Sherry Emanuel: Fool’s gold

April 8, 2013 

Fool’s gold

I read “Congress needs a big, fat pay raise” (April 3) understanding that the author had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek. It was an April Fool’s Day joke, wasn’t it?

I only wish the author had included a few more reasons why legislators are underpaid: Although they are elected to do the people’s business, in recent years many of them ran for office only to push a personal ideological or religious agenda. Congress members meet only about three days a week; they refuse to bring legislation to the floor for discussion; they take frequent and extended recesses; they spend a great portion of their time raising money for re-election; and our tax dollars pay for their superb health care and extravagant retirement packages.

Yes, indeed, these legislators need more money so they will be able to work harder!

Sherry Emanuel, Raleigh

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