Determining how much is too much in the way of pension benefits for former members of Congress is an impossible task given the variables involved.
Some leave as millionaires, some with middling assets. Some may have achieved more than others, though that determination is in the eye of each voter. At a salary of $174,000 a year, none lives at the level of the average constituent — or the average federal employee.
As Congress and the White House push to have those federal workers pay more into their retirement plans, it makes sense for elected officials to do likewise. Shared sacrifice is something all can agree on, even if specific sums are not.
All federal workers, elected and unelected, enjoy retirement benefits better than the bulk of the Login to read more