Republican Congressman Robin Hayes (NC-8) has introduced a bit of legislation that sounds pretty good as far as it goes: he wants to cut House members' pay by 5%. Leaving aside the odds against this bill going anywhere, what you won't hear Hayes mention is that the money this bill would save in a year wouldn't pay for a single day in Iraq. Maybe Hayes should be using his vote to figure out a way out of that mess.
So don't let anyone tell you that Hayes suffers from a twinge of fiscal responsibility. As one paper puts it,
Hayes will seek his fourth term in the House next year in a race that's already drawing some tough competition.
Maybe the pay-cut bill is more a twinge of politics.