures on average isn’t enough for them!?! Most of the members of the Senate (particularly dingy Harry) are multimillionaires!! Not to mention they’re now getting over 70% of their healthcare SUBSIDIZED by taxpayers!?! Not to mention the perks! Insider trading! Private jet for leaders of both chambers of Congress! PLUS – they have access to the Treasury to basically put whatever they want on the taxpayers tab while lining their own pockets with K-street lobbyist money! Swines in both chambers! Particularly the Commiecrats!

          • Honest John

            They are indeed an insult to real pigs, and yes the Obamacrats are a worse threat as they want to squash your very soul whereas the others just want your money.

          • nostudme1

            Net worth skyrockets, put their advisors in at dept of treasury.

          • Arcanek

            The dept of treasury is selected by the banksters that run the bank for international settlements. The government is a puppet show. Politicians are all far too stupid to make any adult decisions.

          • Arcanek

            The government does not have access to the treasury. The money supply is controlled by the federal reserve. The federal reserve is not part of the government, it is a private corporation that derives its income from the interest on the debt it issues. The federal income tax does not fund anything for the people, it pays the interest on the debt foisted upon the populace. It is the other federal taxes that pay for the roads, etc. If you do not know how the government works,you have no basis to justify voting.

          • damnitalready

            They do nothing more than represent the royals.

            The repugs do it by exploiting the conservative minded, the dems do it exploiting the minorities and poor. They both aim for the same goal.

          • Arcanek

            Exactly. Every single president of the US is related to the queen of england. The US is just the former virginia company renamed. What else could the war of 1812 been about?

          • danowood

            And pray tell what do politicians make? and that is in Demand? They are all takers

          • Arcanek

            They make slaves of the populace, as demanded by their puppetmasters, those who control the bank for international settlements.

          • Bill Powell

            Correct on all points except that the ‘takers’ do make something. They make more ‘takers,’ they make more criminals, they make more demand on resources, they make more trouble for the rest of us.

          • Takiwiaa

            So true. The left/right paradigm is a ruse to keep us from throwing them all out.

          • Arcanek

            Thomas Jefferson said we shall have government until we govern ourselves. Our course, he was nothing but a lying politician anyway. We already do govern ourselves, and the real powers that run the world hope we never figure this out.If 10% of the populace were to riot, there is no way that the current power structure would stand for a day. If we were anywhere near the homicidal psychopaths that the people who actually run the world are, there is no way we would have anywhere near the 7 billion people that presently inhabit the planet. These people do nothing but plan on furthering their own goals, while the vast majority of the populace just wants life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you vote, you are not only your own worst enemy, your are the enemy of the people and the instrument of the psychopaths who use you to do their dirty work.

          • tg

            Amen, keep posting the truth and fighting the war on ballet-voting ignorance and automaticity in the common people’s election habits. We MUST say NO and discourage the “legacy-voters” to excercise sound judgement and tell them that it’s not 1980 or it’s not 1960 anymore, back when there was a great difference between the Reds And Blues – they’re all the same corrupt, pandering, liars now, wearing different colors, saying the same bullshit over and over again.
            Lets get 3rd party difference makers into the DC area.

          • Arcanek

            You can only vote away freedom. you can never vote for it. Wake up. You are your own worst enemy. If you think that someone else is capable of, let alone will be obligated to make better decisions for you than you are capable of making for yourself, then how can you possibly believe that you are entitled to vote to make this decision for others? How hard is that to figure out?

          • Danny

            Finally someone with their eyes open you are so correct on all levels with that statement

          • larryS

            Divide and conquer…

          • Arcanek

            All you are doing is endorsing them. If you want to stop this you need to know what the game is. It is dependency. The more you depend on them, the more yu are trapped. Learn to barter. Money is a big part of the control system. Learn to make whatever you can instead of buying. Learn to grow your own food. Even if your efforts are small, it will change the way think, which is the real control system. Why do you think there is free televison broadcasting. If you can’t even turn off the television, you are a total slave.

          • Raymond Smith

            At least they have reasons. Rightwingers lie just out of habit. HYPOCRITE MUCH?

          • Alan Summers

            “Rightwingers lie just out of habit.” Good thing yo don’t have any “broad stereotype “theoretical” nonsense” in your logic !!

          • paoliana

            Just remember the Obama zealots like IPTRA are being paid to post on websites!!!
            All those unaccounted trillions are being put to use!

          • War_Wolf

            Sure… you’re not on any kind of broad stereotype thinking… naaaaaaaah, not at all…. You’re a damn hypocrite.

          • Charlie Hook

            Is that worse than all the lies Obama and Harry Reid tell on a daily basis.

          • Chimes

            Was it a rightwinger that said over and over, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, period. If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance, period.”
            Was it a rightwinger that said the Benghazi attack was caused by a video?

            NEVER expect a democrat to tell the truth.

          • Noozjunkie

            And you can tell when a democrat is lying. His/Her lips are moving.

          • tg

            how can you tell both republicans AND democrats are lying?

            They’re in office.

          • Danny

            That’s the problem they divided us looong ago.They are all crooks

          • Arcanek

            Exactly. They run the education system to keep as many people stupid as possible. If you think the US is or ever was, or was ever intended to be a democracy, you swallowed the wad. If you think democracy is freedom, you swallowed another one.

          • ross slayton

            Hang ’em all!

          • Noozjunkie

            If they weren’t crooks, they wouldn’t be politicians. Instead, they’d be “armchair quarterbacks” telling the gov’t what they’re doing wrong.
            If there ever was an honest politician, he could never get elected. Its really a shame.

          • Honest John

            There truly is very little difference BUT I do believe the leftists are more dangerous as they act out of a religious zeal to control peoples’ lives whereas the other guys just want your money.

          • chamuiel

            the leftists don’t want my money?

            then why do they keep talking about sharing the wealth?

          • Arcanek

            I never hear any talk about sharing. All I hear about is taking. If they want to share, fine. If they wantto take from me, I want to know how they think they are entitled to the fruits of the labor of anyone else.

          • Snowman 54

            eh… they BOTH want your money. The left just feels entitled to it. At least the right side of the aisle has the decency to make sure you have a job to earn the money they take from you.

          • Arcanek

            No, they don’t. they both just rolled over on the ACA. Neither side undoes the legislation that the other side passed when the ‘balance of power’ changes. Neither side calls the other side the liars they both are. If you vote, you are admitting that you are too stupid to make your own decisions. Politicians are the biggest group of liars on the planet. How anyone can be stupid enough to endorse them by voting is beyone me. And the money is not the issue: it is control. they hold the money out like a carrot on a stick, and you dance for it. how pathetic.

          • Snowman 54

            Ah, it took me a bit to recognize what’s going on here… this is the part where the left messed the bed, and now wants to blur the lines of distinction between the left and right, and discourage voters on the right from voting because their efforts are useless since we’re all the same. Almost forgot that strategy. The left and right are as different as night and day in their motivations and policies. The left is all about control, moving control to the central government, deciding for us what careers to pursue, deciding for us what is normal behavior, and not normal behavior, denying the existence of a higher authority that can stand in judgment of their behavior, and denying the existence of distinctions between moral civilization and immoral anarchy. The right may also tend to favor government as it exists today, but that would be because of the inexorable strategy of the left to drag the political landscape left, then hold when the right has control and shame them into believing that their psycho-babble altruistic nirvana emulating pap is too valuable to dispense with, and their motives are only humanistic. Advance, hold, advance, hold until the “right” is as far left of center as the old left was. Sorry. Awake now. It was late the other night.

          • Arcanek

            How is voting a right? What right does anyone have to prohibit the actions of anyone who is not causing any harm? How is civilization in any manner moral when it is nothing more than the subjugation of the populace by the use or threat of use of force? Do you eevn know what anarchy means? How is it immoral to make decisions for yourself? The right is no better than the left and neither side has any justification for trying to force anyone into compliance with any policy that does not remedy any harm that has been caused. Both sides are nothing more than mobs who justify their desired monopolistic use of force to obtain their desired goals.

          • bornelk

            The right was in control when we could live in a country that one never had to lock their door. People went to church and helped each other out. There was love in this country and not hate. Now there is a disgusting group in power-the left-and we all are under attack. We can’t fly without being pawed or radiated, we can’t drive on the road without using suicide machines CAFE standards. We cannot use the type of light bulb that we wish to use. We are being spyed on. YOUR trouble is that you were not alive when we had a right country. You only know hard left wing control and think that it has always been this way. By the way, Snowman KNOWS what anarchy means. You have it now with a president making laws and erasing laws. As I said, you never did enjoy what this country was…too bad for you.

          • Arcanek

            There never was any such time where nobody had to lock their doors. During the depression the owner of walgreens advised the store owners to grab all the liquor in case of fire, because the firemen would steal it. It was still available for medicinal use. You have no idea what I know or do not know. I am not left wing, nor is it all I know. And who are you to speak for snowman? If he knows what anarchy means, he can speak for himself. If you think the definition I objected to was correct, you are wrong. Anarchy and monarchy share a common root. The hard left you so vehemently rail against would have you believe that anarchy implies violence, confusion and chaos, which has nothing to do with the philosophy. It means without central authority. Monarchy is the rule of one, anarchy, the rule of none. The individual is sovereign. If you hate the left so much, why do you use their terminology? Anarchy is not the president going rogue, The president acting as the supreme authority is monarchy.

          • Snowman 54

            So, Arcane-ek, you reveal yourself. An anarchist gamer? Maybe a member of the Goon Squad? wtf, wyeudodat?? Ceiling kitty got ur tongue?

          • Arcanek

            Don’t know anything about any goon squad. What is that? A gamer? How did you come to that conclusion? and what are you trying to imply? I don’t get the ceiling kitty reference, either. Arcane knowledge is the name I use when my normal user name is already taken. And what makes you think i am holding my tongue on anything. I don’t recall ever having been accused of not speaking my peace. I am an anarchist is the sense of the true definition, which has nothing to do with violence or chaos, just having no acceptance of authority over me.

          • bornelk

            You are so true. My father spoke about this before he died in 1981. He said that the left win and then the right will win for a short time but the left will win further and further left. Why, because they are traitors. Has anyone of these socialists moved to a socialist country? They all want to destroy our free country of the Constitution, yet they refuse to leave for their ideal of socialism. I have been around for a long time and have seen them come and go. The traitor Fonda and all the other destroyers and they never, never go to their ideal such as the Union of Soviet Socialists.

          • Snowman 54

            Exactly. The father of good friend, who was my history teacher in ninth grade said the same thing. His comment was “the left will never completely destroy the United States because it’s the only country around that could begin to afford their excess. And as you can see. It begins to test us pretty harshly. The left says Ronald Reagan won the cold war by outspending the Soviets. What is happening now, I am sure, is revenge. They are spending us into a hole in the ground.

          • Arcanek

            If you think that anyone other than yourself will make the best decision for you, you are incapable of thinking for yourself. The right is just as religious, just as zealous, just as out of control. It’s not aboutmoney. It is about control. They have you right where they want you. You are trapped. You can not even see the trap, let alone figure out that you are snared.

          • Snowman 54

            It must be a terrible existence indeed, to believe that the entire landscape is tilted against you and there’s no alternative but anarchy… it’s always about money, but money is nothing more than a means to determine measures of value in the exchange of goods and services. The war against money is and has always been a war of the incapable against the capable. The difference here is that the left wants to perpetuate this notion of incapability and dependence on government. The conservative strongly believes that the decisions that we make guide and form our lives, and that we, not some remote faceless monarch, determines the role we play in the future we are delivered. Fight back? Sure. But don’t believe for a minute that anarchy is anything but another version of enslavement by bullies and thugs. Stand up. Make a few decisions and stick to them.

          • Arcanek

            Exactly what is terrible about believing that I am not only capable of making my own decisions and am the best person to make those decisions for myself? You have absolutely no idea what anarchy means. Anarchy means without a central authority. In other words, nobody rules over anyone else. You have swallowed the collectivist wad. They don’t want you thinking for yourself, so they tell you anarchy is terror or the use of violence. It is no such thing. You have this entirely backwards. The right is a collective. The left is a collective. They are the mobs, not anarchists. I do make decisions. I do stand by them. I do not rely on either the left or the right to make my decisions for me.

          • bornelk

            The right wants to do the correct thing because they are NOT religious and zealous and out of control. Let’s see what you have here-I have seen males go to a freezing field and sit for hours on a wooden bench and zealously, religiously watch a football game. I have seen them paint their faces and get drunk and destroy cars they are out of control.
            The right that worshipped GOD pleased HIM by being good to their neighbors and living quietly. You are very confused about your words and their meaning. You must be very young also.

          • Arcanek

            If someone wants to go to a football game and get drunk, as long as they cause no harm, that’s fine with me. If they destroy the property of another, that is causing harm. I am not confused by my words, you are. How are you harmed by some drunk watching football, and what concern is it of yours? Where is the injured party? So what if they paint there faces. Some women will not leave their place of residence without makeup. Are you opposed to them doing so? Just because you don’t like football games, drinking or face painting how does that give you the right to prohibit others from doing so? That sounds like what I would consider a zealot. And prohibiting actions that cause no harm is out of control as far as I’m concerned. And there are many people who believe that telling someone that they will spend an eternity in hell for not sharing their religious beliefs is also the sign of an out of control zealot, as well, as far as I am concerned. And if you consider 57 years old to be young, then I’m young. however, inferring that my beliefs are caused by a lack of life experience is non sequitor at best and bigoted.

          • Snowman 54

            This is Soviet philosophy. U R Trapped so give up. When I am trapped, I will fight, If need be I will die. But I will not be a slave. Period.

          • Arcanek

            What are you getting at? How am I trapped? I have asked you several things that you have not answered, and I’m the one who has been trapped? If you accept the authority of anyone, you are a slave to that authority. Exactly what are you suggesting I am enslaved by?

          • Arcanek

            Didn’t mention in my earlier reply, but,no, soviet philosophy is rule by committee. Look it up. That’s what soviet means.

          • Noozjunkie

            I’m not really sure I understand your comment. The way you worded it, you could be referring to either side of the equation on both sides of your argument.


            “whereas the other guys just want your money”….the democrats want to redistribute the wealth more evenly across the population and they’re willing to pass laws to make sure that happens. On the other hand, the republicans want to be sure that you, as an individual or family or business, are free to spend or thus lose your income, any way you see fit. I think, however, you meant for this to be the left, in your comment.


            “…religious zeal to control peoples’ lives”….this is clearly directed to the right, and through this control, they see this nation as a Christian nation. Although it was founded upon Christian values, it is clearly a melting pot of religious freedoms granted by the Constitution. [soapbox] The right, of which I’m one, for the record, is really good at quoting the Constitution, but only applying its principals where it benefits themselves. [/soapbox] Anyway as I was saying, the “religious zeal” may be different, but the notion of controlling peoples’ lives is a definite part of that which comes out of the theory of man-made global warming, Obamacare, redistribution of the wealth, and many, many, other liberal agenda items.

          • Arcanek

            So you don’t think they lie when they are running for office? Really? SMH

          • Snowman 54

            Of course they lie. But who is the bigger fool, the liar, or the fool that follows him. When did we give up the desire and ability to see deeper into the state of our lives than a thirty second sound bite on state controlled media. It’s a matter of personal responsibility to see, understand, and act upon the information that we’re presented. Not to lay back like a whining, crying child and proclaim the game lost and hopeless.

          • Arcanek

            The bigger fool is the fool that believes the liars. That would be the voters. I do not cry, nor do I expect anyone to make decisions for me. OK, big mouth, where did I declare game over or lost? Your own life is your personal responsibility. /you do not have the right to make decisions for others, which is what your vote would represent if it actually counted.

          • brbroberts

            Same as a Republican. They’re all politicians.

          • Snowman 54

            Wrong. Liberal democrats are leftists and believe in locating all power and authority in central government. Both may be corrupt, indeed. But democrats and republicans are as different as peas and oats. But it’s not a zero sum game. There are also incumbents, who we know are corrupt, and candidates, who may or may not be corrupt. If anyone has a disagreement with their representative authority, support the candidacy of an honest opponent.

          • Arcanek

            The republicans believe in central authority as well, otherwise they would not be in favor of a federal republic. I disagree with anyone who thinks they have the right to decide anything for me if I am not causing any harm. Supporting any candidateis in direct opposition to personal responsibility.

          • brbroberts

            2 things: 1) Noozjunkie’s post stated that you could tell when a Democrap is lying because his lips are moving. My response was that the Republicunts are lying when their lips are moving too, so your response to my comment is a non sequitur.

            2) You’re wrong. By the time they’re ready to run for the House or the Senate, they’ve already been corrupted.

          • Noozjunkie

            I’m not entirely sure that an honest man/woman could actually get elected. And if by some miracle that they could, I don’t think that they could accomplish much while they were in office. A big part of politics is knowing how to play the game. I suspect that’s most likely not a skill that the honest man has acquired. What do you think, brbroberts?

          • brbroberts

            An honest politician would have 1 strike from the start, they might blow the whistle on the rest.

          • Noozjunkie

            “honest politician”: isn’t that an oxymoron?

          • Arcanek

            How can you tell when somebody is too stupid to think for themself? They vote. They can not fathom the possibility that the biggest group of liars on the planet is lying. If you think the republicans are any more honest than the democrats, you are an idiot.

          • Noozjunkie

            I did not suggest or imply that the republicans are more honest than the democrats. However, through their own lying agenda, I trust the conservatives far more than I trust Obama.
            Arcanek: That was not a slip on my part. I did not mean that I trust the conservatives more than I trust the liberals. I meant it as I said it. I trust the conservatives and their agenda more than I trust the liberal who is currently in office and his agenda. I believe that the conservative lies are better for the country than Obama’s lies.

          • Arcanek

            Well then, who are the conservatives that you claim to trust? The republicans? They marched lockstep with the democrats over the ACA when they could have destroyed the whole thing. They did nothing other than make a token gesture to fool anyone stupid enough to trust them. The republicans are just the right hand that distracts you while the left hand picks your pocket. They are in collusion. How are they any better for the country when they just let the other side win? And how are lies good for anything but the benfit of those telling the lies. You have swallowed the collectivist wad, and are asking for more.

          • Noozjunkie

            I didn’t say that I trusted them. I said that I trusted them more than I trust Obama. That’s not meant to imply that I trust the conservatives. Let me say it a bit differently. I distrust all politicians, but I distrust Obama more than I distrust the Conservatives.

          • Arcanek

            Yes, you di. If you trust one more than another, that implies some level of trust. It might not be much, but if there is a difference in the level of trust, there has to be some trust.

          • Noozjunkie

            You are correct. If you trust one more than another, that implies *some level of trust*. But it does not imply, as you stated in your question “who are the conservatives that you claim to trust?” that I actually trust them. I don’t.
            Its a scale of negatives. I trust Obama, maybe 5% or 10%. But I have like 25% trust for conservatives. That doesn’t technically imply that I trust them.

          • Arcanek

            My psotion is if you trust someone at all, then you trust them. Maybe not entirely, maybe very little, but there is some trust. I don’t trust them at all.

          • Noozjunkie

            I can see your point. I’m more a numbers kind of guy. I see “trust” as a variable. I’ll never give anybody 100% trust, but by the same token I don’t think anybody could achieve a 0% either.
            For instance, you’re in a crowd of people and suddenly you’re confronted by Obama and his million dollar entourage. If you could resist the urge to punch him in the face or hurl a few choice obscenities his way, then you could reasonably trust that he wouldn’t pull out a Saturday night special and create a new air vent in your head. While you “don’t trust him at all”, you’re still not at zero percent.
            Anyway, that’s my view of “trust”.

          • Arcanek

            That’s a differnet issue. It has nothing to do with him as a politician. As a politician, I have no trust. It is as a politician that he affects me. As a person, I don’t expect to ever be near him.

          • paoliana

            If they ever dared to -The Party would cease to exist…

          • brbroberts

            Never expect a conservative to tell the truth, either. They’re all politicians.

          • larryS

            Just Democrats? Come on, get real.. they ALL lie

            Forget weapons of mass destruction? Or we will hunt Bin Laden down and not rest until he is captured? forgot so soon

          • solarscreen .

            You must be under the assumption that W. invented the WMD excuse, you’d be wrong. AND, the effort to find Bin Laden began under Clinton who failed to take him out FOUR times. Here’s some FACTS to clear up your ignorance.

            “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to
            develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them.
            That is our bottom line.”
            – President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

            “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear.
            We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass
            destruction program.”
            – President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

            “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great
            deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use
            nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the
            greatest security threat we face.”
            – Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

            “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten
            times since 1983.”
            – Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

            “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the
            U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if
            appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond
            effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of
            mass destruction programs.”
            – Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle,
            John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998

            “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass
            destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and
            he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
            – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

          • solarscreen .

            In case you feel that is inadequate, keep reading:

            “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical
            weapons throughout his country.”
            – Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

            “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to
            deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam
            is in power.”
            – Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

            “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and
            developing weapons of mass destruction.”
            – Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

            “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are
            confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and
            biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to
            build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence
            reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
            – Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

            “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the
            authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein
            because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction
            in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
            – Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

            “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working
            aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear
            weapons within the next five years… We also should remember we have
            always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of
            weapons of mass destruction.”
            – Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

            “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years,
            every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and
            destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity.
            This he has refused to do”
            – Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

            “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show
            that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological
            weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
            He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including
            al Qaeda members .. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam
            Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and
            chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
            – Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

          • Snowman 54

            Thank you.

          • Snowman 54

            No, but it was an organization of lefties that made us wait long enough before initiating hostilities that Sadaam could move everything to Syria, where OH. By the way. The Syrian government has used chemical and biological weapons against their own people. Interesting coincidence.

          • Ferris

            Wasn’t it a “Leftie” that swore that there were chemical weapons in Iraq? Hmmm, over 4, 000 lost American lives later……

          • Arcanek

            You are only partially correct. Never trust a politician. Never trust anyone to make a better decision for you than you can make yourself. If someone else is better at deciding what is better for you than you are, you are too stupid to vote. Your precious republicans didn’t even bother to tell the people that the ACA was written by the health care industry and not congress. They sold out entirely.

          • Snowman 54

            Lie. If you recall, which I do, when the ACA came to the floor of the House of Representatives, not one, single, solitary, lone Republican voted for it. It was carried entirely by house Democrats, who had a majority at the time, and voted en masse for the measure. The Senate also had a Democrat majority, where it carried against the opposition. This is a Democrat stink pile, purebred, plain and simple. It’s their mess. Their philosophy, their idealism, one hundred per cent. And as far as blaming the health care industry. I don’t think so. Maybe some preferred health insurance companies, but health insurance is just protection money anyway, one of the mobs oldest scams. “Pay me or you’ll have an unfortunate accident”. Sounds like Al Capone. I don’t think the doctors, nurses, hospitals or clinics had much to do with this thing, if anything at all.

          • Arcanek

            It is not a lie. You are missing the point. If the republicans were opposed to the bill, then why didn’t they inform the public that the bill was totally illegal since it was not created by congress, as exposed by Nancy Pelosi when she unintentionally stated so? According to the constituion, only congress can create legislation, but Pelosi revealed that congress was not even allowed to see it. How could they havr written it, if they hadn’t even seen it? The republicans totally failed just like the democrats. They both violated their oaths of office. It doesn’t matter that the republicans did not vote for it; they should have demanded to see it. That would have called the democrats bluff.

          • vettelover

            “Rightwingers lie just out of habit”
            Its not the rightwingers who are in power right now. It is your party in complete control over the senate and the white house. It is your party that rolls out pure lies through DISINFORMATION on a DAILY BASIS.
            Obama is an even greater liar and deceiver than Bill Clinton and Bush put together. As you watch your MSNBC and CNN, you are being programmed as a non-thinking easily manipulated usful idiot.

          • KeithCrosby

            Iptra: WOW! All right wingers (what ever that means) lie! You probably think all black people and minorities are a certain way, too. Even closet racists and bigots reveal themselves through logic like this iptra.

            He’d rather not deal with the comments on audio but change the subject.

            He’d probably give to certain causes as long as certain people don’t move into his neighborhood.

            Martin Luther King said, Iptra, he’d rather deal with a Southern Bigot redneck racist than a closet racist posing as something else…

            “All right wingers lie…” reveals a lot about the content of your character…” and probably the color of your white, gated community skin. This bigoted broad brush statement of yours says a lot about what and how you really believe.

          • Stan_DC

            I agree, the rightwingers do lie, well at least the ones that want to act like a Democrat. I am not sure which is worse, the liberal politicians that lie or their mindless followers that believe and defend every word they say. I guess you can’t fix stupid….

          • KeithCrosby

            You’re right. Just like people who work in Manhattan and commute from New Jersey, let them do the same. They can commute from rural Virginia, or Maryland…

            If they want to live nearby, they can lease as he described, “small units.” After all D.C. is not their home.

            They have Rolls Royce health plans, they have Franking Privileges, and they have all kinds of privilege, speaking of 1 per centers. They are exempted from observing labor laws in the treatment of their employees, who have the same housing challenges. It’s hard to believe that he’s crying the blues in this economy with so many out of work and with so many with cancelled insurance policies that were better and cheaper than replacement policies. Can we say “disconnect?”

            The reality is that they make a little less than $200,000 ($174K) a year and this fellow wants to argue that he DESERVES better because he sits on the “board of directors” of something like the US economy? Take $50K and rent a place (my brother in law did in “Pentagon City”) without any subsidy.

            Rent a less expensive place, then live on the rest of this salary. Try being frugal. Most of the rest of the country makes nowhere near $200K.

            I recognize that these guys are comfortable with governmental deficit spending. Well now, he has a chance to cut his expenses or live beyond his means in his personal life—just like the government.

            Let him show a little humility fiscal responsibility.

          • paoliana

            Show humility? Good luck with that!!!
            Don;t you know- he is a privileged class….

          • obammy

            “At least they have reasons” for lying. Man, itptra, that takes the cake. Perfect statement regarding you and your dem/lib heroes. Hilarious beyond even my own imagination. I think you might want to review what it is you consider practical thinking. YOU are one of us being lied to and YOU are watching YOUR money be wasted. Or your parent’s money… more than likely. Stereotypes don’t come easy and your party has the stereotype of lying daily on every issue.

          • paoliana

            I do hope you thoroughly enjoy THE REASONS Leftist lie as we sure are living the consequences of them NOW, looks like you are too blinded with hate to see it!

          • Daniel Scott

            At least they have reasons? Are you kidding me? It doesn’t matter why someone lies, only that they have lied, period. That being said, both sides are guilty of it. It’s why I refuse to support parties. I look at the individual candidates and if they are honest, upstanding and moral, they will get my vote regardless of party

          • ThinkAboutIt

            Sorry, but it is a fact that democrats lie 125% more than repubs.

          • larry sheppard

            my mama always said stupid is as stupid does. man are you stupid.

          • Honest John

            I truly hope you don’t believe your own BS. Really… Eyes wide shut?

          • TxnByBrth

            Hey iptra…having a reason to lie does not make it any better than someone that is a habitual liar, which I might add, is what Mr. Obama has turned out to be…and you should follow your own advice.

          • Joe Rogowski

            Yeah, Democrats drink with their pinkies extended and complain that they don’t make enought for what they do.

          • brbroberts

            You’re just as full of crap as the guy you’re responding to.

          • Arcanek

            Their reasons are fallacious and have no more logic behind them. You are blind. you are not intelligent enough to think for your self, so you defer to politicians, the biggest group of liars on the planet.

          • paoliana

            Unfortunately judging by some Obamazelots posts there are still plenty of them!

          • Arcanek

            Judging by comments like this, the opposition thinks they are somehow smarter. Both sides are against you. Wake up.

          • brbroberts

            Replace the word liberal with conservative, and your statement is just as true..

          • Arcanek

            You have fallen for the hoax. Liberalism and conservatism are both frauds. The conservatives think they are so much smarter than the liberals, and the liberals think they are so much smarter than the conservatives. They are both stupid juveniles. Both of them scream about democracy, but neither of them knows what the word means. The liberals stupidly believe that somehow the government will create some mythical equality. The conservatives think their is a way to limit government by endorsing it.

          • Arcanek

            This is all true of the worthless so called conservatives every bit as much. you are blind.

          • ChicagoThunder1

            What a perfect word to describe it… “Preposterous” This word could describe the entire administration that is running the show today. Ha! let it be recorded in the books of history that today’s United States Government is in fact the Preposterous Government. There that will show them shake that one off.

          • Edly

            On top of it, with online meeting programs and other forms of media technology, they don’t even need to live in DC. All their shenanigans can be done by email, Skype, etc. They could stay in their home states.

          • Chriss Markey

            TERM LIMITS !!!

          • tg

            NO – RE-ELECT NO ONE.


          • Honest John

            Isn’t this a mind boggling circumstance. And to think these govt leeches actually believe their own BS. Yes, there is an alternate universe.

          • Gracie66


          • Snowman 54

            Agreed. Put government BACK on the footing it had when this nation was formed. Members of Congress were NOT full time, and had to go home and earn a living just like everyone else, under the constraints of the laws they passed. This bunch think they’re divine, and immune.

          • Arcanek

            As long as peopleare stupid enugh to think that their vote counts, that the US is a democracy, that democracy is freedom and that the biggest group of liars on the planet will make better decisions for the people than the people will make for themselves, exactly what reason do you have to express surprise at all?

          • SickOfTheStupid

            impeach? nope not good enough , the man has violated his oath of office and countless US laws concerning aiding terrorists………….nothing short of arrest conviction and a public execution will suffice , and it must be done before the next president shields him form justice like Obama has done with Bush.

          • Joan Lussier

            They are starting to sound like the
            “I deserve, I deserve,” crowd !!!!!!!

          • Shirley_Mae

            Where were you during 8 years of G.W. ‘Babyboy’ Bush and Dickless ‘666’ Cheney?

          • Bobby Jo

            ummm, no.

          • brbroberts

            I guess you’ve never actually heard the Oath of Office of the President of the United States… please stop posting until you’ve educated yourself on what his job really is.

          • Kilgore Trout

            It seems that YOU, you pathetic robot gynotroll chump, are the one in dire need of an education.

            POTUS Oath of Office:

            “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

            Obama’s top ten violations of the Constitution in 2013 alone:

            1. Delay of Obamacare’s out-of-pocket caps. The Labor Department announced in February that it was delaying for a year the part of the healthcare law that limits how much people have to spend on their own insurance. This may have been sensible—insurers and employers need time to comply with rapidly changing regulations—but changing the law requires actual legislation.

