Can you think of anyone less deserving of a pay raise than Dick Cheney? I can’t. But lookee here:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite record low approval ratings, House lawmakers Tuesday embraced a $3,300 pay raise that will increase their salaries to $168,500.The man should be fired not given a raise. Thank God the “mastermind” behind the Iraq debacle will be out of our lives forever in January 2009, if not sooner. (I say sooner because I’m wondering if Patrick Fitzgerald has yet landed his biggest fish in the Plame investigation. Rove got away but will Cheney?)
The pay raise would also apply to the vice president -- who is president of the Senate -- congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices.
This year, Vice President Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Chief Justice John Roberts receive $212,100.
I have no problem giving lawmakers, judges and other government officials regular pay increases but some people need to be denied as a public rebuke even if, like Cheney, they don’t need the money in the first place.