Isn’t There a Difference Between Public Service and a Job?

I don’t know if I’m getting soft in my old age or what, but I think I would normally be outraged by this story of our legislators taking huge per diems and then pretending that they deserve to be paid for their hard work, as if they are not already paid. But today I find it hilarious.

Seriously.

It’s not a secret what state legislators make.

Might we need to have a state-wide discussion about whether it’s fair to only pay legislators $20,000 a year for a “part-time” job which makes it very difficult for them to keep another part or full-time job?

Sure.

But just because we might need to have that discussion is no excuse for milking the system to get as much more out of it as you can. You know what the job pays. If you don’t like it or can’t make it work, don’t run for office.

Don’t get to the Hill and then decide that it’s not enough and that we taxpayers “owe” you more, because you work so hard.  A lot of folks work really hard at shit jobs and when they exploit the rules to make money above and beyond what they’re paid, they’re fired.  No one sympathizes.

The fact that the state legislature has made their motto this session “Do as I say, not as I do” on so many things–“You behave in a way my church says is moral, while I fuck this intern.”; “You guys take guns wherever you want, except legislative plaza.”; “We can’t just be giving money to these lazy asses who don’t aspire to have any job better than one that pays $20,000 a year, um, except me. I need you to throw money at me.”–is alarming and hilarious.

If these ideas they have are so great, why don’t they adopt them and try them out before forcing them on the rest of us?

Ha, ha, ha, ha.

I think because even they know their ideas mostly suck and they don’t want to have to suffer like they’ve convinced themselves we deserve to.

Which I guess makes another unofficial motto of theirs, “We’re too good for our jobs and deserve better, unlike you jackasses.

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