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.
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:
He doesn’t even deserve it plus he’s leaving so he gets nothing Chaffetz calls for $2,500 legislator housing stipend https://t.co/ychfxDdEcU
— Jbaby56 (@jbaby56) June 27, 2017
— Matt Y (@yantastico) June 27, 2017
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 27, 2017
Chaffetz has some nerve saying Congress deserves a housing stipend while everyone else in America pays 50% or more of their income on rent.
— Jerry Bird (@BostonJerry) June 27, 2017
Jason Chaffetz wants a housing “stipend” for Congress, because I guess it’s only called “welfare” when you’re black.https://t.co/MFfGvlyb2Y
— Jack Moore (@JackPMoore) June 27, 2017
Put aside how you feel about Chaffetz, I know really great leaders who didn’t run for Congress because of housing $ https://t.co/FZeJK0uzYK
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 27, 2017
When we get a housing stipend, you do too, Chaffetz.
And by we, I mean the whole of the people of the United States. https://t.co/n0dPhpnorW
— LTrotsky 21stCentury (@LTrotsky21) June 27, 2017
— RC deWinter (@RCdeWinter) June 27, 2017
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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