The problem is that "we" don't get a vote on whether to pay them more or not. They vote on their own raises. Wouldn't it be nice if we all could?<quoted text> I totally understand the cost of living in D.C. OUR National city that THEY administrate.
MY issue & the position of many others I am sure is: THEY ran for office VOLUNTARILY! In fact, vast dollar sums & efforts were spent to get them there.
I don't ignore the fact of benefits that would come out of the average citizens pay check or be an expense of the typical business man/woman. They don't have it bad.
IF they would quit working 'power plays' with each other, kissing big money for the sake of money & power, graft, running for re-election & simply did what they were elected to do, follow the constitution & listen to their voters, their lives would be easier.
IF they were worth more, the public would have NO problem paying more. Matter of fact, they can give/vote themselves a raise but they know where that would lead when elections come around. Another veiled power issue.
It's a shame that they do NOT address those issues. Their lives would be better & so would the whole country's.
I've heard these SOB stories before how our representatives can't afford two homes. As you pointed out, not only were they aware of this before running for office, but I've yet to read a story about any politician buying a winnebago.
All these cats retire millionaires. They have lifelong benefits such as healthcare and retirement on top of the insider trading they engaged in while holding office. None of them are worried about paying their electric bill, their gas bill, their water bill, losing their healthcare insurance. So when somebody even hints that life is too hard on $180,000 per year, how can any regular people take such a comment seriously?