I think anyone that argues a minimum pay raise increase is a bad idea is an idiot. So I am with you on that.
But inregards to the 170k they make each year, it's not that much when you think about it. Do I think it's fair that they have gotten pay raises and the minimum wage has stayed the same no, of course not!
But consider these facts:
They are required to make large known charitable contributions.
They don't have an expense account to fly family out to see them.
The essentially have to have two houses, DC and home state.
And... not every Congressman gets free rides on the Corporate Walmart jet...
The info above was read in the book "Green With Envy: Why keeping up with the Joneses is keeping us in debt"
[ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446578355/102-5782086-8046565?v=glance&n=283155]Amazon.com: Green with Envy : Why Keeping Up with the Joneses Is Keeping Us in Debt: Books: Shira Boss[/ame]