Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter Tuesday morning to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asking him to stop paying members of Congress if the nation defaults on its debt obligations. Stunt or serious move?
While I admire the efforts of the senators to align themselves with those in our nation who are under tremendous economic stress, I do not think that there is anything that can equal the hardships that face those who are currently looking for work. Any job posting, no matter how spartan the pay or difficult the work, has thousands of applicants vying for it. Many of us fighting that daily battle wonder if any of our elected officials can fathom the pain and anxiousness of losing a paycheck, and many times with it, precious health care coverage. The loss of one paycheck for a senator is an annoyance: the loss of one paycheck for many Americans is the ingredient that turns the American dream into a nightmare.