Greed is an insatiable thing…a shark that can never eat its fill, a wolf that hunts even when its stomach is full to bursting. To truly greedy people, there’s never such thing as “enough,” because there’s always something more to want. And if they can’t have the one more thing they want — well, they’re living “paycheck to paycheck.” Like Former Illinois Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling, for example.
To be fair, the former representative has taken a pretty massive pay cut since he was replaced by a Democrat in 2012. Illinois’ 17th district, and its brief flirtation with Republicanism, gave Schilling a taste of the $175,000 a year salary Congressmen earn. So, maybe he can be forgiven for feeling a bit cash strapped with the mere $100,000 a year he makes now.
Yes, the private sector* doesn’t pay what it used to, and even with assets totaling somewhere between $254,000 and $660,000 (per his financial disclosure forms), Schilling finds himself in the unsavory position of trying to get his old job back. Running again in 2014 against the Democrat who replaced him, Schilling does what all GOP members do when they’ve got nothing else to say — attack Obamacare. In a recent radio interview on WROK, he said the following:
“These increases, these are on our working poor, our middle class, hardworking taxpayers here across the United States of America. And now these folks are going to have to decide am I going to pay this premium or am I going to go buy some milk and groceries for the house. It’s really getting tough for everyone. Everyone that I talk to, I don’t hear them saying ‘hey, I’m doing great’.
And the folks that are living paycheck-to-paycheck, which is most Americans, including myself, is that, you know, this is not something that you want to be putting out when you’ve got a kid that wants to play sports or you want to take a trip for vacation. Instead, you’ve got to funnel your money over to Obamacare, which is something you might never have to use.”
Of course, he’s not the only Republican Congressman to whine about a paltry paycheck; Sean Duffy, Phil Gingrey, Jim Moran and Steve Southerland have all said the same. This same group that included Republican Fred Heineman, who once opined that $80,000 a year was “lower middle class,” and $300,000 to $750,000 a year was still just “middle class.” Well, at least we know who they’re talking about when they say they’re trying to “save America’s middle class.” Then again, that statement was from Gordon Gecko’s mid-1990s, so there might have been something to it at the time.
Now, though…well, maybe we should start a campaign. “Save the Geckos, Sharks and Wolves.”
* Schilling’s current private sector job is with a company called CMB Regional Centers of Rock Island. The company pools money from foreign (mostly Chinese) investors who want to establish permanent residency in the United States. CMB helps those investors utilize the federal EB-5 visa program, which grants visas to anyone promising to spend at least $500,000 in investment and create ten jobs in the United States. Fortune Magazine called it a “scam.” Schilling’s base would probably call it “colluding with the invaders.” We call it “A loving tribute to Mr.Gecko himself.”
H/T: Daily Kos