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View Diary: Congressional Salary $175,000 Constituent Salary $17,500 (31 comments)

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      Congress were only paid $20,000 a year, the only people who would run for Congress would be people who were independently wealthy, people who can't make more in the private sector, and people with extremely strong ideological beliefs.

      Do we want doctors, lawyers, teachers, professors, and social workers in Congress, or would we rather a Congress that consists of plutocrats, the uneducated or unemployable, and fanatics to an even greater degree than it does today.

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