The News Virginian, a newspaper in west-central Virginia, ripped Jim Moran in an editorial published Friday. Here’s an excerpt; click here to read the full editorial.
“Everyone knows a whiner. They’re the people who always seem to find something to complain about. They have a nice car, but it could be better. Their house may be gorgeous, but it could always be bigger and retain heat better. Or, as in the case of the U.S. Congress, they may be making more than $100,000 and still feel underpaid.
It’s hard for any Congressman to defend the need for a raise. Yet that’s exactly what 8th District Rep. Jim Moran did. The former mayor of Alexandria and member of the Democratic Party asked for a $25-a-day stipend in addition to the regular $174,000 annual salary, so that members of Congress who aren’t as wealthy as their counterparts can afford to stay in Washington during the session. Fortunately,his proposal was killed in committee. Still, it’s not a new suggestion and we wonder how it is that as studies show Congressional wealth is on the rise, members declare they’re struggling.
Try going to the unemployment line and explain how tough it is living off $174,000 a year. We’re sure the 20-year factory worker, who was laid off in favor of a cheaper replacement, would be glad to hear that sad story. Or better yet, tell the returning soldier who’s looking for a way to support his family how Congress needs a raise and then explain to him why there were debates about cutting out the cost of living increase for military pensions.”