            2. Delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate. The administration announced via blogpost on the eve of the July 4 holiday that it was delaying the requirement that employers of at least 50 people provide complying insurance or pay a fine. This time it did cite statutory authority, but the cited provisions allow the delay of certain reporting requirements, not of the mandate itself.

            3. Delay of Obamacare’s insurance requirements. The famous pledge that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” backfired when insurance companies started cancelling millions of plans that didn’t comply with Obamacare’s requirements. President Obama called a press conference last month to proclaim that people could continue buying non-complying plans in 2014—despite Obamacare’s explicit language to the contrary. He then refused to consider a House-passed bill that would’ve made this action legal.

            4. Exemption of Congress from Obamacare. A little-known part of Obamacare requires Congressmen and their staff to get insurance through the new healthcare exchanges, rather than a taxpayer-funded program. In the quiet of August, President Obama directed the Office of Personnel Management to interpret the law to maintain the generous congressional benefits.

            5. Expansion of the employer mandate penalty through IRS regulation. Obamacare grants tax credits to people whose employers don’t provide coverage if they buy a plan “through an Exchange established by the State”—and then fines employers for each employee receiving such a subsidy. No tax credits are authorized for residents of states where the exchanges are established by the federal government, as an incentive for states to create exchanges themselves. Because so few (16) states did, however, the IRS issued a rule ignoring that plain text and allowed subsidies (and commensurate fines) for plans coming from “a State Exchange, regional Exchange, subsidiary Exchange, and federally-facilitated Exchange.”

            6. Political profiling by the IRS. After seeing a rise in the number of applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS in 2010 compiled a “be on the lookout” (“BOLO”) list to identify organizations engaged in political activities. The list included words such as “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” and “Israel”; subjects such as government spending, debt, or taxes; and activities such as criticizing the government, educating about the Constitution, or challenging Obamacare. The targeting continued through May of this year.

            7. Outlandish Supreme Court arguments. Between January 2012 and June 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Justice Department’s extreme positions 9 times. The cases ranged from criminal procedure to property rights, religious liberty to immigration, securities regulation to tax law. They had nothing in common other than the government’s view that federal power is virtually unlimited. As a comparison, in the entire Bush and Clinton presidencies, the government suffered 15 and 23 unanimous rulings, respectively.

            8. Recess appointments. Last year, President Obama appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during what he considered to be a Senate recess. But the Senate was still holding “pro forma” sessions every three days—a technique developed by Sen. Harry Reid to thwart Bush recess appointments. (Meanwhile, the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the CFPB, provides that authority remains with the Treasury Secretary until a director is “confirmed by the Senate.”) In January, the D.C. Circuit held the NLRB appointments to be unconstitutional, which ruling White House spokesman Jay Carney said only applied to “one court, one case, one company.”

            9. Assault on free speech and due process on college campuses. Responding to complaints about the University of Montana’s handling of sexual assault claims, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, in conjunction with the Justice Department, sent the university a letter intended as a national “blueprint” for tackling sexual harassment. The letter urges a crackdown on “unwelcome” speech and requires complaints to be heard in quasi-judicial procedures that deny legal representation, encourage punishment before trial, and convict based on a mere “more likely than not” standard.

            10. Mini-DREAM Act. Congress has shamelessly failed to pass any sort of immigration reform, including for the most sympathetic victims of the current non-system, young people who were brought into the country illegally as children. Nonetheless, President Obama, contradicting his own previous statements claiming to lack authority, directed the Department of Homeland Security to issue work and residence permits to the so-called Dreamers. The executive branch undoubtedly has discretion regarding enforcement priorities, but granting de facto green cards goes beyond a decision to defer deportation in certain cases.

          • brbroberts

            Whoops! Another mental midget jumps out of the remedial English class to show his lack of mental prowess… or it might be that he is indeed a trout, as his post (aside from the obviously copy/pasted stuff he stole from someone else) looks to have beeen composed by someone with the IQ of a fish.

            Can you please explain what any of the plagiarized drivel you posted has to do with the comment I made? I’ll be waiting…

          • Kilgore Trout

            Poor little troll-bait is just spitting mad; yes, very angry, very angry indeed! Thanks for the warning, I just raised the troll-bait handbag slapping alert to “Red Status.”

            I find it funny that someone like you who seems to hold his cognitive skills in such high esteem does not recognize “Kilgore Trout.” You must not be very well read.

          • brbroberts

            You’re back, fish boy? Can you please explain what any of the plagiarized drivel you posted has to do with the comment I made? I’ll be waiting…

          • Bev_DeLuca

            I agree. brbroberts is in desperate need of a remedial Civics course. He also seems very malevolent, maybe he’s having a bad day.

          • brbroberts

            Shouldn’t you be in the kitchen making Trout a sammich? LOL

            But since you’re here, why don’t you point out where my Civics education is lacking? I’ll be waiting for your answer as well…

          • Arcanek

            No, they are not our employess. The government is not, nor was it ever “ours”. The constitution was written in secret, by a grooup of elitists who did not believe the common person should even be allowed to vote, in violation of the charter granted to them by the continental congress. The US is not a democracy. It is a federal republic. Read Plato’s treatise, the republic: the people are a herd that needs to be led. A herd is eventually led to slaughter. The shepherd must make sure the herd never figures this out and runs away or attacks.

          • tulet


          • bobdog19006

            And Moran makes his appearance in a $3,000 suit, driven every day to his free office in the Capitol in a limousine, surrounded by staff paid for by taxpayers, collecting untaxable campaign contributions, until he eventually loses the election,or, more likely, retires on full salary and full benefits until the end of his life. Most of them don’t even remember how the rest of us have to live.

            Based on their recent performance, this sanctimonious, self-serving bast*rd whining about wanting a raise is the height of arrogance. Both houses of Congress are millionaire’s clubs, and very few of them earn half of what they’re paid.

            Not only that, but I don’t like these guys very much.

          • rfrapal

            Not only that, but I don’t like women like Nancy Pelosi very much.

          • CJ

            Yet, the voters keep sending them back.

          • Earnest Will

            “Presidents are selected, not elected.”

            Franklin D. Roosevelt

          • rfrapal

            You mean the LOW INFORMATION VOTERS?

          • SickOfTheStupid

            more like the rigged balloting machines and CIA tabulation of the votes that sends them back , after all this country only has one political party with two names.

          • Dr. Truth

            Obvious to most now that we don’t have a 2 party system but a 1 party system, The Money Party!

          • sullyxter

            Yeah, they keep voting them into office but who are these voters. Well they’re the misinformed, uninformed, dumbed down, delusional and in deep denial Liberals. The only people that vote for them with a purpose are the Communist and Illegals.

          • DragonsTalon

            Actually I think they keep sending her back because if they didn’t they’d have to hear that windbag on MSNBopinion…her and Chris Matthews could both be telling the Low Information people what types of “Tingles” they get down their legs (cue the “Depends” Commercial)

          • Artemis Entrari

            I think she would run into her rat hole and hide. If she came to my part of California she would get tarred, feathered, and lynched.

          • Perplexed

            I would be satisfied if we just paid them for the time they actually worked. It is the highest paid part-time job in the world.

          • Arcanek

            No, wake up.their get paid for their performance. They are all actors. They have totally fooled you. They did their job perfectly on you.

        • Maggiemom

          The voters are their reviewers. Vote them out!

          • OldSailor

            Hear hear!!

          • Jerry Doyle

            They’ve spent the U.S. 20 trillion in debt and have committed another 80 trillion in unfunded liabilities–what’s another trillion for congressional salaries anyway?

        • libwithIQ

          If they are so underpaid how come so many (specially Dems) go into Congress as regular folks but come out of Congress as millionaires???? Are they taking bribes? Kickbacks? Payola? One thing for certain…they aren’t losing money.

          • mensa141

            They do a lot of insider trading both in the market and real estate.

          • SickOfTheStupid

            they should be paying us for the privilege of ripping us off with legal insider trading and lobbyist kick backs.

        • Zoltanne

          I know a couple dozen unemployed American citizens who’d LOVE to work in Congress. Go ahead….quit. Let REGULAR AMERICANS take the jobs.

        • Slwsnowman40

          They get a review every 2 years in the House. And the re-election rate is alarmingly high even in years the House changes sides.

        • vtxtreme

          Except that the voters that do not contribute income taxes are voting them in. They have a perpetual constituency by taking our money and giving it away.

        • ManaMoffa

          Poliicians have done it to themselves and to the rest of us
          Their policies CAUSE inflated prices of products and services., and this inflation is universal…even built into your rent.
          Despite what some have told you, the “rich” guy, the corporation, and the business owner does not get it’s money to pay for forced pay increases, taxes and regulatory costs from some magic pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
          ALL the money to pay ALL taxes , including your own
          income tax , comes from one place of origin……the Consumer . The money to pay taxes and all costs comes directly from the Consumer of
          products and services in the price they pay for them
          Higher taxes mean higher cost to all consumers New regulations that require a team a lawyers and consultants to meet ,, cost the Consumer , not the company

          NO Dear Democrat ,raising taxes and new unnecessary regs, do NOT help the vast majority of Consumers who are POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS
          NO Dear Republican, the Corporations and even most small businesses aren’t hurt when politicians increase taxes and costs….they will just raise their prices that they charge the Consumer. The Consumers, which
          are mostly poor and middle class are hurt the most by increases in costs.
          It’s the vast majority of poor and middle class working people that PAY for all of it.
          So the GOP is right, taxes should be kept low and regulations restricted to only things that protect the consumer. BUT not for the Business owners sake, for the Consumer’s sake.
          Dear Citizen, it’s YOU that pays for all taxes each time you pay for anything.
          YOU should think about how much things as much as you think about how much your pay is.
          Success is your Costs versus your Income. just like any business or other citizen.
          Please stop believing the Economists hired BY Corps , the political parties and foreign investors. IT is YOU that pays for all of it.
          We need some taxation and necessary regulations to protect the CONSUMER , but we all need to keep in mind WHERE the money to pay them comes from.

        • paoliana

          They should not get paid at all…just traveling expenses, no special pensions and be subject to the same laws they write for us-only then will we see how they identify with American people they fall back on each time they make a statement what American people want!

        • SWMichigan

          If they got paid by performance, they would have be paying us.

        • WAYCAL

          If they worked a real JOB they would be FIRED at my company for not being able to really understand the task, execute it and get it right the first time. Arnt these suppose to be smart people, show me the dumb ones then! Too much F%%%ing up and letting the tax payer pay for there goofups! If they cant live there under a budget like the rest of us, QUIT and we will find someone to replace you. Time to drain this SWAMP and this could start a good reason.

        • buyitcheap

          Pay them NOT to perform….just stay out of DC…. :-)

        • cppthis

          They do basically get a review every two years, and the public voices its approval by re-electing most incumbents.

        • tobythetiger

          What performance /?/6.5 out work,,,5 times deep in debt ,and they lied about health care and only raising tax’s on the rich….Try food stamps sir….Half the country is on the public dole thanks to you liberals..

        • Arcanek

          The people are not their employers. That was the whole purpose of the constitution. The US isnot, was never, nor was it ever intended to be a democracy. Their is no such thing as a ‘representative democracy’. Your get a vote or you don’t. The idiots who vote just rolled over on the ACA. The ACA was written by the ‘health care’ industry, and congress had nothing to do with it. Nancy Pelosi even told the stupid democrats herself, “we have to pass this to see what’s in it.” They were not even allowed to read it. The stupid republicans didn’t even try to warn the public, either. Anybody who thinks they voted for either a republican or democrat is an idiot, blinded by an ideology that is totally delusional. The ‘health care industry’ just strong armed the polpulace, and there are people that have willingly signed up for this. And then, there’s comments like this, from someone who thinks they have a clue. Congress is paid for their performance. Their performance is an act. If you can’t figure this out, you are far too stupid to vote.

      • JBar595

        Dubya, there is this thing called choice, his staff member chose to work this job, if he doesn’t make enough, find another job. Use your brain, honestly that was a stupid comment on your part.

        • Guest_User

          Personally, I don’t think it was an unfair comment as a relative comparison of salary disparity. You could also make the same statement of “choice” about the politician; if they really want to make the “big” money, why do they choose “public” service? As we have seen, many of them get very rich through the process, which provides them with access to the “big money” both in and out of office; supposedly, they’re not supposed to be seeking “big money”, but somehow they all seem to accomplish that goal.

          • RG Allen

            Exactly, the money the make is not from their salaries but from the perks. By perks I mean kick backs, bribes, free travel, allocations by their parties, book deals, paid appearances, etc. Obama’s net worth has gone up 1000% since he’s been in office, how does one do that on 400K per year?

          • useyourhead2

            Answer: To make more money than they can in the Private Sector and/or to enlarge the huge sum they already have, e.g., Jay Rockefeller, Nancy Pelosi, The Kennedys.

        • SilverState

          Hey, now, in a Democrat’s world, choice only applies to killing a baby. Choice doesn’t apply to education, gun ownership, union membership, carbon footprint, or anything else.

        • dixie68

          Do you not think this creep asked to be a member of Congress?

        • Mason

          It’s not a stupid comment at all, you simply missed his point entirely. How is it that staff members can survive on their tiny paychecks in Washington if these politicians can’t get by on 174000? Also, your point applies to them too – if these politicians feel underpaid, they can go get a job somewhere else too.

        • Scott Keller

          The stupid comment is yours. The article is about an “underpaid” congressman making $174k complaining he can’t live “decently” in DC while his assistant gets $28k to live in the same town. The assistant is not the one complaining. Try reading. Dubya is making a comparison. And since you’re using the term “choice”, it was Moran’s choice to run for Congress. Let HIM get another job.

        • Kimbell

          JBar595, Stupid was a little strong on your part. Just disagree, OK. and if you have time to make those remarks……try reading “Guest_User’s comment below.

      • calimani

        Who the hell cares?

      • A_lawyer_who_knows

        Maybe if Obama hadn’t his first four years convincing the US that the “One Percent” should be lynched, Democratic Congressman Moran would have more luck convincing voters that the “One Half Percent” was underpaid.

      • HalfMoments

        on the books it’s only 28k

      • NYGOPer

        First let “them” define DECENTLY and let the debate start there and see how it resonates among the majority of the tax payers who are being asked to pick up the tab

      • Joan Lussier

        Wash. D.C. has one of the highest tax rates in Country.
        Obviously they voted for it and now they are complaining?
        Something is definitely wrong here !

      • paoliana

        His assistant makes way more than that and also exempt from Obamacare , so we can supplement their premiums!

      • ThinkAboutIt

        I’m sure 28K in DC won’t provide enough for a pot to p#$ss in.

      • buyitcheap

        A shared one… 😉 actually I lived a mile from the Pentagon in Arlington for about $650/mo in the 90s and that same unit is around $1200/mo today for a one bedroom (no charge for the roaches!)

      • Will Rogers

        All Congressmen make a poultry 174k/yr. House and Senate same…and apparently not enough.
        Oust all these tyrants.

      • Skinner

        The same closet all their gay friends came from. Must be a walk in closet. Or a union walk out closet. Either way we need to lock up the door and throw away the key.

    • Expunge

      Hey Jim, BALANCE a BUDGET for this YEAR, not one that is 10 years in the future (and will never actually happen) and then we can talk pay raise. Til then, STFU!

      • SilverState

        Balance a budget, I’d be happy if they just passed a budget. I mean a real budget.

    • Syrin

      8 of the top 10 WEALTHIEST counties in the country surround DC. They are PLUNDERING this nation for their own sake, and then telling us they haven’t plundered enough. Feinstein made MILLIONS doing the same thing that Martha Stewart went to jail for. When are you F”ING SHEEPLE GOING TO WAKE THE F’UP ?!?!?!

      • dupkaman


      • Ted Kennedy’s SEARCH+RESCUE

        WASHINGTON DC: Home to the USA’s #1 ILLEGAL ALIEN

      • sandnomad

        The sheeple are not sleeping. They are comatose.

    • way2confused

      This is nothing more that a precursor for the soon to be proposed bill increasing their pay. If they can’t afford to live in DC–resign and don’t spend hundreds of thousands trying to keep their jobs. No one is forcing them to run. If they want a bigger paycheck, go out and earn it. Lord knows they certainly aren’t doing the jobs they were hired to–representing the American people. They deserve to have their paychecks confiscated.

    • dupkaman

      Raise their salaries 25% but institute term limits (6 yrs for both chambers).
      Give them 401K’s instead of their diamond studded retirement plans and sign them up for Obamacare instead of their golf plated health plans.

      • John

        No. Cut their pay by 50%. If you are not successful in life enough to be a citizen legislator, don’t run. The concept of the peoples house was that those who had “made it” in life would serve several terms for having done so well in this country. Then they go home. They don’t stay in DC for 30 years and then retire as lobbyists. What a load of bovine excrement…

        • Jeebus

          Cut their pay by 99%, and put them all on swingblades clearing weeds out of ditches on some backroads I know of in Texas. It’s staring to warm up a bit…If they hustle, they can get a lot done before it hits triple digits. If they dawdle, screw ’em. They deserve to die of heat stroke.

      • quid agis

        Surprisingly, the “diamond studded retirement plan” and the “gold (fixed it for you) plated health care plan” don’t exist – the Old retirement system was retired in the early 80’s, now, they contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan ( which is essentially a 401K, and all members of congress were required to leave their old Health Care plans and purchase from the DC Exchange.

      • Jobu

        Why do they expect to live like royalty anyway?! They are public servants doing a public service…and most of the time not even getting shot at. Sadly most of them are making millions on the side because of their positions. The day politician became a career instead of a temporary duty, is the day the system began to fail…
        Because of this, the left and right politicians have more in common with eachother than they do with any of their constituents.

      • David Knight

        This is very reasonable. They do have very lavish defined benefit plans. Since insider trading does not apply to their actions on the hill, any 401K type plan should not be self directed.

    • Squid Hunt

      While I agree he’s out of line, the military is definitely NOT underpaid.

      • Dave

        How many legs have you lost doing your job?

        • Squid Hunt

          What’s your point?

          • Dave

            The military is underpaid!

          • Squid Hunt

            No. They’re not.

          • Dave

            Do you have arms and legs?

            Tell those wounded soldiers relearning how to walk with prosthetic limbs that they were not underpaid!! We couldn’t pay those soldiers enough for what they have suffered.

          • Squid Hunt

            Wounded soldiers get VA assistance and disability. It’s also inherently obvious when you sign up now in certain jobs you could see serious combat. Neither of those facts has anything to do with how much your everyday military gets paid, which is plenty. I would also call into question the nobility of invading countries half a world away and how that entitles you to a blank check from society. You’d really have to stretch to argue they’re defending our freedom in Afghanistan or Iraq.

          • Dave

            Does receiving assistance really make up for losing limbs and brain function? You obviously wouldn’t defend your country from harm but shame on you for going after those that will….and yes Afghanistan and Iraq is defending our freedoms. Afghan is where the 911 attacks were planned you know!

            Your a real patriot! May God forgive you for the lack of appreciation you have for your fellow citizens defending YOU.

          • Squid Hunt

            I never went after anyone. I stated that these people are adequately paid for the job they’ve done. You can romanticize it, but if someone treated us the way the U.S. treats Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, and Egypt, we’d call them terrorists.

      • Mason

        The O’s aren’t, no. But enlisted people assuredly are. For the amount of work and time I put into this job, I could be making a hell of a lot more on the civilian side. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

        • Squid Hunt

          I was in the Navy for 11 years. Enlisted. I know exactly what I’m talking about.

        • David Knight

          No they are not. They make much more than civilians of the same age and education.

          • Mason

            Heh, your ignorance shows in your comment. There are people of all ages and education levels in the military. I work with someone with a master’s in architecture and is rather brilliant, and I have multiple people working under me that are a decade and older than I am with college level educations. I’m in my mid-twenties with my own college education and I could be making several times over what I am now once my enlistment is up, which is exactly what I will be doing. Not only that, but I’m not going to be working 12+ hour days all week long and during weekends much of the time. That’s the biggest level of obliviousness I see in civilians. They seem to think that we all work 9-5 jobs at the same stress levels that they do.

          • David Knight

            My ignorance comes from 40 years in both active and reserve Army service. The demographics are clear. Using the 25-34 bracket the average wage for a worker with a High School diploma is $29,950 dollars. (NCES 2013-037) This would be representative of early to mid carrier Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of pay grades E-4 – E-6. Their wages would range from $30k to $36k per year NOT INCLUSIVE of BAH, rations or combat pay.
            Yes there are those who can make more…and they get out or change jobs, but I am not speaking of one anomaly, I am speaking in broad demographics.

    • Jim C

      He is. He retires after this term: guess 24 years of f’ing over the country is enough. And given the way his district has gone, he’ll be replaced by an even more extremist left-wingnut.

    • useyourhead2

      He apparently already has as he announced earlier his intent to NOT run for reelection. Wanna bet he’ll become one of the newest Lobbiest on K Street in Washington, DC?

    • 10thGenerationAmerican

      Oh you poor elitist bastards!!! You complain about making an amount OVER what 75% of Americans would absolutely KILL for, not to mention the that these people get the BEST publicly paid HEALTHCARE (not like the rest of us low class citizens who have to deal with Ohbummer care) for their entire LIVES even AFTER one term, they take trips on the taxpayer’s money, most don’t EVEN show UP 80% of the time to even VOTE for proposed bills, have the inside track to make laws that help them become even MORE rich as 65% of the members of the Senate increased their net work by millions after the 2008 recession (SEE Pelosi), and he has room to complain!!?

    • dmxinc

      You are not up on military pay. It has grown enormously with the every expanding government.

      It’s a multimillion dollar career for officers with colonels making over $160,000 total pay and about 100K in retirement (30 years at age 52) for life!

      Then there are the benefits – medical, 100K GI bill that can be used for kids even if the officer attended an academy (like I did), spousal education benefits.

      This isn’t your father’s military any more.

      • rfrapal

        For officers…yes….for non-coms…..NO!

        • David Knight

          Wrong. My RETIREMENT check is just short of 3K a month. That was half my base pay and that does not include another 1.5k a month in other cash benefits. Those benefits are tax and payroll tax exempt. If you happen to be assigned to a high rent area, those benefits may go up to around 4k a month for an E-8.

    • Oatie

      Too old and the fact the military prefers people of integrity. The jerk is an embarrassment.

    • lloydc1234


    • HalfMoments

      Make their pay based on cuts to the budget. Since they fattened them up so much, should be able to make a bundle off them.

    • Can O’Korn

      According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks
      political spending in Congress, at least 268 of the current 534 members
      of Congress had a net worth of at least $1 million in 2012. The median
      net worth of a member of Congress reached $1,008,767 in 2012, up from
      $960,000 in 2011, according to disclosures filed annually by all members
      of Congress, which the center analyzed.

    • GoneApe

      Exactly right. The military knows what underpaid means, not these marshmallows masquerading as public servants. Take their pensions and health care away and let them pay like the rest of us do. If they want to live in D.C. or Northern Virginia, let them have roommates. We are sick of their whining.

    • Artemis Entrari

      Maybe we all should let him know how we feel about his comments.

      (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

    • David Knight

      The military are NOT underpaid. They are very well paid in every demographic. Yes lower ranks don’t make a lot, but they make more then civilians of the same age and education. Don’t repeat the same tired emotional arguments that advocates for higher military benefits use. They are simply untrue. By the way I am a retired Army Master Sergeant. I know what I am talking about. Check the pay scales and benefits.

    • Right1111

      They go to extreme lengths to get elected and to hold on to their office once there.
      If it’s so bad go get a real job like the rest of us and quit your bellyaching.

    • BenThereToo

      Amen. The best point I’ve seen made, Sally.

    • Blue_Max

      No, you wouldn’t want him the military! Read up on him, he has anger management issues, you wouldn’t want him around any weapons.

    • Edly

      They should live in tents.

    • Gladiator_Posse

      Obama and Congress are Domestic Enemies of the Constitution…Youtube: Save the Republic!

    • Cool_Radley

      Maybe we can get illegal aliens to do this work.

      • Zach Smith

        One would be more than sufficient, I’m sure.

    • CAV

      on target!

    • Lewie

      Wolves in sheep skin degrees! Pay them all part time wages…it is sad they are becoming like the majority of “Pastors and Preachers” in America. They receive money from people who really do work jobs, but they have real no real job themselves. ….and today’s pastors are not apostles..and even Paul who wrote most of the NT had a trade of making tents! peas in a pod.

    • labillyboy

      If he didn’t like the salary, then why the heck did he run for the office? Typical politician.

      He probably bought a house under an airport runway and then started complaining about the noise too….

    • Gracie66


    • Jason Vickers

      I’m sure he does not want to increase the military’s pay.

  • Phil

    Their salary should be cut in half this way they will make a career out of being a politician.

  • Sally Morris

    If they stayed in their district and convened only, say, once a year in Washington, they could legislate via tele conference, cost less, reduce corruption and BY GOD, maybe even save the earth by cutting carbon emissions.

    •!/zerses Moirrainefortruth

      Gee, why didn’t they think of that?

      Because, my friend, they need a reason to have their parties, their meetings, their overextension of our dollars and zero consequences when things go south – as they have been for – uh…… – decades now.

      • josephKing


    • Jack Thompson

      Then how would they justify the crazy yearly salary of $174,000 for a lite part time gig. Na, all they want is more, more, MORE!

    • bk

      not enough hookers in their own districts… plus the fact that the lobbyist’s would have to travel more to give them free meals and pay for the hookers

  • 338LapuaAckleyImproved

    You know who was underpaid? His son – for rigging Virginia’s elections.

    Obama owes him more reparations than Sheila Jackson Lee.

  • Taters

    Why do they deserve more of a raise than their maids? Tie any increase to a new REALISTIC minimum wage. Or heads on pikes. Just sayin’.

    • Jack Thompson

      Minimum wage increase is only benefitted from for about 3 months until the price inflation to cover the raise catches up. Minimum wage does nothing but raise prices for everyone and lower the living standard for others whose wages have been brought closer to that of minimum wage.

      • CPPray

        So, if we cut everybody’s wages prices will go down?

        • Jack Thompson

          So what do you think would happen if people stopped buying $100,000 and up luxury cars? It doesn’t cost no where near that much to make them so those prices would dip. If everyone’s labor cost dropped significantly across the board then yes prices would drop. It wouldn’t happen instantly but it would eventually happen. What would not drop very much would be materials and resources but that what depend on how much they required labor for their havesting or manufacturing. There’s a thing called a Gaussian curve and it relates to manufacturing, employment and purchasing power. With the increasing use of robot manufacturing there is a decrease in human employment and hence purchasing power. As this continues more and more people become unemployed. What happens when the robots are manufacturing and repairing other robots. What about when they start buildings homes and office buildings? Or they become so advanced they are teaching and doing surgery. Eventually, who would they be making those goods and services for when so few would be employed and have purchasing power? I know you think I may have deviated from my original point but it all connects. The economy is a gigantic chain connecting everything like a spiders web. Pull on one part and other parts will react. Makers need users and farmers need eaters. Eaters need farmers and users need makers. And with out one another we are in the past with everyone farming and making for themselves and bartering for other items and services. I know, long winded but I hope you get the jest of what I was saying..

  • Matt Musal

    Um.. how many of them are millionaires already ?

    • Charles Wolf

      More than half…

      Over all, at least 268 of the 534 current members of Congress had an
      average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, which is the year
      covered by the reports that each lawmaker had to file in 2013.

      • Matt Musal

        Don’t for some are multimillionaires like Nancy Pelosi is worth like $25 million plus.

      • Erich Soldat

        thank you for pointing this out – apparently, 1%ers are only the percentage of Americans that have more than 1 million but the percentage of in congress is more than 50% – and they have the chutzpah to tax us more and ask for more???

        • Charles Wolf

          Actually, The Republicans of late …have the chutzpah to tax us… not enough to pay the bills for the things they already voted to buy.
          …and by us, I especially include those of us who keep huge fortunes in the Caymans or Cook Islands for the sole purpose of avoiding paying their fair share back to the Homeland that enabled them to game so much $$$ from the rest of us.

  • ranchdancer

    ” members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington ” then go the f home and get a real job.

    • JasonH

      The problem is they aren’t supposed to live in DC. Our founding fathers didn’t want them there full time. They wanted them to back home and live under they laws they passed. Nowadays, the Congressmen are so completely removed from the damage their policies inflict.

      • Jimmy Rustler

        Well said.

      • Herb

        exactly, the original intent was for them to work their trades and come to washington for sessions and then return so they can be intone with those they supposedly represent

    • Booger Brown

      They should try working in the private Obama Economy. Sucks even worse.

    • Guest_User

      True. “Congress” was supposed to be an assembly to discuss issues (travel, discuss, and then go home), and they were supposed to live in their districts most of the time they were in office. Now, they see Washington as a full-time job, and they buy houses and live out their lives there, while keeping some “closet” in their home districts as residences for appearance sake. Their entitlement attitude is that “we’re the rulers, and we should live in dwellings at the capital befitting our status of monarchy.”

      • SilverState


    • fightforamerica

      He is home. He lives in Alexandria , VA. 9 miles from DC

    • Rap Stallion

      Exactly, go home and surround yourself with your constituents, not the K Street vermin that drive up the prices in DC. Raises would only allow them to continue to wallow with the lobbyists. Want DC to be affordable? Ax the abilities for lobbies to do what they do, in turn they will stop bringing in so much money, money which drives up the cost in DC. Everyone in the country wins.

    • dmxinc

      They created an expensive DC to live in by all of their massive deficit spending.

      And now they want raises?

  • Todd

    “Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C.” LOL! That’s an understatement. There is nothing decent about D.C. or the Members of Congress.

    • Jack Thompson

      Things that go on in D.C. in the elitist political crowd would make Caligula cringe.

  • genes

    $6 per diem seems to be fair. But only for the days they’re actually in the House.

  • tiredofdogma

    Underperform? Is that what you call it? Underperform? If you got paid for performance like the people you reputedly represent, you wouldn’t earn a dime. If you were CEO of a corporation, you’d be history. You’ve been on the taxpayer dole your whole career — go home and live out your life on the taxpayer pension — and be grateful you’ve never had to do a day’s work in your life.

    • hippie1367

      Yeah just look at all the thieving banker filth who lost their jobs.

      • tiredofdogma

        Point taken — but they did perform in their job, which is to make money. At our expense of course, but they still performed.

