Skip to main content

U.S. Representative Lee Terry (R-NE) (C) speaks next to U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and Vets4Energy Adviser Rear Admiral Don Loren (L) about the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, on Capitol Hill March 26, 2014.    REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY) - RTR3IP6C
Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry (R)
Oh no he didn't! Of all the congressmen—all—the congressmen—GOP Rep. Lee Terry is the very, very last guy who should be kvetching about how much he earns. Yet when state Sen. Brad Ashford, the Democrat trying to unseat Terry in Nebraska's competitive 2nd Congressional District, threw down the gauntlet over congressional pay (which now stands at $174,000 a year for members of the House), Terry just couldn't help himself:
"I'm proposing we do cut our salary by 10 percent," Ashford announced Monday morning.

Ashford says he is not only committed to cutting congressional paychecks, but has vowed to return 10 percent of his pay, if elected, until he gets the cut passed.

Congressman Lee Terry says, not so fast.

"What he's not telling you is that Congress hasn't had a cost of living increase since 2008, when I led the charge for a freeze," said Rep. Terry.

Guess what, bub? Americans haven't had a cost of living increase since 2008, either! In fact, they haven't seen any kind of gains in pay whatsoever. As most people know—or more likely, have experienced—average wages have remained utterly stagnant for over a decade. So for Terry to act like he made some kind of huge sacrifice by giving up a perk that virtually none of his fellow citizens enjoy is obnoxious in the extreme, especially when most Americans have been treading water for years.

But it's not surprising in the least. Remember this particularly brazen outburst?

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., was blunt when asked if he would continue collecting his paychecks during the shutdown.

"Dang straight," he said. [...]

"I've got a nice house and a kid in college, and I'll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That's just not going to fly."

Terry quickly had to apologize for those remarks. Wonder how long it'll be before he tries to walk back these latest comments. Tell you what, though: Even if he waits a year, the average worker's wage probably still won't have budged—not that Lee Terry would notice.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site