Glenn Beck: Congressional pay should be the same as solider’s salary
(WIREUPDATE) — Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck tackled Congressional reform on Friday during his Fox News program. With an audience full of West Point cadets Beck made the argument that Congressional pay should not be more than the men and women who serve in the United States military. Beck also said those employed as Federal workers should not be paid more than the average American citizen.
“Everyone focuses on ‘How are we going to get out of this giant debt?’ You cannot get out of this debt. You cannot get out of the box we have created for ourselves. You certainly can’t do it if you don’t have truth, if you don’t have honesty. If we don’t restore ourselves first.”
“There are simple things we can do.” Beck continued. “There are common sense things we can do.”
“The average guy in the U.S. Army serves for four years and they get out as a specialist. As a specialist they make $22,676. They pick up a gun and go in the line of fire because your country asks you too for $22,676. They aren’t doing it for money. ”
“The average American makes $50,462.”
“Now here is where it gets good. The average salary of a federal employee, you know the ones who can never get the paperwork right make 74,403.”
“The average person serving in Congress. Remember they use that word, they don’t call it a job. They serve. [The Average American] is their master, [The US Army] is the guardian that protects them as [the average persons in congress] are supposedly protecting the Constitution. How much does [the average persons in congress] get paid for their service. This is the basic salary. $174,000.”
“Which one is the master and which one is the servant? Which one has the most greatful for and yet doesn’t seem to be. It goes back to the idea of cleaning out the stuff in our life. Maybe it is they have too much. ”
“We have to cut our budgets. In the book “Broke” I outline budget cuts. And one of them is controversial is I take on the Department of Defense. And the reason I did it is it’s easy to right a chapter on how we have to shut off NPR. I can do that in my sleep. I wanted to show you that the one thing I care the most about is the defence of our nation and we can make inteligent cuts without hurting our defense and without hurting people. We can actualy help people.”
“John Boehner said when he becomes House Speaker he’s going to fly back and forth from his home to Washington on commercial airline. Nancy Pelosi had to use a military aircraft and I don’t care, for security we do what we have to do. Here’s the thing with Boehner — If he’s flying commercial he’ll fight hard against the naked scanners at the airport that nobody wants. Maybe we should have the naked scanners in the rooms of Congress. I commend him for spending less and anyone who yells at him or calls him a dope while he’s at the airport, well I guess he’ll have to chaulk it up as a slight wound in the ‘service’ of his country. And he will certainly not receive more wounds than these guys,” Beck said referring to the West Point cadets in his studio audience.
“This is a step in the right direction. Here is what I would like to propose — and I would like you to take this on . These guys in Washington couldn’t say no this, they couldn’t.”
“Congressmen SHALL NOT be paid more than those who are currently serving in the front line of duty. They shall never make more than $22,676. There is no reason Congress should enrich themselves and make more money then somoene who is on the front line fight. Someone who is in a tank right now, someone who is risking their life to save a child in another country. Are you kidding me? There is no justification for congressional salaries. None. Demand congress lower their salries and their benefits to the same level that is offered to our soldiers, period. ”
“I’m going to take it a step further. Federal employees SHALL NOT be allowed to be ever to make more than [the average American salary] of $50,462. Ever”
“Congress and employees of the federal government should only get raises when the citizens get raises. Members of congress should never make more than the soldiers who die in the battlefield. ”
“Congress I know you got a lot of special perks. Your medical care should be exactly the same as the VA hospital gives out. You are in ‘service’ of your country, if you don’t like it then maybe you should offer better benefits at the VA hospitals.”