Do salaries of government reflect US citizens?

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    •Congress members (Representatives and Senators): $174,000
    •Senate and House Majority/Minority Leaders: $193,400
    •Cabinet members: $199,700
    •Speaker of the House: $223,500
    •Vice President: $230,700
    •President: $400,000

    The bottom line is that I feel that our government is totally out of touch with average citizens. The salaries above do not in the least expose all the ADDITIONAL perks these individuals acquire as a result of their power & prestige. They have the best of free healthcare and transportation and protection and luncheons/dinners and insider reports, and pensions. Is it any wonder that they are unable to balance a budget or spend wisely. They even vote for their own raises. They have become an embarrassment to the term capitalism, with their air of royal superiority over the "peasantry." Government of the people has evolved into government in spite of the people. All of these individuals owe their election to the hard work of volunteers and sponging off the general public for donations to their cause (or might we say election). Perhaps the only solution is a general revolt, but I fear that would only establish a far more evil regime. However, this insult to the American public simply cannot continue. Do we need a second American Revolution or another Civil War? What other choice is there --- we have had both Democrats and Republicans in office. Neither has voted in a wage decrease (they feel they are far too important).
     
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    What would you say the comparable private sector jobs are for congress and the president?
     
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    I think that salary rates should reflect approval numbers. Right now the approval rating of Congress is only 13%.
     
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    Equivalent jobs?

    Hell they don't work, they just put each other down and blame each other and past Presidents for all the problems.

    Sounds like the USMB and we get nothing and some of us pay.
     
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    The re-election rate of Congress members should be about as low as the approval ratings. If it's not (and it's not), it's a failure of US citizen intelligence.
     
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    What is the salary of a public servant? Are they in it for the money, glory, power, or for the love of their country? Do we really desire career politicians or honorable citizens working for the good of their neighbors.
     
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    There is certainly some truth in what you're saying. However, we do not have the best and brightness leading our country. They're in private business making millions. Paying our leaders less is not going to draw more talented people into government service and will certainly have almost no impact on the countries financial problems.
     
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    Aren't you leaving out past and present?
     
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    Hard for me to think of one which would compare to congress. I looked up the average days worked by congress per year and they are working about 180 days a year. Soldier's, firefighters, teachers, police work far harder and is paid a lot less whild putting so much more on the line to include their lives.


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    January 1st-January 12: 1 1/2 weeks
    February 15th-February 19th: 1 week
    March 29th-April 12th: 2 weeks
    May 31st-June 4th: 1 week
    July 5th-July 9th: 1 week
    August 9th-Sept 12th: 5 weeks.
    October 11th-December 31st: 12 weeks.

    So that is 23.5 weeks not in session.
     
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    I feel for far too long the American citizens have been faced with voting for the lesser to two evils. The Democrats spend, spend, spend. The Republicans leave everything as they find it (it's called status quo). I'm a conservative and see both as liberals painted different color power mongers...
     

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