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Bloviating Zeppelin: Bonus Hypocrisy, Anyone?

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Bonus Hypocrisy, Anyone?


Near and dear to your memory is the recent herniating event regarding the bonuses paid to AIG -- despite the fact that the Demorats and the Obama Administration -- not to mention, specifically, Mr Geithner and Mr Dodd -- knew the bonus checks were forthcoming and helped to craft the bonuses into the stimulus package itself.

"Heresy!" the Demorats cried in unison. "You cannot have bonuses paid by government!"

Really?

Have you heard that, at the same time -- in the fourth quarter of last year -- the US government, the House of Representatives, gave bonuses to their employees?

Bad for private industry, good for government?

Heard about this in the DEM/MSM? Gosh, I'll wager not.


The Wall Street Journal has reviewed the annual practice of lawmakers rewarding staff with annual bonuses - and this past year they appeared to do so in record numbers, according to the LegiStorm data that the Journal cited.

Bonuses are not unusual on Capitol Hill. But 2008 seems to have been an unusually big year for bonuses, according to the most recent House data LegiStorm analyzed. Each year, personnel compensation rises in the fourth quarter in the House of Representatives (data for the Senate is not yet available and is not as easily broken down). But in 2008, average pay per House employee spiked the most in the eight years since we have begun tracking salary data.

The Journal found that House bonuses ranged as high as $14,000. The New York Post also ran a more focused story this week about Rep. Vito Fossela's (R-N.Y.)generosity with bonuses as he served out a scandal-ridden last few months in office.

Go here for LegiStorm's graph of salaries, where an average DC Capitol Hill staffer was paid 17% more in the final quarter of 2008 than in the previous three quarters.

WASHINGTON -- While Congress has been flaying companies for giving out bonuses while on the government dole, lawmakers have a longstanding tradition of rewarding their own employees with extra cash -- also courtesy of taxpayers.

What do you make of this quote:
Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez of California handed out the largest payments, giving $14,000 apiece to three aides. Spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod said her boss is "proud of the bonuses she is able to give."

I say: these "bonuses" come from taxpayers; me and you.


HARRISBURG -- Eighty of the 100 Democratic state (PA) House staffers awarded the biggest bonuses in their government paychecks last year either donated money to or worked on the political campaigns of the two powerful Democratic leaders who controlled the bonuses.

Hypocrisy rampant, anyone? Very selective hypocrisy?

Imagine this as well: a totally silent media.

Your tax dollars at work.

BZ

8 Comments:

Blogger Law and Order Teacher said...

BZ,
As I read that Sanchez was proud of the bonuses I about screamed out they're not her bonuses. You beat me to it. Of course, isn't that the problem? These jackasses think our money belongs to them.

Wed Apr 01, 07:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

LOT: YES, precisely, that is EXACTLY what they think, coupled with the IDIOT Americans who don't realize that ALL MONEY comes from the pockets of the American taxpayer.

The SAME idiots who get a tax "refund" and think themselves somehow "ahead" -- you MORONS, it's YOUR money!

BZ

Wed Apr 01, 07:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

When the Bush stimulus checks hit SO many people were like, "Oh wow, free money", your *Free Cheese* analogy comes to mind...

The brain dead didn't realize it was their money...

Being the ever opportunistic guy I am, I used MY money to buy that XD-45 Tactical...

The XD that doesn't have a slide safety, if that jogs a memory for ya BZ... LMAO...

Wed Apr 01, 08:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Law and Order Teacher said...

BZ,
You idiots, it's your money. LMAO

I'm still laughing and so is my wife.

Good line.

Thu Apr 02, 07:06:00 PM PDT  
OpenID mksviews said...

Yeah a largely silent media, that's because they're too busy polishing Hussein's ass.

Fri Apr 03, 06:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Bonuses!

Yes!

For convincing Congress to let them hand out loans to NINJAs the Bozo Brown Nosers at Freddie and Fannie get moolah... gotta love that.

Sat Apr 04, 04:53:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Didn't Congress give itself a raise last year, as well?

Sun Apr 05, 08:16:00 AM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Did they deserve it?

Sun Apr 05, 08:17:00 AM PDT  

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