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Scripps Howard News ServiceBefore even formally convening for its 1989 session, Congress launched two money grabs that should have voters up in arms. One of the two already has: A Washington Post poll finds that 85 percent of Americans oppose raising congressional salaries from $89,500 to $135,000 a year. But the other proposal is equally outrageous.

An often-overlooked part of the federal budget is the money that Congress spends on its own activities, such as staff salaries and mass mailings. Congressional leaders plan to increase this spending by a whopping 17 percent in just one year, to $2.5 billion. These are the same leaders who keep complaining about the budget deficit - so that they can make the rest of us tighten our belts.

It didn't take long for the 101st Congress to demonstrate that it is unworthy of the public's confidence.