1. In order for these elected U.S. government managers (whose salaries start at $174,000 per year) to personally feel, in a small financial way, what many American workers have felt for more than a few years.
2. The salaries for these ‘elected’ representatives should NOT be determined by they themselves. Currently, members of the House of Representatives are given the choice (vote) as to whether to accept a cost of living adjustment each year. However, one does not apply to be hired as a Representative, or as a Senator, or as President. As such, their income should not be determined in the same way that ‘businesses’ set salaries. Government derives its operating budget through fees and taxes on the citizenry and businesses.
3. These elected representatives have not been meeting their financial responsibility of not spending more taxpayer money than received (e.g., When the national debt is zero, any money collected above that which is necessary to run the government can be considered ‘surplus,’ and thus can be returned to taxpayers; the ‘surplus’ at the end of fiscal year 2000, for example, was not a surplus since a national debt existed at that time).
Burton Klein, Massachusetts
Edward Stern, Maryland