Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Congress gets paid after screwing up country

Whatever budget battle's outcome, lawmakers themselves unaffected
By Joyce Tsai
Stars and Stripes
Published: February 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — Sequestration’s across-the-board assault on hundreds of thousands of government workers is set to hit Friday, but some will be spared, including active-duty troops and Defense Department civilians working in combat zones.

Add to that short list of protected workers: congressional lawmakers, who could put a stop to it all.

“The whole thing is dripping with irony and hypocrisy,” especially if you consider that they’re the ones who created this problem in the first place — and now seem resigned to letting it happen, said David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a nonpartisan government watchdog group in Alexandria, Va.
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