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  •  they should be paid minimum wage (9+ / 0-)

    and hourly

    no more "salaried w/bennies" congressionals

    that way we'll find out who really wants to work for America

    y'hear Marsha Blackburn? that includes you 'cuz you're so keen on the idea

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:08:17 AM PST

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    •  The real problem with that (4+ / 0-)

      Is that it makes Congress even more the domain of the rich and privileged than it already is.  If you're, say, a lawyer or a journalist or professor or whatever, middle or upper-middle class, you can afford to trade that job for a congressional salary and serve your country.  If Congress gets paid poverty wages, the only people who will be able to take the job are those who are already rich as fuck.

      "And the President of the United States - would be seated right here. I would be here. And he would be here. I would turn - and there he’d be. I could pet ‘im." - Lewis Black

      by libdevil on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 08:09:45 AM PST

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