Monday, July 21, 2014

Big Government Haters Grasp For Big Government Paychecks

Crying for small government and ending entitlement payments and cutting the fat is red meat for right-wing Wisconsin political audiences come election time.

But $174,000-a-year with a great pension and additional benefits for convening here and there between recesses - - plus Members-Only travel, tax breaks, postage, gym perks and more means service in the US House of Representatives is as sweet a government gig as there is these days.

So political allowances must be made if one is to get one's hands on the rest of those generous allowances.

And speaking of allowances - - the Congressional pension charge against salary of only 1.3% is a mere fraction of the increased pension contribution costs that Walker and GOP legislators pushed through in Act 10 and that now heavily fall on state employees - - so if you can move, say, from the state legislature to the Congress your pay nearly quadruples and you save big bucks on the pension contribution, too.

So I loved the seeing the four conservative, Tea Partyish, oh-so-principled legislative conservatives pictured here battling in a GOP congressional primary, which, as the Journal Sentinel notes, will buy them at least a decade of gerrymandered and guaranteed service (and big taxpayer checks), too:
There's a reason the GOP primary for Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District is shaping up as the state's most competitive federal race this election year: the winner has a good chance of representing east-central Wisconsin for at least a decade to come...
In the Republican-leaning district, each of the three leading candidates — state Sens. Joe Leibham (R-Town of Sheboygan) and Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) and state Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Town of Cedarburg) — is focused on sweeping aside their fairly similar voting records in the Legislature and proving to voters that he is the real conservative in the race. Each has pledged to serve no more than 10 or 12 years.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just like the bear hunters. On almost all their wolf hating pages they cry about welfare, food stamps, healthcare but yet go running for that 2500 bucks when they murder their own dogs.