House votes itself "not a pay raise" of $3,100 a year

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In a time of war, in a time of deficits and red ink as far as the eye can see, with the future of Social Security and Medicaid up for debate, the United States House of Representatives has increased it's own salary.

That brings the sum up to $165,200 per year. To say nothing of benefits and vacation days.

So said Tom Delay: "It's not a pay raise. It's an adjustment so that they're not losing their purchasing power."

Thanks for clearing that up, Tom. It's not a pay raise, it's a supply-side economic stimulus package to benefit local businesses in Washington, DC.

If only everyone's salary worked like that.

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