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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:47 AM

Takehome Pay in the USA

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littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 OP
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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:50 AM

1. Did Congress always do so well vs. Middle Class Americans?

What was their pay in 1980?

And the average American per capita income?

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Response to Gold Metal Flake (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:03 PM

4. No, I was asking lawmaker salary vs. worker pay history.



>>Congress’ job approval ratings have sunk to around 20 percent, while their disapproval is up to an average of 73.4 percent. Yet for all of America’s dissatisfaction—and Congress’ failure to combat the nation’s fiscal crisis—Members of Congress are earning salaries and fringe benefits that far exceed those of the average American, according to a new report by Our Generation and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

The report details how Members of Congress earn a salary of $174,000—that’s 3.4 times higher than the average full-time American worker, who earns $50,875 per year. Even if you compare Members of Congress to more educated, private sector employees, they’re still doing pretty well—those Americans earn on average $83,000 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But Our Generation and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance report that the congressional base salary is just the beginning. If you count the $110,000 in taxpayer-funded fringe benefits Members receive (including plush retirement plans, paid time off, and contributions to Social Security and Medicare taxes), they’re earning close to $285,000 per year.<<

http://blog.heritage.org/2011/07/29/members-of-congress-earn-big-salaries-and-fringe-benefits/

I wish I could find a better link than to the Heritage Foundation, but this will suffice for the moment.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 12:55 PM

3. The freeloaders are pretty obvious ...

No?

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