This just shows you how out of touch all politician's are.
How do you give yourself a raise when the economy and unemployment rate are at the levels they are.
Politician's salaries should be limited to cost of living increases only.
There should be a formula for their pay, so that they never "vote/give" themselves a payraise, and if the economy tanks, so does their pay. Look how many people are out of work.
I invite the politician's to qualify their pay raise, and don't use the line that you work hard. You asked and ran a campaign for your job, go do something else if the pay isn't what you expected.