Happy Birthday to the 27th Amendment!

Almost certainly only lawyers know what this amendment is about  — ok, well maybe only law students!  The 27th Amendment ensures that members of Congress can’t vote for their own pay raises and that any change in compensation they vote for does not take place until after the next election.

Interestingly, the 27th Amendment, which is the most recent addition to the Constitution, was actually among the amendments that James Madison proposed in 1789. Ten of those amendments were approved and became known as the Bill of Rights, but this one languished for another 203 years.  Regardless of your political beliefs, it is hard to argue that it is a good idea to let anyone vote themselves a raise – particularly a group of people that have no single boss and cannot be fired (until their term ends or they are impeached).  The 27th Amendment protects us all as taxpayers.