        • Erich Soldat

          applying your logic, then congress performed as well…
          maybe bankers are not such a great comparison

  • EricStoner

    Well Jim, when an area gets flooded with a bunch of overpaid bureaucrats, prices tend to rise, but go ahead, chase it using our money.

  • apieceofwork

    You should all be fired .

    • Jack Thompson

      There’s about a dozen good ones that should be allowed to stay.

  • Timothy

    Are we supposed to feel pity? The majority of Congress (both House and Senate) are worth quite a bit and I’m sure Moran isn’t hurting too badly. Regardless, how much should the government pay “public servants?” If you ask me I think they’re making far too much as it is.

    • Guest_User

      If they truly believed they were public servants and acted as such, we’d be in far better shape; the fact of the matter is they see themselves as our rulers once they are elected, and they only “pivot” from fear; not from a sense of duty or caring for the U.S. citizenry.

    • only4uandme

      No we are suppose to get motivated.

  • L1inMn

    If they worked in the private sector they would all be in prison. What they have done with taxpayer money makes what Madoff did look like shoplifiting

  • pandabear

    Anybody know where the audio is?

    • Steven Dennis

      Yeah. Click play on the video box.

      • pandabear

        The video box is not popping up on my phone. Oh well. I’m just glad that fool is retiring soon.

  • Linda Marquis

    Is he expecting us to feel sorry for them? My daughter works in DC and lives in MD.She makes ends meet on a LOT less money than that! Deal with it!!!

    • Booger Brown

      I am sorry to hear your daughter has to work in that cesspool

      • Linda Marquis

        Don’t be. She has a very good paying job at a hospital there. She isn’t on the hill so she actually “works” at her job! She was recruited right out of Catholic for this program and truly is working in her chosen field. Feel sorry that it costs so much to live in that city but she found a place she could afford and wasn’t a long haul to get to work. She thinks Washington is an exciting city full of lots of history. Again, she isn’t in politics so she sees the city in a different light. Thanks for your concern though, lol

  • Johnny Olson

    moran, you make $178,000 a year in taxpayer monies to do nothing except spend billion$ a year in taxpayer monies. come out to my construction site where i will promptly biotch-slap your pompous, elitist backside.

    • Gregg Mcphedrain


    • Bigfella

      What he said…

    • James Lee Addington

      you got that right Johnny biotch slap that over paid sob.

  • La Lummus

    Underpaid!!!! Just start doing your job to start with before talking about raise

  • Chris Frederick

    Jim Moran can suck it. First of all, his district is right across the Potomac from the Capitol, so he can hop in a car and be home in 30 minutes. Unlike most members of Congress, he has no need to maintain a separate residence in DC or live apart from his family. Second, if he thinks it’s tough to live decently in the DC area on $174K plus perks and a full guaranteed pension, then how does he think the rest of us feel who are struggling to support a family in the DC area on far less than $174K per year?

    • algonquinmatt

      so what you are saying is that Jim Moran is out of touch with reality?

  • Jack Everett

    This loon Moran calls our country a business and this should alert people to his plan to be nothing but a corporate politician looking for a free ride off the backs of workers. These politicians are nothing more than part time help now and do nothing to earn their bloated pay check. If they can’t live on their salary then it’s their own fault for creating our runaway inflation. These Washington politicians are nothing but part time help just like Walmart that hires part time at minium wage. We don’t need to reward these people we need to get rid of them and replace them with real leadership.

    • Philly-Buster

      Mr Everrett,
      I sorry I dont agree with you assessment the plan you outline the the 2014 national Democratic re-election platform. They are for each and every one of the items you outlined. Can you name one they dont support?

  • hippie1367

    Moran should be executed as the corrupt, bribe taking piece of filth he is- as is every member of both parties.

  • hippie1367

    This is the same piece of filth who can’t be bothered to worry about the minimum wage the citizens of DC make. Hopefully one of his guntard constituents puts him out of his misery.

  • vicki

    Wah wah’s my understanding that the members who live in their offices are making a political statement as tea partiers

  • RJohnston

    Typical Democrat, give me, give me…I need more but don’t want to work for it.

    • Philly-Buster

      The tax payer has entirely too much money we need to take more…..and give yourself raises…ya thats the ticket. We tax them to death, force them to buy crappy government insurance, borrow more money than can ever be paid back, destroy the currency and give ourselves big fat raises. There stupid they will go for it! we get Obama to pitch it. everyone believes in Obama cuz he so honest and truthful!

  • vicki

    Perhaps they should divide the salary by number of days worked….

    • Jack Thompson

      Yep, and not include all the time spent campaigning and raising money for their parties right out of their congressional offices. I keep seeing those empty house and senate chambers on cspan and I wonder what’s more important than than the jobs they were elected to do.

  • Ferris

    UNDER PAID??????? If I performed at my job like many members of Congress have over the last 4 years, I would have been FIRED a long time ago. What a selfish and arrogant statement! You folks are already pampered like royalty, and now you think that you should be compensated more? You’re not “earning” what you’re currently getting…

    • Philly-Buster

      Yes underpaid $174,000 a year is not enough money, Seriously Ferris who could live on $174k a year? Can you? Do you know how much CHAMPAGNE and CAVIAR cost these days ……..Pashhhh on performance? They wake up every morning, were you expecting more than that?

  • Bob Smetters

    Since corporations are people and have personhood rights, this could be solved by just electing corporations into office and getting rid of the expensive middle man like this numbskull.

  • Grannysmovin

    Pass the minimum wage raise because many of middle class and the poor can’t afford to life decently through out the United States, than do your jobs and stop spending so much of your time begging for money.

  • Good_Lt

    If you can’t make it work on 174K a year, with a pension, all expenses paid, gold-plated health care and access to pretty much whatever you want, then you’re doing it wrong.

    In the case of this blockhead, he’s being paid about 173K to much per year.

    • NickandLynds

      I agree and would like to add the following: if he can’t live on all of that, he has no business making decisions about budgeting and financing for this country. No wonder we’re in debt.

  • fake_progress

    Hey, Diamond Jim (D-VA since 1991), you can always RETIRE. We, the people, would not dream of subjecting you to the horrid living conditions you have endured for 23 years. Oh, the humanity!!

  • Norma Munn

    Sorry, but I have no sympathy for anyone in Congress re the pay levels. I will acknowledge the job as real work, but the results would get them fired in either the commercial business world or the non-profit world of work. Do your job better, take less vacations, and pass a minimum wage bill for those in this country who are REALLY having a hard time living decently. (Or do like the poor working class folks do, get a second job!)

  • ASAC Schrader

    How about you F*&K off and Die, Moran

  • EchoLiberty

    Wow. You might as well rephrase that to say, “Please, don’t re-elect me again come November!” Whomever is going to run against him next election cycle is saying, “Thank you, God. THANK YOU!”

  • Steven Seagull

    Oh those poor poor babies. There must be a law against this!

  • Ronaldus_Maximus

    If you jackasses are doing it for the money, shame on you. I guarantee, if you put it to a national vote, 90% would say you don’t deserve the pay you get. Much less any more. Please.

  • whoisjohngalt58

    WOW. they are supposed to servant not live high off the hog.

  • tony tyler

    game over for America.. these people are monsters.

  • Wilkins Micawber

    If it’s not enough pay then don’t seek office. End of problem.

  • FlyFree

    If you don’t like it, leave!

  • Alfred Neuman

    It’s truly amazing how members of congress came become multi-millionaires while being underpaid. Perhaps Jim Moran or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid can share some of their secrets.

  • BenderIsGreat

    What’s the matter, Jim? Bribes and dirty money not flowing like it used to?

  • Josh

    If I had job where I wasn’t getting enough money, I’d find another job. In government, if they are not getting enough money, they just pass their own raise.

  • BarbDwyr

    Wow. Talk about being out of touch with his constituency. Maybe he needs to join the ranks of the unemployed and then look for a better job.

  • haydenma

    What a colossal, corrupt, ignorant, arrogant POS!

  • Name

    No problem if there is an Amendment to limit terms of POTUS, House and Senate to 8 years and stagger the elections like they do with the Senate – about a 3rd of each comes up every two years.

  • Bob Parkman

    Moran is definitely overpaid, but if you son is found to be helping people commit vote fraud, I guess your costs go up.

  • DDP

    I would recommend we pay each member of Congress $5 million to retire. That would save us a fortune.

  • 729

    We must stop electing Public Serpents and start electing Public Servants.

  • John Rustic

    Hey congressman numbnutz: booFu*kinghoo!!!

  • John Galt

    It’s a poor politician that can’t steal enough from taxpayers to get by in Washington today. Boo hoo, I feel so sorry for them.

  • tim

    stop spending your money on hookers and blow.

  • OrlandoRican

    This American thinks you are way overpaid. If you don’t like your pay do us all a favor and quit. But then you might have to get a real job.

  • smokehouse56

    I’ll pass on this one. It’s way too easy.

  • Ralph Davis

    Perhaps members of congress should look into “” and stay the hell in their districts, saving taxpayers millions in travel and office costs. There’s no reason they can’t work remotely. Just don’t let Obama develop the software….

  • Probus

    With todays technology they can work from home.

  • Jessie

    Please pay the politicians, how is it possible that Justin Bieber can out earn the country’s decision makers!

  • doublehotdog

    What about all the lobbying $ they pull in?

    • Tommy

      Not to mention the under the table money and bribes.

  • Ed

    “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,”
    Thank comment alone should be grounds for dismissal. Virgina, if you can, start an immediate recall on this Blozo.

  • snapperman

    Moran just needs to ask how Harry Reid managed on his Congressional income all those years, even becoming a multi-millionaire in the process. Evidently Moran needs a basic course on budgeting – personal and governmental.

    • JDStill

      While living year round in a suite of the most expensive hotel in Washington no less!

      • bluesky

        They can only make so much from insider trading.

  • Name

    Little known fact: His family changed its name from More on to Moran when they got off the boat in 1903.

  • algonquinmatt

    It’s amazing how many of them are working for peanuts and come away wealthy.

    i guess the best and the brightest ARE representing us.

    or they are corrupt liars.

  • JoeThePimpernel

    It ain’t your seat, Jimmy.

    It’s not meant to be a permanent job.

    Citizens are supposed to do it for a few years, then step aside and go back to the real world.

  • EchoLiberty

    Three words: Out of touch

  • billmelater1

    This is what you get when Congress members live in a bubble which has no attachment to reality. Time to vote them ALL OUT.

  • Rick Smith

    The WICKEDNESS of the RULING CLASS in America would to spark a REVOLUTION,
    in eighteenth century America.
    In the decadent, corrupt, degenerate, depraved twenty first century it wouldn’t light a match.
    That is the price of immorality in a nation that has lost its foundation and its way.

  • telleroftruth

    Our founding fathers never expected these positions to be full time. They were contribution positions for only a few weeks a year. Look at Texas’s legislature.
    They should only convene 3 times a year for a few weeks each time, and that is it. Pay their expenses for that period of time, no salary, and that is it.

  • Mr. Fish (catch & release)

    I’ve said this before but…..

    Okay, double or triple their salaries, with conditions:

    1. Fully repeal the ACA
    2. Impeach Obama and charge him with treason
    3. Replace Eric Holder
    4. Investigate Holder, Pelosi, Reid for crimes against the American people ( Any conservative too)
    5. Close the boarders, deport all not legally in the country
    6. Require proof of citizenship to vote
    7. De-certify all public sector unions
    8. Eliminate 50% of all government regulations
    9. Flat or fair tax of some sort and eliminate the IRS
    10. Implement a budget balance amendment

    For starters. Then you can have your raise with gratitude.

    • digitaltexan

      Very clear thoughts. I like it. Just add term limits and a balanced budget bill that jails congress if they fail and I am in!

  • Josefa

    I guess they didn’t factor in the bribes- maybe that’s not listed on turbotax as income

    • BigBoa

      Sure it is……

      “Any other income….”

  • Booger Brown

    Politicians are underpaid but they all become millionaires before they leave Congress…….strange how that works.

  • Bill Fairweather

    Any time Jimmy Boy wants to swap paychecks with me I would gladly accept. Or he could retire and go to work as a lobbyist (leech on society) and make more money than his current piddling $174K plus benefits. Jerk.

  • Larry Nichols

    Too bad the people on this forum cannot see me. I Have my index finger and thumb pressed together and I am rubbing them. What I am doing is playing the world’s tiniest violin little for Jimmy Moran and the rest of his fellow poor souls in Congress. But I have a solution for this master stateman; I was just in the Walmart in Camden NJ, I understand that they are hiring. But none of this can be true!! Harry Reid lives in a luxurious apartment in the plush Watergate building. This despite the fact that he entered office with little personal wealth. Jimmy should stop by harry’s office and ask him how he makes his dollar stretch so far.

    • adsdasd

      Haha :) Nice image. Some other commenters are exercising a different finger at the screen and the article’s sentiments.

  • oynque

    Actually, Mr. Moran, IF legislators were Board members of a true business dependent on success/failure of maintaining a positive operating ratio the majority of you would be terminated on the spot.
    The $174k salary is but a fraction of the “stink-burger” aka “golden parachute” you and your colleagues have voted for your egregious selves without knowledge, permission and/or approval by your electorate, is the other insult.
    Balance the budget, shrink the role and function of the federal government and demand full accountability, then I might be a little more tolerant of listening to your salary proposals. But when the poverty rates in this country are what they are you have nothing but stupid audacity to ask for more.

    • MadMoto

      You NAILED it.

    • BigBoa

      Not to mention that most of THIS “board” would be doing time in the slammer….

      • oynque

        Agreed. And for perjury/lying starting with mouth-piece Carney all the to Obama along with the heads of every current federal administration office they’d be disbarred as well as incarcerated and prohibited from running for any public office every again.

  • jxgrab

    Even better cap all politicians income and pay the excess over the cap to poorer politicians.
    Let the lowlife politicians share their wealth.

  • Wally

    NO! NO pay raises for these vermins!

    We struggle more than these millionaires!

  • Gordon Freeman

    Harry Reid lives at the ritz Carlton in d.c. Poor guy, give me a raise!

  • Opinionated2

    Harry should help a brother out and take on a roommate.

  • Max

    Let them come home and live.

  • Mikey

    They voted themselves the right to legally use insider trading while everyone else who does this goes to jail. Their legal insider trading steals money from other investors.

    • adsdasd

      I thought they passed regulation to deter that? I don’t recall the specifics, but the whole thing irked me. We already have laws against insider trading – let’s apply it to all those who do it, including these primadonnas. Why did they need “new legislation,” unless they crafted the language to create gaping holes you could drive a truck through. …?

  • billmelater1

    This is what the Framers of the Constitution worried would happen.

  • Bill Fairweather

    And they wonder why we want term limits…

  • JanitorWillie

    I don’t have a problem subsidizing them….MEANS TEST THEM FIRST. IF you can afford it, it’s out of pocket. Most dems, being rich, are taking a step DOWN in moving to D.C.

  • Lookin4Change


  • Doug Sterling

    Perhaps we should abolish the Congress and let the American people vote directly on the Internet.

    • adsdasd

      This administration would go for that – and give the contract for building online voting to the one that bungled the Obamacare site.
      Great idea, but who can we trust to build it?

      • bluesky

        George Soros?

        • adsdasd

          Well, he would worm his way into anything.

  • Tommy

    If they don’t like the pay, don’t run for the office. In my opinion, Moran is grossly overpaid for his mean spirited antics and arrogance.

  • johnnybopbop2

    BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More like under worked!

  • Bud Strong

    Fire anyone of these bastards who try to raise their pay. They deserve a decrease.

  • NotBuyingIt

    I feel sorry enough for them all to beseech them to go home and take some time off.

  • Booger Brown


  • NickandLynds

    Jim, if you aren’t happy with your salary, you are free to get another job. You won’t be missed. By the way, I hear Walmart is hiring.

  • Yu So Wong

    That why we need term limits. So that elected people will not be encouraged to stay beyond the times of their contribution.

  • BigBoa

    Someone should remind them,,,,, most anyone can get health insurance for just $100 a day…..

  • RogerW

    You knew what the job paid when you took it. If you don’t like it, find another job.

    • Shootist

      You’re wrong, you know.

      If you don’t pay your servants enough you won’t have good servants, only rich ones.

  • Brad Broadwell

    My God are these guys out of touch buffoons
    or what?

  • Shootist

    I agree that junior Congress critters don’t make enough to live reasonably in DC.

  • PrincessBarry

    Not only should there not be a raise. There should be ONE unpaid term for each Congress critter. Moran needs to go to rehab. Not paid by Americans.

  • agreatsign

    With few exceptions, I think these people who blatantly ignore the will of the people are grossly overpaid.
    Come November we need to give a bunch of them their pink slips.

  • JBar595

    America should be asking for a refund from this ignorant fool.

  • Judy P65

    I like their kind of math. They get paid $178,000, but by the time they retire they are all millionaires and better. How do you suppose that happens? They all must skim off the top. All are so crooked, they can’t lay in bed straight.

  • Jessie

    If we paid the politicians enough money the billionaires won’t be able to corrupt them with money!

    • Petar

      You are great evidence that smoking marijuana should remain illegal. What a maroon! I bet your a fan of increasing the minimum wage as well. Just pay them more and all will be well.

  • Mike Nowicki

    You think Congress is hated now? Go ahead a get a raise…..I say vote them ALL OUT,regardless of party.

  • Name

    Go live in “those” zip codes – 1. You will save thousands in living expenses and 2. you will clean up the neighborhood and drive crime down significantly.

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  • baldwin

    If the senate is such a tough underpaying job, how come nobody ever wants to leave? We see guys like Arlen Specter, dying of cancer, switching parties in order to
    give him self a better shot at re-election. Frank Lautenberg on his death bed wouldn’t give it up. Senators Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond just among many who
    serve well past retirement age because the job is so tough and poor paying. When are we going to term limit these blood sucking leeches?

  • Radagast_the_Brown

    174k isn’t enough for Moran. He really needs to live it up before he dies and goes to Hell. He only has maybe 15-20 good years left.

  • Bringthehate

    He should just shut up and be happy their salaries aren’t performance based..

  • John C

    Oh, boo hoo, he can’t live on $174,000.00 plus more money for committees and even more for Committee chairmanships. Hey you can always quit.

  • Carmels4me

    Shameless Buffoons! Take your underpaid a$$es and go home if you don’t like it. The Board of Directors for the World’s largest economy has failed miserably and doesn’t deserve another red cent of my hard earned tax dollars!

  • Gordon Freeman

    Congress gets a free pass on insider trading. Who needs a raise when you have lobbyists writing you checks, and hedge fund managers giving you the goods.

  • Demlies

    “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid”

    For two days a week? Hardly. In fact, let’s remove all perks and see who really
    want to serve the people. Time to weed out the morans.

  • johnnybopbop2

    Get your lazy butts in gear and get this once great country back on its feet again!

  • Ferd321

    The hubris of most congressmen and senators knows no bounds! They have, on the record in the past, compared their pay to Neurosurgeons and Fortune 500 C.E.O.’s, maintaining they are worth at least s much as those folks. Of course, they do not work 100 hours a week and accomplish very little, save for running for re-election from the first day they are sworn in. I say, shoot them all and start over by banning lawyers from serving, impose strict term limits, ban them from any post retirement lobbying, and start sending our neighbors to D.C. for a single six year term.

  • ounceoflogic

    Do they take into account their perks, bribes, investment tips, slush funds, illegal dealings, land deals, and so on?

    • motimer

      and their legal insider trading ?

  • Aztec_Chimera

    Maybe if he understood inflation and how the Federal Reserve system has gutted the middle class he could make some real progress on income inequality and affordability.

    What am I thinking, he’s just a dimwit politician.

  • Brad

    They should be required to live in their office or go home to their home state.

  • Erik

    Yes, keep singing that tune Jim. Sing it loudly and at every opportunity you have. And then mail it out to everyone in your district and make sure they know you’re a Democrat from Northern Virginia complaining about the cost of living in Washington DC! Go for it!

  • LiberalsAreCancer

    Public service!! Pay the bastards 40 grand a year, make them pay into their own 401k & pension plan & for their own health insurance like the rest of America. That will weed the cockroaches out real fast.

  • Jessie

    If politicians had big salaries billionaires wouldn’t be be able to corrupt them with money!

    • pesky_facts

      In my book, politicians DO have big salaries … just sayin’ …

      • Jessie

        Not nearly big enough!

        • pesky_facts

          Please …

        • PutTheClockBackOnTheWall

          “For the first time, more than half of congressional lawmakers are worth at least $1 million.”

          Poor babies…..

    • Jerry Dever

      they would corrupt them with more $, women & power

  • 1Mojo_Risin9

    Seems the “whiter” the hair, the more left the politician — White hair, supreme Bolshevik — without a semblance of common sense, possessor of abject economic illiteracy, on display daily!

  • pesky_facts

    Now … where did I put my freakin’ violin …

  • RedHotRash

    utter BS…they don’t deserve the salary they make.

  • Buck

    WTF!!!!!!! I’ll take his job and all the perks that go with it. Especially not having
    to be on Obamacare!

  • freedom_is_good

    When Congress passes a balanced budget for 50 consecutive years, they can have a pay raise.

  • JP

    Only in America … Could the government collect more tax dollars from

    the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion

    dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7Million PER

    MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

    • JP

      And they want a raise for accomplishing the above…give me a break!

  • carlyle_ny

    You don’t like the salary? Get another job, you bum! There are people just as if not more qualified than you who will take your place for less money—and I’m one of them!





  • sirandrew

    Under paid ????
    For the work they do , the hours at work and what they actually do,they are vastly over paid.
    I would not be surprised if the opt to join a union.

  • Dikbert

    between your thumb and forefinger

  • John

    I think congress should know that the American people have had enough. If $174,000 isn’t enough, then they need to go home and get a real job. Then we need to move that damn capitol to Kansas and in the process, shut down the 50% of it that does nothing but push paper. The Federal government needs to be dismantled.

  • B_Olton

    4 year term limits…problem solved

  • kjatexas

    I’ve got a great idea, why don’t you all go back home to your home states. That would certainly limit the damage you are all doing to the country.

  • JukeJohnson

    They should be paid what their worth but there’s a minimum wage law.

  • southernmom1

    Congressional jobs were NOT designed to be a way of life. If he doesn’t like his pay, don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. AND don’t you DARE propose a pay raise when you have cut pay for our service people. When and IF they have at least 6 months of added pay, then the public might listen to a proposal. But given the Democrats and their push to fund the ACA, I doubt it. Why doesn’t he go talk to Ms. Pelosi and ask her where are the 400,000 new jobs created when this act passed. Go get one of those!!

  • Cindy Otis

    The military are underpaid. Inner city teachers are underpaid. Members of Congress are so overpaid it’s ridiculous. They SHOULDN’T be given a full time salary – being in Congress should NOT be a full time job. Allowing people to spend all year in DC and become “career” politicians has led to the mass corruption we see in the Federal Gov’t today. Here’s a perfect example from the article “Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they
    underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for
    the largest economic entity in the world.””

    See that’s the problem right there. Gov’t fails at almost everything it does. The free market IS better – always has been and always will be. Congress SHOULD NOT be thinking they are in charge of the economy. They should be getting out of the way and letting the economy take care of itself. I say pay them less, have strict term limits, and force them to have real jobs so the DC gravy train is derailed for good. Make Congress live and work under the same conditions they force us to work and live under.

  • RedHotRash

    geeze, look at the rest of us, stuck with high taxes and obamacare…suck it

  • sixwhitehorses

    They’re clearly underpaid, especially when you consider that they legislate and fund the butchering of millions and millions of babies. They deserve a raise.

    • dissonance

      lol. That’s hilarious.

  • Jess L. Jessup

    Send them home to their states and districts. They can meet via video conferencing and travel to DC a few days a month for votes.

  • MaybeA

    Sure, here in NH we give $100 per yr. Work for you? No? Then STFU and be happy you get what you do, grasping idiot.

  • Smartattack

    …..perhaps if we weren’t already paying SO MANY members of Congress and bureaucrats SO MUCH….and if the number of INCREDIBLY PAID lobbyists could be cut back…inflation and housing in the DC area wouldn’t be so high….also, with such paltry salaries of $174,000, how do so many of these members become multi-millionaires during their terms of service?….

  • rtc_MA

    Maybe …. just maybe …. THEY SHOULDN’T LIVE IN WASHINGTON! Maybe living in their district and having a LIMITED, PART TIME CONGRESS would be a good thing! UNPAID would be even better!

  • Lummi

    Before any consideration is given to a Congressional pay raise, a complete disclosure of all compensation and benefits should be made public. That includes pay, retirement plans, travel, “perks” like haircuts, restaurants, gyms, etc, to say nothing of the goodies that lobbyists lay on them. If it’s such a financial and family hardship, it amazes me that so many of them want to keep returning term after term to toil unappreciated in such demeaning conditions. Call me a cynic, but I find it hard to believe that they all are motivated by an overwhelming desire make big personal sacrifices simply in order to serve their fellow citizens.

  • flatj

    They’re not underpaid enough.

  • Zohar Khan

    Pay should be proportional to performance. Considering the Congress’ public approval ratings… they should pay us for their free seats at the “Club”.

  • LoyalJetFan

    “Board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world”???!? That’s their view of democracy?? Is this guy Moran serious?

    I’m stunned by this hubris! This guy needs his perspective adjusted. He’s a public SERVANT. All across this land Americans volunteer for they school boards and township committees – working without pay – and they (we) understand the meaning of being a public SERVANT. Our interest in democracy is making sure it is PRESERVED, not that we profit by it!!!!

    Hey Moran – why don’t you and your “board” do us a favor and go on STRIKE?

    I’m disgusted. Utterly disgusted.

  • Nick

    So they’re underpaid….. is that why the don’t do anything? Those self-righteous jet setting MF’s need to NOT be paid until they actually do something. Pass a budget and maybe you can get paid. and then poor them, their healthcare is subsidized by the american taxpayers. If I don’t do my job I get fired and I don’t get paid. Every member of congress should not be paid until they start producing, maybe that would get them to do their damn jobs!

    Poor guys can’t “afford to live decently in Washington D.C.”. Maybe because DC has the fastest growth of millionaires in the country and the cost of living their (along with the crime) is through the roof. Don’t they Live in the states they are from? Must be hard to drink and socialize all night, bang interns left and right and get any work done.

  • nine14six

    Underpaid?!!! What an arrogant bunch of good-for-nothings. Maybe they should quit sucking on the government teet And get a real job in the private sector. Fire them all.

    • pesky_facts

      Yep … except they’ve managed to kill the economy and ship all the jobs off-shore.

  • pesky_facts

    I say … embrace the suck, fellas.

  • Johnny Argon

    Hey , if you feel as sorry for him as I do ,
    Fax him a quick note of encouragement at
    202 225 0017 or 703 922 9436

  • John Seymore

    moran is the filthy corrupt democrat from disgusting alexadria

  • OWilson

    The bigger government gets, the more they lose touch with reality, and with real folk.
    They have no concept of “public service”. They actually believe we are working for them!

  • Karl Magnus

    IF we returned to the CITIZEN Legislature as the Founders intended, this would not be an issue. In the alternative, how about dormitories/barracks for the CongressCritters? If it’s good enough for our military and college students, it should be good enough for them. In the meantime, they should just stop whining. They are only embarrassing themselves, especially money-grubbing Leftist poseurs like Moran.

  • L Renea Woodward

    The Party of the Rich: The millionaire Democrats are the party of the rich and not the Republicans as pushed by the main stream media.

  • 951Timeless

    It’s not like as if they’re doing a spectacular or even decent job.

  • John Smith

    “but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” Were that true, the board would have been tossed by the shareholders. Unfortunately, the “shareholders” in this case are truly ignoramuses who continue to lemming away with the party lever. If the States had any guts they’d have a Constitutional Convention, toss all of Congress out and make the Constitution the governing document.

  • JDC

    What would they do if we the people gave them back what they have giving us, talk about being done wrong!

  • jtisinsc


    • rtc_MA


    • Jessie

      We the people are quite happy to discuss pay raises for the politicians, once they do the jobs we hired them for!

  • RedHotRash

    he’s part of the problem

  • Philly-Buster

    Mr Moran,
    Are you serious? Compensation should be based on performance not the fact that you cant pay your bills. If I went to my boss and said I need a raise because I have credit card debt he would laugh me out of his office. If they cant afford the job they should quit and flip burgers at McDonalds or steal lollipops from little kids. Besides lets look at your performance, you have run up $17 trillion in debt with no end in sight and another $5.3 trillion on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet, you have created another unfunded entitlement and have not growth the economy in 5 years and for this you expect a raise for this performance? Let me help you with how the world really works. People get raise for performance when they increase sales, increase profitability, improve cashflow bring new products to the market. Lets make a deal! Lets say you guys balance the budget and grow the economy for the next five years then we will talk about giving you a raise. Until then you should be happy to just have a Job. Besides a whole lot of you will be leaving in November!


    P. Buster

  • hitechsailor

    “. . . the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” – Where in the Constitution is that listed as a role of the Federal government? That he thinks this is a BIG part of the problem!

  • Days_of_Noe

    We should pay them the average salary of a worker from their home state. That would insure they stay grounded in the issues that impact their constituency. More importantly, it would insure that none of them make a career out of public office. It was never intended to be lifelong job. It was certainly never intended that they become millionaires from the position although most of them have done so.

  • Joe Smith

    Go back home and a job like the rest of us do.
    When I stop seeing people get elected, go to Washington
    and then in 10years they ARENT rich, I will be sympathetic.
    What a clownass loser!

  • migtex1234

    LOL, these part time ego’s need a reality check and lessons on constitution. congress has the lowest rating of all. They keep sharing THEIR opinion rather than representing their own citizens. I would call them useless.

  • Oilfart1

    then, they should return to their regular jobs, if they can’t afford to live in D.C.

  • DoneWDems


  • rtc_MA

    How about we tie their compensation to their performance ….. the less you spend the more you make! Tie it to inflation, Inflation UP …. compensation DOWN.
    Or tie it to a base income tax rate …. the lower the rate the higher their compensation!

  • Guy Joseph

    Give them a pay raise only if they have to contribute to their on retirement system, do away with all the perks they receive, like free medical, their current retirement system, etc. Also require them to work 40 hours a week and no extented vacations.

  • BigD

    I’m sorry, but I find it really hard to have any sympathy for someone that cannot make on a $174,000 salary. Especially when they get it for doing nothing. If that’s the way they continue to work, let them draw welfare as a salary just like all the others that don’t want to work.

  • Dill Bates

    Time to throw them all out!!

