The nauseating irony of the fiscal cliff pay raise

(Weekly Standard) President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.

According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he’ll now make $231,900 per year.

Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase.

The irony is nauseating. Congress has an 18% approval rating and is stuck in a persistent low streak. They are clearly not getting a raise to compensate for performance. Maybe it’s a cost-of-living increase. Everyone can use a regular pay raise to keep up with inflation, something that’s completely out of congress’ hands. Oh wait….

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