Now, I've known for a while that our Congress-critters are an over-paid bunch. However, I did not know that they are over-paid to the tune of $174,000 per year, plus benefits.
Just discovered that yesterday while reading a book. So, with that knowledge, I was able to more fully develop my thoughts on that.
First off, that puts them making more than 95% of the people they supposedly represent. You cannot truly represent someone in their circumstances if the only way you identify with them is geography. Plus, that means that you have people who are making, relatively, nothing, paying for the extravagant salary of someone who only works half as much.
Now, I'm a capitalist. I run my own business part-time. I believe in the free-enterprise system. I do not believe that someone's paycheck should be decided by themselves to be six times larger than mine, when they are taking it from me. If they want to make more, that's fine, but I shouldn't be forced under penalty of law to subsidize their extravagant lifestyles.
That being said, I ended up on this page for information, as it's the only place I could find usable info without searching forever. As it's cited, I'll say it's accurate enough for my contemplations. So, here begin my thoughts relating to the title of this post.