  • David

    One would think that with all of the corrupt under-the-table deals that Members of Con-gress make (including being beholden to the Banksters) that they would be livin’ Lolita. Greed begets greed…

  • lewpubco

    The earn more than a military three star general who has far more actual responsibility. More importantly, they earn over five times the salary of a Marine sergeant, who has a far more important job than they do. If they keep carping the public might actually figure out one day that we really don’t need them at all. I’m a big proponent of returning to a part-time congress. Lots less damage done that way.

  • RedHotRash

    balance the budget and we’ll talk

  • BillV

    Maybe we should introduce term limits so our congressmen aren’t forced to suffer for so long.

  • daveinboca

    Moran is a typical greedy Democrat who believes government should take care of the poor like himself, who lives in ritzy Alexandria close to the Capitol. He was recently accused of fraud, so his cries for more money should be discounted, if not discredited.

  • cointelanalyst

    um. NO! give the military a pay raise FIRST. so sick of these POS.

  • BigBoa

    This topic ALWAYS reminds the mighty Boa of a time back in the early 80s. Some goofy marxist democrat was crying his case on TV. Congress was trying to get a raise, public was opposed.

    This buffoon explained that it cost SO MUCH MONEY to live in DC. Then, the clincher when he stated that most of the public had NO IDEA how difficult it is to own and maintain TWO homes..

    The mighty Boa had to agree… many have no idea how difficult it can be to own ONE!

  • Petar

    Underpaid my @$$. Give me a break. CUT THEIR PAY.

    How can a member of congress go from being a regular person to a multi-millionairre? Be a member of Congress. The get their base plus extra for every committee their on, no penalty for insider trading, and of course the corruption.

  • gzizzle

    IMO the job should be a volunteer position anyway.

  • Ken

    Underpaid! Really. These freaking morons are spending the peoples money at an alarming rate. They act like a bunch of immature children in the toy store. They make three times the medium wage of the people or better. They all should be thrown out of office period! They Obama’s spend more on vacations that a small city makes in a year, all at the peoples expense. For what? What has that worthless lump of coal done for anyone? Except force people who work to buy insurance for people who are too damn lazy to. I would not even let most of the DC trash enter my home.

    • lndependent

      He’s done a hell of a lot for illegal aliens and furnished guns to the cartels through Fast and Furious. How dare you accuse him of not doing anything for anybody.

  • Michael Panetta

    Hey Moran.. I found a place to rent for 995 a month in Washtington, DC.. Maybe you need to live within your means…

  • Squid Hunt

    It’s time for these charlatans to go.

  • Trialdog

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    Fine Mr. Moran. We’ll pay you based on performance.
    Now, stop your insider trading, excessive staffing, franking, and other handouts.

  • TxPatriot53

    How about we build them a dorm, just like in college, put in a cafeteria, so they have free room and board and meals, and give them $20 a day for incidentals. Much more than they are worth!

    • lndependent

      Room, board and meals are not free in college. Having three kids I know this well.

  • rtc_MA

    That’s it people …. the final straw …. TIME TO GIVE WASHINGTON A COMPLETE ENEMA IN 2014! Vote out EVERY INCUMBENT IN THE HOUSE AND 1/3 OF THE SENATE!

  • James Brown

    If they can’t afford to live there, leave!

  • Jack Bolly

    Wow! Just another example of how out of touch with the country the Ruling Class is. How about a pay cut Rep Moran!!!??? Many, many folks in this country that are being asked yearly to pay more local, state, and federal taxes have had not their pay frozen, but cut.

  • D.I.

  • realheadline

    Really, according to their net worth they’ve done remarkably well on a government salary. One could say they’ve made out like bandits.

  • YeahOK

    What a crock! I’m deeply offended by any legislator thinking they’re underpaid. Many of these highly paid mouthpieces couldn’t survive outside of Congress without joining a lobbying group or living off the sweet nest they built only because of the office they now hold.

  • robert stuart

    I’ve known a few congressmen in my life and I never knew one who left DC poorer financially than when they first entered the halls of power. Heck the greatest example was LBJ who had a pot but no window when he was 1st elected from Texas and when he returned after doing nothing but being an elected official was a multi-millionaire. He was one of those hah-hah with no real passion behind it jokes.

  • Branden Sloan

    Boo hoo hoo. What a crock. Another clueless idiot.

  • Falcon 78

    Rep Moran has suffered underpayment, somehow, for 12 terms–roughly 24 years, 25% of a century. Why then, given being so poorly paid, did he stick around for a quarter of a century? I’m sure his interns are feeling the same way.

  • cleo48

    The only members of Congress that are underpaid are those not selling their services to lobbyists. The rest, like Reid, are quite comfortable thank you very much. And as Mark Twain said: “America has no inherent criminal class, except maybe Congress.”

  • RedHotRash

    greedy democrat bass tard

  • Jessie

    As your bosses we the people demand you do your job first and then we can talk of a pay raise!

  • Jerzeyboy

    They could always give up their cable TV and cell, oh, that’s right, they don’t pay for that anyway, only us stupid working stiff pay for thing we need and use.

  • Hiker42

    Pay raise, hell no! No elected official should receive another pay check until congress produces a budget!

  • BevfromNYC

    Oh, this is golden material for the midterm cycle. Seriously, they are underpaid at $174K and all travel and other expenses included plus all of those perks from every lobby in the known universe. Personally, I think that it is time that they be paid the same as the average income of their respective constituency. And only when Congress is in session which should be every two years. I have never been in favor of term limits, but I am beginning to change my mind.


    Yea find another job, you suck at this one anyway.

  • Winston III

    Did it ever occur to these idiots there is absolutely no reason for elected officials to reside in Washington, D. C. except to vote on bills perhaps two or three times a year period. They need to live and breathe in their districts and states, let those crazy lobbyists come to them. Can one imagine the savings? So much work is done today anyway electronically.

  • Engineer 100

    Almost all of them should be in prison with no pay at all.

  • Blue Star mom

    If the pay is so bad, why do they spend millions to get the job? Maybe it is because the perks make up for the “low” salary.

  • Opinionated2

    Initially I was outraged given what we know about Reid, Pelosi and others. But it can be argued that Congressmen living in their offices are probably not using their position to line their pockets. They do not deserve to be vilified for the actions of others. We should be careful to make that distinction.

    • lndependent

      If you can prove that any of them are living in their offices please do so. And their offices should be pretty swanky in view of the allowances they get for them.

  • Kelley Wright

    We talking just base pay or the greased palms, kickbacks and under the table deals too?

  • El Mac

    Utter crap! Underpaid? Perhaps they will enjoy the accomodations at the nearest Federal Correctional Institute as that is where they all belong.

  • Aaron Costello

    Of course they are underpaid. You think it’s easy to come up with new and painful ways to ruin everyone’s life??

  • John

    This out of touch idiot should motivate us to get rid of them all next fall!

  • Jerry Patterson

    When you add the perks, House members make more than a half million per year. The Senators make over three-quarters of a million. They get all kinds of subsidies.

  • MOE

    Can someone tell me what the hell makes these people so delusional?

    • Layla

      P O W E R AND G R E E D.

  • ohgo


  • Hill411

    When an individual is hired for a position, the individual should understand the conditions of employment, INCLUDING the amount that is paid for that position AND the responsibilities the individual is required to perform. Apparently there are members of Congress who are not quite bright enough to have researched the pay schedule and responsibilities associated with the performance of their employment. As in any other employment situation that has established criteria for employment, IF you do not like the conditions, LEAVE! The fact that some members of Congress are ‘forced’ to live in homes that are too small for them really brings a tear to my eye! I didn’t know that housing should be an entitlement for legislators! Apparently, some members of Congress still hven’t become MULTI-MILLIONAIRES while inoffice. Poor babies!

  • Layla

    You all need to be removed from office if you haven’t noticed how Americans are still losing homes, jobs, can’t afford Obamacare. You cut our military pay and retirement, but not your own.

    You all need to be removed from office. You are out of control.

  • Johnny Argon

    Call his office and ask the person who answers how much they make

    • joyfulgiver it may be .org it lists the salaries of every member of congress and their staff. A real eye opener. no one in D.c is lacking!

  • edbarbar

    He’s a Democrat. I wonder how he feels about the gentrification of DC by Washington politicians, insiders, govt. workers, and lobbyists. For shame. Aren’t Democrats for the little people? They should be ashamed of pushing the crack mommas onto the street.

  • Jerry Patterson

    I might add that almost all of the congressmen become multi-millionaires because of their position.

  • Karen Pickford Pluhar

    I have worked for the State for almost 13 years, my daughter qualifies for reduced lunches at school. We were slated for a whopping 1% (Yes I said 1%) raise this year. We aren’t going to get it, we were denied. I make less than $25,000 a year and I scrape by, not very well some months, but I make due. Sorry, I have no sympathy for you guys making close to $200,000 a year. Live on my pay for a month and see how well you do!!!

  • James V.

    We’ll raise their salary, as long as they quit making money through bribes and graft. Every American knows you can get Fat-Cat rich being a Congress Person.

    Better yet, no salary increase, let’s just house them in a barracks when they are in DC.

  • Mason

    Hey, whiny a$$holes, how about my pay and the pay of my fellow enlistees? Try living life as enlisted personnel do on the pay that we recieve, especially those with families. 174,000? That’s more than five times what I’m making, and I don’t get special kickbacks and other allowances like you.

  • Batman

    As public servants, I don’t think they should be paid at all! Provide food, housing, and transportation for them to and from DC, but other than that, there shouldn’t be any compensation.

    • pesky_facts

      Touché …

  • Acknud

    Let him bring it up on the floor and broadcast his desires for the world to see. This will just be more evidence (like we need any) of the democrat, entitlement mentality. Higher pay for them means higher taxes and less money for us. I am sick of these people.

  • DistributeNothing

    “Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing
    it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently
    in Washington,” he said.

    Welcome to Obamaville.

  • Bo knows

    Can’t wait for American Spring May 16 2014..u-tube it or google it. Time to drag these people out of office !!

  • danowood

    Lets remedy that and turn them loose to the private sector jobs, where they actually will have to produce to make a living. Fire all of them.

  • pesky_facts

    Moran … who’s campaign his son had to resign from due to claims of voter fraud.

  • Beacon of Truth

    I’m wet with compassion.

  • StevenNewsom

    Don’t live in DC, live in the states you were elected to, and travel.

    • las3000

      Agree, but add to ” and travel” , “on your own dime, not ours” !!

      • StevenNewsom

        Or don’t travel at all and use video conferencing technology.

        • las3000

          Excellent idea!

  • RedHotRash

    who the F makes $174 in my hood and is sniveling about it??????

  • theidel

    I am leaning the other way on this one. I think we need to turn these “jobs” into part-time jobs and limit the amount of time they are wrecking things. Far too often they seem to have too much time on their hands to get involved with things that don’t really matter and not get done what they need to do.

    Lets have a law similar to that for those in the military. When you leave your job to serve the country, you are guaranteed your position upon your return. Many companies even make up the difference in their salaries.

    Lets get away from this joke “representative of the citizens” and have citizen representatives.

  • Ed Mang

    Are you F_ _ KING kidding me? The liberals have lost their minds.

  • mpmcd81 .

    It was decided that all the milk and windfall apples, as well as the apples from the regular harvest, would go only to the pigs. After all, the pigs are the brain-workers, and without the pigs, the humans might come back. We pigs do not like milk and apples, but we eat them because we are always looking out for your good.

    I feel soooooooo comforted knowing that pigs like these have my back.

  • HoiPolloiBoy

    Maybe he should quit and find a job worthy of his talents 😉

    • RedHotRash

      picking up dog crap

      • Joseph

        Cleaning bed pans in a hospital.

    • The Gimlet Eye

      like ” You want fries with that ?”

  • mickey_moussaoui

    If any of them have personal liquid assets that exceeds $2 million then they don’t deserve a raise. They should be paying us !!!!!!

    Give working Americans a raise first and STOP killing job growth with Obama policies

  • dennis pitner

    Nobody asked you to run,I think that they should reduce their pay and extra goodies they get and then maybe we will get true citizen legislators .

  • RedHotRash

    F you moran

  • Matweld

    And then all that money they make as a lobbyist? Holy S*%t

    • MacMan

      We have the same thoughts!!

      • Guest

        And how much money is in their Pension Fund that the Media never discloses ?

  • Gas_Passer

    Build those elected Washington D.C. critters a couple of military style barracks to live in.

    • Joseph

      Then cut their pay and charge them for food. They were recently discussing how the troops would be happy with less pay.

  • dilsin

    Still working on a formal response to Rep. Moran, but I’m confident I can get it down to two words.

    • AZ_skier1

      Ha ha…do thoes two words start with F and U perhaps? :)

  • Sighted In And Ready.

    You are sent their to DO A JOB….it is not intended as permanent employment, nor are you required to be there throughout the whole year. I’ve got a very good solution to the problem. They need to build dormitories for the senators and representatives while congress is in session. It is perfectly acceptable practice to expect soldiers to live in dorm (at best of times), or tents…I think the same practice needs to be done with these legislators.

  • Ken Schaeffer

    If these buffons got paid what they were worth, they would owe the taxpayers money. Harry Reid belongs in jail and pelusy (with all her money) should be in a retirement home for the feeble minded. Obama should be organizing communities…..Get real.

  • GuardAmerican

    Dear Congress: Fek off.

  • MacMan

    $174,000 a year salary paid by the tax payers; 3 to 5 million paid by lobbyist .

  • Gothamite

    We’re $17 trillion in debt, they make more than triple what I make and I live comfortably in NYC, their staff makes less than I do, and they’re underpaid? Okay America, okay Party hacks, okay Obamaramanauts, how are you going to respond to this? I’ll put $100 on “Support fervently.”

  • PhocusPlease

    They show up with normal net worth, and leave multimillionaires. Poor things.

  • Bo knows

    call his office! (202) 225-4376

  • WBC

    They fail to account for all the free stuff they get and the perks derived from their campaign accounts and from general graft. Pelosi is married to a fat cat real estate developer whose projects are fast-tracked with her political influence. Cut their salaries to zero and let them go on food stamps and live in Section 8 housing. They’re all thieves.

  • poorhardworker

    Waaa. waaa, waaa! Congress has done nothing except cost We The People more and more and more…and continues to devalue our money by printing more and more and more…and restricts our freedoms while arming virtually EVERY FEDERAL DEPARTMENT!!! And him bringing this bill up…just wasting more of OUR MONEY! Hey, do you remember that WE are your EMPLOYER??? WE decide when you get a raise!

  • Dondgeon

    I’d laugh if it wasn’t so insulting.

    what he’s doing should only be a part time job anyway.

    Send this POS home.

  • Gas Man

    No body made them take or keep their jobs, if they don’t like the pay LEAVE just like the real people do!

  • Jessie

    Dumb politician! You reap what you sow! Do your job first!

  • Snookums

    I swear we’re all dead and in hell.

  • Nick25

    There was just a story yesterday that showed this is the wealthiest congress, EVER.

    They are the biggest corrupt bas**rds the world has ever seen. This gross corruption AND incompetence will be the US downfall–it’s happened time and time again through history, we are not immune.

    This is what we get when idiots vote (look at the demon in the White House).

  • victorvictor

    Well Congress Moron you might consider taking a part-time job.

  • VG

    You poor, poor souls.It’s not enough you’ve totally fcuked up the country, but we haven’t bought you a Caribbean Island to retire on.

  • JohnnyWham

    What happened to public service as altruism? If they can’t afford to perform the service, they should never have taken the job. These people are nothing more than royal court parasites.

    • migtex1234

      They should be embarrassed for all their anti-citizens legislation and be required to live by same rules as all other citizens. They have too much and think THEIR OPIONION is worth money. LOL
      Should have thrown out all those who have served too long.. sorry group of greed and corruption.

  • Joe_E_in_the_IE

    Suddenly, the word “arrogant” and the phrase “out of touch” lose all meaning.

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  • Brian W

    Well too bad, 100+K is too low? Here’s your box of tissues crybaby!
    BULL! let that idiot get a REAL job and see what underpaid is, or join the military

  • Eric Murdock

    the private sector is not giving raises, $174k is not enough, LOL

  • phil

    Underpaid? OK, have him live homeless for a few weeks, with no EBT card , nothing…..then we can talk about a pay “raise”

  • John Buchanan

    Yeah, right. First off, they should all be FIRED for gross incompetence and rampant corruption. But aside from that, they are actually overpaid, if one considers public service to truly be about public service. A perfect example of a very lowly paid but highly effective legislature is that of New Hampshire. That should become the federal model in every respect. Then we’d have a productive, competent “citizen” government, not a Congress made up of career political hacks.

  • The Man from Scene 24

    Anyone who thinks Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are underpaid needs to go sleep in a garage with a running vehicle.

  • Bobby Cullari

    These hacks are always looking for ways to feather their own nests…..

  • Jade Sun

    No one feels even the slightest bit of sympathy for these morons, they are overpaid for what they do

  • Dave

    Underpaid….How come the majority of them are millionaires then?

    Congressman should not get paid at all except miscellaneous expenses. Meals and housing should be provided and then they can do their jobs and get out of town! They have built themselves up as elitists with lucrative pay and now they want a pay raise?

    How about jail time for the damage they have caused to our currency, economy and freedoms!

    • AndrewInterrupted

      And their pay will go up even more in semi-retirement when they further use their wealth and access against us.

  • wxboy

    Our elected officials think the general public is unaware of the benefits these people will get for the rest of their life a doing very little for the public’s well being. If they are unhappy these officials should get a job and try to make ends meet like the rest of the country. Better yet, quit and save some taxpayer dollars.

  • TxPatriot53

    No wonder they have to take bribes and payoffs, they can’t afford to live in D.C.

  • PutTheClockBackOnTheWall

    Do they think we don’t know over half of them are millionaires

    And that they are exempt from insider trading laws??

  • Bo knows

    call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  • Jeebus

    Sounds like the “board of directors” needs to be voted out. I’ve only has *two* raises in the past 11 years…

    “Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.

    Not my problem. You people chose this job, so deal with it.

  • Mako

    We should make all of them live in public housing.

    • motimer

      great idea !

  • BobQSoss

    See, that’s why we have airlines and roads. So that you underpaid, underappreciated rulers of the universe can go back where you came from and try scratching out an honest living for a change.

  • IckyD

    Public service is supposed to be about selflessness and sacrifice- not about “liing comfortably”.

    Let the fed build a set of apartments for legislators and elected officials. They don’t need $500,000- $1,000,000 homes to do their jobs.

  • lndependent

    Spoken like a true Democrap. Most of the Senators and reps. are millionaires. Excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for them. If they were in the private sector and performed this poorly and lied and screwed people like they do they wouldn’t hold their jobs for a day. Pi$$ on them. Let them get a real job outside of DC if they don’t like it. The problem is they get to vote their own raises.

  • Joseph

    I saw an article last year where Nany Pelosi was valued somewhere around 25 million. Poor Nancy. She spends more on whine and cheese than many families make in a year.

  • tlunde

    I hear pounding sand pays well.

    • lndependent

      Not as good as kissing a$$ of lobbyists.

  • digitaltexan

    Only Congress, an employee group where 91% of their superiors (us) feel they are over paid, could press for a raise.

    Let them start holding cyber video debates and remote voting. They can live and work at home and telecommute. They could stay close to their employers (those that elected them) and a long way away from lobbyist and reduce living cost. This would also cripple the beltway’s power structure and start returning it to the people.

    Federal Government is broken and we have proven that more money is never the answer.

  • Jessie

    He admits he’s doing a bad job and still demands a pay raise. Such arrogance would have any employee fired by his boss. Let’s fire these nonachievers!

  • Vic

    Moran is a bloated crooked lying scum. Just look at this guys record. Hell they have all stolen more than their salary is . If they don’t like it leave . Oh cant find a job blame your leader for that. Pelosi loves her job is worth 54million where did this idiot make all that money why of course serving her Calf. people the lying witch. Harry Reid is another worth over 10million hell he doesn’t even try to hide how crooked he is

  • realitychecked

    It’s never enough for the Democrats. They always want more money from the taxpayers. It’s sickening.

  • R Lockwood

    1. Institute term limits.
    2. Outlaw ALL lobbyists.
    3. Make DC a museum.
    4. Congress meets 4 times a year.
    5. The location of sessions will be a dedicated, closed and secure military base.
    6. Closed base will furnish offices, staff, office machines, on-site housing and dining halls.
    7. ALL members and staff will return to their districts after session.
    8. Citizens of districts will have exclusive access to the political appointee.
    9. All appointees will receive a stipend for the time spent away from their regular private employment.

    • lndependent

      Sounds good to me.

  • Michael Marley

    Maybe they should be paid for what they do. They probably woulnt even have a paycheck. And for the record, 90% of them are multimillionairs.

  • OneOtherPerson

    There are 10 military bases in DC
    Assign a few barracks for congress and their staff.
    Pay them the average military wage, and give them free transportation home once every tour.

    • BusProf


  • Brad

    If you don’t like your job, quit. You’ve been there too long anyway.

  • Szell

    Wow! This turd better have some beefed up security because his hide won’t be worth spit on the street.

  • Fred Shaw

    I just can’t stop laughing. How about tying compensation to performance, like most of us in the real world and not the fairy tale that is Washington, DC. If that were the case the solons would be paying the taxpayers

    • greatmag

      How about tying compensation to balancing the enterprise’s budget. You fail to balance the budget you don’t get paid.

  • OldSailor

    No Rep Moron (excuse me, Moran), IMO you turkeys are badly OVERPAID for your jobs.

    If you think you need a job with better money, resign and hunt up a position somewhere else.

  • VinBick

    They are OVERPAID. They do not have to run for office if they do not like the pay.

  • kenwood17

    “Moran assumes the amendment will not pass, admitting “this is wholly quixotic,” but he may bring it up on the House floor to garner attention.”
    They spend time on our dollar on things they assume will not pass then want more of our money. Wasting time is what they do.

  • scm111

    Fine, you want a pay raise? Ok, IF we get term limits and NO pension when you’re done.

  • Walter Bramhall

    I’d say every one of them are at least $174,000 overpaid

  • Ben

    The arrogance astounds me

  • Suri_mike

    If the BOD of any corporation performed as poorly as our Congress they out be out on their ear so very quickly. Pay for performance. Mr. Moran, most of the worker bees’ pay in the US has been ‘frozen’ for the last decade or so. Possibly you and your colleagues could attend to that first.

  • VerdeTech

    IF they work 3 full 8hr days in a week, every week (ha!) they’re pulling down $140 an hour ……….. and thats not enough? Talk about the entitlement class ……

  • Godot

    Why is it so many of them never move back to the home turf after they retire on the fat legislative pension. We need TERM LIMITS.

  • Bo knows

    Be sure to call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700


    Underpaid? Lets add up all the perks why dont we? How many Board of Directors get to go on “fact finding” missions and oh gee stop in Switzerland on the way home? How many get pensions that would make a Union boss jealous? How many have a staff size that makes most REAL CEOs shake their heads and ponder how much they could get done with all that help?

    Oh and best of all…how many real world CEOS get to make rules that dont apply to THEM? These guys make laws and exclude themselves form most of them!! Thats why they can make a fortune…as Reid and Pelosi have done…from the stock market using what we call insider information in the real world.

    But worst of all…how many REAL Americans put in such little time to accomplish so very little and not get fired?

    Please. These guys as of NOW are overpaid…hey Jimmy, if its so hard, resign and go work in a Lobbying Firm…

  • jas

    What a Moran.

  • IckyD

    One term limit on ALL federal positions.


    Let real Americans run our nation again.

  • Texasdav

    Gee, I wonder why these blood-suckers come to Washington and STAY for DECADES if they are so underpaid?

  • Uncle Remus

    Go to Hell.

  • Tucker Peterson

    4 years on the job gets you a lifetime retirement. Poor babies!

  • useyourhead2

    Can’t afford to live in Washington, DC? Then live in the districts and states that you are suppose to represent and learn what your constituents are feeling, thinking, and saying so that you can represent them.

    On a $174,000 salary, you ought to be able to afford a condo to live while representing your consitutents and not actually become a Washington, DC resident for years while losing all touch with them back home.

  • diggiodiggi

    $174,000 isn’t enough. Too bad. Quit and get a real job. It pays half that. These politicians barely work 6 months and there complaining. What do the mean can’t live decent. $20 breakfast, $50 lunches and $150 dinners everyday. Is that what they mean? I don’t even spend that at the grocery in 2 weeks.

    • lndependent

      And I hear people complain that teachers only work 9 months. How about the Capitol scum?

  • gittlopctbi

    Poor babies.

  • ReadyToMoveOn

    Well, now that they can sign up for ObamaCare, they’re no longer tied to a job. They are now free to quit, and become artists, or street mimes, or just hang out on the beach and surf all day without worrying about how they’re gonna get health care.

  • MikeOchenbolls

    They’re raping the system daily with kickbacks, bribes, extortion, and insider trading/deals and all becoming millionaires in the process. Their greed is far more motivating than actually representing their constituents or the best interests of our country.

    • greatmag

      No they are not raping the system. They are raping you and me. Until everyone understands that nothing will change.

  • azmole69

    Board of Directors? These fools wouldn’t last 15 minutes at a real job, let alone sit on a Board. Most of them work about 3 days a week.

  • mesavella

    The individual STATES should pay their representives whatever they deem they’re worth. Make the STATES pay for their own. Yea…some states would pay more than others…but SO WHAT. WHY should the federal government pay for it.

    …think about it at least!

    • lndependent

      That wouldn’t work because the idiots would pack more pork into bills for things in their state just to get the state to pay them more. Remember the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase. ( not the original one.)

  • Mark

    This group of trash bankrupt America and they want higher pay. Get the hell out now! The board of directors for the largest company in the world? You failed, get the hell out and find a real job!

  • Bo knows

    call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  • TexBill

    Maybe raise the salaries only for new office holders. The starting pay is the best it will ever be. That makes the salary de facto term-limits. We don’t want the hanger-ons,like this guy who has been a congressman for 20 years, to be comfortable. But we do want the office to be attractive enough to bring in good people…but only for a few years. Maybe his lack of pay increases is what made Moran decide to finally retire.

  • Joe Smith

    Moran can go out and suc some dik if he needs more money IMHO

    • Devsfan

      I’m sure he would but he’s a Dem so he just gives it away for free.

  • doublehotdog

    Tell you what, If they ban lobbying $, then YES, I would
    support raising Congress’ salary. However, this would be contingent on
    instituting term limits. That alone would solve the vast majority of the
    problems that plague this country. Congress would have to pass that legislation which ain’t happening anytime soon.

  • Mike

    Hey Mr. Underpaid…I’ll trade you my teacher salary. That way I quadruple what I make and you can complain more…

  • ccryder

    Thank goodness this bum is not running for re-election after 35 years in Congress.

  • Fred Shaw

    The founders of this country did not intend for our Congress to be lifetime members of the House or Senate. Being in the bubble that is Washington causes them to lose touch with reality and be swept up into the “Peyton Place” that that town has become. We should limit their pay so encourage them to serve and then get back to employment in the private sector. Taking to money out of politics would benefit us all.

  • john654

    Oh Dear God, HELP US!

  • Fred863

    Whoever said that being in congress or the senate should allow you to live LARGE?
    Let them apply for welfare like the military kids have to.

  • kinnison

    Get Obama and the Fed to stop printing money and inflating the currency and maybe you can live within your means…

  • Jason Burkett

    Any representative that feels they are underpaid, please let me know. I will gladly take over the position for you.

  • Traveler

    Simply fix.
    Do a performance review then cut back 20% of DC Fed workers.
    Real Estate would dive the there you go. No problem. Kill two birds with one stone.

  • Jim

    Quit your bitchin’, resign, get a real job. Let the people serve that consider it a privilege and want to be there for the betterment of the country.

  • scot

    Vote out every incumbent regardless of party if our nation is to survive. Clean the slate and start again.

  • ROK247

    time for the shareholders to purge the board then if they don’t like the bennies.

  • EEDDGGY1776

    Fine. Don’t live in DC then and actually reside in the State that elected you.
    Have you corrupt and criminal Politicians ever heard of Go to Meeting?

  • Davy Crockett

    Go to Hell you freaking PIGS!!!!

  • cico31

    75% of them should be working for cigarettes and good and gain time in the pokey

  • Bob Colbert

    Build them a dorm. Thy could each have a small two bedroom unit similar to married student housing and walk to work.

  • BusProf

    If you don’t like the pay, don’t take the job!

  • Uncle Remus

    Drop dead you arrogant bum

  • John K.

    LOL- this story should have been issued on April 1- a great April Fools’ treat. Congress is supposed to be ‘public service- though those words for most are meaningless- and, if anything, Congress should take a pay cut. Let them live on what is statistically the average income of US citizens then maybe they will have more interest in real problems! Peace.

  • Opaque Blinders

    So you idiots are saying that it’s ok to increase your incomes to offset the increases you are experiencing but the middle and lower class Americans who put you in office have to suffer with a loss of $5,000 in take home pay the past 6 years. Well I for one say NO FREAKIN’ WAY!

  • YouWontLikeIt

    Boo Hoo … time to come home and see how your constituents live under your policies … not so good I bet …

  • Ernie Zippreplat

    Maybe if they cut back on the 34.1 bottles of wine that the average congressman drinks each year they could get some work done and afford to live there!

  • dennis1960

    Cry me a river, congressman. Lets start adding up all the perks members of Congress get and see where that puts you. And when it really comes down to it, if the job wasn’t so attractive people wouldn’t be spending millions every couple of years trying to get one.

    I’m surprised that he hasn’t said the low pay of those who hold public office forces them to take money under the table or trade votes for special deals that lines their pockets with cash. Hell, how did Harry Reid become a multi-millionaire many times over on his paltry salary?

  • skywalkr2

    I am a conservative/libertarian. That being said… He is right… Trying to live in DC on that salary alone would be very difficult. Underpaid reps just increases the risk of them taking bribes and/or getting in bed with corporations.

    • TheStewie

      UR funny

      • skywalkr2

        I know its cool to just toss crap at these guys… and they do deserve it. However we do have to be serious. Washington DC is expensive. You will never have anyone with ethics wanting to run for representative if they have to live in DC at 175k. The only people willing to do so are folks that are in it for power and to get into the pockets of someone else who will be bankrolling them.

        • planetcrap

          You are quite daft, if anything they deserve a pinkslip.

