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Man takes a nap on a bench
Well, not really, but if I wanted to get paid a fat salary for doing next to nothing, it would be hard to come up with a better job.
Lawmakers begin returning to Washington Monday after a two-week Easter recess, and the goal of Republicans and Democrats controlling the House and Senate remains the same: Do no political harm, or at least do nothing to cause serious shifts in the political winds that could upset the status quo before Election Day.
Sure, there are some pressing issues confronting the country, like for example the fact that despite sluggish economic growth, Congress has still failed to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, in the process hanging millions of Americans out to dry. But hey, it's almost summer: What better time to become homeless, am I right? I'm sure people will understand—after all, Congress has a job to not do. And with a schedule like this ...
In the next five weeks, the House will meet for just 15 days with a weeklong Mother’s Day break in between.
... House Republicans will have a particularly easy time not doing it. They literally won't have to work in order to not work. And the best thing (for them) is that they get paid a lot for their lack of effort: Their annual salary (excluding benefits and perks) is $174,000, which, conveniently, is exactly 12 times as much as someone who makes minimum wage for a full year earns. So keep that in mind the next time you hear a Republican whine about waste in government.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM PDT.

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