Give A Little, Get a Little

Congress finally finds a way to hand itself a raise

For a show that had flopped in its last tryout, The Pay-Raise Follies enjoyed a remarkably rapid revival. There was House Speaker Tom Foley last week, a bipartisan cast gathered around him, calling earnestly for more money. Here again came consumer advocate Ralph Nader, stirring up rabid radio talk-show hosts to bash Capitol Hill for insatiable greed. George Bush, once more standing in the wings, sent his best wishes.

But the House members had learned from their pay-hike fiasco of last January, when they were seeking a raise from $89,500 to $135,000. This time they voted for a smaller increase in...

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