The American people have collectively lost much during the weeks-long shutdown. Small businesses are teetering on permanent closures while the newly-unemployed have either received or are waiting for that one-time $1,200 stimulus check from the federal government. Governors and mayors are telling their constituents that it may take months for some of their states and cities to fully reopen, meaning millions of Americans may be months away from receiving a weekly paycheck.
It’s not hard to imagine how those in federal and state federal government can be so casual when it comes to their evolving time schedules as to when the nation will be fully open for business because it’s as simple as follow the money. They’re getting theirs thus there’s no sense of urgency, the “process” of politics can run it’s course because certain taxpayer-funded paychecks have been assured to come in uninterrupted.
United States Congressman and Senator weekly salary: $3,346 (assured through 9/21)
Average federal employee weekly salary: $1,730
Average state employee weekly salary varies: (highest) Washington, D.C $2,222,
….Maryland $2,086, Virginia $1,967
Former president lifelong pension benefit weekly: $4,051
Congressional lifelong pension benefit weekly: $2,676
Here’s how the elected have been financially weathering the shutdown while the American people have to live with their edicts….
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) weekly salary: $2,848
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) weekly salary: $3,878
Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) weekly salary: $1,730
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) forgoes his weekly $2,884 salary
Delaware Governor John Carney Jr. (D) weekly salary: $3,288
Hawaii Governor David Ige (D) weekly salary: $3,051
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) forgoes his $3,411 weekly salary
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) weekly salary: N/A
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) weekly salary: $2,500
Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) Weekly salary: $1,346
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) weekly salary: $3,269
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) weekly salary: $3,557
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) weekly salary: $3,063
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (D) weekly salary: $2,454
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) pledged to donate his $2,876 weekly salary
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) weekly salary: $3,365
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) weekly salary: $3,846
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) weekly salary: $2,775
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) weekly salary: $2,954
Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) weekly salary: $1,896
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) weekly salary: $3,747
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) weekly salary: $2,802
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) weekly salary: $2,956
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) weekly salary: $3,365
Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) weekly salary: $3,520
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) weekly salary: $2,937
Everyday life gets even harder to endure at the mayoral level….
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) weekly salary: $4,975
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) weekly salary: $4,771
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) weekly salary: $4,157
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) weekly salary: $3,846
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) weekly salary: $3,365
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) weekly salary: $3,292
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) weekly salary: $2,833
Remember this when the political class drags this process out to collect more COVID-19 “data”, fat-and-comfortable government employees go on social media and tell those who fund their incoming paychecks to shut up and stay home, humble yourself and visit a food bank, decline to pay your rent and bills, never leave home (and if you must risk killing us all, not without a mask), and succumb to your movements being tracked and stored.
It must be nice.
NOTE — We’re not including self-centered celebrities because they don’t have the power over us they believe they have.