At a town hall event in Florida yesterday, GOP Representative Steve Southerland took a question from a constituent about his salary. He proceeded to tell the good people he supposedly represents that his salary is small considering how many hours he puts in and the risks he runs.
“And by the way, did I mention? They’re shooting at us,” Southerland told constituents. “If you think this job pays too much, with those kinds of risks and cutting me off from my family business, I’ll just tell you: This job don’t mean that much to me. I had a good life in Panama City.”
These are quite outlandish remarks considering Representative Southerland makes a Congressional salary of $174,000. And what’s worse is that his remarks come at a time when most people are either unemployed or having to work two or more jobs just to get by on a weekly basis. Southerland’s words are also insensitive. Saying his cushy job doesn’t mean much to him is very disheartening to the people who elected him to represent them because they thought he actually cared about working for them. Most people in this country right now would give an arm and a leg to have that good paying job. It’s supposed to be an honor to serve the American people in the halls of Congress. But to Southerland, it’s not. And you can bet that many other Republicans feel the exact same way. And like Southerland, the only reason they serve is for their own benefit, not for their constituents.