Congressman Jim Moran believes Congress deserves a raise

Forget the fact that the unemployment rate is at 6.7% and food stamp usage is at an all time high, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) believes Congress deserves a raise. Considering the congressional approval rating is hovering around 10%, it is safe to say the American people probably wouldn’t be onboard with upping their representatives’ pay. Rep. Moran, however, doesn’t seem to care.

Members of Congress currently earn $174,000 a year. But that is apparently not enough. Moran, who is a senior House Legislative Branch appropriator, claims some lawmakers have taken to living out of their offices to save money. Others have “small little apartment units” that make it impossible to spend the time they should with their families. Moran argues most state legislatures provide members a per diem allowance, so the federal government should do the same.

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

On radio this morning, Glenn decided to agree with Moran that the United States is in fact a company. But when you consider the current state of the country, Moran’s logic doesn’t add up.

“This is a company… The United States of America, Incorporated. It is a giant company. That’s what it is. We’re the shareholders… You would have sold your stock a long time ago. You would say, ‘What the hell is wrong with you people,’” Glenn explained. “They’re robbing us. We’re at $17 trillion in debt. There’s no product we could ever make that’s going to pay that off. What the hell’s wrong with you? Don’t you see they have sold the company into slavery of another company?”

Congressional pay has been frozen for three years, and, as a result, Moran says “a lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington.”

Moments like this demonstrate just how far Congress has deviated from the idea of public service, and Glenn found himself disgusted by Moran’s elitist reasoning.

“What happened to the word ‘service’? You know who is serving the country? The military. [They] get out and they have nothing… Those are the guys who actually served us,” Glenn said. “These guys [in Congress] leave with huge pensions, all the glitz and glamor of everything. [They] go on speaking tours. Meanwhile our veterans are starving. It’s obscene. It really is. This is King Louis and Marie Antoinette. It’s not just the President and his lavish lifestyle. It’s all of them in Washington.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    They do not care anymore.

  • Deckard426

    Moran does deserve a raise; on his own petard!

  • Keith

    Hehehe, Rep Trey Gowdy took that idiot down in 55 seconds. He was asked about the raise by Megan Kelly, I believe, during an interview. His response was priceless!!!

  • landofaahs

    A raise? Balance the budget with real cuts and a flat tax then we’ll talk your raise. Until then you only merit a kick in the rear raising you off the floor a couple extra feet.

  • landofaahs

    You do not merit a raise. We don’t lower our standards so up yours.

  • landofaahs

    Isn’t $174k considered rich by democrats.

  • Anonymous

    Really, “underpaid?” What a joke. For all the mismanagement these morons have done, especially the career trough feeders, and they think they are underpaid? They have spent our country into oblivion, enriched themselves, thumbed their noses by passing legislation against the will of the people (like obamascam), want lifetime cushy benefits on our backs, perks up the wazoo, and most are delusional, have a sense of entitlement, are arrogant, corrupt and incompetent. Most of these career trough feeders need a one way ticket out of DC, never to hold public office again. No cushy lifetime benefits, and some of them need to be prosecuted for treason and violating their oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. A raise? What utter nonsense. The ones remaining after the 2014 midterms need a huge pay cut, put onto obamascam like the serfs and we definitely need term limits.

  • landofaahs

    Mr. Moron, I have heard many of you congressmen/women complain CEO’s make more money than you do. CEO’s are not given raises when they put their company $17 TTTTTTTRILLION in debt. They usually get fired you moran.

  • K. B.

    Well at least they are asking this time, the last time they voted themselves a raise “in the dark of night”. Can we talk about the benefits they get, like Insider Trading, they come to D.C. as middle class Reps. and become rich Reps., Reid, Hastert, and Pelosi to name a few. Can we also talk about the fact some of them come to Congress as interns and never leave, McConnell. Please send them home.

  • Anonymous

    How about they get a raise when Americans get one? I personally think they should get a pay cut like the rest of us had to take.

