On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) told Roll Call:
I think that the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid. And you know, 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, and a lot of members can’t even afford to live decently when they’re at their job in Washington."
Of course, unlike Congress, any "board of directors" that continuously lost money for their company and eagerly gave jobs away to other firms (i.e. H1B Visas and unchecked illegal immigration), would be fired before they could run the "economic entity" into the ground.
As a Congressman, Moran makes $174,000 a year, and is eligible for a fat taxpayer-funded pension for life. He also enjoys other perks on our dime such as a Congressional gym; subsidized meals at the posh House dining room; an annual vehicle allowance of $10,000; as well as free travel to anywhere in the world.
In contrast, the following, arguably more valuable public servants make much lower annual salaries:
Most Americans would count themselves extremely fortunate to receive the pay and privileges afforded to members of Congress. However, when you consider Moran's background, it becomes clear as to why he may now feel somewhat deprived.
The Daily Caller reported:
In 2002, he supported a bill to overhaul the bankruptcy laws that was being heavily advocated by MBNA Corporation of Delaware, a credit card company who was found to have loaned Moran $447,500 "on what appeared to be highly favorable terms," according to a New York Times article from the time.
The average police officer will never make more than about $50,000 a year, while these folks put their lives on the line 12 months out of the year, and seem to understand the meaning of public service, despite their lack of post-graduate work...So why can't a man as well educated as Congressman Moran understand the meaning of public service?
We should all take the time to contact Mr. Moran and remind him that the career path of a civil servant is not designed to make one rich. Furthermore, as most Americans are struggling with out-of-control education, healthcare, food, housing, and fuel costs while making an average salary of $47,000, it is rather disgusting that anyone would describe a six-figure salary as "underpaid."