January 8, 2009 3:49PM

Does Congress Deserve a Pay Hike?

Richard Rahn suggests they do not:

Most of us would like to be in the position of voting for our own pay raises from an employer who has almost unlimited access to money .… Given that members of Congress were in a large part responsible for the current economic mess, it is hard to see how they can justify a raise .…

Well, at least three bills in the new 111th Congress would deny members a pay increase in fiscal 2010.


One of them should be attached to any big “stimulus” spending bill. But I imagine Congress is less interested in shows of rectitude from its own membership than from the business leaders it has bailed out.