cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Our Congress appears to be out of touch with the realities that you and me face every day. We see jobs disappearing, compensation being cut, and costs increasing on virtually everything we consume.
Congress, on the other hand appears to have effectively insulated itself from these "mundane" issues confronted by their collective constituents. Too many people sitting in Congress are so out of touch that they have approved an 8% increase in the budgets each receive with which to pay their staff, run their offices and cover travel expense back and forth to their home offices.
They apparently don't think that we remember that each year, in the last quarter of the year, most members of congress give their staff members nice bonuses on top of the best health care coverage in the country and very decent salaries.
Even worse, a Republican member from Nevada was prohibited from offering an amendment that would've kept the current allowance in place for at least another year. Maybe he wouldn't have brought such an amendment if he thought there was a chance that it would be considered; I don't know if his effort was designed for "good press" or "good government".
Why does it seem that what's good for citizens isn't always equally as good for government? Could it be that there really are second-class citizens? Those who pay the taxes to support the people in the upper, more privileged, class called government officials and employees!
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "More & More = Less & Less".