Well, that's the part of the government people think doesn't exist. They only want to complain about the president. Like I said before, that's only 1/3rd of the problem.
They have amazing health insurance, get pretty steep travel perks, and get to keep a good chunk of it after only 4-years of office. My sympathy is pretty damn non-existent for them.
And the reason you aren't hearing about it in the media is because it doesn't let them paint a red or blue polarizing picture. They only want people hating the other team and not the entire league.
Now, if the republicans or democrats made more salary then the other, why you'd see every teapublican or dumbocrat marching up and down the isles telling you the sky was falling. But since they're all massively overpaid and overcompensated, they want it to stay hush hush.
To me, this is just another prime example of where you have people in there for all the wrong reasons. Of course you have a ton of hours, you are running a country for crying out loud, not manning a McDonalds drive through. If you don't even realize that then get out! Let someone else screw things up for a change.
For fun, lets say they work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round non-stop. They are making ~$30/hr. Math: 174000/(365*16)
And as we all know, they don't