"Public service was never meant to be an easy living," Rep. John Boehner declared to his colleagues after being reelected to his $223,500/year post as House Speaker.
Addressing the House after his reelection, Rep. Boehner (R-Ohio) said: "Public service was never meant to be an easy living. Extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership."
Still, Boehner has an annual salary of nearly a quarter-million, recesses, drivers, and expenses to help soften the blow of the hard life of service in Congress. Even the typical House or Senate member pulls in $174,000 a year - and majority and minority leaders make $193,400.
Plus, congressmen have some perks to help ease their burden:
- Tax breaks and bonuses
- Almost a half-year off for vacation
- Free travel and trips, and
- They can even vote for their own pay raise
Apparently, they even get better cable service and special treatment from airlines and other companies they do business with.
And, don't bother to stay in Congress if you're in it for fame or "political victory," Boehner told his colleagues, showing them the door:
"So, if you've come here to see your name in the lights or to pass off a political victory as some accomplishment, you've come to the wrong place. The door's right behind you."
Boehner welcomed congressmen who are "humbled by the opportunity to serve."
But, they shouldn't provide the "standard of leadership" demanded by their constituents - but, should instead be ruled by "the times":
"If you've come here humbled by the opportunity to serve, if you've come here to be the determined voice of the people, if you've come here to carry the standard of leadership demanded - not by our constituents, but, by the times - then you've come to the right place."