They're different from you and me
Here is a report from TPM on one of our elected officials struggling to get by on his meager public salary:
At a town hall meeting in Polk County, Wisconsin earlier this year, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) was asked whether he'd vote to cut his $174,000 annual salary. Duffy sort of hedged, and went on to talk about how $174,000 really isn't that much for his family of seven to live on.
So he's busy cutting the salaries of teachers.