Don’t worry, Mr. and Mrs. America, your congressman’s staff is happy and think they’re doing a righteous job.
According to an annual survey by the Congressional Management Foundation and the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, eight out of 10 congressional aides are content with their their jobs.
The survey found that 83 percent of Capitol Hill aides are happy to take on duties outside their normal responsibilities – so happy in fact that a whopping 97 percent say they are “confident” they can meet their work goals.
Those two numbers tell you they’re either really, really good at what they do, or they don’t have nearly enough to do.
Or they’re just happy with how they’re treated.
And why wouldn’t they be?
Some of the salaries are low — about $30,000 for legislative assistants -but they’re the dishwashers of the congressional kitchen – but most are in the $40,000-$60,000 range, which isn’t bad for people who tend to be in their 20s and early 30s. Senior staffers get up into the six figures.
And they get special treatment like being exempted from the Obamacare many of them worked so hard to pass (at least the ones who work for Democrats). Faced with things like actual bills caused by the bills they helped pass, those idealistic young darlings decided they’d take a pass, and had bosses powerful enough and cynical enough that they could make it stop.
If they weren’t so idealistic, it might make them think laws in this country really don’t apply to the people who make them.
Or lawmakers making laws they don’t understand might be bad for the country. Or some other such nonsense.
But the important thing is they’re sure they’re important; they’re sure they do a fantastic job; and they probably really do believe the harm they do won’t affect them at all.
Actually, they sound like Washington press corps.