Regarding a possible cut in Congressmen's pay, The Hill reports Nancy Peolosit said:
"I don't think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded."
Try living off of a fraction of a Congressman's wage, as most Americans do. Try maintaining ones dignity when the power is shut off, or the water tap is tightened down with a lock. Exercise that argument of dignity when a mom has to "put back" groceries on the conveyor belt as the super-market clerk takes her twenty dollar bill for a $26 dollar tab.
Or use the term "dignity" when businessmen issue pink slips to their friends and loyal workers.
Well, in business if things are tight, we often cut things... like the owner's pay, so that employees can stay.
I've owned (and tried to manage) a number of small companies over the years, even helped start a non-profit group. Whenever, we could not make ends meet, we cut.
I've often been too late and quite miserable in my own efforts to save a company or two... and I always cut till I could cut no more. Pain is a permanent teacher, I've found.
They are not even trying to cut.
"Above it all" seems an apt description.
Rep. Pelosi, you might as well have said, "Let them eat cake."