Charlie Lockett: House Republicans are welfare royalty

November 4, 2013 

I used to think that when Republicans talked about “welfare queens” they were just using a talking point to rile up their base. How wrong I have been. They really do know about welfare queens because it refers to Republicans in the House.

They are paid $176,000 per year, plus those farm subsidies, plus what they get from lobbyists, plus their own PACs. So they go in with a small fortune and retire as super rich after working part time.

In 2012, their schedule was 107 days; in 2013, it was 126 days; and next year, according to Eric Cantor, they will put in a grueling 113 days. But if they are true to form, 11 of those days will be spent repealing Obamacare. That’s almost $1,600 per day.

They did shut down the government at a cost of over $24 billion, and they are cutting food stamps and meals on wheels and anything else that would help those in need.

I think it’s time we demanded to get what we are paying for. We are paying them to do what’s best for this nation and the people of this nation.

CHARLIE LOCKETT

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