Good. It's a Majority.
We bring democracy. Democracy good.
Iraq's parliament is at a total standstill.
Nearly every session since November has been adjourned because as few as 65 members made it to work, even as they and the absentees earned salaries and benefits worth about $120,000.
They might be earning $120k, but safety is such a huge issue that the salary barely pays for the guards hired by members to protect them. One guy says he has 40 bodyguards and the money only covers 20.
The speaker of the parliament is thinking of trying to clamp down on the rampant absenteeism.
Mr. Mashhadani said Parliament would soon start fining members $400 for every missed session and replace the absentees if they fail to attend a minimum amount of the time.
He hit a slight snag on that, though. He needs a quorum in order to pass the proposal.
By min | January 24, 2007, 10:22 AM | Liberal Outrage