- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Richard W. Rahn’s recent Op-Ed column “The real pay scandal” (Opinion, Oct. 27) fails to mention one important fact: There is very little turnover in our Congress. A good number of these people have been representing their districts for decades. There is more turnover in the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China.

Say you have a leaky faucet and want to pay your plumber $50 an hour, but he insists on $60 and nothing less. If there is no other plumber who costs under than $60, you must pay $60.

If members of Congress were dissatisfied with their salaries, they would leave their jobs and work somewhere else, but most of them do not. They are well taken care of by the numerous individuals and groups seeking influence in our nation’s capital. Even the few who are voted out of office most likely have established useful connections and will not have to struggle as much as the rest of us to make a living.

Increase their pay and think you will get better results, less debt and better legislation? Mr. Rahn, you are dreaming.

JERRY LAFFEY

Manassas

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