Following up on Erick’s post yesterday concerning Democrat legislators refusing to participate in a voluntary furlough program, it was amusing to read some of the comments related to same and the statement that this was just an exercise in symbolism.
While I agree there can be no doubt symbolism is indeed a minor component of the voluntary furlough program, the fact remains these are tax dollars given to legislators from actual living, breathing taxpayers. Citizens. The real “boss” in Georgia.
And these are difficult financial times and everyone must tighten their belt…even spoiled legislators. The total savings with these furlough days equals $170,000. Is that, I ask, not worth this exercise in fiscal responsibility?
So before you cry for the seven Democrats in the General Assembly (allegedly champions of “the little guy”) who have not completed their furlough paperwork, or who refused to opt-in with the program because they believe they need the $17,342 in annual salary because they work hard for four months, consider this:
– A new Trooper in the Georgia State Patrol only makes $35,741 for working not just a few months, but a whole year.
– The base salary for an
Assistant District Attorney administrative assistant in the Hall County District Attorney’s Office is $28,535. Again, for a whole year.
– A new Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, for a whole year of work, earns only $35,569.36.
And, of course, all of these “little people” are being forced to work for free on furlough days.
When you add in per diems and “special treats” from lobbyists, Georgia’s legislators have a pretty sweet gig. But the arrogance of these Democrats cannot be assuaged. In their minds, they deserve every penny and by God, they are going to keep it. Because it’s all about
the children the elderly the poor themselves.
Some of these “statesmen” now say that they were just “confused” about the paperwork to take the furlough. A load of toro feces, that is.
Four of the senators — Valencia Seay of Riverdale, Minority Leader Robert Brown of Macon, Lester Jackson of Savannah and Gloria Butler of Stone Mountain —said they intended to take the furlough days.
They said that in an “oversight” they had not filed the proper paperwork to have the money deducted from their checks.
Strange that this “oversight” only appears to affect Democrats. Or, perhaps, they thought they could pull a fast one and through omission keep their full salary.
And, don’t forget that as of today, Democrat State Senators Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) and Steve Thompson (D-Marietta) as well as Democrat State Representatives Bob Bryant (D-Garden City), Ron Dodson (D-Lake City), David Lucas (D-Macon), Quincy Murphy (D-Augusta), Jay Shaw (D-Lakeland) and Al Williams (D-Midway) have yet to file their personal financial disclosures for 2008 with the State Ethics Commission. Why? What is the conceivable delay in completing a simple, three page document and filing it with the Commission?
If these legislators can’t even accomplish such a simple task as filing a disclosure document or a furlough approval, how can they handle the complex legislation that crosses their desk daily for their review and approval?