Average salary for: normal U.S. citizen is $52,000 a year while the average member of Congress earns $174,000 plus benefits. The Minority and Majority leaders of both houses make $193,400 and the Speaker of the House makes $223,500. A Cost of Living Increase is automatic every year for those that “work for the people” unless they vote against it. In addition to Social Security they also get a pension. They are vested after 5 years.
Members of Congress also get a sweet health care plan. Nothing like they are thinking about implementing for the people. No. Their coverage lasts a lifetime, even if they leave Congress. It’s portable, meaning they take it across state lines. We the people can’t do that. They choose from over 20 plans. They can’t be denied for pre-existing conditions. One of the reasons that the government health plan is better than most Americans is that they have a huge pool of employees. So insurance companies want to be a part of the plan. That gives the government employees a large section of choices to choose from. The large selection of choices helps keep costs lower. Seems like choice and competition works. At least it’s good enough for some people: the new monarchy.