GOP Rep. Wants A $30k A Year Housing Allowance; Twitter RIPS Him A New One


Not long ago, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), said that poor people should have to choose between having an iPhone and healthcare. Never mind that an iPhone costs something like $600 while a poor person would be lucky to spend only $600 a month on health insurance, especially under the Republican plans.

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Now, while we are still recovering from sticker shock over the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the Senate bill, which will cost us a lot more and cause 22 million people to lose insurance, Chaffetz has the nerve to complain that his $173,000 annual salary just isn’t enough. He thinks he and his fellow members of Congress need an extra $30,000, tax free, because housing is expensive and four times the average American salary is far too much of a sacrifice.

Twitter, was having none of it:

If we were not living in a post-Reagan time, a time when for the last 40 years, Americans have been told that we have to tighten our belts while we wait for the riches to finally trickle down upon us, this might not be as ridiculous a request. Personally, I like the idea of people who have the education and intelligence to be worth a lot of money representing us, but Chaffetz is not one of those people. Besides, it’s been a very long time since Republicans actually worked for the people. Once they start doing that, perhaps we’d be willing to give them a raise.


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