Steve Southerland Gets Down About His Job in Congress
Matt | On 25, Aug 2011
One member of Congress had an exceptionally real moment this week with his constituents when talking about the pressures of his job.
“And by the way, did I mention? They’re shooting at us,” Southerland said at the townhall. “If you think this job pays too much, with those kinds of risks and cutting me off from my family business, I’ll just tell you: This job don’t mean that much to me. I had a good life in Panama City.”
You could easily take his comment out of context and think that he doesn’t give a crap about his job. But, I kinda understand where he is coming from. Look at Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona). In all of her sweetness, no amount of love of country or public service (for me) is worth getting shot in the head AT A COMMUNITY EVENT!
The base salary for a member of Congress is $174,000/year. That equates to over $476/day. It puts them squarely on the upper end of income earners in the country.
All that money and they aren’t getting a damn thing done! ::sigh::