        • TheStewie

          WOW, you really believe that, don’t you? Calling yourself a libertarian? Now that is funny. DC has the richest population per capita in the US.. why is that? How about you look at the reasons why it costs so much there.

    • planetcrap

      Feel free to send him a check.

  • Switzerland

    Cry me a river. Another scumbag politician looking to get richer.

  • Mitch Berger

    If a company consistently ran in the red, they would be fired. Fire them all except for the ones not voting to increase the debt.

  • Coffeeestain

    Not happy with your congressional welfare checks, pal? Put on your big boy pants and get a real job. Too old? Should have thought of that.

  • mesavella

    Make it a PART TIME legislature…

    …they’d be less expensive to support

    …they’d be less able to do all the harmful mischief

    …everybody wins…mostly the constituancy

  • C. Adkins

    how can these people hold a straight face and ask for more money?

  • Andrew Arnold

    Hey Hannah- April Fool’s was a few days ago, please check your calendar next time you’re going to pull a prank like this.

  • tj1000

    Hey Jim, how about we have this conversation when your party demonstrates a willingness to be more financially responsible. Maybe like balancing the federal budget. Ya know like all of us gum on your shoes Americans have to do. When you do your job lets have that conversation, but until then you’re lucky we don’t cut your salary.

  • Rich_The_Engineer

    What a load of crap! These crooks are allowed to do “insider trading”, plus get all kinds of perks and bennies from lobbyists.

    They should be paid by the people in their district, on a voluntary basis. No other income at all while in office. And any income made by spouse or child or parent should be placed in trust.

  • Mike Nace

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” This guy is quite possibly the most colossal idiot in American politics today. Does idiocy have no bounds? First off, to compare the U.S. government to a corporation is fallacious and an exercise in stupidity. IF ONLY it were a corporation; the stockholders would have pulled the plug on these clowns decades ago! And what about the “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform” comment?! “I understand that it’s widely felt” is code for this guy saying, “people are misinformed.” Not only is it “widely felt,” it is also TRUE. What top-paid executive who performs as bad as our elected officials do would EVER get a pay RAISE?

    Sorry for the trollish rant — I don’t usually comment like this, but this guy got my Irish up!

  • Snookums

    Maybe they should take a cue from ole Barney Frank, and run a gay brothel out of their residence.

  • Bo knows

    Make sure you call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  • Matweld

    And how about the money is in their Pension Fund that the Media never discloses ?

  • Plep

    Instead of a raise, how ’bout we move Congress to Detroit where they can afford to live.

  • Rich Barrett

    “We are the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    NO you are an elected official, put into office by the will of the people.

  • Bridget

    James Moran and justice does not fit in the same sentences. By the way no one ask you to live in D.C. you should be able to get the work done and GO HOME.The Washington way for both Republicans and Democrats has to change, we are a country trillions of dollars in debt! Ask Nancy Pelosi or Eric Cantor where they were when they went to serve the people and where they stand now financially. They sure are doing a lot better than most American citizens.

  • BusProf

    Pay them $10.10 an hour.

  • Bucky

    So was the salary a surprise after they spent thousands to get there?

  • Jessie

    Raise Pelosi’s salary! You gotta be out of your MIND!

  • planetcrap

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear that, here’s your walking papers, feel free to get a new job elsewhere…..These morons don’t even do their jobs and they think they deserve more money?

  • William Bartholomew

    If the President believes a proposed minimum wage of $10.10 an hour is good enough for the people, then I say the same pay rate is good enough for Congress.

    • csbubba

      I like that! Now lets take it one step further…..They have to come in to the capital building and CLOCK-IN, not electronically, but the old fashion way via a time clock. You only get paid while in. Make all these AHole be there together all day.

  • Neil

    I think Congressman Moran’s idea could save the taxpayers a bundle: pay members a per diem for each day they’re actually in session. Given their propensity for frequent vacations we should come out ahead. Hell, I’d even be willing to go for the $8.00 per diem rather than the original $6.00. Of course he might want to rethink his reference to Congress as a “board of directors.” Given the losses run up by our government despite higher prices (taxes) he might inadvertently be encouraging a shareholders’ revolt.

  • SilverBullet77

    Treason should not pay well.

  • NSSA3Way

    FCK e’m!!! Didn’t they get a massive raise/subsidy to cover Owebama Care…think of all that money they save and can be used to better their grossly rich lifestyles in DC.

  • Putintaine

    Each year 12 Billion is spent by K Street lobbyists to influence 535 legislators. So it must depend on how they define ‘decently’.

  • WI Native

    Tough crap. All of DC doesn’t deserve a pay raise. If you guys were in the private sector you would be fired not rewarded. And us in the private sector are tired of paying your way as you keep the gravy train going for yourselves and those who vote Democrat.

  • D C

    Assuming perks and what they steal doesn’t count as earnings, then they should stop paying appointees, like those working for CFPB and others, higher wages than they receive.

  • EEDDGGY1776

    Solution. Build a barracks near D.C. and live there. It’s good enough for our Military, that actually does something for America, thus, it should be good for you scum bags.

  • jbd1975

    Maybe un-employment for the high paid do nothing bunch of High paid retirement for life idiots—-how about be happy serving as Kings to us serfs??

  • mesavella

    …Put them up at the Army barracks at Ft Mcnair. If it’s good enough for us soldiers…it’s MORE the good enough for them…

    …yea…i’m pi77ed…can you tell?

    • Bridget

      Perfect solution and I do not blame you for being pissed ! Thank you for your service, as far as I’m concerned you guys and girls are the best and brightest we have! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  • Amerika_Lost

    If it so bad, why do these useless people keeping running for re-election for life? Quit and find a real job!

    • Red_Ruffansore

      Nobody in the private sector would employ these useless idiots, they found their calling as a government leech.

  • tateofpa

    Then move them out of DC and start doing secure telecommuting. In this day and age why should they be in one control area that makes them easier to be control by big lobbyist? Keep them at home where there constitutes can get in contact with them? Universities and Business are doing it more and more.

  • calimani

    Bwahahaha! Go F yourself, you corrupt, thieving, government sewer-rat.

  • SDLakeshore

    The “board of directors,” need to fix the deficit before anyone talks about a raise.

  • Dwayne Keith

    Board of Directors for the largest economic activity in the world? That the Democrats think this is so telling. This explains why Obama & Co.’s five year plan for our economy produced these results.

  • Abe Voelker

    They make millions when they leave office by joining lobbying firms (K Street).

  • Bo knows

    American Spring May 16 2014, u-tube it…google it

  • Dave

    Just shows how detached from the real world politicians are in D.C. Most families would give anything to have their pay anywhere in the world.

  • Carl Mayo

    want some cheese with that whine?

  • R Lockwood

    Time to take the princes and princess’ down a couple of notches.

  • Charliemopps

    So they’re as bad with their personal finances as they are with the governments? On $170k+ salary per year I could liver in DC very comfortably.

  • Kllr

    Give me a f-king break. Yeah, and if they were on the board of directors at a real company they’d all be fired. What a bunch of useless parasites.

  • Glen3

    Fine. When they balance the budget in a current fiscal year (not theoretically in ten years) they can have a pay increase.

  • scottlo

    My suggestion is to give them all some free Ambien until they get an unnecessary pay raise. Congress is only underpaid depending upon the lifestyle one thinks they deserve. No one in Congress is destitute.

    Congressman Moran – the reason the stipend was so low was because it was never intended to be a lifelong career at the expense of the taxpayer but a short term service by those who had achieved success and could pay it forward by serving without being bought by lobby interests through campaigning. If you’ve served ten years or more, GO HOME!

  • Guest

    Mr. Moran is misspelling his own name. $174,000 per year and they can’t live on it. Let them ask some of their neighbors how they live on $45,004 per capita income. Granted this info is for 2012 from the US Census Bureau but I’m sure it hasn’t gone up that much in 2 years. Even factoring in over inflated egos and the fact that our lawmakers think they are a step above the rest of us American’s $174k is more than they deserve. If you don’t like your salary do what the rest of us do. Look for another job.

  • amabokcuf

    F*ck congess and the marxist odumbo regime. Time for a revolution to throw all the bums out…

  • NSSA3Way

    Perhaps they could follow the military lead on sacrifices and get the same kind of pay raises?

  • FrankHerbert

    awww…the aristocrats “can’t afford it”… TOUGH!

    DC has become a cesspool of corruption populated largely by individuals who think they are royalty.

    they need a wake up call, a SERIOUS ONE

  • First Last

    Im sure Ill lose sleep tonight hearing how hard these guys have it. F y0u d-bag.

  • Bo knows

    call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  • Grampeire

    Maybe the Congress-critters should take their constitutiional responsibility for money creation seriously instead of ceding it to a privately owned central bank that is only interest in its own power. If Congress took their responsibility serious then they would not have let inflation get out of control and they would be able to afford housing instead of being faced with their current choice of not being able to afford their lifestyle or becoming a bribed, corrupt and enslaved tool of the moneychangers. I have no sympathy for them. They have shirked their responsibility to the people and this country.

    • pesky_facts

      And even worse … we continue to let it all happen.

  • pesky_facts

    Please … who else would get a 6-figure salary for ruining a nation …

  • trampletheweakhurdlethedead

    They are under paid? First, they have not done their jobs. Second, the reason the country is in such serious economic trouble is responsibility. They indeed must be paid for the disaster they have placed this country in, and it’s called imprisonment. They all must be investigated, prosecuted, and if necessary, executed for treason. Why do we have to continue paying for their agenda? It’s time they pay for what they have done to us.

  • Jackolyn

    Completely clueless. Yea don’t like the pay get another job.

  • Kaye Bellis

    Oh! break my heart. Do you really think we have sympathy for a do nothing congress.. Try living with in your means. It’s called living with in your budget, but then again you all don’t even know how to do that. Let me think how long has it been since we have had a balanced budget?

  • Elpescador83

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” Proof positive right there that Congress represents “the corporation,” and not the people.

  • dough

    Since you all are not doing anything take a second job!!

  • BusProf

    Balance the budget every year and we will pay you. Until then, you get squat.

  • Burton Robson

    $10.10 would be good!!!

  • Wilder Napalm

    In the private sector we fire people for poor performance in their jobs, not give them raises. Come November a bunch will be handed their pink slips, so voting for a raise only makes firing them so much easier.

  • fieldend

    Seriously? What these numb skulls don’t get is that the job of a senator or congressman (attn: Sheila Jackson Lee) was NOT meant to be a lifetime gig. They were meant to come to Congress for a time, then GO BACK HOME to real jobs. If some of them HAD real jobs, in the real world, paying taxes, fighting with Obamacare, we wouldn’t have such a screwed up mess in Washington. I say we vote out EVERY congressman who wants a raise. Then let them fend for themselves outside the cushy, government ivory tower they’ve been living in.

  • greatmag

    Mr. Moran, if you do not like the pay, then find another job. You have, most weeks, a three day work week. You have more than a month of vacation time. You get to go to exotic climes on the taxpayer’s dime. I’m sick and tired of hearing you b****h about your pay. In my opinion you are a useless whiner.

  • greggsan

    Dear Congress… Your raise becomes effective when you do.

  • jsc173

    Someone should remind them they are not supposed to “live” in DC, only travel there from their true homes. Too bad our Congress has degenerated to the point that they no longer have a real job at home.

  • Anthony Sasson

    Let the shareholders decide on this one. I say we get one share of voting power for every dollar we pay in taxes.

  • tlunde

    You can afford a home 3 times your annual salary. He lives in Alexandria, so on his salary can afford a home valued at $525,000. If he can’t afford that it is because he and his cronies have made Washington and the surrounding area the wealthiest in the nation by producing zip.

  • Todd Simpson

    The solution for all of this is simple. In this day and age with secure telecommunications and networking, there is no need for them to be in DC except for maybe once or twice a year for ceremony purposes. Keep them in their home districts so that they are closer to the people they (supposedly) serve. Then let the lobbying companies set up 500+ offices if they still want unfettered access instead of the cesspool that is Washington dc.

    • pesky_facts

      Secure communications for the elite, that is .. for the citizen, not so much.

  • Sean Patriot

    ““I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,”


  • bankruptfromobamacare

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”
    Well, if this was like a corporation, they would have gone running to Bain Capital years ago to try to save their butt. And all directors would have been fired.

  • Honordads

    Congress was never supposed to be a career. I’m ok with per diem if their salary (and time in D.C.) is cut to 4 months per year the way most state legislative sessions are run.

  • longhorndude

    Tell this self-serving nitwit to find a different job, if he thinks he is underpaid. That is what a normal Citizen would have to do. Either shut up or look for a higher paid job somewhere else. We Citizens should be able to vote for any raises.

  • throatdog

    Ph*ck them all to he11. They write laws that favor their personal investments, enriching themselves beyond imagination. Cut their pay to ZERO.

  • Red_Ruffansore

    Move them into the ghetto with their voting block, I hear housing is rather affordable there and government subsidized. I think it would be a fine move to have the Patricians rub elbows with the Plebeians to get a better feel of what their voting block wants.

  • lysosome

    If they were paid $1 per year, they would be grossly overpaid. High unemployment? Who cares? High food and energy prices? Who cares? Health care totally destroyed by the Democrats? Who cares?

    Mr. Moran – I’ll tell you who cares – VOTERS. Your days in politics are numbered.

  • dave_va

    We should sue them for non-performance of duties and financial negligence since they are members of the “Board of Directors”

  • hahahahainfinity

    It may be the board of directors of the largest economic entity in the world, but the stockholders dont have the right to fire you on the spot because we are limited by the constitution as to how long your terms last. Plus, if he wants to be paid as member of a board of directors, does he want Congress to be paid for their performance, particularly their economic performance because the US is also the biggest debtor in the world.

  • kimdi01

    Consider what hey have done. They (congress) along with the administration, have put this country so far in debt that we will probably never be able to recover. Consider what they haven’t done. The Senate, under the leadership (?) of Harry Reid have done substantially noting during the past five years except vote on a healthcare bill. Do either of these scenarios warrant a raise in salary? If these politicians were in an actual private sector job they would have been fired long ago.
    If their job tenure were based on how well this country is doing, they would have been fired a long time ago. Do they deserve or need a pay raise. The only thing they need is to be fired.

  • mb

    I’d do Nancy doggy-style all day long! Damn she can turn heads.

    • Sean Patriot

      I think they’re looking AWAY from her

    • First Last

      The only thing Nancy turns is stomachs.

    • BoSSspy

      Please put down the vodka and go take a nap!

  • sandnomad

    We have the best politicians money can buy, and we are paying them to be bought. If we don’t agree to pay them what they feel they deserve, they simply pay themselves more (with your money), and now that the Supreme Court has ruled that anyone can give unlimited contributions to politicians, the price keeps going up. What a great scam!

  • bob

    Classic and the democratic base will shake
    their heads in approval as they vote themselves raises. Here is an idea, you
    are not supposed to LIVE in Washington DC so since they are reducing the armed
    forces put the representatives up in empty barracks around DC … oops! let me
    guess we’re keeping the troops in DC and reducing our foreign presence and
    besides those barracks aren’t up to the expectations of our representatives. How many of them are millionaires?

  • Icouldhavebeenblack

    You want me to pay you more? Show me what you can do for me. I’m already subsidizing a bunch of losers who won’t work and are playing the system. I would like the Congress and Senate to start earning their keep. And that can be measured in results, not words per minute.

    • Red_Ruffansore

      If they could show me that they could jump into a running wood chipper, I’d double their salary.

  • Bo knows

    Make sure you call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  • useyourhead2

    Per the Washington Post, James Moran first elected in 1990 to the ultra safe Democrat 8th District of Virginia has announced his retirement effective after this year.

    He’s another example of the “Professional Politician Class” and because he will be beyond accountability by not running for reelection, is doing the dirty work of floating the trial balloon of higher compensation for his Congressional Cronies who are too timid to test the Public’s zeal for this outrageous idea. What did we get for our money when Democrats like him held the power: The [Un]Affordable Care Act and, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it……..period.”

    Only Democrats are responsible for Obamacare and so, vote everyone of the Democrat out of office starting this November.

  • bob

    I’m sure his Obamacare premium is cutting into his living expenses … oh, that’s right

  • Charlie

    Baloney. They knew what they had coming to them going in. If they are that stupid they don’t deserve to be in office, let alone get a raise after underperforming. Also, it if is so tough getting along, why do they spend millions to get a $174,000 per year job? Hmmmmm? Could it be the perks? Power? What then? If you can’t stand the heat, GTF out of the kitchen!

  • 1twothree4

    If you don’t like your’e whiny Congressman, you don’t have to keep him. Period.

  • dig_into_the_lies

    He’s so full of **** I can smell him from here in CA. They should build a dormitory, complete with kitchen, for them to live in. Law makers have no business “living well”.

    • Dimocrats=NewNazis

      I am very suspicious of anybody that WANTS the job to begin with.

      How about all those people that started there, poor as can be, yet end up being millionaires after just a couple years, on $174,000 a year? Dingy harry, has done AMAZINGLY well, “in the stock market”.

  • planetcrap

    How about we take away that free healthcare and all the perks you get year round?

    • Dimocrats=NewNazis

      Yep, next it’ll be “we shouldn’t have to fund our own pensions!!!”

      Oh…. wait a minute…… never mind.

      Like the saying goes, once they figure out they can vote themselves a raise….

  • Sean Patriot

    Can we all just go up there armed locked and loaded and finish this already

    • Bo knows

      american spring may 16 2014 …u-tube it …google it

      • Sean Patriot

        Got it thanks

  • JohninRedding

    “but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” And doing a very lousy job of it I might add. Any business that ran in the red as long as the US government would have been out of business long ago. So quit your complaining.

  • Fred Garvin

    Then don’t take the job and go the F back to the SH you crawled out of. I’m so sick of you Prima Dona Pusses in American Government, you disgusting bunch of leeching, a$$ boils !

  • Alex

    1 There is no shortage of people running
    2 IF it is so bad, then why even send there to DC at all. We have VOIP, video conferencing, closed circuit tv and lots more. There is no reason to send them there, they can vote over the internet as their votes are public knowledge anyways.

  • brilliantmindonthemountain

    Methinks they could get a raise in pay IF they will at the same time enact term limits. Six terms as a member of the House, two terms as a member of the Senate. Twelve years is enough. Oh, and have that twelve years be the cap as to what they can count for retirement pay.

    • pesky_facts

      Two terms … one in office … one in prison.

      • brilliantmindonthemountain

        With you as the prison guard?

    • fud

      1 year is enough. Then we would actually get people in office that want to SERVE the country.

      • brilliantmindonthemountain

        And who are those people? Methinks all of these people have set their sights on a career once they get there.

        • fud

          Citizens who actually care would have an opportunity to run, because career politicians would not exist.

  • tops116

    So, we’ve gone from “equal pay for equal work” to “We deserve more money for sitting, standing, and talking”? To paraphrase Bruce Campbell: you deserve jack and s***, and jack just left town.

  • Big Ed

    I am never surprised by what comes out of Washington anymore

  • TaxpayerX

    Undoubtedly, living in the District of Corruption is expensive since it is the compost pile that attracts the high priced lobbyists, predators and parasites. The vast expansion of the fedgov was caused by the grasping vermin in Congress. They deserve to live in prison cells

  • David maley

    how tone deaf could a human be

  • Tranqual

    They are so busy selling out Americans and our country they expect a raise? Seriously? Just can’t get by on 174K a yr? Not to mention all the other perks they get? scumbags all of them, Boehner the worst. Leading the charge to flood the country with cheap labor and kill the middle class.

    “The Average Joe of Congress (there are 529 of them) gets paid $174,000 per year. But not everyone is average; the Speaker of the House gets $223,500 a year, while the majority and minority leaders of both the Senate and the House, along with the President Pro Tempore, get paid $193,400 per year.”

    • lndependent

      Just voted against Boehner this morning. Hope enough others do.

      • Tranqual

        GREAT,I despise the scumbags licking the boots of the R. Republican oligarchs doing all they can to kill the middle class and our country. Boehner had his minions tweet today that Obama isn’t delivering on jobs. OMG He’s waiting till after the elections to bring back “immigration reform”. So I suppose flooding the country with cheap Mexican labor is good for American workers? Everyone in the world is entitled to a job in America except Americans. Obama isn’t our problem. The traitors who say they’re our “friends” are our problem!!!

        “We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine… whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the work is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” David Rockefeller

  • mackinac3

    You know all I had to do was read the first paragraph to know that the remainder of the article had to say. No wonder these folks can’t balance the government budget, they can’t budget their personal finances. LEARN TO LIVEWITHIN YOUR MEANS!! The surfs have to live on about 1/4 of what you make and we’re doing ok. Welcome to the REAL world!!!

  • Fred Martinez

    They should be paying US for their LACK of service. They should all be in prison for grand larceny.

  • RHB2

    I would gladly support raising the salary of Senators and Congressmen in return for which their lifelong pensions and health benefits will be cancelled. Enough of this ‘Imperial Government’.

  • no1special

    Pelosi and Reid (Reid is just corrupt to the core) should be in jail for crimes against humanity. Reid’s net worth has risen dramatically since he’s been in congress. How does that happen on the messily pay of a senator?

  • crzyvet

    Many go into Congress with very modest or no assets and leave as millionaires. How is this done if they are so under paid?
    Congress has a long history of taking care of themselves, their listed “salary” may be low, but their benefits, medical, retirement, travel, and other expense, package is very, very, generous and excessive. They should have the same benefit package as the rank and file government employees.

  • SMyers

    Let them start meeting for only 5 months every 2 years. Then you will find that it is mainly bills that are somewhat worthwhile and supported get attention. They spend way too much time and accomplish too little right now.

  • Jefferson Paine

    They knew this when the ran for the office. F ’em. They are corrupt to the core and killing this nation.

  • Mike

    $15 an hour!

    • BusProf

      nope, $10.10 an hour!

  • rczeranko

    The intent was for being a Representative would be a part time job. The people’s representatives would meet several times a year in DC, then go back to their jobs. When politics became a full time career, corruption became the norm.

    • Amichai

      The very first thing that came to mind when I read this was “public servant”. They only serve themselves in DC. You are absolutely correct in your assessment.

      • pesky_facts

        And we tend to forget that We the People are the Govt. Time to take it back. No other entity would let their servants get so out of hand.

  • Gaelic Grandeur

    I believe they should be paid with beads and muskrat pelts. Back to basics.

    • DubDub

      Now there’s an idea. I don’t know of any muskrats around here, but I might be sending Randy Neugebauer (my rep) some squirrel pelts. Maybe I’ll even fashion them into a squirrel skin cap!

  • williampenn

    The citizens don’t stand a chance against the ruling class.

    • pesky_facts

      … and they like it that way.

      • juan smith

        so true

    • fud

      The ruling class doesn’t stand a chance against death.

  • stormykitteh

    There are PLENTY of places to live in Dc – and well on their salaries. Try Anacostia, just beyond the Navy Yard… They do not NEED palaces in Woodley Park on the taxpayers’ dimes! No! No! No! These rascals OUGHT to be volunteering 20% salary CUTS but Nooooo! This leadership by example is NOT what is needed for the US. Want more moohlah? Get a real job using those law degrees in the private sector. That raking it in is NOT what being in Congress is SUPPOSED to be about. Pushing too hard at that trough of OPM (other people’s money).

  • Dimocrats=NewNazis

    Heaven forbid they should have to live like the commoners…..

  • Yukiko

    Mr. Moran is misspelling his own name. $174,000 per year and they can’t
    live on it. Let them ask some of their neighbors how they live on
    $45,004 per capita income. Granted this info is for 2012 from the US
    Census Bureau but I’m sure it hasn’t gone up that much in 2 years. Even
    factoring in over inflated egos and the fact that our lawmakers think
    they are a step above the rest of us American’s $174k is more than they
    deserve. If you don’t like your salary do what the rest of us do. Look
    for another job.

  • olddog

    (D)elusional???…MUCH???..Borrow more so we can pay you Gov. Gumba THUGS..MORE???…KMA (D)ung-Hole….PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bridget

    What a weasel!

  • Mike TheVet

    Are you FU**ING kidding me?! Most of these SOB’s only to go work 2 days out of the 5-day work week. That’s a VACATION EVERY WEEK!

    Omg, America: we need to fire these people and hire someone who doesn’t have an “R” or “D” next to their name….

  • MissV

    Me think thou does protest to loudly! Maybe you need to stop being so crooked :) or better yet you need to get a real job. My mouth dropped over the crookedness of this man that I read on Wikipedia. Question for you dude, what have you done for the people? Since you have been married 3 times already, maybe you can find a bimbo like John Kerry that puts you up in the top 3 wealthiest in government.
    Sleep in your car, that is how all of you expect normal people to do it. What do we get for complaints? More taxes or more corrupt government!

  • tecumseh

    you are underpaid what about our military?

    • Bridget

      And you risk your life and a lot of times you are away from your family. We are living in a upside down world!

  • ReallyNow

    I think I’m going to cry…

  • jazbond007

    Let’s build them a dorm across the street and pay them $10.10 an hour.

  • rudeyobnoxious

    This is a joke, right? I had to look to be sure I wasn’t at It’s a little late for April Fool’s gags, that was Tuesday. Who is this guy Moran?

  • David Larson

    I would support the construction of a new barracks at the Washington DC Navy yard for all of the members of Congress to live during their term.

    • ithnkso

      There is probably an unused building already there. Give him a blanket and a pillow.


      And they can get their medical at the VA

  • amazingoly

    Glad bully Moran is leaving congress. Shows how misguided he is, knowing full well there are many, many millionaires in Congress.

  • Lythieth

    With today’s technology they shouldn’t even be living in DC. They need to be living in their districts, alongside all the rest of us little people.

  • Ron Burgandy

    According to the Congressional Research Service, members began receiving a $6 per diem in 1789.

    I’m good with that; $6 a day.

  • juan smith


  • Sam Quint

    Typical democrat. You should get a raise when when americas median income goes up. You twits should also get less money when it goes down. Get a clue.

  • Ted Duke

    Do you think your Representative or Senator is overpaid? Do you think you are NOT getting your money’s worth? Then VOTE someone else in this year!

  • Crashemt

    I live in the DC region, and I make half of that. AND, I do not get the insider trading intel that Congressmen and Senators do; even though if I did, I could not by law be allowed to use it like they do.

  • Indymaverick

    Coming from a Democrat, go figure. Quit spending other peoples money and balance the budget and we`ll talk about a raise.

  • FreeJeffDubay

    Wow, reading this guys wikipedia page, how has he avoid jail? How does he even get re-elected?

  • Tranqual

    “Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.
    I’m making less money than I did 8yrs ago. Thanks to the quislings in WA who lick the boots of the oligarchs and have killed our economy.

  • James Bro

    Underpaid?!?! Congressman, you serve two years and get benefits for life. People in our military must serve 20 years to get 1/2 pay.

  • slug

    Pass legislation for section C housing (Congressional). Have Congress members fill out an application for assistance based on salary.
    The feds can contract for a housing project to be built just for them but the amenities can not exceed what is in section 8 housing.
    Problem solved


      And make sure the construction contract includes the installation of bars on the windows.

  • rbmjr

    It’s not a board of directors. It’s a public service. And if they are compensated so poorly, how do so many enter Congress with modest means and exit Congress as millionaires?

  • BusProf

    Pay them $10.10 and hour and give them health care from the exchange.

  • Pickee

    Most of your constituents can’t afford to live decently either so should they care you can’t get by on $175,000?

  • Off into the Sunset

    Just like everyone else in the USA, you agreed to the salary when you took the job. If it no longer meets your needs, then move on! None of you are sacred cows that cannot be replaced. It is absurd enough that you are in control of your salary instead of your boss…the voters. We need an independent source to conduct a real performance evaluation on each of you so voters can make an informed decision instead of buying campaign garbage. I bet we would see a lot more turnover then, and this country can get moving again.

  • A.c. Morgan

    “Moran assumes the amendment will not pass, admitting “this is wholly quixotic,” ”
    This is exactly why the people think congress is over paid. Because you bozos waste your time on BS that you know will not make a difference.
    In the private sector a employee would be fired for wasting time on a dead end project… Fire the bum… It is time to hold our representatives accountable.

  • James Bro

    Resign a$$hole!

  • Looseafir

    Funny I have not seen a rash of Congressmen filing for bankruptcy.

  • Playtrombone64

    I guess $174,000 doesn’t include all the free meals and other goodies that lobbyists shower on members of Congress.


    “… the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    A board of directors like that would have been subjected to shareholder lawsuits and criminal prosecution long ago, not a raise. Get real.

  • Paul Little

    “….but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    If the board of directors for a private company were as incompetent as these slugs in Congress, they would have been replaced long ago.

    He also reflects the attitude in Washington that they are there to run
    the country as they see fit, not to represent the people.

  • Charles K Smith

    Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”
    And therein lies a majority of the problem. Many do not look at this as public SERVICE. They look at themselves as elites. No wonder we are so screwed up.

  • ithnkso

    And they want to cap or eliminate the Cola for military retirees?

  • Jeff Murray

    replace them with illegal aliens from Mexico and save money.

  • EEDDGGY1776

    Please, America begs all of you to go on strike…..permanently.
    Then maybe, the American People can start fixing all the damage you have caused.

  • J Spurlock

    A U.S. Congressman, in 1 – two year term,
    earns almost as much as I do in EIGHT YEARS,
    as a Computer Technician with 20 years experience.

    I live in a one room, 400 sq ft – dump of an apt;
    I buy my clothes at thrift and discount stores,
    and my health insurance rates just went up thanks to Obamacare.

    Virginia Democrat Congressman James P. Moran …
    cry me a river about your money problems

    • 308btsp

      350k in two years… don’t forget, then they have retirement bennies as well. What are our retirement benefits again… oh yes, we contribute to our own 401k (if lucky to have any left).

  • Joseph Granda

    The position of public office is a privilege, that of serving the people. It should not be a life long career. If the money’s no good, go work in the private sector.

    • 5Xdaddy

      Yes, but they have destroyed the private sector.

  • FascistNation

    Yes you are underpaid for the amount you steal for your masters. You well deserve a much bigger cut. Perhaps you should send in the troops and become the masters yourselves . . . well, assuming the troops take their orders from you and not your masters.

    Hummmm, perhaps after all it would be best to simply be content with what the masters let you have and continue to be allowed to live above the rabble.

  • RetiredBob

    Don’t like the pay, quit!

  • Joseph Granda

    He’s just point out Obama’s income inequality push.

