I laugh every time I think about it…
Remember Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson’s ever-famous concern that Guam would “tip over” during a hearing for the House Armed Services Committee? Well, now he’s back with more nonsense…
For those that may not remember, Hank Johnson is the Congressman who, in 2010, expressed concerns that if there were too many troops stationed on the U.S.-controlled island of Guam, it would tip over. After clarifying the dimensions of the island in relatively specific terms, while motioning with his hands as one would to simulate capsizing, he told Admiral Robert Willard,
“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”
To which Willard calmly replied, “We don’t anticipate that.”
I referenced this once about a year ago and my wife simply did not believe me. She couldn’t fathom that a grown man, much less a congressman, could believe that an island would capsize like a boat. I showed her the YouTube video, and her response was one of laughter mixed with general concern that this man was in a position of power.
Of course, the official explanation was that he was joking, despite there being every indication that Johnson was dead serious.
In October, Johnson appeared at the Annesbrooks HOA Candidate Forum in Georgia to answer questions. As he attempted to answer questions about the different rules for commoners and government officials, Johnson claimed,
“The benefits and salary that we get, we earn. It’s not elaborate, it’s just a bunch of poppycock that a lot of people have spread around trying to get us to hate our own government and our government representatives.”
According to the Congressional Research Services, the annual salary for most representatives and senators is $174,000 plus benefits. But hey, it’s not “elaborate.”
I am not anti-capitalist. People should earn and keep what they can. However, it becomes my business when:
A) These people are paid by taxpayers, are earning over three times the average household income and, apparently, don’t have a basic understanding of what an island consists of.
B) These people spend every waking hour trying to demonize the “rich” in the private sector for having the audacity to earn a successful living. I do not expect our elected representatives to live in poverty, but I object to the inciting of class warfare and the general undermining of capitalism that has become the hallmark of the Democratic Party while they, themselves, are living high on the hog.
I further reject the notion that anger towards our government is manufactured or otherwise undeserved. If Johnson wants to talk about what he and his colleagues have earned, then he should own up to the fact that Congress has earned every bit of contempt and anger directed at them for the woefully inadequate representation Americans receive.
Johnson and other elected representatives need to take a look at the services they provide as compared to the compensation they receive. Considering that the Senate has not passed a budget in over three years, we are $16 trillion in debt, unemployment is still around 8%, our officials aren’t listening to us as they consider job-killing tax increases and their approval ratings are, and have been, in the toilet, I would contend that our representatives and senators are nowhere near having “earned” what they receive.
When they make some meaningful progress towards fixing any one of the numerous disasters they have helped create, then we can talk about their just compensation.