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George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of the Making the World Safe for Democracy crowd should be SO PROUD. They’ve done it. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!!!!

Try to read the article below without throwing up in your mouth. If you thought that our Congress was overpaid, underworked, corrupt and worthless, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Iraq puts the U.S. to shame. Now you know why we sacrificed 4,427 American soldiers, 32,000 wounded American soldiers, and $741 billion, so far, borrowed from the Chinese. It’s good to be an Iraqi Congressman. Well done Neo-Cons. You’ve truly converted Iraq into an American like democracy.

MAKE SURE YOU GO OUT AND READ BUSH’S BOOK OF LIES. I’m sure he is giving the proceeds to the families of the 4,429 dead soldiers.

If you’re looking for a job with great pay and perks and light duties ― none at all, in fact, since June ― you could do worse than be one of the 325 members of Iraq’s parliament.

Its members receive a basic monthly salary of $10,000 and a living allowance of $12,500 ― this totals $270,000 a year in a country where somebody making $7,800 annually is considered well paid. And ― oh, how the GOP tax cutters must envy this ― they pay only 6 percent of their base salary in income taxes.

On top of that, there’s a one-time $90,000 stipend to cover the other expenses of their four years in office.

“But wait,” as we who brought them representative democracy like to say, “there’s more.” The Associated Press says the lawmakers get a $600 per diem for travel in or outside of Iraq and get to stay free at the well-appointed and safe Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad’s Green Zone whether or not parliament is in session.

And when, as all political careers must, theirs come to an end, they retire on 80 percent of their salary for life. Oh, and they and their families get to keep their diplomatic passports ― meaning you can skip annoying little international technicalities like customs ― for eight years.

Even when they were in session this year the Iraqi lawmakers hardly kept up a killing pace. The AP says they met for all of 20 minutes, long enough for a reading from the Quran, the singing of the national anthem and the swearing-in of new members.

The members then voted to keep parliament in session and just not attend, a pledge they’ve faithfully kept for more than four months. They may begin meeting again, but only because the Supreme Court ― theirs, not ours ― ordered them to.

Cynics might say that a legislature that is well paid to do nothing might not be such a bad form of government. Whether this is a slur on our own fine lawmakers, we’ll find out when Congress returns to Washington Nov. 15.

The article was published and distributed by Scripps Howard News Service (