    They are complaining with the best healthcare (exempt from Obamacare) for life. They take off for weeks at a time even if there are important things to be voted on. They allowed our taxes to be increased making it hard for many of us to even pay them. Meanwhile, you have many in congress who did tax evasion and got away with it.

    Should we give these people a raise for slowly dismantling our constitution, (taking away freedom of speech, religion, right to bear arms, etc.)? People should be outraged by this.

  • Maggie ‘s Mom

    Don’t the Democrats have a platform that everybody should have a fair share? If that’s the case then we should all be making $174,000 a year. This congressman is just a typical example of who we don’t need in Washington. They haven’t done the jobs to which they were elected. They Democrats own this economy and the lack of jobs. They’ve inflicted this economy all of us and we’re the one paying the price for all that. They haven’t cut their salaries or their expenses and staffs–why not? They certainly should have because they’re the ones that are responsible for this terrible economy. And now this dope thinks that he should get a raise – is he serious? That’s how out of touch the Democrats are with the people public. You know, the people they were elected to serve. From what I understand this guys a millionaire who went through to bed divorces and I guess he doesn’t have the luxury lifestyle that he had in the past. So in his crooked little mind he thinks of the taxpayer should pay for his luxurious lifestyle. Let him get a job in the private sector and negotiate a salary. As long as he gets out of office is all that matters to any of us. 2014 and 2016 elections are going to be a wake-up call for all these incompetent people in Washington who are only concerned about their own reelection’s. We’ve got to stand up and speak up America and kick these people to the curb.

  • Publius II

    There was a time when politicians like Jim would have been tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. In a typical tar-and-feathers punishment, the politician was stripped to his waist. Hot tar was either poured or painted onto the politician while he was immobilized. Then the politician had feathers thrown on him so they stuck to the tar. Often the politician was then carried out of town on a wooden rail. Anyone know where we can get some tar and feathers for this clown?

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/y05sawwqi151chk/An%20Intolerable%20Evil.pdf

  • Anonymous

    Yes, cut the military X amount of dollars and then spend X+30% dollars on congressional pay raises, wahy to go democrats and some republicans.

  • Scott Orton

    Let’s give them a benefit of a doubt, all of us want raises, why shouldn’t congressmen be any different? But most of us have metrics that are used to measure our job performance and we are paid accordingly or let go. Glenn’s income isn’t decided by how affordable his neighborhood is, but by the number of listeners of his program.

    So we should change their pay, and tie it to performance ratings. Let’s start with 2.5 times the approval rating to start. They would have the potential, to earn $250,000yr by doing their jobs in such a way that the people are pleased. There should be some bump for leadership, let’s say 2.75 times for committee chairs and whatnot and for those who stick around for 20+ years or are party leaders, maybe an even 3 times the approval rating. (who said we can’t be generous at times).

    With their current approval rating at about 12.5%, I figure they should be earning 31,250/year. :)

  • Scott Orton

    It is interesting that Moran describes Congress as a Board of Directors. In that example, we would have to consider Government as a Non-Profit dedicated to providing services for the citizens of the nation. Now, well over 90% of the non-profit’s board of directors, do not take pay for their service. In fact, the
    IRS says, in Governance and Related Topics – 501(c)(3) Organizations 3-4 (2008),
    “Charities should generally not compensate persons for service on the
    board of directors except to reimburse direct expenses of such service.
    … Charities may pay reasonable compensation for services provided
    by officers and staff. In determining reasonable compensation, a
    charity may wish to rely on the rebuttable presumption test of
    section 4958 of the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulation
    section of 53.4958-6.”

    So if the IRS says we should not compensate members of the Board, who are we to argue?

  • Anonymous

    He needs to be raised up a flag pole with a rope around his throat

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    moran is an elitist punk and total coward, he is the 1% and wants more

  • Anonymous

    this is the problem with government, people do, by nature want to get paid more and more, but in government you don’t have the free enterprise system that either rewards success or punishes failures.

    So let this man leave, and go find a job that pays him his true worth, but bet he won’t find it, unless of course he wants to sell his soul once more to be a lobbyist.

