I've been thinking this week about Congress since they are, yet again, about to go on "recess."
A seven week recess, no less.
What's a recess, you ask? We don't have those at my work.
Why, that's what you call vacation when you're otherwise too embarrassed to be going on yet another. And the great thing is, like your own pay raises, you give them to yourself!
Herewith is a list--partial, I'm sure--of just why being a Congressional representative, House or Senate, has got to be one of the best, if not the best job in the world.
As said above, you create and give yourself, both your own pay raises.
Even if things are going badly for the nation, for your constituents, you can give yourself a pay raise. Hey, whatta' they gonna' do?
You create and give yourself your own vacations, as mentioned above.
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Name recognition gets you re-elected, usually for as long as you want the job. And why wouldn't you?
If you're already in Congress, it's easier, far easier, to get campaign contributions.
You have a FANTASTIC pension plan. And again, you created it yourself and gave it to yourself.
You have a great paycheck, of course.
You have an expense account. And like your vacations that have another name, you call it something else.
At this point, more than half of those “serving the American people” in Congress are millionaires.
In 2010, U.S. Senators pulled $72,370 out of the “Senate Restaurant Fund”.
In 2010, U.S. Senators took $166,673 out of something called the “Senate Gift Shop Revolving Fund”.
Basically, let's face it, you're above the law.
Finally, amazingly, really, for all the pay and recognition and benefits, you don't really even have to do your job.
Congress is a dysfunctional mess. Here’s why you should want to work there anyway
Our US Congress.
What's not to love?