Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Government Workers Don't Need Online Payday Loans

Pampering, not payday loans

How much is enough?

How much is enough?

I’m confused by this article from Reuters. The author seems to think that government workers who make $174,000 a year are in danger of needing online payday loans and barely scraping by.

It certainly puts things in perspective, though. I understand now why some lawmakers are slow to help low-income families. On the other side of the coin, I understand why they are so concerned about “the middle class.”

Semantics

Andy Sullivan writes in his article:

Congressional lawmakers who oversee trillions in government spending must make ends meet on $174,000.

Make ends meet on $174,000? That is five times what I made last year and more than seven times what I’ll probably make this year. Unless said lawmakers have six kids, the ends should be meeting just fine as far as I can tell. I’m pretty sure anyone who makes that much money never thinks about whether they need online payday loans to get groceries or keep the heat from being shut off.

Unconvinced citizen

When I first read the phrase “make ends meet” I thought Sullivan was writing tongue-in cheek. However, the article goes on to say this: ... click here to read the rest of the article titled "Government Workers Don't Need Online Payday Loans"

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