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Thinking about thinking: Glenn Beck and Thomas Sowell on Congressional Pay

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Glenn Beck and Thomas Sowell have both weighed in on the issue of congressional pay.  They have arrived at completely different points of view. 

What’s even more interesting is how these two individuals arrived at their positions.  And further, the influence that each of these people have on the general populace and voting public.  That is, how many millions of people do each of these people influence; how does it affect the views of society in general; and how are elections influenced by these ideas?

Glenn Beck

According to the Wikipedia Glenn Beck is described as “… an American conservative[4] radio and television host, political commentator, author, and entrepreneur. He is the host of The Glenn Beck Program, a nationally syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States on Premiere Radio Networks; He is also the host of a self-titled cable-news show on Fox News Channel. As an author, Beck has had six New York Times-bestselling books, with five debuting at #1.   Beck is also the founder and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts, a multi-media production company through which he produces content for radio, television, publishing, the stage, and the Internet”

Glenn Beck provides these data points related to his postion of congressional pay:

The typical pay of a soldier in the Military – $22,000/yr
The average pay of a working american – $50,000/yr
Congressional Pay – $174,000/yr  ( read it )

The Pitch

Glenn Beck wants to limit the pay of  individual members of congress to no higher than what the average americanworker  makes – $50,000.  He further wants to point out the disparity of pay between an individual serving in congress and an individual serving on the front lines in Iraq or Afghanistan – $174,000 vs $22,000.  Limit congressional pay to no more than an average working american.  Sound like a good idea?

Thomas Sowell

According to the Wikipedia Thomas Sowell is described as  “… an American economist, social critic, political commentator and author. He is currently a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 1990, he won the Francis Boyer Award, presented by the American Enterprise Institute. In 2002 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for prolific scholarship melding history, economics, and political science. In 2003, he was awarded the Bradley Prize for intellectual achievement.” 

The Pitch

Thomas Sowell says we should pay every member of congress $10 million/yr.

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