A story by Statesman writer Dan Popkey about the federal shutdown reports, “Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch say they will donate the portion of their $174,000 annual pay earned during the shutdown to charity.
Such a simplistic move by our elected officials illustrates the problem. They have no shame.
These guys shutdown the government then proclaim, “We will accept the public’s cash for not working, donate that public money to our favorite private charity, and deduct it from our income tax.” The donation comes out of the pockets of the United States Taxpayer, not the senators.
THE MONEY SHOULD GO BACK TO THE UNITED STATES TREASURY however minuscule the amount may be. The gesture is otherwise empty and deceptive. They don’t deserve to have the taxpayers fund donations to charity in their names.
Those workers who were furloughed shouldn’t be paid for not working either. Even though it wasn’t their fault, we taxpayers get nothing for our dollars. Get laid off at a private firm which is poorly managed and you don’t get back pay. Try telling YOUR boss, “I am going to take time off, but I want you to pay me anyway so I can donate my wages to my favorite charity while I am gone.”
Americans are tired of this crap. Washington needs to look to Greece, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia to see what happens when a citizenry reaches its limits of abuse. With a 16% approval rating, the days in office are numbered for many along the Potomac.
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