Albert Brooks: Don't pay Congress til fiscal cliff deal is reached

Actor and comedian Albert Brooks clearly isn’t impressed with the progress of fiscal cliff negotiations. This afternoon, he proposed a way to force legislators to get serious: don’t pay them.

Many of his followers were right behind him:

It’s an interesting idea, but others aren’t convinced that it would produce the desired effect, simply because many in Congress aren’t exactly lacking when it comes to income:

What do you think?

  • peteee363

    hey albert, why aren’t you blaming obama? he is the one constantly moving the goal posts!

  • garygramscom

    Dumb idea. (As useful as a new gun control law). Most don’t run for office for the salary, most are rich already. More of them run for the power, or the money they can make afterwards or on side deals.

    I would be very much for tightening ethics rules and them forfeiting all titles, pension and benefits if thrown out.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      Agreed. I recall hearing somewhere that a reluctant candidate is always the better candidate.

    • Penmar

      You are right. They would not be so eager to run if they didn’t get nice pension and health packages for serving or if they had to pay their staff out of their own pockets like a regular business man does. I like the way Texas does their legislature, they only go in for a certain number of days and those are the only days they get paid for, the rest of the time they are on their own.

    • walterc

      That’s why they are willing to spend millions of dollars (granted paid by others) for a 2 year gig that pays 150k per year.

  • MattiMuck

    I believe it would be more effective than people think. No one likes working for free. 150K may be pocket change to most of them, but it’s still 150K.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    Ummm, won’t Congress have to vote on this first?…

    • almarquardt

      Unfortunately, yes. If you could vote in your own raise, would you relinquish that authority?

      • Lord Foggybottom

        My point exactly :)

    • Penmar

      We could start a petition, wonder how many would sign up to keep congress from getting paid?

  • Penmar

    I think we shouldn’t pay any of them for their entire terms, because they’ve done nothing for that long, especially the Senate and Obama for dereliction of duty at the very least.