National Affairs: Explanation: Better Pay

Ed Gossett, 49, seventh-term Congressman and a member of Speaker Sam Rayburn's loyal band of Texans, got up to make a speech about the underprivileged Congressman. Inflation had made it impossible, he explained sadly, for him to support his wife and five children on his $12,500 salary and $2,500 untaxed expense account. "If we would preserve America," he said, "our demands upon our elected representatives must be based upon the general welfare and not upon shortsighted selfishness." With that and his resignation on file, he said goodbye to the House and left for...

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