Grifters Gotta Grift
Jason Chaffetz is proposing a gift to his fellow grifters as he departs for Kolob or whatevs:
Just days before he resigns from Congress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Monday that House and Senate lawmakers should receive a $2,500 per month housing allowance — something he explained would help ease housing costs for members who can’t afford two mortgages or rents.
…which really takes some brass as these people are paid more Ameros most Americans earn (and I use ‘paid’ vs. ‘earn’ very deliberately):
As of 2012, the base salary for all members of the U.S. House and Senate is $174,000 per year, plus benefits… Congressional members who reach leadership positions over time receive higher salaries. The highest of these is the compensation for the speaker of the House at $223,500, while the president pro tempore of the Senate and the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate receive $193,400 annually, the Congressional Research Services notes.
So what’s Jas’s rational for this?
“Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world, and I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college and a second place here in Washington, D.C.,” Chaffetz said. “I think a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington if you’re going to expect people to spend hundreds of nights a year here.
Gosh, Jason, maybe you should have taken some of your own medicine and embraced Personal Responsibility and not had all those children unless you could afford them.
For the record, Chaffetz’s net worth is around $5.6M Ameros, somehow.