We have to endure three days after today, then Congress will be rid of Jason Chaffetz. I don’t think I can stand it. The man with the Apple Watch and the IPhone, who famously pushed the Republican’s answer to healthcare by saying Americans should give up their iPhones if they can’t afford health insurance, has gone too far… again.
The Republican from Utah, is my nominee for the award of — Most Out of Touch with the Real World Politician. On Monday Chaffetz suggested that congress should receive a $2,500 monthly housing allowance. Chaffetz said: “In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise.”
*BREAKING: That is exactly what a new $2,500 per month housing allowance is. It is the equivalent of a $30,000 annual raise. In order for the 535 members of congress to receive an extra $30,000 annually, taxpayers would need to shell out another $16 million…or maybe just take that much more out of Medicaid.
Somebody hold me back.
Let’s review: The average American taxpayer makes $50,000 annually. Out of that $50,000 they pay their housing costs, food, education for their children, transportation, health insurance, their taxes (Chaffetz’s salary), etc.
Jackass Chaffetz makes a congressional salary of $174,000— he can’t make that work? Could he maybe get rid of his Apple Watch and iPhone?
Oh, and Congress has voted to keep Obamacare for themselves— meanwhile they will likely stick everyone else with Trumpcare— doubling the average American taxpayer’s insurance premiums, while cutting benefits and gutting Medicaid. It has been estimated that 28,000 to 100,000 people will die if the Republicans get their healthcare plan to pass.
Chaffetz is in his last week in congress. He implies the financial hardships that go along with a paltry $175,000 annual salary are, in part, the reason he decided to step down from his job in Congress. Whatever the reason is, I salute it. Get him the hell out of Congress.
Hopefully he’ll find happiness and a living wage working for far right FOX news network, or he’ll succeed in his other goals of working on some corporate board, consulting, and writing a book.
Chaffetz says: “I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress,”
Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.