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Harry Reid tried to sneak pay raises to federal judges in auto bailout (whatta pile of shit)

 
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Chief justice pleads for higher judicial salaries

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts renewed his call for higher judicial pay on Wednesday, warning of long-term damage to the fabric of the courts.


Chief Justice John Roberts says federal judges were denied cost-of-living allowances.

In his annual year-end report, Roberts noted judges' salaries have declined over the past two decades when measured against inflation, causing many judges to leave the bench for more lucrative jobs in the private sector.

Roberts, 53, and other judges have said a crisis in the administration of justice could result if the bench cannot attract "judges who are the best of the best."

"I must renew the judiciary's modest petition: Simply provide cost-of-living increases that have been unfairly denied," wrote Roberts. "We have done our part -- it is long past time for Congress to do its."

The last time judges received a substantial pay increase was 1991, but they have received periodic increases designed to keep pace with inflation.

The chief justice noted his colleagues again were denied a cost-of-living allowance this year. Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, insisted the increase be included in the auto bailout legislation considered in December, but it was dropped after some lawmakers objected.

Roberts complained that every federal employee, including all members of Congress, received a cost-of-living allowance this year, except for judges. Lawmakers' cost-of-living allowance increase was 2.8 percent, or $4,700. Congressional salaries are roughly on par with those of district court judges.

House and Senate committees earlier this year approved a 30-percent pay increase for the federal judiciary, but Congress as a whole has not acted on the proposal.

Some members of Congress are cool to the idea of higher pay for federal judges, who are among the highest paid federal employees. They also enjoy lifetime job security, and can retire at 65 with full salary after 15 years on the job.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the judges were "rightfully dismayed that they were not even accorded a cost-of-living adjustment this year."

"I share their disappointment and will continue working to enact the needed legislation to provide that adjustment," he said.

Leahy lamented that his own bill on judicial compensation, which he said would have made up for the lack of cost-of-living allowances in previous years, failed to pass the House or the Senate, even though both Judiciary Committees reported the bill out.

"As the economic crisis has deepened, it will be harder to enact this measure, but these adjustments are no less important," he said.

Higher pay has long been a crusade for Roberts and his predecessor, William Rehnquist. Recent year-end reports have contained more pointed criticism of congressional inaction, but Roberts' comments this year were relatively muted. As chief justice, he has administrative oversight over the entire federal court system. He is also the highest paid federal judge.

"The legal issues in today's global, technology-driven economy are increasingly complex, and judges must respond with wisdom and skill acquired from study, reflection, and experience," said Roberts. "The government must attract and retain the finest legal minds, including accomplished lawyers who are already in high demand, to join the bench as a lifelong calling."

Roberts proudly noted belt tightening in the federal courts, which submitted a budget calling for no new spending. The third branch of government only makes up two-tenths of one percent of the $3 trillion annual U.S. budget. He called that "miniscule."
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Re: Harry Reid tried to sneak pay raises to federal judges in auto bailout (whatta pile of shit)
Thank God we have at least ONE Senator that isn't a selfish greedy bastard!

Interesting how those greedy bastard Senators always get their pay raises but don't give the judges a dime!
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Re: Harry Reid tried to sneak pay raises to federal judges in auto bailout (whatta pile of shit)
that's the way the system works...a shitty way....
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Re: Harry Reid tried to sneak pay raises to federal judges in auto bailout (whatta pile of shit)
You can expect about as much outrage as this got:

How Washington's Bailout Will Boost Wall Street Bonuses
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Re: Harry Reid tried to sneak pay raises to federal judges in auto bailout (whatta pile of shit)
no more outrage

that's what THEY want
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Re: Harry Reid tried to sneak pay raises to federal judges in auto bailout (whatta pile of shit)
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The universe responds NOT to what you want.....it responds to what you are being.......are you being what you want?
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the karma cafe has no menus. you get served what you deserve
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political correctness is a doctrine.... fostered by a delusional, illogical minority...... and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media; which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

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Alan Isaacman
The People Vs Larry Flynt
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you've heard a lot here today and I won't try to go back over it all. But you have to go back in that room and make some decisions and there is one thing I want to make very clear to you before you do. I'm not trying to convince you that you should like what Larry Flynt does. I don't like what he does. But what I do like is... that I live in a country... where you and I can make that decision for ourselves. I like that I live in a country where I can pick up Hustler magazine... read it if I want... or throw it in the trash, if that's where I think it belongs. Or better yet I can express my opinion by not buying it. I like that right. I care about it. And you should care about it, too... because we live in a free country. We say that a lot, but sometimes we forget what that means, so listen again. We live in a free country. That is a powerful idea. That's a magnificent way to live. But there is a price for that freedom, which is that sometimes... we have to tolerate things that we don't necessarily like. So go back in that room... where you are free to think whatever you want to think... about Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine. But then ask yourselves if you want to make that decision for the rest of us... because the freedom that everyone in this room enjoys... is, in a very real way, in your hands. If we start throwing up walls against what some of us think is obscene... we may wake up one morning and realize... that walls have been thrown upin places we never expected... and we can't see anythingor... do anything. And that's not freedom. That is not freedom. So, be careful. Thank you."
VIDEO: [link to youtu.be]

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