National Affairs: Gross Underpayment

After five months of studying the financial difficulties that beset federal judges and Congressmen, the 18-member Commission on Judicial and Congressional Salaries last week reported that they 1) are "grossly underpaid" and 2) deserve a raise. Among the commission's findings: ¶ The average Congressman spends $3,000 a year more than his $12,500 salary.

¶ Many Congressmen have had to return to private life after a few years to recoup.

¶ Good judges are hard to get because of the competition from high-income jobs in private law practice.

¶ While the Vice President's salary of $40,000 seems fair enough, his duties as "second in...

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