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Jason Chaffetz Wants a Big Government Handout

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Former Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz plans to formally resign from office on Friday, but on the way out the door he's calling for more federal largess.

Chaffotz participated in the interview with The Hill in which he called for providing members of Congress with a monthly housing stipend.

“I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress,” Chaffetz told The Hill in an interview in his Capitol office, where he sleeps whenever he’s in Washington. “In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise. But you shouldn’t have to be among the wealthiest of Americans to serve properly in Congress.” [...]

“Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world, and I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college and a second place here in Washington, D.C.,” Chaffetz said. “I think a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington if you’re going to expect people to spend hundreds of nights a year here. ...

“There are dozens upon dozens of members living in their offices, and I don’t know how healthy that is long term.”

If Chaffetz is having trouble balancing his finances, maybe he should sell his iPhone.

That is what he told people who can't afford health care, isn't it? Chaffetz is fortunate in that he doesn't have to worry about the cost of health care as a member of Congress, but most Americans do.

Maybe Chaffetz should display some personal responsibility. Maybe his children should pay for their own education. Maybe he should refinance his mortgage. Maybe he should, you know, grab his bootstraps and yank them.

That's what Republican would say to average people having financial difficulty, isn't it?

Congressional salaries of over $170,000 put members of Congress in the top 10 percent of earners in the country, but that apparently isn't enough for conservatives who regularly blast poor people.

  • muselet

    … I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college and a second place here in Washington, D.C.

    On a $179,000 salary. With very generous medical insurance and other benefits.

    If I may quote Mal Reynolds, out of context (of course):


  • 1933john

    Squad tents on the Mall with a case of
    MRE and a latrine without rope

  • Badgerite

    Maybe he should get a second job. Like at Fox. Oh, that’s right. He will be getting a job at Fox. He will be well compensated for screwing over the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans including veterans. What a guy.

  • Aynwrong

    This is something I would like to be reasonable about. Serving in elected office (particularly Congress) is a privilege but it’s also a service to the country and we’re supposed to honor that and I happen to agree that a congressmen should be able to live comfortably while serving. But Jason Chaffetz belongs to a party that has spent the last four decades running down all forms of public service (save military service) while campaigning under the banner of “limited government.”

    If he wishes to live a softer lifestyle while being annually paid $179,000 of taxpayer money he should have though of that before he ran for office and found greater success in the free market so he could afford the ability to “properly serve.”

  • Aynwrong

    It is not the fault of the American taxpayer that Jason Chaffetz chose to irresponsibly have a family before running for elected office. Why should we the hard working people of America who are struggling in the free market have to subsidize the irresponsible lifestyle of this undeserving freeloader. Isn’t it enough that he will eventually be living off a “goldplated government pension?!”

    Can’t his kids just get a job? I hear there’s at least 50,000 new ones in the mining sector.

    • ninjaf

      If he feels his kids are entitled to a higher education (.e.g college), then perhaps he can foster legislation to pay for college/trade schooling for all citizens?

  • Nefercat

    “But you shouldn’t have to be among the wealthiest of Americans to serve properly in Congress.” […]”
    To serve “properly”? To serve “properly”?

    What, is this your excuse for your Benghazi witch hunts wasting millions of taxpayer dollars? For not bothering to investigate trump’s failings?

    You need more money? That’s why you were utterly incapable of doing your job properly?

    Screw you.

  • Username1016

    Possibly he should downsize to a more modest house in Utah. Or rent an apartment. Live within your means, Jason. That’s what personal responsibility is all about.

  • Cthulu help me but I’m going to defend Chaffetz. I saw an interview with him not long after he first started and he was literally living in his office sleeping on a cot for months. I don’t know how long he did it but it was for a long time. His family stayed back in UT and to see them he had to travel back and forth. That being said, I still don’t want to give them a raise. Get a more comfortable cot. They have their own gym, their own showers, etc. It should be a sacrifice–a service.

    • Wildson

      As JM stated, “maybe he should sell his iPhone”…

      No tears for sick bastards trying to take healthcare away…

  • David Greenberg

    You can’t make this shit up. Having signed up for a bill to throw 22 million people off healthcare, while having the best insurance there is, this asshole, who has not done an honest day’s work as a congressman, has the balls to cry about his cost of living. Go fuck yourself you turd. Try working for a living.

  • Nefercat

    “But you shouldn’t have to be among the wealthiest of Americans to serve properly in Congress.” […]”
    Why not, you yammering boob?

    Apparently you “have to be among the wealthiest of Americans” to have a right to live (see BCRA, Conway “go get a job with employer health care”).

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    $2,500 / mo is not outrageous, but the fact that he’s such a hypocritical flaming asshole makes it hard for me to take his request seriously.

    $170k is good money, but it’s not exactly the “rolling in it” kind of money. I actually approve of making Congress more accessible to the less wealthy (that’s why it has a salary in the first place – the founding fathers didn’t want it only accessible to the aristocracy). I think adding a few more people who have experience needing social safety nets would do wonders.

    Maybe we should do to Chaffetz what Republicans want to do to welfare recipients: apply means tests, shame fests, and mandatory drug tests. Then give less than is needed to make ends meet and cut benefits too early. Oh, and he can give back the free gold-plated lifetime health care, too.

    Socialism for me, but not for thee!

    -The Red Shirt Creed


    • Nefercat

      Yes, indeed. Want to serve the people? We have a nice WPA era dorm you can stay in so you don’t have to live in your (much nicer than a cubicle) office. Bunks will be assigned based on seniority.

      Otherwise, quitcherbellyaching. You made your choice as to how to live. Don’t expect the taxpayers to subsidize your personal choices, right?

      • ninjaf

        I actually think Congressional dormitories are a great idea. Maybe it will get them socializing with each other again (which is supposedly the reason they don’t get along any more on the floors of the respective chambers).

      • Oops should have read your reply first…great minds think alike….

    • Let them live in a dorm together for all I care. They don’t need to pay for DC housing.

      • Nefercat

        Yes, with an army style mess hall. No need for a fancy congressional dining hall when you can schmooze with your colleagues over a nice plate of SoS or ham&mother*s.

        Gosh, the possibilities are endless.

        • My Dad used to make SoS–one of the few things he could cook. And I loved it.

          • Nefercat

            Yes, I actually think it was pretty tasty too.