  • Shrewsie

    Look at all the benefits they receive once they leave office, if they ever do. With today’s technology they could have meetings online from their local offices. They knew what they were getting into when they ran. How many are collecting food stamps? As one poster said, if they want to see poor salaries, join the military. How many are wealthy? We, the taxpayers, pay for them. All we get in return is more taxes.

  • dv Vaughn

    impeach obama and we will talk, as for how things are now. YOU ARE NOT EVEN DOING YOUR JOBS!!!! OBAMA is playing dictator and you are just sitting their with your thumbs up your A$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. 2014 biatches you DUMB MFERS ARE GONE~!!!!

    • gatekeeper96740

      Absolutely IMPEACH OBAMA . Then we can talk.

  • Nathaniel Talcott

    I live in Virginia where State Senators make $18,000 a year. As a result, only the independently wealthy can run for office. Either that, or they get kickbacks.

  • Archer

    Noticing it’s all democrats whining about their pay…
    “A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.”

    Awww… you poor thing my heart just bleeds for you! Here’s an idea, why don’t you quit and get a job like the rest of us. Maybe a little enforced productivity would give you a new paradigm, you whining little arrogant loon.

  • DudeFaceofAmerica

    There is plenty of vehement passion in article comments these days… it’s sad that this principled passion doesn’t show up anywhere else. The bottom line is that we all have to lose what we’re wanting to preserve in order to preserve it, namely our comfort… and none are willing because we’re all spoiled. So, it’s over.

  • IA_Adam

    Then leave DC scumbag and go back to your district.

  • ussr51478

    The only job where one can become a MULTI-millionaire in less than 2 years. Granted, that is being accomplished by taking bribes but hey… Where else can you do that?

  • Old Blue Light

    Considering the lousy job these clowns do, they would be overpaid at a dollar a year. We don’t need reps who want to make a career of Congress, we need reps to want to do their turn and go home so the next person can take their turn.

  • Tom

    He oughta try living in the DC area on a military enlisted man’s salary. How ’bout a nice cuppa STFU, Moran?

    • belleruin

      “How ’bout a nice cuppa STFU, Moran?” Excellent! Made me laugh and was very succinct. Kudos to you!

  • Fred Obozo

    How much more can the American people take???


      Lying down or standing up?

    • pesky_facts

      Please … Americans barely whimper when TSA violates their rights. What do you expect … them to take their Govt back or something?

    • Ashton Lively

      How much more WILL the American people take?

  • Jim Clarkson

    If this “Board of Directors” of the largest economic entity of the world weren’t among the worst board of directors in the world, they might deserve a raise, but the simple truth is this; They have mismanaged the “entity” into a state of insolvency and the stock holders (American citizens) are getting screwed while the board members are committing acts comparable to fraud. Fire the bastards.

  • Jim

    Give them Fema trailers to live in, four per trailer.

  • Pickee

    If a real board of directors kept increasimg their salary while spending more than the company brought in, they would quickly go bankrupt and be out of a job.

  • fantum

    They Have No Shame… They are Democrats!

    A Democrat lies about everything (Obama), rapes a teen (Wu), cheats on his taxes (Rangle), cheats on her taxes (Waters), lives with a pimp (Frank), Twitters his package (Weiner), has an extramarital affair (Clinton), lies about his military service (Blumenthal), sells his vote (Stupak), accepts bribes (Murtha RIP), puts bribes in his freezer (Jefferson), sells a senate seat (Blagojevich), buys a Senate seat (Jackson), backs underage sex-trafficking (Cleaver), lies about racism (Carnahan), gropes a massuese (Gore), diverts funds to her husbands bank (Waters), vote no on God (DNC), and on and on ad nauseam…

    Democrats have no morals, praise homosexual butt sex, be politically correct, murder your baby, tax global warming, tax global cooling, embrace illegals, tax big business, tax small business, abandon our allies, apologize to our enemies, there is no God, tax, tax, tax, big Socialist government is the answer to everything.

    They Have No Honor… Nothing Is Beneath Them… They Are DemocratS!

    DemocratS – The Party of LIARS, RINOs, Haters, Corruption, limousine liberals, gimmiedats, cowards, perverts, racists, atheists, ACORNS, black Panthers, gang-bangers, homosexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts, illegal aliens, transsexuals, OWS moochers, welfare moms, freeloaders, navigators, the rest of the dregs of society, and the lowest of all, politicians, all grouped together behind a fruity little narcissist.

    • Fred Obozo

      Please, don’t hold back, tell us exactly how you feel.

  • Jeff Cooper

    Define “live decently”!

    • Prelusive007

      “Live decently” : take enough of the taxpayer’s money to fly first class, own several homes, be totally exempt from laws that govern the peons (*i.e. obamacare), enjoy guaranteed retirement at taxpayer expense, and basically work part time.

  • Blu Clw

    DO IT!!!

    Just try to push a bill demanding a raise while Joe Blow stands in the wreckage you guys fing caused!

    I can’t fing wait till November! I swear I’m considering going to the polls painted up in black face just so I can get away with voting multiple time!

  • Me


  • john

    if that’s how he feels, then WORK IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. your job is supposed to be a PUBLIC SERVICE. CIVIL SERVANT. it’s not supposed to be a career you get wealthy from. AND HE’S FROM THE DEMOCRAT PARTY??? the party of ”the people”???????????

  • KevinSTL

    Build them a barracks like the military live in and have a few school buses transport them back and forth.
    I realize that this may be too good for them, but I surely don’t want a “patriot” like Moran to suffer.

  • SN0man

    How about we pay them $0.

  • Political Hostage

    Pulic servants do not equate to a board of directors. The proof in that pudding is the deficit. If they were a BoD, they would ALL be in federal prison as we read this garbage.

  • azhermit

    One can only hope that a mile wide meteorite hits D.C. when this coven of corrupt, debased and depraved politicians are in full session… but then again this depraved generation of evil is virtue Americans deserves what passes for “leadership.”

  • JH

    The irony…they want more money to spend our money…

    • ussr51478

      I want a job like that, get paid above average salary and spend other people’s money. That’s what I want… Where do I sign up?

  • Chip

    Build them housing, just like the housing issued to the military. They always cry “But, I have to maintain two homes.” So, lets issue them one.

  • firetheliberals

    BS, it is just too bad they cant live like elites on 14, 000 a month. Afterv taxes that is about 10k a month take home.

  • lamerican

    These idiots need to be fired, not given a raise. They haven’t improved the economy, reduced unemployment, they’ve trashed our foreign policy, they are giving us a broken healthcare system even worse than what we started with, and failed to support our allies, and our enemies are gaining power.

    The only thing these incompetent and inept fools have accomplished is growing their own wealth.

  • Norwegianbear

    I would be happy to give them 250,000 a year, even a million, but conditioned on one thing. Managing a balanced budget. It they fail, their pay would be one big fat ZERO!

  • Joe Harrison

    Boo Freaking Hoo. My pay rate has been the same for 5 years. The only way I get more money is if I work overtime or get a second job. I do my job and do not complain. I am happy with what I receive. They do not do their job. Why should the American taxpayer reward them for not being fiscally responsible and not doing the job they were elected to do?

  • Mike Smith

    Find another job, one where you can get FIRED for doing the lackluster work that you do!

  • mrbp

    I would work for that amount. These scumbag politicians need to live in a slum somewhere to find out what bad really is. But like other commenters have posted here; if you don’t like the pay for the lousy job you are doing, go home and stay there.

  • Erich Soldat

    OH NO – God help us (Oops, I said the “G”-Word…) This is so sad – the people that represent us so well and work so hard are not being paid enough. Maybe I’ll just pay more taxes to help them all!

  • Fred Doe

    Then quit!

  • Pickee

    Remind me why Congress needs to earn more than the federal minimum wage.

  • Alex Winters

    $174k is $3346 per week. Come back to reality sir!

  • R B

    Yet strangely, most of them go into congress without a huge amount of money, but leave a few years later as multi millionaires. Wonder how that happens????? Maybe when they know that their committee is about to take down some “evil” corporation, they can legally go out and short that company’s stock and make millions. Just one example of the rampant corruption.

  • jfkjax

    This type of an opinion from Moran illustrates the arrogance and lack of integrity of the typical Democrat politician. The truth is that such a large salary should be cut at least by 50% with no chance of an increase unless performance is improved. Also, such a cut would fall right in line with the Democrat mantra of income equality. In short, Moran is grossly overpaid. So let’s get off of these sideshows of the Democrats and start focusing on the Senate taking up some of the many jobs bills the House has passed.

  • Paul Little

    Most of these slugs don’t do much other than meet with lobbyists
    and then show up at a hearing or on the floor and parrot what their
    staff gives them.

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  • Rob

    Members of Congress are part time workers.

    The legislative calendars show they will spend less than 200 days in session in 2014. 52 weeks worth of weekends is 104 days. 365 days minus 104 = 251 possible workdays in the year. There are 10 Federal holidays in the year, leaving 241 working days left. The US Senate penciled in 191 working days this year, giving them 50 NON-WEEKEND days off this year.

    That’s 5 weeks vacation, plus 52 weekend days, and 10 holidays. All for a measly 175K a year.

    They should build some studio apartments for these Congress clowns to stay in while in Washington.

    • jfkjax

      A barracks behind the Supreme Court building would be fine. They deserve nothing more.

  • Prelusive007

    Interesting that instead of a servant to the people of the United States, he views himself as a “director” in the “Board of Directors”.

    He needs to go . . yesterday.

  • NueeArdente

    I think congressmen should be payed the average salary of 51,017 so that they can be more in touch with the average person. Now I realize that this is not enough to maintain a second residence so I propose that some military style housing be provided to them free during while staying in Washington.

    • Pickee

      Why should they get more than the federal minimum wage?

      • NueeArdente

        Well they certainly do not deserve even that. I just figured by tying their pay to the average salary they would have incentive to increase the well being of the average person rather than trampling all over it. Of course their solution to increasing the average and for that matter federal minimum wage would be to increase the minimum wage until they were paid 500k a year or some such.

  • kantishna

    Only when we cannot find people to run for office are our representatives under paid. It’s as simple as that.

  • Mancave001

    The utter stupidity and insensitivity here is astounding. It truly demonstrates just how out of touch these people are. Our Founders envisioned a part-time Congress made up of ordinary citizens. They weren’t SUPPOSED to be “the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” The fact that Moran talks about job performance just shows how he completely doesn’t get it. You’re not SUPPOSED to “live decently in Washington,” you idiot. You’re supposed to have an office there and perhaps a small apartment for when you need to stay. You can’t do that on $175K a year plus benefits? And when I say “benefits, ” I mean all the perks you get that no one talks about.

  • robert flores

    I think we should stop creating anymore bills and laws. I think all senators and congress should be laid off. We should get some real honest hard working people and start going through all laws and consolidating them.

    Do you know how many laws we have? DO you know how many are passed each year?
    What do you think should be the maximum laws? 10000? A million?

  • dw323

    In the REAL world, when you under perform you get FIRED. You don’t ask for a raise. Out of touch…??????

  • 308btsp

    GFY Moran…. maybe spelled with a o instead of a “a”

  • Joe

    What a piece of scum. Typical Liberal trash.

  • Dyler_Turden

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact
    is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity
    in the world.”

    How very very telling. SO, in his eyes he is no longer a public servant, but the CEO of this country, which is now a corporation, and we are merely his laborers…


    Harry Reid is living in a DC luxury hotel for Pete’s sake. What does he need, a palace?

  • philster7656

    The reason Washington, DC is so expensive is because the government spends so much money. If the government stopped spending money, all the crooked rent-seeker would leave town, and prices would drop precipitately. Problem solved.

  • Percy Mercy

    Mr. Moran: Feel free to F OFF!!!!

  • Nathan Young

    This absolute corrupt loser living off the people is worth $40k per year in the private sector and that’s generous. I hope he and his ugly disgusting unfit family see some really rough times in the very near future

  • Joltin Joe

    If you needed more proof of their incompetence, here you go. They work less days them most part timers and make 176K a year. And we should feel bad for them? Oh not to mention free healthcare and pensions for life. They are SOOO disconnected from average americans it’s not even funny.

  • john

    so he is now in the poverty line? is the average working man’s salary in DC far above $174,000 a year? do the mcdonalds workers over there make $180,000 a year?

  • dmxinc

    Maybe they could afford to live in DC if they would quit pumping the lion’s share of the $1 trillion dollar annual deficit into the DC economy.

    Of course the lifestyle in DC is expensive, politicians like Moran have ensured that it would be.

    So now they need a pay raise? Talk about circular reasoning.

  • gatekeeper96740

    BOO HOO Then get out. You wanted the job and now you whine? I wish I was as underpaid as you, with all your bloody vacation time and retirement bennies.

  • Chris Gait

    Since he doesn’t get all the graft money he got back in the good old days as corrupt mayor of Alexandria this scumbag feels deprived. The people of Northern Virginia really deserve this person. They vote him in, one time after another. Socialist? Check! Criminal? Check! Doing only harm to his constituents? Check! He’s a winner!

  • pm38847

    Reid doesn’t deserve deserve a dime more, a thief only deserves jail time.

  • Indepcon

    Maybe we should send him home in November.

  • Jimmy Sparklenuts

    Dear Washington politicians,

  • Hurley

    If you were to cut their salary in half, not one would refuse the run again. They don’t consider what they make on the side as salary, which eventually will be million$.






  • patriotism-matters

    Veterans living under bridges and in alleys while congress gives our money away to many that have neither defended nor contributed nothing to the American society and they want more??? despicable.

  • titorite

    THey better learn how to cupon and ride share plutocratic stinkers

  • Dylan Young

    Welcome to the rise of the political class, where elitists will say anything.

  • Alex Winters

    Half of all Americans make $12/hr WITH college degrees.

  • Tony G.

    Hey . . . . Virginia Democrat James P. Moran . . . . we in the rest of American can’t live in the American you have destoryed either . . . What the hell? . . . . you one sided piece of camel dung. How about paying for my healthcare that YOU AND YOUR DEMOCRAT MORONS HAVE DOUBLED……!!!

  • jfkjax

    Tell me about “income equality.” Doesn’t that apply to the Democrats who are bilking the taxpayers?

  • John G. Gault

    No budget-no pay.

    • Reboog

      Even better, no BALANCED budget, no pay!!

  • Raul

    No wonder then guy who proposed this is named Moran. (More-on) 175000 isn’t enough to live off of hmmm. Well they should come work for min wage and see how tough it is then. This guy is gushing lies congress sits on there ass all day gets up at noon to go try and get more votes half dont even show up for any important type of bill being passed if anything they should be taking a pay cut a career politician just means corrupt. Make the job worth less take away the lifetime pay and you might actually get some service minded people instead of the fat cows who do nothing but erode our personal freedoms

  • Janice the Elder

    Oh, those poor little dears. Whatever shall we do to help them? I know, let’s build some “public housing” units within walking distance of their offices, and rent to them based on some percentage of their current salary. Let us also assign maintenance be done on these units to the same extent it is done on most public housing. And, to ensure that they get lots of exercise, any elevators will only be powered on for a few hours every day. And any additional units in the “public housing” will be rented out to illegal aliens (oops, I mean undocumented workers) and their families. And just to make it fun, let’s pass a law that mandates that they have to live in the public housing during their time in public office. All in favor, raise your right hand . . .

  • originaltexan

    the us gov’t should run like texas…they only meet every two years….in the meantime they have regular jobs, go home and live under the crazy ass laws they pass and listen to their constitutients face to face, not from letters and emails…then they wouldn’t need 1/4 of those salaries

  • Bill D Libs

    How about you do the work of the people and leave your Gimmie Dat attitude at the door.

  • John Bourne

    The criminals are not supposed to live in DC, that is the root of the problem. They should live in state the represent. Fire em all.

  • WillVMI68

    Can’t afford DC? GO HOME! We don’t need you in DC 12 months out of the year! I propose you move back to your home state for all but 30 or 40 days a year. You can use SKYPE or Go To Meeting.

    Moran is an especially disgusting narcissist seen by his remarkably elitist comment that Congress ” is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” YOU’RE NOT A BOARD OF DIRECTORS, YOU WORTHLESS WOULD-BE-KING!!! You’re Our Representative who is there to keep government out of our way and protect us from INVASION.

    What a piece of work.

    • susandanielspi

      They work three days a week. In 2009, congress was scheduled to work 137 days.

  • portle44

    Of course they are underpaid.It takes great skill and dedication to torpedo a society that was once the envy of the world.

  • Fred Obozo

    Hi boys and girls. Can we spell REVOLUTION?

    • pesky_facts

      I can.

  • BusProf

    Remove the EPA from the budget and we’ll talk.

  • KevinSTL

    I wish I could tell that ba$tard to his face that HE and his party have caused MILLIONS of Americans to have to go on food stamps and he’s got a LOT of nerve whining about his compensation while doing it.
    We’ll never be a decent country again until more Americans stop worshiping fools that claim to “represent” us. They represent their own interests first and, if time permits, will consider the county’s interests second.

  • civilwarsoon

    if they are dead they wouldn’t need a raise

  • susandanielspi

    On top of their salary, each congressman has an annual budget of $1.1 million and the senators get $1.3 million.

    • belleruin

      Really? I didn’t know that.

  • mandy365

    I have two suggestions
    1. Merit pay just like they want for school teachers. Factors that would be considered are things like unemployment, national debt, budget accountability.
    2. return to the ideas of the founders. this is not supposed to be a career. Serve a term or two and go home. Create a dorm where they can live for that time.

  • lamerican

    I think it is time for some recall elections.

  • disqus_E4Vdp7qC06

    You need to leave then and the sooner the better!

  • cheesemaster

    “the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    Holy crap. No, you’re not. You’re supposed to protect our borders, deliver our mail, coin our money, and a few other things laid out in Article I, Sec 8.

  • B-Diddy

    Only $174K a year?!! What an OUTRAGE!! You can’t even buy two packs of CRACKERS to rub together for that salary! I can’t believe they can even afford SOCKS AN SHOES!!!!

  • ussr51478

    Moran – Is it his real name or did he earn it? Maybe it just misspelled, moron perhaps?

  • Baxter4315

    So the under performing member of the board of directors of the largest “failed” economic entity in the world, who rarely shows up, fails to follow the Constitution, honor his oath. doesn’t follow the wishes of his constituents (remember shoving the ACA down our throats on Chistmas Eve despite howls of protest?) You Congressman Moran deserve to be fired or removed for malfeasance.

    • jfkjax

      Baxter, Absolutely — Excellent statement!

  • Garys_opinion

    Lets go back to the $6.00 per diem rate of pay.

  • Pat Riot

    Mr. Moran: FOAD.

  • Kris Langley

    I think that I feel a tear running down my cheek…

  • Bill D Libs

    $17 Trillion in debt and you want a raise? But don’t worry you will be replaced the next time you are up for re-election.

  • Kevin Kent

    Born and raised in the DC area and currently live there. $170,000+ for a single salary is far more than enough to live VERY well. What he’s saying is that he can’t afford to live in the poshest areas of Arlington.

  • IvanDenisovitch

    Someone propose giving each member of congress a small government paid-for apartment in DC, their families to stay home in their district, they receive all their meals at a government cafeteria, and reduce their salaries by 40%. If they miss a vote, salary is reduced by 5% for each occurrence. Time for these disconnected elitist slobs to join the real world.

    • Lefty

      Awesome idea and i love your screen name!

      • IvanDenisovitch

        Thanks. I actually worked near a Stalinist gulag (not as a guard) in Central Siberia. I used to kiss the ground every day for being in the US.

  • Fred Obozo

    Hi boys and girls. Can we spell REVOLUTION asap?

  • leemo

    Our founders considered this a part time job anyway. They should reside in their home state and continue with their “real” job and visit DC to be in session periodically. Their salary for a part-time Congress position should not even be as high as it is considering how it was envisioned.
    They have 75% of their insurance premium subsidized, a subsidized cafeteria, hairdressers, free gym, etc. That’s sufficient.
    We could build them barracks like our soldiers are living in for their periodic visits to DC.

    • Paul Little

      Most of them are lawyers meaning they never had a “real” job.
      They don;t know how to do anything else.

  • kevin

    IMHO congress, the senate, and our president are severely under paid. Moran is right about the board of directors of an absolutely monstrous budget. greater pay would have the effect of luring greater talent, and having that talent less inclined to take money from other sources. Beat up on me all you want, but you know it’s true.

  • Richard Tater

    These poor members of Congress need to learn from Moran, Reid, Pelosi and all the other crooks on how to line their own pockets.

  • carl6352

    this is a joke. they get a fleet of cars, offices and staff in their districts and the senate can have one in every district, a paid staff, free travel, fully remade offices if they win. all these are paid by tax payers. but that is not there only money source. any campaign money left is fully usable by them. underpaid? they are the most useless and over paid bunch of narcissists worldwide!

  • rusty_armor

    The legislators need better housing than thee and me. They be more important.

    • jfkjax

      They need a barracks and that’s all.

  • Srok Khnom Bat

    You want UNDERPAID move to Cambodia, factory workers make only $60-80 a month. When the protested to increase salary to roughly $200 a month government shot them dead on the street. That’s underpaid.

  • infinite wisdom

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact
    is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity
    in the world.”

    This is the problem! They are NOT supposed to be manipulating and marginalizing our economy. How many of them actually ran a business or even know how a business operates??!!! If they were a real board of directors they would be unduly incompetent and should be fired.


    Leave it to a Dem to run around bitching about income inequality while demanding a pay raise, when he is already making more than 3 times the median Household income

  • Boxhawk

    What a completely clueless d-bag.

  • Indepcon

    This is another pompous aszs that needs to be sent home.

  • First Last

    Congressman Moran, most people wouldn’t p!$$ on you if you were on fire. Why don’t you schedule a bunch of town meetings all over VA and try to sell that?

  • Oblomov69

    Solution. Only work 6 months of the year or less and you can keep the same pay. Win win. And the country really wins because now the Government class can only do 1/2 a years damage very year.

    • Fred Obozo

      They do not work that much now.

  • Richard Tater

    Whatever happened to the voter fraud case on Jim Moron’s son?

  • billsv

    If they are so underpaid how come they become millionaires when they arrived so destitute. Usually people take into account their circumstances, prospective salary and benefits before taking a job they spend millions to get. Pelosi was like the bad guy in Robocop when he said in the negotiations he wanted a “really big car”. Pelosi wanted a really big plane. Likely only the few honest congress people sleep in their offices. They deserve more money while saddling us with over $17 trillion in debt. If they balanced the budget, from refrained passing laws that gave unelected bureaucrats the ability pass laws called regulations, cut the size of government to free the American people then maybe. They have really created a mess and need to clean it up.

  • Jeremy Meister


    Have a nice day. :)

  • Ned Lofton

    He means underpaid from the “honest” money. On the other hand they are rolling in it from their corrupt-income. Simply solution, Mr. Moran …. resign and get the F-out of Washington!!!

  • kimwal

    Stupid Washington pols are out of touch with America. They should get out and go back to the farm of reality.

  • ch42030

    He doesn’t have time for his family, well it sounds lke he is for Term limits.

  • Rob2013

    This is a great example of a Liberals bubble of delusion.

  • rplat

    Hogwash. If you paid those bums what the deserve they’d be getting at least a 50% cut in pay.

    • metasploiter

      Really ?? More like an 85% cut, I wouldn’t pay them minimum wage for the job they do, they should be on piece rate. That would motivate them!

  • Dan Rand

    James P. Morgan. You are a public servant (not a ruling class) and you and your fellow members in congress have forgotten that.
    How dare you say that you are under compensated. If anything you are overcompensated. You tax and you spend all of our money and then complain how bad you have it and need more while you continue to put your boot on the backs of those that really matter. The American people. This is proof you have lost your way.
    Right now you come off as a petulant aristocrat complaining about false hardship. It is that train of thought that is ruining this country. What’s really frustrating is while common Americans fight just to get by under your policies your biggest concern is what you aren’t getting. In your office you should be humble or get out. Act in the interest of the people not your fortune and power.
    I say cut your salary to 1$ per year until you fix the mess that we’re in. That would be a small step toward leadership.


    THROW THE BUMS OUT…ALL OF ‘EM…THEY CAN’T EVEN BALANCE A BUDGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • marconi314

    We need people who serve because they really have a passion for what they are doing. They shouldn’t be paid “very well”. They shouldn’t run for congress to become rich.

    We should be able to find ~500 well qualified people who can run this country because they are completely motivated to make this country a better place and not to make big bucks.

    • susandanielspi

      I volunteer.

  • susandanielspi

    Reid and his family have stolen more money than any of us will ever make.

  • justfedup52

    Get a second job to supplement your income if you want bigger things in life…As far as I am concern you all are overpaid…

  • BusProf

    $10.10 an hour, health care from the exchange, and SS. <===that is a period

  • ojfl

    This is the kind of people we keep sending back to Washington over and over and over again.

  • susandanielspi

    Politicians should not get paid. If they want to be public servants, then they should do it voluntarily.

    • BusProf

      They should bid on the job and pay to have the job. Highest bidder gets to be the candidate.

  • xxx21

    I hope everyone remembers this in November.

    • pesky_facts

      Dim constituents suffer from Stockholm Syndrome.

    • overthecoastline

      The lame stream media will see to it that it is buried.

  • SaidAnotherWay

    They suddenly become ‘underpaid legislators’ when you take away their ‘right’ to insider trade. Must … extort … more … from … taxpayers

  • Robalou01

    Fine, then they shouldn’t mind term limits so they can leave DC ASAP before they steal more of our money.

  • Shrewsie

    Look at all the benefits they receive once they leave office, if they ever do. With today’s technology they could have meetings online from their local offices. They knew what they were getting into when they ran. How many are collecting food stamps? As one poster said, if they want to see poor salaries, join the military. How many are wealthy? We, the taxpayers, pay for them. All we get in return is more taxes.

  • Carol Von Canon

    They’ve got to be kidding!!!!!!!!!

  • Disqus

    Based on skills, they should work for free.

  • JoeNormal

    Term Limits. Term Limits. Term Limits. Term Limits. Term Limits. Term Limits. Term Limits. Term Limits.

    ’nuff said.

    • pesky_facts

      Yep … one in office … one in prison.

  • lperello

    Members of Congress enrich themselves via insider trading, which is not illegal for them. Screw them, the job wasn’t forced on them. How come they spend millions to get a low paying job? Besides, they spend their entire Congressional careers having their butts kissed. GO GET A REAL JOB!!!!!!!

  • 1654american

    “board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”
    This delusional politician obviously does not understand that he is ONLY a representative for his constituents that elected him. His self-engrandizement of thinking he has the personal fiduciary responsponsibilty of a business board of directors is reckless and laughable.
    These politicians like to describe themselves as ‘leaders’, right up to the point of being held accountable for any of their irresponsible official actions.

  • dlb

    if they were paid on performance they really would be underpaid. I propose a dormitory, they generally only work about 100 days a year. Dormitory, kind of like being away on business.

  • Bo knows

    Make sure you call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  • Self Employed

    “I understand they under perform”. That says it all. Under performance does not warrant a pay raise. It warrants a pay decrease. Most likely if their performance determined their wage they would begin to perform better. Because they under perform, they deserve a decrease in wages, not an increase

  • mariner138

    Way overpaid for clowns that “work” from Tuesday through Thursday the weeks they’re in DC; the rest of the time they’re back in their districts performing “constituent services” and “listening to voters” or traveling on “fact finding” trips. Who do they think they are kidding, besides the low/no information or work sheeple. They want to be paid like they are CEO, except no CEO’s would last long with this little work, and every day as a CEO is called bet your job. Their approval rating is too high at 13%!

  • Western
  • wriprodir

    Then GO! Get the HELL OUT, you pork-filled bastad.

  • Miss_Nomer

    TERM LIMITS for ALL branches of government. Two six-year terms for senators and then back to the farm. Three four-year terms for reps and then back to the farm. [As it is, reps spend all their time running for reelection.] One ten-year term for justices and then back to the farm. One six-year term for president and then back to the farm.

  • Layla

    We have the ability to END THIS. It’s simple…just show up and vote them all out. Pelosi is up for reelection this year. Boehner is also up for reelection this year.

  • disqus_o40xovCXEm

    You think you’ve got problems now, Jim?
    Wait until those ObamaCare premiums start rolling in.
    You voted for it. Pay the price.

  • Terry

    This article nearly broke my heart. All those poor money grubbing politicians having to live in little tiny apartments because of their measly $174,000 annual salary. So sad. Maybe we should put them on a raft and send them to another place where they have more room; like the Australian Outback.

    • susandanielspi

      They all have an additional budget of in excess of $1 million each. People don’t know that.

  • bigwilly116

    How about you go part time, partial salary, and then you can get a job on the side since you don’t work much at all anyway? Another reason people hate politicians. You don’t get time with your family? Nobody forced you to run for office, you did it yourself. You’re also getting a lifetime pension on top of it you greedy SOBS!

  • RICH

    Issue him one of the surplus tents we had in the army and install porta johns on some federal land for them to camp/live. Then they will see how much better they have it than some citizens do………………………

  • fraugenau

    According to a Center for Responsive Politics examination of financial disclosures, at least 268 of the 534 current Hill lawmakers had a net worth of more than one million dollars in 2012.
    Guess this guy forgot this story made the news recently. I am shedding no tears for him and his colleagues.

  • lloydc1234

    It is “serve your country,” not “cheat like hell on Wall Street.” At one point in time 64% of Senators were millionaires and 43% of Representatives were millionaires (insider trading?) They worked 126 day the year of 2013. Beat you up, no, you need to grow up.

    • ReagansZombie

      How do you have any idea how many days they worked? I work all the time but I am rarely in the office

  • Brad

    Underpaid?!?! How many days a year do they actually work? If there was ANY doubt about just how disconnected our lawmakers are from their constituents, this should remove it. What a crock of feces…

    • susandanielspi

      About 140.

      • Brad

        175K for part time work, not bad. No wonder the fast food workers think they deserve $15/hour to salt the fries…just following the lead of the crooks in Washington.

  • Bill D Libs

    It is time to throw the baby out with the bath water.

  • florendo

    better take EVERYBODY’s social security and give it to congress. The republicans are going to cancel it and give it to their pals on wall street anyway and those poor bastards are toughing it out cancelling 110 BILLION DOLLARS of food stamps for YOU because the 99% is using the 1%s resources

  • ManaMoffa

    No, the politicians have made it too expensive to live in DC
    with the inflation you cause with your policies, like min wage increases and TAXES AND REGULATIONS , the cost of which are ALWAYS passed to the Consumer , not the “rich” corps or business.
    The consumer of products and services, ALWAYS pay for all taxes and regulations, The money does not come from a magic pot of gold , and never from the pockets of the producers

    Now you know how we feel.

