Why Politicians Don't Get No Respect
In this hilarious caper of hijinks and high testosterone, no less a political luminary than John McCain (R-AZ) in the company of James Carville (the Ragin' Cajun) joined Wilson and Vaughn at a National Cathedral wedding, thus validating the entire premise that members of Congress are above all party animals.
Matt Drudge ran a headline chiding McCain for starring in a "boob raunch fest."
McCain's retort: "In Washington, I work with boobs every day."
A Congressperson's Paltry Salary
Currently the base salary for senators and congresspersons is $158,000 per annum.
Congresspersons and senators are forced to maintain two residences--in their home district and in the nation's capital.
How much does it cost to live in Washington, D.C.? If the national average cost-of-living index is 100, the nation's capital is 181 making it one of the most expensive places in the world to reside.
Along with travel allowances to get to and from their districts, members of Congress are allowed a $3,000 tax deduction to help maintain a separate residence.
That's $250 a month. In Washington, D.C., $250 a month would get you one-third of a broom closet in a rooming house and allow you one shower a week in the communal bathroom. Breakfast not included.
In these circumstances, $158,000 a year is simply not a living wage.
Two kids in college would put a member of Congress in the financial tank for years.
For many House and Senate members, the situation is dire.
Congress--The Have's and the Have-Not's
Congress can be divided into two groups--those with net worth of over $1 million and those without.
Writing in USNews.com, Lou Dobbs states that 30 percent of members of Congress have a net worth of $1 million or more.
That means 70 percent--or roughly 375 legislators--are not millionaires. With two residences and constant separation from their families, they must be living hand-to-mouth, not only frantic over where the next meal is coming from, but also on a perpetual fundraising treadmill in order to get reelected.