There are plenty of reasons to be disappointed with the US Congress but the items cited in a recent letter are not among them. This Congress has not voted themselves a pay raise - in fact they voted to not take the automatic pay raise they would have received for calendar years 2010 and 2011. As for pensions members of congress are part of the same pension system as all civil servants - which since 1984 includes Social Security and contributions to a 403b (the government equivelent of a 401K). Lastly the health insurance members of congress get is the same as all civil servants - I can assure you, that, while it is a good plan, it is not either gold plated or free. Also, a member of congress only gets a health insurance benefit after they leave congress if they qualify for a pension.