So, if you and I, responsible citizens, were leading a company that was heading for fiscal disaster and decided to give all our buddies in the company a raise and that got back to our employees and shareholders what would they do? Probably fire us. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs...-members-congress-federal-workers_692223.html So I guess we see that there is no reasonable argument that these raises were needed or that they should be given. The leadership of our country is rotten to the core. Both parties are just a bunch of money loving, progress inhibiting, senile fools. How in the world can they a) make this much to begin with and b) justify their raises when they haven't done a blooming thing over the last two years?