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难以置信——国会竟然为己提薪,罔顾美国巨额债务和赤字
尼克蓝普森 翻译:罗 玲          于 June 25, 2006 at 04:41:09:

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世界名人网讯 近日前国会议员,现22区国会议员候选人尼克蓝普森在美国各大英文报章撰稿,抨击国会内部加薪。
以下中文是由尼克蓝普森亚裔助选委员会主席罗玲翻译的译文及原文如下:

难以置信——国会竟然为己提薪,罔顾美国巨额债务和赤字
----作者:尼克蓝普森 (NICK LAMPSON)

在我们的国家面临史上巨额债务和赤字之际, 国会应该为给自己提薪感到羞耻。

我们的国家正面临赤字暴涨,过度的军事承诺,及边境不安全之乱象。 国会不是设法解决其已造成的麻烦,相反却忙于为自己提薪加资。这简直错误之极。

本周二,国会议员们不顾联邦政府巨额债务和赤字,投票表决给自己提薪达每人每年3300美元。对于超过9兆美元的债务(平均每个美国男女及儿童超过3万美元)及3千五百亿美元赤字,华盛顿津津乐道要削减浪费。但说易行难。对一个有着435名议员的国会,每人3,300美元的加薪就是浪费。

当国会议员们自以为是的认为颇有工作成效之际,他们却早已将我们在伊拉克和阿富汗的部队官兵忘诸脑后。2003年,他们投票否决了给我们在战事中的部队官兵1500美元奖金的议案,却径直为自己提高薪水。每年,国会的议员们连续为自己提薪,却罔顾前线官兵装备短缺, 教育和健康保险严重缺乏,甚至使赤字和债务一路攀升至历史最高点。这种现象必须停止。

我在国会期间任职期间,每逢国会提薪,我都投了反对票。

德州有7万名国防预备役军人。他们许多人宁愿承担大幅减薪,奔赴国外,报效祖国。真的不敢相信,国会议员们,本已薪酬优渥,却拒绝为祖国作出小小的牺牲。 这表明了他们对把国家扳回正轨缺乏担当。

美国正面临史无前例的债务和赤字,过分扩大的军事,以及教育系统资金短缺的危机。 国会必须先行一步,勒紧腰带,树立榜样。

(附蓝普森已发表在各大英文报之原文)

UNBELIEVABLE . . .

Congress Gives Themselves a Raise Even as U.S. Record Debt and Deficit

By Nick Lampson

Congress should be ashamed of giving itself a raise at a time when our nation faces the largest debt and deficits in its history.

Our country is facing a real mess with skyrocketing deficits, wasteful spending, and an over-committed military and unsecured border. But instead of working to fix the mess it has created, Congress is busy patting itself on the back with a pay raise. This is just plain wrong.

Members of Congress voted Tuesday to give themselves a $3,300 per year pay raise despite the federal government’s record debt and deficits. With a debt of more than $9 trillion (more than $30,000 for every man, woman, and child in America) and a deficit of around $350 billion, there is a lot of talk in Washington about cutting waste. But talk is cheap. A $3,300 pay raise for 435 members of Congress is waste. 

While members of Congress apparently believe they are doing a great job, they think much less of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2003, they voted against a $1,500 bonus for our troops in combat even as they went ahead with their own pay raise. Every year, members of Congress continue to give themselves raises even as they short-change our troops, education, and health care and even as they run up the highest deficits and debt in history. It must stop.

While in Congress, I routinely voted to kill Congressional pay raises.

Texas has some 70,000 National Guard and Reserve troops. Many of them have taken huge pay cuts to go abroad and serve their country. It is unbelievable that members of Congress, who already make a nice salary, refuse to make a small sacrifice for their country. It shows a lack of commitment to getting this country back on track.

America is facing unprecedented debt and deficit, an over-extended military, and a crisis in funding our education system. Congress must take the first step and set an example by tightening its own belt. 





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