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An interesting letter appeared in the Monday, Jan. 20 edition of the Mountain Democrat. The writer was complaining that U.S. Representative McClintock was being compensated too much for the results garnered. Although the writer’s complaint is purely subjective, the fiscal data presented in support is reasonably accurate as can be derived from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) 2012 report on Congressional Salaries and Allowances.
Article I, Section 6 of the Constitution authorizes Congress to set its own compensation.
The 2012 CRS report contains the current results of that authorization for all members of Congress. The salary and allowances results are based on mathematical formulas and not on performance, which can only be evaluated subjectively. As can be seen, all rank-and-file U.S. House of Representatives receive the same base salary and allowances.
California has 53 elected individuals representing us in the House of Representatives who are receiving the same base pay and allowances. Each representative has had varying degrees of success that is at best, subjective. Consequently. I believe that it is unreasonable to assume that Representative McClintock is underperforming by attempting to apply subjective performance criteria to standardized salary and allowances levels that were derived through statistical formulas.
ANTHONY J. ARJIL