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Old 12-11-2008, 12:35 PM   #1
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WASHINGTON December 11, 2008: Andrew Taylor, writing for the Associated Press, has revealed that the proposed $14 billion bailout plan for U.S. automakers will not only help han just GM and Chrysler (and Ford, should they decide to partake), Federal judges would get a pay raise, as well.


The raise an annual cost of living adjustment, or COLA would bring U.S. District court judges up to par with members of Congress, who will receive an almost $5,000 boost on Jan. 1. District judges and lawmakers now earn $169,300 a year but are expected to be awarded a 2.8 percent raise next year, said Dick Carelli, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., insisted that the judicial pay raise go into the automaker loan measure, which is the only item of business on Congress' lame-duck agenda.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
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A merit increase...because theyve all done such a GREAT job!

How about members of congress earn the median income of their representative state?
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:13 AM   #3
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What are you crazy? and be truly representative of their state?
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:28 AM   #4
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wow, they never cease to amaze me.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:59 AM   #5
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Procedurally, this probably had to be done this way to get this done before the next session.

However, this was an idiotic move. They just thumbed their noses at the Big 3 for flying to meet them in their private jets, and now Congress does something like this? This is what we have to look forward to in a Reid/Pelosi regime...
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:00 AM   #6
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How about members of congress earn the median income of their representative state?
i never thought about that, but god damn is that a fantastic idea.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:04 AM   #7
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whats the fuss?... they dont even make that much compare to those greedy executives.
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:11 PM   #8
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A merit increase...because theyve all done such a GREAT job!

How about members of congress earn the median income of their representative state?
I have been saying this forever, if they want to make more money then they need to do a good job for the people they represent.
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:51 PM   #9
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well it didn't pass either way. so the judges will just have to tighten their belts.
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:25 PM   #10
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Procedurally, this probably had to be done this way to get this done before the next session.

However, this was an idiotic move. They just thumbed their noses at the Big 3 for flying to meet them in their private jets, and now Congress does something like this? This is what we have to look forward to in a Reid/Pelosi regime...


Yeah, cuz the Republicans did such a fantastic job on behalf of the American people the last 8 years.

Let's be honest and say that many, if not most politicians blow chunks, but let's not be so myopic as to assume one party has a monopoly on idiocy.
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:37 PM   #11
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I'm actually of the opposite opinion. I think that they don't make nearly enough to justify the responsibility they have. That's why they are all so pathetic. The truly talented people do other things...

Imagine the quality of our education system if teachers made 300K per year... yet a decent pharmaceutical salesperson can take that home, or a plumber, or a hair salon owner... makes no sense.
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^^^ + a bajillion.
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:40 AM   #13
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I'm actually of the opposite opinion. I think that they don't make nearly enough to justify the responsibility they have. That's why they are all so pathetic. The truly talented people do other things...

Imagine the quality of our education system if teachers made 300K per year... yet a decent pharmaceutical salesperson can take that home, or a plumber, or a hair salon owner... makes no sense.
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I wish I got an annual cost of living pay increase

It's funny how they are allowed to vote for their own raises. Raises that miraculously always get passed. Let's not forget how they also continue to battle against the minimum wage to increase.
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I'm actually of the opposite opinion. I think that they don't make nearly enough to justify the responsibility they have. That's why they are all so pathetic. The truly talented people do other things...

Imagine the quality of our education system if teachers made 300K per year... yet a decent pharmaceutical salesperson can take that home, or a plumber, or a hair salon owner... makes no sense.
I agree. It's not an easy job and you need to compensate them to keep talented people at their positions. Especially since if they were to go to the private sector they can make twice what they make now.

St. Louis has a real hard time keeping lawyers employed because they can't afford to give competitive salaries compared to private firms.

Besides if it wasn't going to pass this time, it would've passed by itself next year when Congress starts up again.
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