our representatives don't give a crap about the citizens. They get theirs no matter what. They made it so they won't have to vote themselves a pay raise, it's now automatic. They don't have to worry about insurance bill, copays, pharma costs, because it's all free. They can't sympathize with the common man because they're rich and/or supported by the wealthy. Joe schmo in congress gets a minimum of $175,000 and Boner gets $223,500. Plus they get 3 month of vacation a year. that's nothing compared to the wages the Koch bros gives them. Who's the fuggin Socialists in this country?
There is a huge gap, income-wise (including all the perks) and lifestyle-wise, between the overly-privileged, overly compensated politicians and the normal working guy and the American family - who often live paycheck to paycheck. How can such politicians even relate or understand what normal people deal with on a daily basis? I don't think they do. They live in a totally different world than most of us. They might start out with high ideals and good intentions but are soon turned by "the dark side". Their primary concern and priority is staying in office/getting re-elected, and helping their campaign contributors. We really should do away with this career politician policy. But despite all the complaining and disgust, the same clowns are often just voted back into office.