  • Anonymous

    If Mr Moran (and others) feel as though they don’t skim enough money to live decently in DC, then they all should have to work from their own home in their own state and give up their DC area residences – that’s an instant pay raise. They could then travel to DC 6 times a year to take care of the Business of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

  • DON THE BRITTON

    I propose that they cut the Reps pay to $50,000 per year and make them work from their home district using the internet to cast vote and conferencing. At the same time give us at least four time as many Reps to really represent the people. The current of Reps was established illegally back in 1911 when the country had less than 100 million citizens. The constitotion provides one Rep per 30.000 citizens and it is far past time we get better representation.
    Think of what this proposal would do; it would cut down some of the gerrymandering, make the Reps more available to the people they represent, and drive lobbyists crazy. It would also dilute the political party’s influences.
    Maybe this could be our goal for 2016.

  • Anonymous

    That pay amount puts them in the 99% according to Obama and the Dam Dems.

  • Anonymous

    What needs to be done is to limit the time that they spend on the job, in Washington. 90 days a year should be sufficient. The longer they spend in Washington, the more of our tax dollars they waste, and the more constitutional freedoms we lose.
    At that rate $170,000 divided by 4 equals $42,500, which is probably the ‘average’ income for the ‘average’ American. Or did I forget, these are all C.E.O. caliber individuals. Maxine Waters anyone? ANYONE???? SH*T….

  • ken.

    i say cut their pay in half, completely drop their pensions and all other benefits. they are supposed to be serving their country, not themselves. to serve means to give, not take.

  • Anonymous

    You don’t deserve a raise. Most of you should be fired.

  • OutragedMilitaryWife

    Typical Democrat believing they deserve something they did not earn. This man makes more than twice as much as an enlisted military member in the same area and he is crying that he doesn’t make enough. It is an outrage! He says… “Others have “small little apartment units” that make it impossible to spend the time they should with their families.” Do you know how impossible it is for most military members to “spend the time they should with their families”? Or how many that work in the DC metro area but must commute everyday because they can’t afford to live in that area? Yet these military members who don’t get paid enough and don’t get time with their families are expected to die for this country when called to do so. Apparently we should feel sorry for the part time congressman who makes twice as much for doing absolutely nothing.

  • OutragedMilitaryWife

    Thanks for sharing this, his response was absolutely priceless and refreshing!

  • Keith

    Turns out the interview was with Greta Van Susteren.

  • Anonymous

    General Washington led the Continental Army through the entire Revolutionary war in the worst circumstances imaginable and refused to take a single dime for his SERVICE even though Congress wanted to pay him.

    President Washington served two terms as the first president of the fledgling Republic against his own desires to do so… and refused to be paid a single dime for his SERVICE!

    And we have greedy, entitled whining Congressmen that have to reduce their golf trips and pay for their own food. Waaa Waaaa….. how utterly contemptible and selfish. Service and Public Duty are a privilege, not a career Mr. Moran! Shame on you!

  • Anonymous

    If the poor things can’t live on $174,000/year they have zero financial management skills – oh wait, that’s why our country’s trillions of dollars in debt!

  • Guardian

    “…. most state legislatures provide members a per diem allowance, so the federal government should do the same.” ~ Moran

    The government (IRS) gives them a very generous per diem they can deduct from their income when calculating their taxes due.

  • Guardian

    My sentiments exactly. If they were paid according to performance, they would all be due a sudden large decrease, and would have to repay a great deal of what they received in the past. I dare say Nancy and Harry would be on welfare.

  • Guardian

    How dare he ask for a raise? Besides being overpaid for their lack of performance, they are privy to all the Stock Market moves before they happen because they often cause them.

    He may not have caught on yet about how to get lobby money under the table like the rest of them do. They leave Congress far richer than when they entered.

    Remember one who got caught – William J. Jefferson (D- LA) corruption case in 2006 or there about, where he had some of his bribe money hidden in his freezer – cold hard cash LOL. The FBI got him!

  • women 99

    JI,M MORAN IS A MORON AND SHOULD RETIRE BECAUSE HE IS WORTHLESS