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Congressman Boasts Salary Requirements

Written By Jeff Siegel

Posted December 1, 2012

His name is Hank Johnson.

He is the Georgia Representative you may remember from back in 2010, when he told Admiral Robert Willard he was worried too many troops stationed on the island of Guam would cause it to capsize…

The actual quote is as follows: “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

That this guy still works in Washington further proves that most voters are completely clueless to the fact that those they elect are rarely honorable or, to be frank, sane.

But, as it goes, Hank Johnson is still enjoying the spoils of bureaucracy.

And he’s still saying really, really stupid things.

A Bunch of Poppycock

Last month at the Annesbrooks HOA Candidate Forum in Georgia, Johnson declared the benefits and salary members of Congress receive are “earned.” He went on to say…

It’s not elaborate, it’s just a bunch of poppycock that a lot of people have spread around trying to get us to hate our own government and our government representatives.

First of all, the fact that he used the word “poppycock” to describe folks questioning his compensation makes me hate him right off the bat. And the extravagant compensation he receives for basically being an incompetent government worker… well that’s just icing on my cake of disgust.

Most members of Congress make about $174,000 a year. The median pay of a typical American worker that must produce in order to keep his job: $39,416.

Members of Congress also enjoy premium health insurance plans and a retirement plan that is guaranteed, even if they only serve one term.

Can you imagine working just six years then being guaranteed a sweet retirement plan?

And that doesn’t even include the lucrative book, speaking, and consulting gigs these guys land after leaving office.

This isn’t “poppycock” my friends. This is bullshit!

And the fact that these guys can continue to dismantle our freedoms and facilitate the destruction of this once great Democracy — and get paid for it — makes the whole thing infuriating.

So if Hank Johnson believes the words that I’ve published on this page are causing people to hate our elected Representatives, so be it. But the truth is many people hate politicians because most of them are nothing more than bureaucratic bums who don’t even work a full week, and suck off the collective teat of the American taxpayer.

$2 Million and Counting…

I have to admit I’m amazed this guy still has a job. I get that most voters are too stupid or enslaved by their party affiliations to look beyond the “Democrat” or “Republican” tag line on their ballot, but come on! This guy is just a mess.

But that’s just how it goes in Washington these days. Once you’re there, you can pretty much stay there — as long as you provide plenty of back-scratching for all the folks who get you there…

Hank Johnson is no exception. Since first being elected back in 2006, Johnson has raised more than $2 million from special interests. His three favorite sectors include:

  • Finance, Insurance and Real Estate – $311,214 raised

  • Lawyers and Lobbyists – $268,802 raised

  • Labor – $371,621 raised

Those three alone speak volumes about this guy’s intentions.

Question Authority

To be honest, I really don’t hate the guy. I don’t actually hate any of the incompetent bureaucrats squatting in the Halls of Congress.

What I do hate is the fact that most of these guys are not fit to repair the damage that’s been done to this country. Instead, they’re actually making it worse.

So when Hank Johnson starts boasting about how he “earns” his salary and suggests that questioning his extremely generous compensation is somehow equated with facilitating hate against government officials, well, I’m sorry…

As far as I’m concerned, that’s grounds for dismissal.

He’s basically suggesting that anyone questioning his compensation is questioning the authority of the government. And yes, that’s exactly what I’m doing. It’s exactly what all of us should be doing. It is not only our right, but our responsibility.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

And for the record, this “authority” is minimal at best.

Don’t let these guys bully you into believing they have more than the Constitution allows. It is “we the people” who grant authority — and it remains “we the people” that can revoke it.

Live honorably, live free…

Jeff Siegel Signature 

Jeff Siegel
for Freedom Watch

P.S. Not all lawmakers have supported lavish pay raises and benefits packages… In fact, back in 1997 Ron Paul refused to participate in the pension system, calling it immoral:

Members of Congress are elected by the people to handle the affairs of this nation in a responsible, efficient manner, not to enrich themselves for a lifetime. To participate in a pension plan at taxpayers expense would for me be hypocritical and immoral. I hope everyone in the 105th Congress will do as I have done: reject the pension and prepare for retirement without burdening the taxpayers for decades to come. To do any less is to perpetuate what is at it’s most basic level an arrogant insult to the people we were elected to represent.

We need more Ron Pauls in Washington — not more Hank Johnsons!