  • Libertarian

    They’re overpaid. It’s their job, under the Constitution, to guard the law of the land, ensure freedom and domestic tranquility. They have failed repeatedly. They should be fired or, if their constituents are stupid enough to return them to office, they should sustain a 50 percent pay cut.

    That would still put them ahead of most of their constituents, who don’t get to feed at the public trough, courtesy of the very taxpayers on which they exercise their treachery.

  • Carl Mertz

    Fu ck You.

  • Daniel

    WTF thats $3346 per week, you cant live off that? Hell NYC hotel rate I was paying $1100 per week surely it can’t be more expensive than that. You stupid rich f*cks don’t know what not being able to afford something is.

  • J_Biggs

    Moran is a moron.

  • Rafael J Godinez

    Please tell me who is making you stay in that horrible job so we can call the cops to rescue you. This guy is nuts.

  • overthecoastline

    “some members have taken to living out of their offices to save money, while others have “small little apartment units” that make it impossible to spend the time they should with their families.”

    Clearly, they have too much to do. It’s time to strip them of their responsibilities, take power away from them, downsize the federal government and cut their pay. This is the only solution. Government has gotten too large, and it’s time to allow the private sector to take over and do many of the things government has invaded (and screwed-up, I might add).

    SARAH PALIN, 2016. She has a sharp pencil and a phone, and will see that this gets done. She is the only one with the experience and the NADS to put the Federal government on E-Bay and cut, Cut, CUT.

  • J_Biggs

    M0ran is a m0r0n.

  • George Layman

    These people claim to be “public servants” . They make a career out of something that was never meant to be a career. One or two terms and get out! They quickly lose touch with the common citizen, take care of themselves and their friends and crawl into a bubble They turn into parasitic leeches . Can’t live off a wage and benefits ten times the average American? Then get the f**k out and get a private sector job!

  • Ludo Pushan

    How about teleconference from their home states. What good is tech if you don’t utilize it fully?

  • Ken Martin

    There are a lot of military stationed in the area of D.C. What about them Congressman? You elitist SOBs want to treated like royalty while you screw over the American servicemen and women. Especially the democrats. You traitorous bastards want to strip the military down to nothing while you give welfare checks to illegals and people that refuse to even look for a job. Buying votes with taxpayer money. Now Obama wants to cut the military force back to 1940 levels. Veterans that have made multiple tours of duty are getting screwed over by the VA while Obama and Queen Michelle travel the world on the taxpayer’s dime. As far as a pay raise, members of Congress you get a salary high enough to live on, but lose all retirement benefits. Serve two terms and go back home. This position was never meant to be a career. And all you Senators and Congressmen that have gotten rich serving there over the years, lining your pockets with campaign money when in most cases you have no one running against you, you are nothing but high paid whores catering to the highest bidder. Especially you amnesty advocates. You are willing to throw the American worker under the bus to suck up to the Chamber of Commerce and La Raza and Zuckerberg of Facebook. If you don’t like the pay , quit and go get a real job.

  • Kuro1

    “Decently” is an interesting word coming from this pile of fetal matter. But wait, there is no inflation according to the Federal government. Guess he can stay with the unpaid interns that he abuses…

  • Matt

    Give this man an EBT card… STAT!



  • peasant

    A society that puts equality before liberty will get neither. A society that puts liberty before equality will get a high degree of both.

  • OneIfByLand

    Let’s pay them by their IQ: in most cases we’ll halve their salaries! And Reid and Pelosi will serve for free?

  • 1stAfterburner

    Most of our American Congressional representatives have become the
    epitome of hypocrisy,..and they wonder why Americans despise them? I
    would like to tell them , “You work for us you freaking arrogant
    elitists, this isn’t England and you aren’t Lords! Our forefathers were
    working men who did their patriotic duty and then yearned to get back
    to their REAL JOBS, they had farms and industries to return to,..I can
    hear them calling you by name from the grave:” “I did not shed my
    countryman’s blood and risk my and my families lives back in 1776 so you
    could become career political elitist peacock overlords of Americans
    in 2014, a pox on all you for what you are doing unless you start
    walking in the shoes of the common American!”

  • marconi314

    You’ll never have to participate in Obamacare.
    That’s enough compensation for you!

  • Mike Smith

    I say we go the way of France, but instead of aristocrats, we target politicians like this.

  • Wheel

    This is being received well, don’t ya think?

  • edbarbar

    You get paid to screw up the country?

  • fantum

    Kennedy: It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union.

    Reagan: General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

    Obama: Keep Your Doctor… LIAR!.. Keep Your Insurance… LIAR!.. Religious Freedom… LIAR!… Iran Nukes… LIAR!… NSA Will Change… LIAR!… Obamacare… LIAR!.. Navigators… LIAR!.. Benghazi… LIAR!.. Amnesty… LIAR!.. IRS Persecution… LIAR!.. Fast & Furious… LIAR!.. Social Security… LIAR!.. Climategate… LIAR!.. Shutdown… LIAR!.. Medicare… LIAR!.. Medicaid… LIAR!.. Transparency… LIAR!.. Unemployment… LIAR!.. Foodstamps… LIAR!.. Jobs… LIAR!.. Stimulus… LIAR!.. Fund Al-Qaeda… LIAR!.. Abortion… LIAR!.. Economy… LIAR!.. Sequester… LIAR!.. National Debt… LIAR!.. Same Sex Marriage… LIAR!.. US Citizen… LIAR!.. Connecticut SSN… LIAR!.. No Nukes For Iran… LIAR!.. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell… LIAR!.. No New Taxes Under $250,000… LIAR!.. Gun Control… LIAR!.. Unions… LIAR!.. End Political Divisiveness… LIAR!.. Blame Bush… LIAR!.. Restore Trust in Government… LIAR!.. Close GITMO… LIAR!.. Fund Muslim Brotherhood… LIAR!.. Keystone Oil… LIAR!

  • Mark III

    D.C. (the District of Columbia) is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. congress and is not a part of any U.S. state.

    This helps explain what happens under the watch of the D & R Establishment.

    The oligarchy includes politicians, bankers, and businessmen.
    Fraud, waste, and abuse.

    Read “None Dare Call it Conspiracy” – Gary Allen, 1971

  • David Petty

    A.) The United States of America is NOT a business – you are NOT a board of directors. You are a public SERVANT – a REPRESENTATIVE of the people. How many of the people you represent live in hiltons and how many live in slums like the ones around DC?

    B) Like and share this page:

    • pesky_facts

      Actually, since the bankruptcy in the thirties, the USofA did indeed become a corporation.

    • Mark III

      See: republicfortheunitedstates dot org for related history.

  • David

    I have a suggestion – make them live in the equivalent of ‘base housing’ that military members live in. subsidize it but limit the level of creature comforts. If they want to spend *their* money on an upgrade, that’s fine. Don’t want them too comfortable, as the founding fathers never envisioned a permanent political class like we currently have.



  • pesky_facts

    This guy needs to receive an open letter, much like the one sent to Gwenyth Paltrow.


    Is it Moran or M o r o n?

    • Ruth

      They are all Morons!!!

  • bfaunce

    Then go home you stupid SOB. You ran and spent millions to run because of your ego. Term Limits so we can eventually send the scum home. No higher wages.

  • Miss_Nomer

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
    that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
    that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —
    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
    deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That
    whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is
    the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
    Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its
    powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their
    Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments
    long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;
    and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed
    to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by
    abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train
    of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a
    design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it
    is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards
    for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of
    these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to
    alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present
    King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations,
    all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny
    over these States…”

  • J_Biggs

    Congress should be a PART TIME job. Every member of congress should be required to work at a second job within their home districts at least 6 months out of EVERY year.

  • Twoiron

    My first thought was to build some quonset huts for these goons to live in right on the Mall…

    Actually, I believe the time has come that we go to an all-volunteer Congress. Let them meet one three-month long session per year, for no salary. Give them a per diem living expense while Congress is in session, and then have them return to their Districts and live among “we the people” for the other 9 months each year. One two-year term, no benefits, and no retirement.

    This is a sure-fire means to down-size the federal government.

  • juan smith


  • BlownfuelCoupe

    Hey Idiot, To live decently in Washington, requires that you First Live Decently.

  • Citizen Gordie

    I was at meeting the other day down at college on the evils of PAC moneys and how they corrupt the political process.
    One of the professors stated that his solution was to forbid politicians from taking PAC contributions but pay them a huge salary,
    “… give them at least a million dollars/year each….”

    I said no, put them on the military pay scale. No freshman Congressman or Senator deserves to make more than an O-6 or general.”

    “That’s ridiculed! We elect politicians to represent us and they should be respected.”

    “It takes about 20 plus years to make Colonel on average. Generally they have at least one and more often two masters degrees to reach that level. You can be a Congressman straight out of law school with no experience at anything, just win a popularity contest that’s probably rigged. The same step scale the military uses could be revised and implemented to account for seniority.”

    “But, they can’t afford to live in DC on that salary!”

    “They aren’t suppose to be living in DC to began with. And I have an answer for that too. We closed Walter Reed, We turn it into housing for Congress & Senators. They don’t need big houses in DC. Why do they need more than a two bedroom apartment in DC? There’s plenty of room for meetings and briefings. Already secure communication centers. Large rooms for parties, etc.
    It solves lots of other problems too.
    Security for them just got much easier, they’re in one place, consolidation of assets. Transportation just got better for the whole city. Instead of a fleet of cars running all over the metropolitan area, there’s a subway stop across the street from the main entrance, another at the base of Capital Hill. There would be many other cost savings for the American People… ”

    ” That’s ridicules! We couldn’t do that to these men, they deserve to be treated better than that… You’re irrational..I’m not talking to you any more..”

    • J_Biggs

      College professors should be making NCO pay scale and no more.

  • Stephanie Kelley

    Why don’t we just give them moderate room and board and that would be more cost effecient.

    • J_Biggs

      Give them a computer with a webcam.

  • lessismore

    Board of directors? This is all the American people need to know that our country is in desperate straights. Unfortunately over 50% of our fellow citizens are intellectually stunted and do not take offense to this egregious language. It is time to vote the members of the board off the island. Public office is a voluntary honor. If increases in pay becomes a priority then you should pursue that goal in the private sector. This bs really is Orwellian prophecy on steroids.

    • Mark III

      See: republicfortheunitedstates dot org

      Interesting historical perspective.

  • J P

    This under paid at 174k business does not jive so well with the income inequality narrative pivot away from obamacare.

  • Brad

    This guy should be removed from office immediately. Good luck finding part time jobs with no accountability and free access to insider trading info that also pay 175K. Better yet, he should be arrested for being the thief he is, POS.

  • JimB

    If they are so under-paid, how is it that career politicians who never did any other work (Eg, Bill Clinton and LBJ) retired as multimillionaires after a life of public “service”.

  • dlb

    if they’re underpaid how do so many of them leave considerably more wealthy than when they arrived? Harry Reid has amassed a fortune. Since he arrived in 1982 his wealth has grown from 1 mill to close to 10 mil all on a $200,000 max salary. Hummm…

  • Texas Jack

    The title should be;


  • Lefty

    Is there any surprise that this issue is raised by a Democrat? The majority (notice I say majority and not all) of those “sleeping in the offices” are Republicans who believe that they are public servants and not aristocratic rulers deserving of riches provided by we minions. If you cannot live according to your lofty standards, resign and go to work for a lobbyist or some government contractor where you will be richly rewarded for your public service. Or, better yet, join the private sector and start your own company where you are personally responsible for making payroll for your employees before serving yourself! What an idiot!

  • Ruth

    Those Ba$tards are ALL overpaid. I wish we could get rid of the majority of them, including those RINOs, like Boehner and McConnell.

  • Me

    You now have Obamacare . So you don’t suffer from “job lock” anymore. Look for a new job that pays more!

  • Libra

    they should be paying us, they are a bunch of socialist that deserve to be fired and jailed,

  • akjim99

    And with Democrats in charge of the Senate and While House, normal Americans can’t afford to live decently anywhere.

  • Jim Morrison

    If you don’t like your pay, go find another job. On the other view, you probably need to change occupation since you don’t know how to do this one.

  • juan smith


    • Bill D Libs

      Stand back folks…chubby in the room.

  • Big Rob

    Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice

    Making 174,000/yr is an injustice lol

    Democrats lol!!!!

  • Ashton Lively

    So, find another job.

  • Kimbell

    I agree! Dead Beat Moran should TRY to find another JOB!!!! One with a CAREER!! Too say, elected Official’s are Lazy, Incompetent and don’t give a Hoot about their Constituent’s……….is a terrific Understatement. Tell Moran to pass a Law that Keeps Both house’s OUT of Washington, except for one day per Quarter……that way, HOPEFULLY they will cause LESS TROUBLE!!!!!!!!

  • Casca

    Oh cry me a river..

  • Wheel

    I’ll go you one better. Not only should you not get one penny more, EVERY member of Congress should be audited EVERY year and the sources of their income should be made public.

  • roastytoasty

    The world-view and attitude of ANYBODY employed in the U.S. bureaucratic system of government is the same as a Big Labor union employee. What’s bad for General Motors is bad for the U.S.A. NO BIG LABOR GOVERMENT!

  • pesky_facts

    Is this part of the “brain drain” they spoke of not so long ago?

  • Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

    $174,000 for a part time job, and they’re underpaid? How about they restrict themselves to actually constitutional considerations, that should reduce their current workload to something that can be managed in a couple of months tops.

    I guess when you’re micro-managing everything from baseball games to marriage to the health care for 400,000,000 people it takes up more time than just doing what the constitution allows.

  • Harry Bridges

    Guess he didn’t STEAL enough from the taxpayers… A perfect case for TERM LIMITS.. He and many others have just been there to damn long

  • teeter

    They why do they fight so hard to get the job?

  • pstew96

    What , six times the average constiuent salary isn’t enough for them?
    Give all merit raises, that should’nt cost us any money..

  • J_Biggs

    Congress should be a PART TIME job. Every member of congress should be required to work at a second job, within their home districts, at least 6 months out of EVERY year.

    • Bill D Libs

      I think that was the original concept. But it turned into a profession in last 50 to 100 years.

      • teeter

        Not a profession, a calling. That makes it more noble sounding. And being called to Public Service is damn near saintly.

  • juan smith


  • watchtheborders

    I live 60 miles north of New York CIty. I didn’t make enough to live in NYC, I only made a 6 figure salary, so I bought a home in the boonies I can afford, and I commuted to work 4 hours R/T daily. If I can do it, so can my representatives.

    If they really insist on being paid to live in the overpriced insider, taxpayer funded, luxury residences in D.C., I suggest they apply for an exemption from the guillotenes ASAP.

    We don’t like nor want an aristocracy in the United States.

  • janger

    Rather than opt for a raise…why don’t these poor low income Congressmen just ask Obama to redistribute the wealth in their direction? No need to take it to a vote when you have good old fashioned Marxist rule working for you!


    That pay raise in any circumstance would be hard to prove considering how well the congress pamper themselves with perks and benefits and the pay they receive now is in many opinions over compensation for the elitism and the neglect of obligation exhibited….term limits no retirement for all elected and appointed government officials would go a long ways in beginning to stop incumbency and corruption….

  • Target4Tyrants

    God these authoritarian pigs make me sick. They think they’re entitled to royal income & living quarters.
    Pisses me off listening to elected representatives representing themselves… The US Government needs an enima!

  • HalfMoments

    First off, total Bull.

    Secondly, move back to your own States, we don’t need you to be in DC, just video conference in. Then you will have less ability to have shady deals and make it a law that all communication is recorded. Nice.

  • robbjack

    If they don’t like there pay they should find a job that compensates them at a level they think they deserve. That’s what the rest of us have to do..

  • juan smith


  • DubyaFTW

    Hey, Botox and plastic surgery ain’t cheap.

    • Ashton Lively

      Neither are cocaine or strippers.

  • BlownfuelCoupe

    This guy wants you to believe that some of those in Washington actually live decently.

  • Bo knows

    american spring may 16 2014

  • Pardonme

    In actuality they should serve on their own dime and pensions should be abolished. Problem, they make the rules and set their own pay with a “democratic” vote so don’t ever think it is going to do anything but get better for these greedy bastards.

  • fraccle

    If there were strict legislation against members of congress taking money from lobbyists, insider trading, etc, I’d be all for a wage increase.

  • Nina Van Sweden

    I wonder what his definition of living “decently” is. Perhaps they believe that they are worthy of a mansion or at least an upscale condo. Of course if so much money was not spent on foolish items like John Kerry’s $400,000.00 camel we might be able to build some efficiency apartment buildings for these guys – something line military housing – and they can pay minimum rent. These guys seem to believe they are some kind of “royalty”. The only place in the country where the lifestyle has soared ahead is in DC.

  • fedup

    Have you noticed not one of these corrupt OVER paid Politicians has a beard or a mustache why is that?

  • RattleSnake

    If you have a problem with your pay then resign and go to the private sector and get a different job. No one forced them to become government employees, they made that choice to “serve” so shut up and serve or quit!

  • Conrad Osticator

    Frankly, I could support a 100% tax on Senators and Representatives.

    Let them live off the graft, rather than a taxpayer subsidy while the graft gets deposited in the bank.

  • WhiteBluecollarRedneck

    Hey, if you don’t like it don’t run for office, go get a real job, if you can find one!

  • juan smith


    • Gunny G Alz

      No doubt you’ll be on duty in that glory hole off of I-95 servicing truckers.

  • Bill D Libs

    If you like your pay you can keep your pay.

    • ChopperChopChop


    • kevinstroup


  • forrestsergeante

    Our democrat aristocrats are completely out of touch with the people, and reality.

  • ChopperChopChop

    Virginia Democrat James P. Moran is so tone deaf, he can probably qualify for a service dog.

  • Just another Worker Ant

    These politicians are SO out of touch with reality that they just don’t have a clue as to how their electorate are living ! I think they should ALL be tested for drug use ! W.T.F. ? If they can’t live on $ 174 K a year maybe they should downsize like the rest of us are doing !

  • ErskinFlibberJabber

    boo and or hoo

  • Brad

    Funny, at one time I actually considered serving this nation to be an honor, now I wouldn’t risk a stubbed toe defending this corrupt nation full of race profiteers, crooked politicians, above the law police, and liberal apologists. Find me one public institution in this nation that isn’t rife with corruption from the top down…good luck.

  • Dawn McColm

    Term limits NOW!!!

  • kevinstroup

    Our illustrious congressmen cannot even be bothered to WRITE or READ the laws that they pass. And for this laziness and incompetence they want a raise? Frankly, they should be fired.

  • juan smith


  • duvidl

    Let’s CUT their pay

    • Alex1956

      Let em’ work by their bribes and payoffs. It would be a lot more honest than it does now. After all, they exempt themselves from laws they shove down our throats.

  • BlownfuelCoupe

    If you people start reading bills before passing them, we might consider some sort of fringe benefit.

  • Arturo Carvajal

    Let’s not forget these morons get elected, forget all their promises (Lies), get over paid for non service to their constituents, and after 4 years they get a pension!

  • Don

    I wish many American workers who truly are underpaid could vote themselves a raise. By the way, don’t forget to mention the many perks and benefits that they receive, and the generous retirement, and the great jobs that they usually receive once they leave office. In other words Congress, shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.

  • Rumpelstilskin

    We need to quit twisting these people’s arms to make them run for Congress. They can’t afford it!

  • BlownfuelCoupe

    How much are Gallows?

  • Conrad Osticator

    Let’s make their pay performance based.

  • Robert Govan

    Three words congress. Missing Plane …HOAX…..Wellaware1 (dot) com

  • catdoc

    Did they mention the perks and the fact they have made DC very expensive since the favors they perform attract the wealthy lobbyists. How many of them leave poor? The days of Harry Truman are long gone.

  • konc1

    Liberal democrats are truly insane and delusional, they are a cancer on America that needs to be eradicated.

  • juan smith


  • Combat_Vet

    Poor them, if you can’t live on what you make as a US representative then take your automatic retirement and move back to your home state.
    Like the people you represent would need to do.

  • Glenn_in_IL

    Hey, Moran :

  • juan smith


  • Mark III

    United States Corporation founded in 1871?

    See: republicfortheunitedstates dot org for related history.

  • Brad

    Term limits, pay cut, removal of exemptions from laws like Obamacare, and full time work.

    Hell, based on their recent performance, I don’t think most of them deserve a dime above minimum wage.

    Had enough yet America? Our fore-fathers would be embarrassed by our lack of a backbone.

  • Deathbydeath

    The crimes continue

  • David Adam

    NUKE DC!

  • rick

    If they are the Board of Directors they have allowed the corporation to fail and have not performed their duties. What corporation would KEEP this A Holes?
    This is exactly the problem……the entrenched bureaucracy is delusional.

  • Antiprog

    Baghdad jim moran is overpaid and greedy. He a leftist political hack and i suspect has never worked an 8 hour day in his life. He has no idea , like most gov hounds, how the private sector works

  • happyinky

    Here is a better idea:
    1. Term limits and after they are up go get a real job.
    2. On those few days when you are actually in session pass a bill to convert the glut of unused Federal property into barracks style facilities for impoverished congressmen to help them keep in mind how their give away legislation forces their constituents into bare bones existences.
    3 If this is not satisfactory–get the hell out –your liberal efforts will not be missed.

  • 5ini5ter

    They deserve a lot less money. If they don’t like the pay they can go do something else. They NEED to spend a lot less time in DC anyway.

  • willblogformoney

    Can’t make it through life on $174,000? And we wonder why we are trillions in debt?

  • J.r. Burton

    No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.

    The 27th Amendment was introduced in Congress in 1789 by James Madison & finally ratified, by the required three-quarters of the states, in 1992.

    It is an embarrassment that most citizens do not know this.

    It is unconscionable and, by the very definition – unconstitutional, if Congress ignores this.

  • VA7

    “Can’t afford to live in DC”, GOOD!!!! They live in their states with their constituents in the real world, not this la la land they live in.

  • HappyG

    Clearly this is an attempt at humor…

    • Jason

      No, these people are that out of touch!

  • Bill D Libs

    Man down. Get out the fire hose and wash the crud from the sidewalk.

  • ChopperChopChop

    Funny how their pay is $174K per year, and yet they all leave office as multi-millionaires.

  • Tikaro

    Legal insider trading and lobbyist lube gets most of these guys into the millionaires club within a few years.

  • roastytoasty

    Overall U.S. deficit is around 70 trillion and this “leader” wants a raise? Is Moran joking?

  • fantum

    My Dog is a Democrat…

    My dog is of mixed race, lazy, unemployed, sleeps all day, can’t speak English, $hits everywhere, humps other male dogs and then licks them clean, and has no clue as to who his daddy is… Also, he expects me to feed him and provide him with free housing and medical care.

    Now he wants a raise!

  • Audrey Thomas

    He should quit his job and go to he11,

  • Rodney Mann

    What a total tool. Apparently he never took advantage of the insider trading loophole that made members of the senate and congress millions.
    These “public servants” should be paid per diem only for the days they are in session and have their staffs cut by at least 50%. If they can’t afford to live in DC then convert a barracks at one of the military installations in the DC area into a dormitory for their use.
    I have no sympathy at all.

  • BlownfuelCoupe

    Public Service? It’s more like “Servicing” the Public.

  • Jack Schitt

    I’m glad to be a man that can control his temper.

    And I’m sure there are those out there who will reach a point of getting an itchy trigger finger. Those who can no longer contain themselves.

    Very heated issue.

  • HappyG

    Then convert some old building in DC and make it into a flop house…they deserve nothing more…

  • Dawn McColm

    Our public servants (what a joke) should be paid no more than the median income of the people they represent.

  • Maroon Baboon

    I will support doubling your pay…if you produce a balanced budget. In the interim, get back to work.

  • mememe

    Put bunk beds in the basement of the capital and call it good

  • Chad Jackson

    Give them a raise to $500K per year but out of that they MUST pay for their office space, and operational expenses (copies, mailing, etc).

    • HappyG

      You know that will never happen…it’d be too much like the real world…

  • Rumpelstilskin

    Couldn’t he commute from Virgina?

    • Combat_Vet

      Or maryland

  • Alex1956

    “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,”

    What, not enough graft, bribes and payoffs? Heaven forbid!

    In private industry you earn by the degree of performance. The vast majority of these guys shouldn’t get minimum wage with a 6% approval rating.

  • tateofpa

    If they were really working for us, they would consider how to do their jobs better and more efficient, instead of always wanting more money. If they were to stay in their districts where the people could have more contact with them, would that not be a better solution? Would it not make them more subservient to the people, to have them staying in their districts? Instead of them living in their little cocoons in DC remove from the people with easy access for the lobbyist and their money. DC should be a place they go only for short period of time and they should have dorms for our elected officials to live in during that short period of time in DC. They should have secure telecommuting and video conferencing. Time to move into the 21st century.

  • aussiegirlMI

    Underpaid, underperformed and by the way you idiot, you are not the same as the Board of Directors, you are elected and by golly we will send you back to where you once hailed from, the lot of you!

  • mrbarry

    Get rid of all these parasites and have a nationwide lottery to select our representatives

  • Bo knows

    Make sure you call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  • NJ Conservative

    Democrats are so out of touch. They think there is a bottomless pit of money. Idiots.

  • Frustrated Teacher

    Moran thinks we are idiots. Pretty much every one of this ‘representatives’ is a millionaire. They do NOT need a raise. They really aren’t supposed to be doing it for the money anyways. Shut up and do your JOB. You’ve been getting paid for little as it is and a lot of what you HAVE accomplished is hurting America!

  • Jim Brown

    This is just garbage, They work less than half a year. They don’t pay for postage, They don’t pay for food or Liquor. 95% of them leaves office millions of dollars richer. They should be working for half of their salary or less. They get subsidized 75% for their insurance (we the taxpayers pay for that). Transportation (car and airfare) are on he taxpayers dime. No way!

  • joinamerica

    Forgive me Lord, but I think bringing back stocks (a device for publicly punishing offenders consisting of a wooden frame with holes in which the feet or feet and hands can be locked), might be in order.

  • Brad

    Does anyone have his email address handy?

    • Artemis Entrari

      Google does
      Or just call him
      (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

    • stl_catholic

      Washington DC Office

      2252 Rayburn HOB

      Washington, DC 20515

      Phone: (202) 225-4376

      Fax: (202) 225-0017

      Alexandria Office

      333 N. Fairfax St., Suite 201

      Alexandria, VA 22314

      Phone: (703) 971-4700

      Fax: (703) 922-9436

  • TSgtalexander

    Lets trade…..douche bag….Here lies the monetary disconnect….

  • xyz

    Maybe he should sign up for obamacare. He could supposedly save $2500 a year on his premiums.

    • HappyG


    • HappyG

      And when the Cadillac tax kicks in he can pretend he made another $12,000 a year…

  • mwmichaels

    Under lock and key would be much better.

  • Joe E.

    Hence why they’re called “public servants.”


    You cannot live decently on 174,000? That is a absolute joke….I lived in Myrtle Beach sc on 20,000 salary after taxes…give me almost 9 times that for doing basically nothing productive and I would have been happier than a pig in mud….

  • tateofpa

    Get them out of DC and a way from the lobbyist

  • David Adam


  • dedegold

    He obviously needs to shake down a few lobbyists for more money.

  • Francis

    I’m sure there are plenty of capable people out there willing to take your seat for $174,000 a year Mr. Moran. Why not also enlighten us all to the vast and never ending perks also associated with your government job?

  • BlownfuelCoupe

    Hey, Bend-Over’s Expensive.

  • Gamps

    if you don’t like the pay don’t seek the job!! The gaul.

  • Stevie10703

    $174K per year, 4 day work week, 2 weeks for Christmas and New Years, most of the summer off….and they’re underpaid? Term limits are a must.

  • Ashton Lively

    Time to drain the swamp in November 2014.

  • Lorenzo

    “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are
    underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely
    felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of
    directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    You see, therein lies the problem. Mr. Moran sees himself as “director” of some kind, of the largest economic entity in the world. Mr. Moran is simply the elected representative of the 8th District of Virginia, according to his website, not the director of anything.

    But to the article, this is what happens when we allow career politicians who deem themselves worthy.

  • Daniel6

    The latest example how these DC clowns are completely out of touch with both reality and their constituents

  • R-WOOD

    They’ll love Guantanamo.

  • dcgwr

    Reid and Pelosi aren’t worth the air that they breath.

  • rr_nyc

    I guess all the bribes they take are not enough.

    I guess the fact they all quit with huge pensions don’t matter.

    I guess the fact they all come in “poor” and leave with millions don’t matter.

    I guess all the freebies don’t count as income.

    I guess all the extra pay from committees etc don’t matter.

    And FWIW to this IMBECILE MORAN, if you were on the Board of Directors of a real company the CREDITORS would have shut you down years back for having 18 trillion in debt.

  • tateofpa

    Just like a dem no other solution, but money and more money.

  • Fawn Zion

    THEN QUIT, let some REGULAR Americans take those jobs, I’m sure there’s plenty of us with COMMONSENSE who would gladly work for 174k a year. GIVE ME A BREAK FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

  • Hypnagogic

    I’m one of “the American people” and I know you are paid more than required to turn our Constitutional Republic into a EU socialist “democracy”. Congressman you should be more like the rest of America and make due with what you have.

  • BlockTheTruth

    The Holy Bible

    2Petter 3:10

    But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.


  • ManaMoffa

    Poliicians have done it to themselves and to the rest of us
    Their policies CAUSE inflated prices of products and services., and this inflation is universal…even built into your rent.
    Despite what some have told you, the “rich” guy, the corporation, and the business owner does not get it’s money to pay for forced pay increases, taxes and regulatory costs from some magic pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
    ALL the money to pay ALL taxes , including your own income tax , comes from one place of origin……the Consumer . The money to pay taxes and all costs comes directly from the Consumer of products and services in the price they pay for them
    Higher taxes mean higher cost to all consumers New regulations that require a team a lawyers and consultants to meet ,, cost the Consumer , not the company

    NO Dear Democrat ,raising taxes and new do NOT help the vast majority of Consumers who are POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS
    NO Dear Republican, the Corporations and even most small businesses aren’t hurt when politicians increase taxes and costs….they will just raise their prices.
    It’s the vast majority of poor and middle class working people that PAY for all of it.
    So the GOP is right, taxes should be kept low and regulations restricted to only things that protect the consumer. BUT not for the Business owners sake, for the Consumer’s sake.

