Today I received in the mail a colorful brochure with the following written on the front: “Ed Perlmutter is On the Job, Working for Change”. Franking privileges being what they are, I’m not generally surprised to receive these sorts of notices.
But at first I was a little offended by the thought that my Congressman – who made a $169,300 salary in 2008 – would use bold letters to complain that he is “working for change,” and to someone who makes considerably less. I braced myself: Was this a set-up? Was I about to open up the brochure and see the case for why Congress needed a bailout from itself? Has the economy gone so sour as all that?
Fortunately, no, nothing so unusual as that. Like nearly all members of Congress, Perlmutter’s office was writing to tell me the highlights of the taxpayer-funded pork he brought home to Colorado’s 7th Congressional District.
Whether or not Perlmutter or any other Congressman is complaining that $169,300 a year is pocket change, you at least can sign the online petition urging Congress to forego its automatic pay increase for 2009.