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Senators Get $4,700 Raise, Give Us the Runaround

1/29/2009 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Must be nice to not even need your salary -- because when we asked one senator in D.C. yesterday if Congress should have accepted a $4,700 pay raise per member in a failing economy, he defended himself by saying he donates his entire salary to the community anyway.

Senators Lugar & Corker: Click to watch
Both Senator Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee and Senator Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana played dodgeball with the same question ... and each answered exactly how you'd expect a true politician to respond.

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31.

Be fair    

Too bad TMZ didn't ask any Democrats the same question. If they had done their research, they would have discovered that the Democrats were the ones in power when they passed their own pay increase. Unfortnately, I don't believe it would have made a differance since most people who read TMZ are fat white women.

2056 days ago
32.

CVS Whore    

The right thing would have been both sides of the aisle ,forfeiting those raises.

THEY ARE ALL STILL CLUELASS IN DC.

Maybe they're gonna pool the raises, and order a Gulfstream?

2056 days ago
33.

LogicalThinking    

"24. In case you don't read the news: it is Republican GREED that got us in the mess we're in."

Posted at 8:10AM on Jan 29th 2009 by Enough
____________________________________________________________________________________________

Once again a liberal gets it wrong. Step away from the kool-aid, quit reading the Daily Kos, and actually do some research. Wall Street (America's whipping horse right now) gave more to Democrats than Republicans. The slime ball in NYC who swindled those billions of dollars is a HUGE democrat and gave millions to democrat politicians. The slime ball in St. Pete Florida who just swindled $350 million was also a HUGE democrat.

Greed has no political ties.

2056 days ago
34.

Mom in Evans    

Of course they gave themselves pay raises. What did any of you expect? They want to cut delivery days of your mail. They want to cut funding to schools. They don't want figure out our health care situation unless it involves HUGE profits. They want to give banks all of our tax dollars. But when the common man asks for the slightest thing like a JOB, or decent pay, the answer is no. Wake up America! The truth is in your face. I don't know what we as a country are going to do, but we need to do something, because this is becoming a very unfunny joke!

2056 days ago
35.

h20    

Why aren't congressional pay raises put up to a vote just like when they get elected? Where do they think that money comes from? It's our money, and I appreciate the fact that our founding fathers fought for "no taxation without representation", but since our taxes pay for our representation, we should have a say in how much our representation is worth. And of course most of them whore themselves out to corruption anyway, so they aren't hurting for much! Ever see a congressman driving a Ford Focus and wearing a JC Penney suit or living in a home less than 5,000 sf? Me neither.

2056 days ago
36.

Ron    

Now lets see. Congress and the Senate for 2 years has been controlled by Democrats who had to take the pay raise, bring it up in the committee, vote on it with a majority of the votes. It thern had to be signed into law as a spending bill by Mr. Oh-Bomb-Ah, another Democrat in charge. Oops wonder why he didn't have this bill signing made public during his Adminstration of transparency. I am sure most of this $4700.00 will be spent in the DC area on bars, restaurants, and Barney Franks young stud servants, so this will stimulate the economy in that area.
Typical democrat action-remeber they have controlled the financial strings in this country for the past 2 years, past the budgets, and ran the programs that lead us to this point.

2056 days ago
37.

WesCAdle    

This makes me totally ill. I just called my senators' offices and asked if they were accepting their increases and of course the phone bank people had no idea, so I guess they are. I then Emailed both of them a letter stating what hypocrites they are not to follow the President's lead and freeze wages over $100,000. If everyone here took the time to send them a little email, I bet they wouldn't accept it so casually. If they do, vote them out next reelection.

2056 days ago
38.

lacitygirl    

Hey TMZ, if you're going to report on political issues, how about doing it when the issue is first printed, not a month later!!! Better yet, how about not reporting on politics unless you are going to be fair and bias!!

2056 days ago
39.

Michelle    

That is real good. Take money from the people that have real jobs. Then they give it to themselves. Give yourselves a big pat on the back. What a bunch of crooks. They should be ashamed of themselves.

2056 days ago
40.

PSYCHO BITCH    

WTF... I guess they'll use their raises to buy a jet... LOL!

2056 days ago
41.

Desiree    

How about you do something daring and as a Democrat....Better yet, how about you ask a Democrat why they approved it. Because, for the last 2 years it's been a Democratic congress majority.
Rather than blaming Bush, for the last 2 years, how about you dig a little deeper and realize it's congress as well. Does anyone have a brain...anyone? All politicians are liars and power hungary...even your beloved Obama so get the hell over it, and start doing some UNBIASED bashing for once.

2056 days ago
42.

Sunny    

Shouldn't you be asking the democratic congress that question?

And while you are at it ask them when the new Dept of STD Prevention will be open so people can apply for jobs.

2056 days ago
43.

Sunrise24    

This has to make you think a little bit, however, if not, then keep the blinders on!

George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years. The first six the economy was fine.
A little over one year ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) the unemployment rate was 4.5%.
4) the DOW JONES hit a record high--14,000 +
5) American's were buying new cars, taking cruises,
; vacations over seas, living large!...

But American's wanted 'CHANGE'! So, in 2006 they voted in a
Democratic Congress & yep--we got 'CHANGE' all right. In the PAST YEAR:
1) Consumer confidence has plummeted ;
2) Gasoline is now over $4 a gallon & climbing!;
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);

4) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $12 TRILLION DOLLARS

& prices are still dropping;
5) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
6) as I write, THE DOW is probing another low

$2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS HAS EVAPORATED FROM THEIR
STOCKS, BONDS & MUTUAL FUNDS INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS!


YEP , IN 2006 AMERICA VOTED FOR CHANGE!...AND WE SURE AS HELL GOT
IT!!!....NOW OBAMA, CLAIMS HE'S GONNA REALLY GIVE US
CHANGE!!....JUST HOW MUCH MORE 'CHANGE' DO YA THINK YOU CAN
STAND???.....

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rate all have in common?



Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list)

hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961;



Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn't elected one since 1954;



Cincinnati, OH (3rd)...since 1984;



Cleveland, OH (4th)...since 1989;



Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor;



St. Louis, MO (6th)....since 1949;



El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor;


Milwaukee, WI (8th)...since 1908;



Philadelphia, PA (9th)...since 1952;



Newark, NJ (10th)...since 1907.



Einstein once said, "The definition of

insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and

expecting different results."



It is the disadvantaged that habitually elect

Democrats --- yet they are still disadvantaged.

2055 days ago
44.

NO RAISE THIS YEAR    

I THINK 95% OF OUR LEADERS FROM CITY ALL THE WAY TO WASHINGTON DC, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBICAN ARE LIARS AND THIEFS . THEY ARE IN IT FOR THE MONEY JUST LIKE WE ARE AT OUR JOBS , IN IT FOR THE MONEY!!! AND ITS GOING TO GET A LOT WORST BEFORE IT GETS BETTER UNLESS WE THE PEOPLE STICK TOGETHER AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT NO ONE PERSON CAN DO IT ALONE.

2055 days ago
45.

Christopher Nelson    

Why is everybody so shocked about them only asking republicans. Barry the messiah is the president now. Because Barry is a democrat, you can't put his fellow democrats in a bad light. I would think that the liberal agenda of lying and skewing facts ,to put conservatives and republicans in a bad light, is quite clear by now. Would they ask two democrats, nope. Why? Because then they would not be able to bash congress, and by proxy a democrat president. You can only Bash congress through the lens of using republicans, even in a Democrat controlled government. Phoney outrage against republicans on their salary, while ignoring democrat's salaries, is a joke.

2053 days ago
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