Probably not. In years past, I’d think this was a pretty funny story, but, today, as the nation is on the brink of a fiscal disaster, I’m not laughing.
A California Democratic lawmaker was lamenting the idea of having to possibly give up her salary if the government actually shutdown last week. Yep, on a salary of $174,000 per year and God only knows how many additional benefits, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez apparently had no money saved in the event of a government shutdown.
“I have to tell you that I live paycheck-to-paycheck, like most Americans,” she said. “I’m still paying off my student loans. I have a 2-year-old son who I have to support, and I have to maintain residences on both coasts. It’s very difficult for me to say, ‘Hey, I can give up my paycheck,’ because the reality is, I have financial obligations that I have to meet on a month-to-month basis that doesn’t make it possible for me.”
The first thing that struck me by her statement, as I wrote about in Political Correctness Abounds, why is she alone supporting her two-year old. Is she widowed, divorced or unwed? Well, looking into Miss Sanchez, it turns out she married Jim Sullivan, a former Democratic candidate for Congress in Connecticut and a public relations consultant, a month prior to her child’s birth. Okay, so the question remains, why is she alone supporting her two-year old? Why isn’t he contributing to the support of his child?
From the comments following the story, Miss Sanchez didn’t appeal to one sympathetic ear. While some people commented that she didn’t look as if she was starving, one person wrote the Congresswoman makes $3350 a week while he makes $375 but does okay because he lives within his means.
Another person wrote, “I live in Anaheim and would do quite well on one-sixth of her paycheck. But then, I live in a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate and two cats.”
This is precisely why the average taxpayer is fed up with Washington politicians. The unabashed arrogance of the Congresswoman to bellyache because she can’t figure out how to live within her means on a $174,000+ a year is maddening to the average taxpayer.
Is it any wonder why we’re in hock up to our eyeballs and owe our first-born sons to China? (They wouldn’t want our first-born daughters.) With attitudes like Miss Sanchez, it’s no surprise. If this woman, along with her husband, isn’t capable of managing their own money, why has she been entrusted with ours?
A quick check on The American Conservative Union’s website tells me she voted 5% of the time in 2009 in favor of conservative issues and her entire time in Congress at a mere 3.13%. That told me everything I needed to know. She’s a tax and spend liberal who obviously doesn’t know how to balance her own checkbook.
I wonder what her constituents think of the distressing situation she was facing had the government shut down? Her district is the southeastern part of Los Angeles (Lynwood, Cerritos, Lakewood, LaMirada and Whittier) and had been represented by Republicans for thirty years until she was elected in 2002. The median income is $45,307.
Perhaps the folks back home should heed the advice of one of the people who wrote in. “Just send her some gift certificates for Wendy’s “Baconator” and she’ll obviously be happy and so busy eating for a month, we won’t hear a peep out of her.”
Miss Sanchez, clean up your own finances and stay off the airwaves. You sound ridiculous.
I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.