As I watched the Congressional hearings on AIG, as well as the hearings that placed CEO after CEO on the hot seat for bonuses, pay raises and perks, it occurred to me that the United States Congress is the only group of employees I know who can decide whether or not they give themselves a pay raise.
What a thought. Imagine being able to work for someone and, at the same time, have the power to determine your own pay raise.
As Congress holds AIG to task for the bonuses handed out, and while Congress has passed legislation taxing those bonuses some 90%, the American people should hold Congress to the same standard.
Rather than allow the Congress to vote on its own pay raise, make it a ballot issue. Let the people decide whether or not Congress has performed and done its job well enough to deserve a pay raise.
Let us not forget that Congress is a major part of the mess we are in. AIG, the banks and corporate America are only partially responsible. Congress (our so-called watchmen on the Hill) let this mess unfold.
Do you think this Congress deserves a pay raise? They certainly gave themselves one. Had the decision been up to us, they actually may have had their pay docked for inferior performance.
Then there is another option. The midterm elections are coming up. Perhaps firing a number of them and hiring new "talent" will send a message.
Either way, Congress holding AIG to account for the bonus package in light of the mess AIG has created for itself, is a prime example of the pot calling the kettle black.
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL