Why Congress Is Cool With Sequester: Its Salaries Are Safe
It's just the staffers who face cuts: Roger Simon
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 26, 2013 10:57 AM CST
Members of Congress line the steps to the Capitol building in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – We shouldn't be too worried about the sequester—after all, Congress doesn't exactly seem to be recoiling at the thought. And Roger Simon has a theory on why: Lawmakers' own salaries aren't getting cut, he explains at Politico. Sure, their staffers are facing furloughs that amount to a 20% pay decrease, but members of Congress will keep collecting six-figure salaries. Of course our lawmakers "might have to figure out how to put those plastic coffee pods in the machines themselves, but these people are not fools," he writes. "They will order out. If they can figure out how to work the telephones."

In fact, House Republicans are positively excited about the sequester, writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post, noting their agenda yesterday consisted only of renaming a California NASA research center. They're "pursuing a considered strategy of deliberate idleness," after finally realizing that doing nothing means they get "a 2.5% cut in all federal spending without coughing up a single dollar in tax increases. They have learned to stop worrying and love the sequester." Click for Milbank's full piece; Simon's humorous take is here.

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Feb 27, 2013 3:04 PM CST
not all of us are free loaders as you all put it I did my bit for king and country service time and working now disabled on ssdi every check i made for 55 years they took out taxes.And everyone pays their share at some level weather it be city, county,state or federal everyone is paying taxes in one way shape or form. Oh an on top of every thing else 10 percent of my ssdi on a voulenteer bases goes to taxes so get your freaking facts straight.
Feb 27, 2013 8:54 AM CST
Why Congress Is Cool With Sequester: Its Salaries Are Safe So is mine! Stop living off others hard work and Taxes and you will not worry either! Bring on the Sequester , I want all of you free loaders to PAY for a change!
Feb 27, 2013 8:08 AM CST
ALL we need to know is that the title of this story says it all!!! NOOOO SHHHIIITTT SHERLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!