That's because it paid nothing. Serving in federal government was looked at similar to serving in the military today. You didn't get squat and only the satisfaction of serving for your fellow Americans.<quoted text> Of course, be aware of a very different perspective & attitude of government by the founders.
They were the ones in the trenches of the fight for independence which of course But 1; they had to have some formula. 2. Our nation was young enough, new enough, a little naive, quite inexperienced & idealistic enough to NOT realize what effect career politicians would have.
Remember, they expected 'Citizen Representation', NOT 40 yr reps.
Now these jokers give themselves raises as if they were good little employees. No input on our behalf. They get up there and stomp their feet about CEO's and their golden parachute, but never bother to explain their retirement benefits to us. How is it they all leave the Congress millionaires if not multi-millionaires?
I constantly hear those violin stories about how they sleep in their offices while in DC because they have nowhere else to stay. Well, instead of voting for raises, why don't they vote for an apartment complex where they could stay while working?
What a racket.