Members of congress have no business awarding themselves separate or special status. Leaders that see of themselves as such, as more deserving, than their constituents are undermining the principals of democracy. The lifetime salaries and special benefits they award themselves, separates their financial security from any need to represent the people who elected them: they are literally freed to pursue more lucrative sources of income. This sort of legislation exemplifies how the people lose control of their governments . It places democracy at risk. No one believes this is what our founding fathers envisioned. Does anyone really believe a congressmen gives more for his country than our servicemen, works longer hours? Not likely. Congressmen should be honored to represent our veterans, our healthcare professionals, teachers and law enforcement personnel. That anyone should propose 'special' treatment is an embarrassment to the office and one which for which they should be held accountable. It is shameful - truly of the House of Slytherin.