  • gregjxn

    I’d be willing to raise their salaries by the same percentage that they cut the federal budget.

  • BlockTheTruth

    Rev 6:14 and 6:15

    14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every slave, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

  • steven mark

    if they feel that they are underpaid then i think they should leave the public sector and go to the private ones. i wish i made that money, hell i will take that job. the reason why they can not afford to sleep anyplace is because they spend all their money on million dollar homes, live like the middle class and they will see they have more than enough money.

  • CJ

    I lived in the DC area for much less than that and didn’t have the vacation time, so I am not sure what crack pipe he is smoking on, but at $174,000 I do think people can more than survive given they also have expenses covered for much of their costs.

  • tateofpa

    Money will fix everything according to dems

  • Cody

    You just can’t make this $h!t up. I hope this old son of a B is d34d by dawn, heart attack sounds great.

  • CJ

    Most companies only have board of around 10-15 members too.

  • Scientist

    Under paid….Really?..It’s time for pitch forks and torches…These people are outta control..ALL OF THEM..And if your voting for the Democrats or Republicans your as bad as they are! And don’t give me that lesser of two evil bullshit…Thats not flying anymore. Its time to get them all out and rebuild this country to the Republic it was designed to be!

  • Bo knows

    American Spring May 16 2014..u-tube it it. This video says it all:

  • Putin on the Ritz

    It’s a conflict in interests, if you can vote in your own pay raise??? “Unanimous”
    If you can vote against term limits meaning you lose your job??? “Unanimous”

    What person would vote themselves out of a job? They might be our lawmakers but that just makes creating laws in your own favor just too easy, what if WE THE PEOPLE could have a popular vote concerning their pay and term limits? Thats the only thing that makes sense to me.

  • Miagogo

    No, I pay you people too much already to infringe upon my rights. You want more money? Go get a job. Try living within your means. It might be a good lesson to bring back to the House with you.

  • Wesley Stinnett

    Yes they are underpaid, That’s why most congress critters leave office worth at least millionaires, Then get more money sitting on the boards of big corporations!

  • Chaddington

    You’re NOT forced to be a member of Congress. If you don’t like the salary, do what folks in the private sector do, get another job. Elected office isn’t meant to be forever anyway. Plus, your assistants on the Hill make significantly less and they’re surviving some how. Not to mention, what part of BROKE do these democrats not understand? They’re lucky we aren’t SLASHING salaries, let alone a PAY RAISE.

  • joinamerica

    Forgive me for thinking so many negative thoughts (all at once), but they ought to be rounded up and tarred and feathered, for their divisive, damaging. bankrupting rape of this country.

  • rthomp8363

    You have got to be joking. We have millions of americans not being able to get enough food to eat and they think 174,000 isnt enough. Also, all the perks they get from lobbyists. Plus they havent done anything good in the last 10 years. Tell them to stay home, and stay out of washington until they actually want to do something that will help america.

  • Commentary Cat

    you kidding me? Jim Moran is a multi-millionaire as are virtually all
    members of congress. They get travel per-diem that is significantly
    higher than the average federal worker – Example: Normal per-diem for
    travel to Jacksonville FL is 77.00/day for lodging 46.00/day food. A congressman and/or any of his staff (there are lots and lots of these people) get 450.00/day lodging 300/day food along with executive travel (first class everywhere as well as executive fleet vehicles – read Cadillac or better). They also have a “Class-A purchasing Agent” who essentially has a bottomless pit of money for travel purposes (virtually anything can be justified – all you need is a receipt) that bills the taxpayers on a separate line of accounting. If you don’t have a receipt – no problem just recreate it from what you remember. If you work for a congressman you can travel almost 365 days a year. This doesn’t include the multi-domicile tax exemption that only congress is entitled to.

    There is virtually no end of the “perks” and “pats on the back” these evil people have carved out for themselves. Jim Moran is one of the worst.

  • rkthespos

    Perhaps some one should remind Mr. Moran – and all elected officials, for that matter – that this was never meant to be a full time position. That the original intent behind representative government was to serve. And that this involved some sacrifice. I know – this has been lost for generations. But now might be the time for this silly notion to make a resurgence.

  • ChopperChopChop

    Give them a base of $20K per month. Deduct $5K every time they say or do anything stupid. Deduct the full $20K if the say and do nothing during the course of the month.

  • pesky_facts

    Perhaps he could give up his cable TV and cell phone like Obucko suggested.

  • vtxtreme

    Wow, where to start? The largest economic entity in the world?Even if that were true, is that not a huge problem? The Federal Government was meant to be less intrusive than state governments. Second, let’s apply his logic to every job. I should be paid equivalent to where I work too. So if I work a hotdog cart on the corner of Park ave in Manhattan, I should get paid millions! Third, when an economic entity consistently spends 4 times more than it makes and incurs debt rather than profit, you kill it or it dies on its own. Unbelievable the stupidity of those that deem themselves smarter than everyone else.

  • bfaunce

    America’s one percent now lives in Washington DC and are all living off the taxpayers dime, which they cannot afford. Our founders wanted service to be just that, serve your country because you love it then go home. TERM LIMITS NOW!

  • roastytoasty

    Moran thinks like a labor union worker.

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  • Bill D Libs

    Let’s put your pay level up for a national vote, and see what the people that hired you thinks you should be paid. Instead of you giving yourself your next pay raise. And while we are at it let’s vote on your benefits too.

  • SpendusMaximus

    Don’t like the wages then quit!

  • thedude2009

    Underpaid. Sure. Whatever.

  • candidviews

    Only if we can fire them by petition should they get a dime more

  • bonaventure

    No sir.
    WE THE PEOPLE are the Board of Directors.
    You’re just the Board Room’s janitors.

  • malaka_eneuresis

    Term Limits will allow them to sacrifice for one of to terms and then they can go home and get a real job.

  • osamaba bin mooch michelle

    Fire their a$$es… Then they will know what “can’t afford” REALLY means.

  • Conscience_of_a_conservative

    Many Congressman and Senators do not live on their salaries but have independent means. Its also a bit too easy for Congressman to be able to decide their own salary. Workers in the U.S. don’t have it so easy.

    While no system is perfect, we should go back to the days where our representatives did not paid paid at all, but serve out of a desire to perform public service.

  • penahs

    So they spend millions to get elected knowing what the job pays and then they bellyache about how much they are being paid.
    In the not to distant past they did not spend all year in DC losing touch with the people who elected them. I say limit their time in DC to less then 6 months a year.

  • Billy Beefcaked

    Liars. The majority of the members of Congress are Millionaires. They all do so many behind the back under the table deals that they are all swimming in cash. The most wealthy people in America ARE IN WASHINGTON DC.

    Just more lies.

    • Mark III

      D.C. (the District of Columbia) is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. congress and is not a part of any U.S. state.

      This helps explain what happens under the watch of the D & R Establishment.

      The oligarchy includes politicians, bankers, and businessmen.

      See: republicforthenunitedstates dot org for related info

  • Byrd Preston

    They may be the board of directors for the largest economy in the world, but they do a lousy job. It’s time for a shareholder meeting to fire them.

  • JWalker

    This is easy… Build them some Section 8 housing.
    No whining on the Yacht, people.

  • StevenA

    The simple fact that Moran sees his job as running the single largest economic entity and not as representing the people of his district speaks volumes as to what is wrong with our federal government.

  • Wyrdless

    Every Billion dollars they cut from the deficit, I’d be willing to raise their pay $100 a year. If they did their job, maybe people would be sympathetic.

  • InformedVoter2K

    My guess is that members of congress make more per year with just the benefits package they receive (full medical, retirement pensions, vacation time, et, al) than most of the Americans working in the middle class…wait, what middle class?

  • Dawn McColm

    While we peons are fighting to survive, struggling to make the choice between feeding our families or covering their healthcare, our public servants are living like royalty. It’s time to dust off the guillotines.

  • MW

    First these bums tell us the current amount of secret, yet legal PAC money they can take with them when they retire. Many of these people go in with nothing and accept legal PAC bribes. They then write the desired action into the tax code (Book of Bribes) and then leave as millionaires….just to go consulting for, in some cases, foreign hostile governments like, Iran, Russia, and Syria. They then bribe the next bunch…and on it goes. If you argue against them, they send the IRS after you. We live in a fascist state now.

  • daviddinTX

    I would be inclined to give them a substantial bonus if they simply balanced the budget! Earn your keep I say.

  • Ralloh

    Oh yes, you people are doing such a great job. I think we should double your salary.

    Sorry, you’re not going to get any sympathy from We The People.

  • JazzDude1000

    Yup, it’s a WORLD OF DEBT!! See Funny Video Below — WORLD OF DEBT!!

  • RayMarotta

    If elected officials were paid minimum wage with zero benefits, they’d still be grossly overpaid. Let these parasites “serve for the privilege of serving.”

  • m jacobs

    There not counting all of the money that they steal. Why do most retire millionaires?

  • NWObama

    “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid.”

    He should be thrown out of office for that one comment alone.

  • Mark Thompkins

    To the good people of Virginina. Thank you for sending such a huge douche canoe to Washington to spend our money.

    Y’alls should all be very proud

  • AUEagle

    And that tells you all you need to know about the Democrat Party!

  • stl_catholic

    Washington DC Office – Phone: (202) 225-4376

    Alexandria Office – Phone: (703) 971-4700

  • Bordeauxm

    Yeah because they have accomplished so much.

  • scarey2

    Poor devils…heres an interesting article, from the Heritage Foundation, “The report details how Members of Congress earn a salary of $174,000—that’s 3.4 times higher than the average full-time American worker, who earns $50,875 per year. Even if you compare Members of Congress to more educated, private sector employees, they’re still doing pretty well—those Americans earn on average $83,000 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    But Our Generation and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance report that the congressional base salary is just the beginning. If you count the $110,000 in taxpayer-funded fringe benefits Members receive (including plush retirement plans, paid time off, and contributions to Social Security and Medicare taxes), they’re earning close to $285,000 per year.. So Reid, stick it!

    • Harry Paranockus

      (and the 70-75% subsidy for health insurance, eventhough they had to buy on the exchange where the subsidy limit on income stops at $46,700)

  • TPelican

    Few of them end up poor when they are through, I say NO!

  • Bill D Libs

    These people are the real 1%. And they are getting rich on our dime.

  • Doug Lynn

    Two options: (1) Convert one of huge empty federal buildings into housing for Congress. (2) Change how they do business so the lobbyists have to meet them in their home districts instead of in Washington. Without the lobbyists, demand and prices will go down.

  • R-WOOD

    Insider trading don’t pay Pay Their Bills? WOW Thy are idiots.

  • Peyton

    What an effin joke…

  • Bill D Libs

    I have an answer for you. Live within your means like the rest of us do that are paying your wages.

  • Bach Stirling

    Our culture is devouring itself, one day at a time. What used to be outside of common sense has become the norm. Our founding fathers would be ashamed of how we, collectively, have handled what they gave to us.

    This is what happens when men and women ignore, make fun of, and lambaste the tenets given to us by God. Here, if you care, is a look at what life would look like if progressives get their way…

  • roycat

    My heart bleeds for them….

  • Apu Bugolligosh

    Awwwww…poor Mr. Moran. $174K is not enough?! Well, golly, maybe the voters of Virginia will just relieve you of that onerous Government position next time you’re up for election. Then you won’t have to trouble yourself over two homes.

    I can’t believe this jerk!

  • cvs_54238

    tsk tsk, I haven’t had a raise in over ten years.

  • teddie77

    Do Dems think of anyone but themselves?

  • Native_New_Yorker

    Oh boo hoo…..what he does NOT include is the average MRA each congressional member receives annually, averaging $1.2 MILLION for travel, staffing, offices, et al. Check out'0E%2C*PL%5B%3D%23P%20%20
    These lying frauds end up millionaires with their back office deals and should all be in prison for corruption.

  • Anna Hall Bohach

    “…but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    WRONG! You are a bunch of socialist pigs who live off the blood, sweat, and tears of a productive class you are working to destroy on a daily basis. And you are so stup!d that you can’t even see that you’re cutting off your own nose to spite your face. Deal with it, Bolshevik!

  • cico31

    Instead of a raise how about they each get a GM car with their 3000 page bill used for a key chain….problem solved

  • Federico Fellini

    Underpaid, harry and nancy? No, but incompetent, anti-American, and stupid.

    • Jamocha Quebus

      Wrong: OVERPAID ! ! !

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  • Falsk Konto

    If you’re feeling undervalued, you have the right to resign your seat and go find employment elsewhere that would pay you a salary up to your standards…

  • Bill D Libs

    I Got Dis…

  • CSense

    Moran – one big liberal embarrassment! Jim – make it revenue neutral – if you want a raise cut some of your pork laden pet projects!

    • Mark III

      1871 and 1913 are among the most important dates.

  • Corner Stone

    What if the pay of congress members were to be means tested?
    The rich members would receive less so the poor members could receive more.

  • Loisteehee

    I’m soooooo sad for these crooks. I am underpaid too.

  • Daniel Haney

    Welcome to our world Mr.Moran.
    We can hardly afford to live either.
    Instead of getting off our backs with cumbersome taxes, you and the rest of your cronies want to whine about how under paid you are, while piling it on the working man?
    Please cry me a river congressman.
    You all are getting paid WAY more than you are worth.

  • Bob Johnson

    Everyone of them have committed treason and should do time.


    If you’re running a deficit, you get a pay cut. If you’re running a balanced budget, and cutting taxes, you get a pay raise. There, all fixed.

    • kjane

      Love that!


    Lousy article, they couldn’t even be bothered to mention what the salary and covered expenses and other benefits these clowns get.

    I say we go back to per diem. You’re in session you get paid, you’re not go get a real job.

  • McFly

    Don’t like the amount we’re being forced to pay you? Then effin’ quit, you jerks!


    They (some) come into office at a medium income and leave millionaires. All while supposedly living off of $174k a year. They are over paid crooks.

  • stl_catholic

    Thanks to Obamacare he is no longer job-locked so he can seek opportunities elsewhere.

    Washington DC Office – Phone: (202) 225-4376

    Alexandria Office – Phone: (703) 971-4700

  • teddie77

    No one gets a raise for failure

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  • griefman

    I have a better idea….. let’s pay them minimum wage and then tip them on how well they do their job. Think of how much money we could have saved these last 20 years.

  • Ross Templar

    Again I ask: How did Nancy Pelosi become a multimillionaire on a congressional salary?

    • Anonamous Guy

      Dirty hairy greed has done the same thing as have most others. What a scam.

  • dabba

    These people choose to keep their homes for their families in their home districts. It’s not the taxpayer’s responsibility to pay for a second residence for them. If they don’t like their living accommodations, they should sell their house and move their family to DC. These people are over paid, not under paid, not to mention they keep drawing their salaries and benefits for life even when they leave Congress/Senate.

    • pesky_facts

      I disagree … it is not the taxpayer’s responsibility to pay for a second residence.

      • dabba

        I was typing too fast and left out a couple of words. I corrected it.

        • pesky_facts

          You still say that it IS the taxpayer’s responsibility … and I still disagree.

          • dabba

            Try again or have your vision checked.

          • pesky_facts

            Sorry … needed to refresh.

  • Tim

    If anything they need a PAY CUT! Bunch of worthless jerks that can’t balance a check book OR fabricate a spine if they took pieces from all the members present!

  • numbercruncher1

    He is correct. BUT serving in Congress was never supposed to be a career. That said Its a respectable amount, with a fat pension! If anyone things its too little money…they should find another career!

  • Bill D Libs

    TERM LIMITS…There is the answer for you Mr. Congressman.

  • chris

    Maybe you could take more money from our troops. Or maybe you could trade jobs with them for 24 hours and learn who is really underpaid.

    • teddie77

      Troops also volunteer for the job and they don’t have to be an American citizen to be in the Army

      • Bill D Libs

        The Troops do not give themselves raises.

  • belleruin

    Here’s his Facebook page, his web site and phone number:


    Let’s tell him personally what we think!

  • west129

    Looks like a typo: Democrat James P. Moran, or M0R0N?

    • Daniel Haney

      Interchangable at the very least…

  • Bill D Libs

    Public housing for our public servants in congress.

  • BytraWatches

    OK, why the hell do they a need pay raise??? Are these not the same people telling us there is little to no inflation and that is why SS does not get a raise!!! Get the tar and feathers out boys, its time to have a revolution and show these oligarchy leaders their time has come and gone and as we escort them out of town we can decorate them for the leachers they are.

  • FireInIndy

    $174,000/yr to sit on your rear end, flush the country down the toilet, curtail our liberties and blame it all on the other party. I’m crying… but probably not for the reason you’re thinking.

  • DNS

    There should be a Senate Barracks with 50 four-room suites with each State providing it’s own furnishings. The Senators would have to figure out how to feed and clothe themselves or each State provide individual food allowances.

  • Bo knows

    Make sure you call his office! (202) 225-4376 or (703) 971-4700

  • Mark III

    Repeal the 17th amendment and restore federalism.

    Institute 12 year term limits, including the Supreme Court.

    Limit retirement benefits for all elected officials.

    Require voters to approve pay levels and raises for all elected officials.

    Require all laws that apply to citizens also apply equally to all elected officials.

    Outlaw lobbying (aka political pay-offs), and jail offenders.

    Eliminate income tax on wages, and replace with national sales tax.

    Shut down the Federal Reserve and issue US Treasury notes.

    • Bill in Tennessee

      I heartily recommend all people read Mark Levin’s book, “The Liberty Amendments.” Some of these very points are included in his amendment suggestions.

    • belleruin

      I’m more for just 8 years. 12 I think gives them just to much time to get in trouble.

  • Ram6

    These morons worked exactly 113 days in 2013 according to their own numbers and they think $176,000 a year is not enough?? According to my math they should have been paid $54,000 for that many days doing a 3 day a week job.

    Not only are they overpaid but they woefully underperform. If any of them worked for me or any company I worked for they would have been fired long ago.

  • Beca

    The solution is not pay increases but reduction in the size of the federal government thus reducing the amount of our tax dollars flowing around Washington D.C. which will subsequently reduce demand on everything, increase supply, and reduce overall cost, thus making everything more affordable, even for a Congressperson making $179,000 per year.

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  • Jim Clarence Devenport

    If the pay is so horrible why do they tend to remain in office for life? If it was low enough, maybe they would self-limit their terms and serve a few years and then go home and get a job and suffer under the laws they passed…. like the rest of us

  • agsb

    I say members of Congress are overpaid. Imagine voting on bills and not even reading them, jet around the world at taxpayer expense and getting paid for it. One member has the same complaint of housing being expensive so he sleeps in his office!

  • Bill D Libs

    Don’t worry congressman they are preparing a jail cell for you as we speak.

  • Perso Nasplit

    When I read this, it took all my effort to not scream at my monitor. How DARE they. They should be put in barracks like our military, stuffed 4-5 to a room, with communal bathrooms, and get to walk to the cafeteria that they have to pay for. How many millionaires are there in congress? it would probably be easier to ask how many NON millionaires are there?

    Overpaid my A$$

  • roastytoasty

    Democrats. The party of death & taxes. Death + Taxes = Democrat

  • Stephanie Payne

    These greedy Democrat politicians have a much different notion of what is “living decently”. Such as eating at five-star restaurants, staying at luxury resort hotels, and flying first class.. all on your dime.

  • Bill in Tennessee

    I agree, they ARE underpaid. I still owe both Reid and Pelosi a kick in the butt; in fact we ALL owe them that. Where does the line start?

  • LibsLie

    Factor in their pension and healthcare and then tell us how much they are getting paid. These people are idiots. They deserve to go to Guam and fall into the ocean when it tips over…. (do you get it?)

  • jimsure

    You have got to f#@king me. They are on vacation most of the time, do nothing when working and have the lowest approval rating of any government agency. If they don’t like the pay, get the hell out and let someone who cares about the country take your job. Vote them all out and start over with real americans.

  • Cotton LC

    #flipyourflag we are in distress!
    the following needs to happen:

    1. reduce the pay of ALL public servants (president included) to no
    more than 100k per year. Preferably to the pay of our soldiers.
    -however, they do get bonuses for the following: improving the economy; reducing the debt. basically, they get a shrink check.

    2. set term limits for congress. I suggest, senators currently are up for re-election every 6 years…. make it
    so all of those in congress are up for re-election every 2 years. But
    also set their current re-election limits, as their termination limit.
    in other words, senators will not be eligible after 6 years of service.

    3. flat tax

    4. no more subsidies… period.

    5. there are plenty of empty government buildings. turn those into
    apartment living for congress and other government officials. it is
    understandable that they have to keep up their residence back home and
    maintain a residence in DC and that can be expensive. so as with
    suggestion 1, part of their compensation will be housing and maybe a

    6. abolish: EPA; IRS; dep of education; and there
    are a good handful of other useless departments that are done much
    better in the private sector. do this, and it will help with not only
    reducing our debt, but with creating jobs since many of these
    departments kill business.

    7. amendment: any unconstitutional law is null and void.

    8. amendment: any official who attempts to pass an unconstitutional law
    will be immediately removed from office and tried for treason.

    9. amendment: since the 2nd amendment is misunderstood when it comes to
    “shall not be infringed” add.. Any law restricting firearms is null and
    void. Any official attempting this will be tried for treason.

    10. acts against our constitution, such as teachers indoctrinating
    students against it, or rewriting it more or the less. these individuals
    will be deported or tried for treason as it is our duty to uphold and
    defend the constitution as citizens.

  • disqus_hQ19w3VLjt

    We, the people, might consider it if and when: They read and comprehend bills before voting on them. They cannot, it’s impossible to represent us, when they don’t even know what they are voting on.
    Second, they stop representing their campaign donors and start representing the people they said they were going to represent to begin with.

  • chesterfield001

    You politicians really think the American People are friggin stupid well assbutt go in the friggin private sector you people make me sick!!!

    • ernaldin

      By viewing the last couple national results, its certain 53% of voters anyway, are dumber than doorknobs…

  • usmc_ret_2004

    I’m confused. Why is a democrat asking for higher pay? I thought it was the republicans who were greedy? I thought democrats wanted all people to have pay equality? Shouldn’t they be lowering their pay to the “median income”…$53,046?

    • dabba

      “They should pay their fair share.”
      “They have to have some skin in the game.”
      “They are the 1%. We are the 99%.”
      “The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer.”

      Blah, blah, blah. Bunch of hypocrites.

    • JoJoJams

      I’m sure it’s a ploy. Congress at this point is a “republican” congress, and there’s a lot of hyperbole about how they are a “do nothing” congress, and obstructionists. The low-info voters will only see that “Congress is trying to vote themselves raises!” – and the lowest of the low info’s will Screech, “Those evil Republicans!! How dare they want a raise!” ~ And never even know, see or care that it’s a Democrat proposing this all. And who, I’m confident, is purposely attempting this legislation for just that – to use it against repubs in an election year. Even if it fails, I can see the election year ads now; Photo ops of the vote, with the header: “Republican congress voting on giving themselves raises”. It’s a win/win ploy for the dems.

  • tateofpa

    Higher taxes and more money is the answer to everything for the dems. Never looking for a way to do thing better and smarter.

  • Bill D Libs

    Go cry to your mommy…we could care less what your living arrangements are costing you.

  • garylee123

    “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact
    is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity
    in the world.”
    Maybe if you adhered to the Constitution you wouldn’t be “underpaid”. Maybe if you did your “insider trading” better you’d have more money. Maybe if your “cronys” donated more to you.

    US gov’t is one of the largest economies in the world…..and it sure as hell isn’t supposed to be.

  • Ron

    maybe if this august bunch would ever do something for this country,maybe they might deserve a pay raise—their track record lately shows how inept they have been

  • sailordude

    Democrats, the gall.

  • donnieduck

    That is one of the reasons the Founding Fathers wanted members of congress to be part time and maintain a “real” job the rest of the year. It would be too expensive to maintain 2 residences, etc.

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  • Paul Rush

    They all spend more to get elected than they will ever make in salary, so how does that make the job undesirable?

  • Susan Shinaver Lutz

    I think he should quit the job and go home. I am sure he can find meaningful employment at a salary that is commensurate to his inflated ego which will pay him what he thinks he is worth.

  • rosswill

    If they won’t pass term limits then cut their pay and reduce or eliminate pensions. Use their pay to limit their time in Washington.

    • vetteman2010

      Problem with this is these are both in their control as well. They vote no to term limits and yes to their raises and benefits. Hellava deal eh?

    • onetermandout

      That was the original intent of our founders who allowed them NO pay in the constitution.
      The founders never envisioned the blood sucking career thugs who now run the US. The founders would be mortified if they saw a thing like former congressman wienie boy Weiner, who never held another job in his life. He resigned only under duress after showing his wienie to young girls on the internet.
      Even so, wienie boy is getting a full pension (it only takes 6 years in office), paid by the fools who elected him, even though they work all their lives for 1/4 the pay and pension.

  • rbarreto372 .

    It take big brass, teflon coated, twice shaven marbles to say somerthing like that with the economy in the state is in. Someone remind him he is not an employee, he is a volunteer working for his constituency because he wants to. If he thinks he can’t afford it then quit and let someone else try.

  • Come On Now

    Jim Moran is a shame to the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. Corrupt to the core and constantly taking bribes, Moran professes to be poor. Pay to Play, Insider Trading, and Election Rigging – these are Moran’s venial sins. That he should ask for more money while lining his pockets with kickbacks, well that is his mortal sins. It will be good to see him go…

  • Perplexed

    Let them eat cake!!!!

  • RA Carl


    • Conrad Osticator

      Perhaps they are forced to spend that ‘family time’ begging for handouts from lobbyists to support their desired life-style.

  • tateofpa

    Move them out of DC and back to the people and stop supporting professorial politicians with term limits.

  • Raymond Smith

    Then stay in the f****g state where you were elected you freeloading lumps of sh***t.

    • Conrad Osticator

      Ah shucks, Raymond. Could you tell us what you really think about this idea? 😉

  • 1peevedbob

    They make $175K, get a 75% subsidy, and they claim they can’t afford Obama Care? It they can’t, given these parameters, how do they think the average American can afford this monstrosity.
    I think they need to be paid the current minimum wage and be limited to two terms….
    I also think ALL GUBMENT employees need to be turned out of their jobs every 6 years and let others have a chance to work in a gubment job…..

  • Barry Bin Inhalin

    If Jim Moran was picking through garbage on the streets of DC, trying to eek out a meal from his meager $174k plus his own private cafeteria, barbershop, health club, etc. (all located in the Capitol building/basement), I wouldn’t throw him a crumb, hoping he eventually just goes away.
    Aren’t Liberals a hoot?

  • vetteman2010

    What else would you expect from these fools??

  • Ulvazell

    All I’ve got to say is bull$hit! These guys are useless. One term in congress and they become millionaire pensioners. Useless. How about pay for performance! I think they should all be fired, start over and put in place term limits. If it’s good enough for the president it’s good enough for congress.

  • ds17701

    All these guys should run for office to serve the country, not for a paycheck. They should serve a term and go back to their jobs or businesses. Serving in the government, like welfare, was never meant to be a career opportunity.

    • The_Bob_Michaels

      Indeed. When was the last time a rep or senator left office with less wealth than when they entered?

  • Daniel Haney

    Representative Moran,
    Since you feel you are underpaid, please feel free to resign and get one of those sweet lobbyist jobs.
    There you will make a ton of money bribing vice being bribed.
    Still wonder why Congress has a 12% approval rating?
    I do, I wonder what 12% of people in this country think ANY of you are doing a good job???

    • eaglechick

      He is not running for re election, so yes, he probably will be a lobbyist.

  • ernaldin

    Its past time for a citizens march on D.C. Much rope will be needed….

  • jack esterkes

    preposterous !!! if this is what Moran can do running a business, then it becomes all the more apparent that he and his ilk should be fired in the 2014 mid-terms

  • Tony

    Thats about 87 bucks a hour for a full-time worker…..which he’s not…and last time I checked he’s a public servant… if i was a teacher i would slap him.

    • Ram6

      But you are assuming he works a 40 hour week. He doesn’t. Mostly they work 3 day weeks. In fact if if you take the 113 days they worked last year and broke it down it would work out to less than 3 day a week for a 52 week year. They actually make $1539 a day for each day the congress is in session. If you prorated that over a normal year of a 5 day week 52 weeks a year that works out to the equivelant of $400,140a year.

  • Dave H.

    If you can’t live decently on $174k, no matter what the geographic area is, then your definition of “decently” is indecent. Nobody says they have to live in Georgetown, or where ever the fancy DC neighborhoods are. They can live in a middle class Maryland or Virginia suburb and commute, like “real” people do.

  • wyatt chia

    So the crybaby is one of the senators who lives within driving distance of his few days a week lots of huge recesses job. Figures. Whiner.

  • Christy Scott

    Well, he certainly has nerve, I’ll give him that. Mr. Moran, we all know that your salary is not nearly all of the money you corrupt politicians get. I’d love to make your salary, even without the medical, retirement and all of the under the table bribes you guys get.

  • SilenceLikeaCancerGrows

    Then quit, leave, get out, be a board member in a company, government is not to make profit, You want profit, go work. Scum of the earth, go scrub toilets you dolt.

  • SGT Chemistry

    Let them eat cake!

  • Texmom

    The US government is broke! Any real business run the way these guys have run our government would long have been shuttered. If anyone in the private sector wanted a raise and failed to do their job, they would be fired!

    Shrink government and spend less time in Washington!

  • Euripides

    “…the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

    Silly analogy.

    The board of directors of a corporation work to produce wealth for the company. They are paid from profits. Congress, on the other hand, takes other peoples’ money, then redistributes it to the bureaucracy of government, including themselves.

  • Lincoln30

    Mr Moron doesn’t get that you serve in congress to serve your country, NOT make a living!!! When congress pays themselves what they pay the average soldier in the Military, then we will have something.

  • fedora

    These degenerates are as worthless as bird crap on a pump handle.

  • Bill D Libs

    What’s the matter congressman did sheep rental go up in DC?

  • BlakeSDavis

    No problem – don’ like the pay? Then don’t run for office – there isn’t any requirement that you work there.
    In the meantime, stop sponging off the rest of us – especially the Democrats – the most corrupt entity on earth in the Democratic Party.

  • tateofpa

    More money more money, is that the only thing these people know?

  • Pecasone

    Two of the most “underpaid” do-nothings (constructive) in history.