Friday, December 07, 2012

Interesting question

A similar question could be asked of nearly every single person sitting on Capitol Hill.

[graphic via]

Nearly all of them accrue significant nest eggs while they're in office and they leave their political careers with secure lifetime benefits far beyond what ordinary working people could even imagine. Pretty easy to then call for painful cuts to what were supposed to be guaranteed benefits to the people who paid for them over a lifetime when they aren't the ones who are going to feel the pain.

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Blogger Mule Breath said...

Well I just spent several minutes crafting a whimsical response to this graphic, but it appears Blogger vomited and my comment wound up in the toilet. Shame. A second strafe at the same muse is seldom as satisfying, but here goes…

McConnell’s “success” brings to mind my own precious Guv’na, Perry. Ole Slick Ricky began his political career in 1984 as a Democrat, winning a seat in the Texas Lege. Six years later he jumped ship and ran for Agriculture Commissioner as a Republican. Ricky was funded heavily by the Texas Farm Bureau because they didn’t like the job Jim Hightower was doing. Ricky won and became fertile fodder for the sainted Moly Ivins (FSM rest her soul) as she penned her hysterically venomous diatribes over the years.

Ricky’s first guvmint job paid an annual salary of $7,200, which was damn good chump change for a job where you only had to go to work for a few months every other year. His financial disclosure statement that year showed joint assets (with wife Anita) totaling somewhere around $14,000. As Ag Commish he earned (is that too strong a word?) over $70,000 a year. That was when Anita quit her job as a nurse and they moved to Austin.

Fast forward 25 years to 2009. Ole Goodhair (thank you Moly!) has never backed away from that public trough and is now Guv’na Goodhair, earning a real fulltime salary of $150,000. Curious thing is that for that 25 years Ricky never worked anywhere else except in Austin, and that $150K is the best money he has earned the whole time, but in 2009 his financial disclosure shows joint assets of $2.7 million. It makes my mind ache trying to do the math and get that kind of result, but it may be explained when you look in Webster’s under “murky real estate deal” you find ole Goodhair’s smiling mug.

Not bad for a country boy, but learning about McConnell’s good fortunes in Washington Dee Cee, I guess I can understand why my dear Guv. Goodhair would want to move there.

3:05:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The public grift is the biggest grift of all. It why they fight so fiercely to protect their seats. Very few go into government with the idea of public service anymore.

3:16:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

But getting rich is public service. The richer he gets, the more jobs he creates. Boy you libtards just don't get it.

12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

As the cool kidz say: lulz Fogg.

4:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mule Breath said...

No wonder I'm out of a job and broke....

8:08:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

lulz? those school kids been at the glue again?

8:09:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm pretty sure that's the new cool way to say LOL.

1:22:00 PM  

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