Steve Southerland is a freshman Republican representative from Florida. He was giving a speech at a retirement community and...well, I'll let him say it. According to the Florida Capital News:
"He said his $174,000 salary (that's 3.4 times the national average. -- G) is not so much, considering the hours a member of the House puts in, and that he had to sever ties with his family business in Panama City. Southerland also said there are no instant pensions or free health insurance, as some of his constituents often ask him about in Congress.
"'And by the way, did I mention? They're shooting at us. There is law-enforcement security in this room right now, and why is that?" Southerland told about 125 people in an auditorium at the Westminster Oaks retirement community. "If you think this job pays too much, with those kinds of risks and cutting me off from my family business, I'll just tell you: This job don't mean that much to me. I had a good life in Panama City.'
"...He added that 'if you took the hours that I work and divided it into my pay,' the $174,000 salary would not seem so high."
Aw, my heart bleeds for him as I work mandatory overtime for a management team that views everybody with contempt.
Man, $174K a year. How can we expect anybody to live on that? Poor guy is trying to save up money he gets from lobbyists and he's having to dip into his own pocket.
If you're wondering why Congress has only a 17% approval rating, this is why.