Grabbing From Washington's Goodies Tray

By corporate standards, the pay of top federal officials is puny. A Cabinet Secretary earns $138,900. A representative is paid $125,100. A senator gets just $101,900, plus up to $23,800 in speaking fees. This gives rise to a perennial question: How come so many of our public servants, who grouse frequently about their meager paychecks, seem to be enjoying themselves so much?

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