Slight boggle for your mind

From here:

Reid: Congressional Budget Increased To Pay GOP Staffers

…A ten percent increase in the budget for Congressional operations
was needed because Senate Republicans wanted to retain previous staff
levels despite having lost roughly 20 percent of their ranks in the
2008 elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Wednesday.

Congressional Republicans have been pouncing on any instance of
wasteful spending they can find, but the congressional-operations line
item will likely remain safe from their ire.

The one-tenth hike brings the budget for Congress itself to $4.4 billion….

A GOP leadership aide said it's unfair to blame Republicans for the
increase. "I just don't know how they can get away with blaming us for
that 10 percent figure," he wrote in an e-mail. "Republicans aren't
getting a dime more in committee money for staff than we got last year.
The entire pot of funding used to operate Senate committees and other
'inquiries and investigations' is around 3 percent of the total ($137
million of $4.4 billion). And the increase from last year's funding for
the 'inquiries and investigations' account is less than 2/10ths of 1
percent of the entire bill."….

A Democratic leadership aide, however, said the fact that
"Republicans aren't getting a dime more" misses the point, noting that
while they aren't getting extra, they aren't getting less, either, even
though they have far fewer members."

"This would be funny if it wasn't from someone associated with the the
so-called party of fiscal responsibility," wrote the aide. "This is the
height of hypocrisy and utterly fails to acknowledge the fact that in
the past, when the spread has been like it is now, the minority party
gets far less money than what they eventually got. It was an
unprecedented deal that is more outrageous when you realize that they
will end up voting against the bill.


A little hard to follow, but essentially this: Republican Senators, of whom there are now many fewer, are demanding that their previous – pre-election staff level not be cut.

At all.

So, in order to provide staff for incoming Democratic senators, there has had to be a budget increase.

You know, so the people who were elected have staff.

While the staff for ousted Republicans stay in their jobs, being paid, and providing an increased level of support for the remaining Republicans.

A basic WTF moment.

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Unbelievable. Wait, no – believable on R's part, but what are the D's doing? I hope whatever behind-the-scenes maneuverings they're hoping to accomplish with this is worth the appearance of this particularly-dumb-in-light-of-the-economy decision.


  2. Don't those on the right of the politic spectrum always do this sort of thing. Here in the UK we had a number of cases where Conservative Members of Parliament were paying members of their family as full time staff members when actually did no work at all. Figures up to £40,000 per person were not unusual.


  3. Oh, cripes.Are these the same people who are setting smokey fires in the ancient fireplaces? Apparently there have been several lately.


  4. Sometimes you wonder whether any of them are right bright.At the very least, shouldn't the maintenance people send around memos or something?


  5. Yes, why are the Dems putting up with it, is my question.One thing to keep in mind is that "staff" doesn't just mean some secretary.These are activist, committed political hacks.People on salary who are getting paid to do the nuts and bolts disgusting sort of things that only occasionally surface.They catch "staff" trolling about online, leaking stuff, making up stuff to leak.These are serious right-wing foot soldiers, being paid on the public dime when the public has voted their side out.Again, wtf?


  6. Maybe some of them can't read.*sigh*But someone could put pictures up, next to the fireplaces, like a cartoon of the fireplace and a big "X" through it…Reminds me of one of the West Wing episodes when they accidentally started a smokey fire in the White House…….


  7. Well isn't this rich? (no pun intended…)


  8. …uh…what? Yeesh!


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