Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Members of Congress will be paid during the government shutdown as required by the Constitution. 

More than 800,000 federal workers were sent home without pay on Tuesday as the government shut down for the first time in nearly two decades.

For the 535 members of Congress, however, the paychecks will keep coming no matter how long the shutdown lasts. 

The Constitution's 27th Amendment stipulates that the salaries of the House and Senate cannot change until a congressional election has come and gone.

The fact that the people who have forced the shutdown are still being paid has rankled plenty of Americans. Some members of Congress, including Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the Tea Party darling from Texas, has pledged to donate his salary to charity during the shutdown.

Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, NY, said that's just "a stunt" by "millionaire Senators."

King, one of just five House Republicans to vote against the final spending measure Monday night that pushed the government to shut down, said he deserves to be paid.

"If I was the one running around saying the government should shut down, that's one thing," he said. "I'm the one that is trying to keep it open. So if anyone should get his paycheck, it's me."

How convenient. Politicians state that it's the law which requires them to get paid during the current  Government shutdown.

In particular this is vomitatious coming from the Republicans since they forced the shutdown of our Government.

Just as hypocritical are the GOP politicians citing the law and the Constitution as reasons that they have to be paid their already excessive salaries for not doing any work.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the Affordable Health Care Act (AKA "Obamacare"), this Act is the law, and has been upheld as legal by the Supreme Court of the United States.

The LAWS mean nothing to Republicans if they disagree with it. This is totally obscene and not part of the core beliefs that comprise land of the free America they supposedly profess to love. 

                  The Daily News of New York said it be best:

Whether you agree with a law or not, no matter your political persuasion, when a law is legally passed, it must be respected in a Democracy. 

Elections decide issues by putting those in Congress to represent the people of the United States. If you don't agree with the laws, elect different politicians.

Apparently the GOP thinks they are special and can ignore the majority of voters. The Republicans are losers, unable and incapable of understanding that you can't always get what you want in the process of living in a Democracy. In the end they have now crossed over the line of no return, and will be held accountable by the American people for their traitorous, Un-American actions.

What's next in our Banana Republic? Does the GOP want to try recounting the popular and electoral votes of the Presidential election where a majority vote of more than 4 million American people elected President Obama who clearly whipped Romney's ass.

This is what I think about all of Congress continuing to get their salary:
  • If they weren't going to get paid, this would not happen. They work for us and they have forgotten that.
  • Their pay should be first to go. What a difference the outcome would be.
  • If we don't do our jobs we get fired--enough said!
  • I didn't elect any of them. If their salaries were in jeopardy they would of got the job done.
  • They should be fired...the same way anyone else would be for not showing up to work! It's unacceptable behavior...yet we accept it!
  • Congressmen should be treated like everybody else. Take away their pay!!! 
  • I feel so sad for this country. 
  • Well, of course the Congressmen still get paid. Why should they suffer? Disgusting!!!
  • We the American people are the victims & will suffer.
  • Politicians only care about their own selfish ambitions, careers, and themselves. None of them gives a rats ass about the citizens of the United States.
  • Affordable Health Care for All Americans is not even the real issue. The GOP hates President Obama and will do anything to screw him, by screwing all of us. This is not even politics at it worst, it is pure evil, and getting even worse.
  • Congress gets paid their salary for life with health benefits when they retire. They are taken care of and set for life with their own Affordable Health Care Plan. Why would any rational American believe anything that comes out of a politicians mouth, in particular a Republican's?
  • Congress has an approval rating of 10 per cent. Who are these mysterious 10 percent, their relatives?
  • What a circus of clowns, seriously, these morons are our "leaders". 
  • Truly a huge shit load of buffoons inhabit Congress!!!
Republicans need to take the advice of the sagely Philosophers "The Rolling Stones" and accept their holy, wise words in the song below: