Boy, Congress sure was outraged when it was reported that AIG handed out bonuses this past year.
They sure raised hell for a week.
Some members even wanted to tax AIG employees 1,000% for their bonuses:
Of course, it was these same democrats who passed legislation that allowed AIG to award the bonuses.
Today it was reported that Congress also handed out millions of dollars of bonuses in 2008 to staffmembers.
FOX News reported:
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While Congress has been flaying companies for giving out bonuses while on the government dole, lawmakers have a longstanding tradition of rewarding their own employees with extra cash — also courtesy of taxpayers, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Capitol Hill bonuses in 2008 were among the highest in years, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks payroll data. The average House aide earned 17 percent more in the fourth quarter of the year, when the bonuses were paid, than in previous quarters, according to the data. That was the highest jump in the eight years LegiStorm has compiled payroll information…
Last year alone, more than 200 House lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, awarded bonuses totaling $9.1 million to more than 2,000 staff members, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of office-disbursement forms. The money comes out of taxpayer-funded office budgets, and is surplus cash that would otherwise be forfeited if not spent.
Shouldn’t we demand that these bonuses be returned to the taxpayers?
Shouldn’t they be taxed 90% too?