Pay Raise for Federal Judges? First, A Performance Evaluation Is In Order

Say it ain’t so! Chief Justice John Roberts has said that low pay is “threatening the judiciary.” From

Roberts said the judiciary will not properly serve its constitutional role if it is restricted to people so wealthy that they can afford to be indifferent to the level of judicial compensation, or to people for whom the judicial salary represents a pay increase.

Issuing an eight-page message devoted exclusively to salaries, Roberts says the 678 full-time U.S. District Court judges, the backbone of the federal judiciary, are paid about half that of deans and senior law professors at top schools.

Federal district court judges are paid $165,200 annually; appeals court judges make $175,100; associate justices of the Supreme Court earn $203,000; the chief justice gets $212,100.

The issue of pay, says Roberts, “has now reached the level of a constitutional crisis.”

Federal judges only get about 50% of the salary of deans and senior law professors at top schools? The answer is clear — cut the salaries of deans and law professors in half! Hey, that would be the liberals answer if you replaced “deans and law professors” in that sentence with “corporate CEOs” wouldn’t it?

How come it takes the issue of a Federal paycheck to get us to notice a “constitutional crisis”? What is a “constitutional crisis” are some of the rulings that come from the Federal bench.

Since those of us in our regular “real world” jobs could never think of asking for our pay to double without one hell of a performance evaluation, lets approach this request on that level.

Sorry, Mr. Roberts, but I don’t want another penny of our tax money going to leftist whiffle-heads like the judges on California’s Ninth Appellate, whose rulings make me wonder if they are the love children of Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky, conceived after a torrid affair on the Isle of Numbskull and subsequently sent to law school.

I don’t want people like Detroit U.S. District Court judge Anna Diggs Taylor – who rule essentially on the side of terrorists out of grief-stricken concern for their “rights” while stripping Americans of theirs — to get so much more money that she doesn’t seek employment elsewhere. I’ll bet a months pay that Taylor’s next colonoscopy turns up a benign polyp and six members of the ACLU.

Consider Roberts’ Supreme Court. Cases like Kelo v. New London, which danced on the grave of private property rights, and many, many other rulings, should tempt us to look at Roberts’ pay raise request for Federal judges and laugh out loud (or “lol” for you kids).

I don’t want to give any money, let alone more money, to “Librarian from Hades,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg; John Paul Stevens, who was nominated to the Court by Gerald Ford, (I wanted to include a joke here about Stevens’ nomination being due to Ford falling down and hitting his head on the steps of Air Force One, but I won’t use it out of respect for Ford); mamma’s boy and Stan Laurel ringer, David Souter; another stain left on the black robe of the Court by Bill Clinton alongside the Bader Ginsburg discharge — Stephen Breyer; and Anthony Kennedy, can prove that even Reagan made mistakes.

Nope, I don’t care if they go off to find other work. Sorry.

Lets also consider who in Congress is for dramatic pay raises for the Federal judiciary. Last year, a bill was introduced to do just that — it was introduced by Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and John Kerry of Massachusetts — three people so liberal that Ward Churchill refers to them as f#%@*%g hippies.

Gee, why are these liberal Senators so very concerned about raising the pay of Federal judges so they don’t leave? For the answer to that question, re-read the first few paragraphs of this commentary.

Sorry, Justice Roberts. Yes, there are good judges out there who actually have read the constitution and believe in following it to the letter, and you may well be one yourself, but the overall performance evaluation of the Federal bench is horrendous. I’ll put it this way, if the Constitution were their boss, the next time they arrived for work they’d find all the stuff from their desks in a cardboard boxes by the curb, and that the access code to the buildings had been changed.

Another thing; it can be a lifetime appointment — it doesn’t say anywhere that it has to be. If some of the judges mentioned above, and dozens of others, really want to serve America, let ’em get a job waiting tables.

With Democrat congressional control, however, Federal judges can look forward to a major raise in the coming months or years. Hey, somebody wake up Ruth Bader Ginsberg and tell her the good news!


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