WASHINGTON (AP) — Pay for federal judges is so inadequate that it threatens to undermine the judiciary’s independence, Chief Justice John Roberts says in a year-end report critical of Congress. Roberts said the judiciary will not properly serve its constitutional role if it is restricted to people so wealthy that they can afford to be indifferent to the level of judicial compensation, or to people for whom the judicial salary represents a pay increase. Federal district court judges are paid $165,200 annually; appeals court judges make $175,100; associate justices of the Supreme Court earn $203,000; the chief justice gets $212,100. (the rest of the story)

Does this mean that pastors can not fulfill their God given calling if they are not properly compensated? Does this article suggest that more pay will increase the competence of those serving in the judiciary? I believe that it is dangerous to equate the quality of the individuals and the expertise that they provide to the compensation that they receive while serving a public office. In the private sector the dollar should go to the best qualified individuals who are guiding organizations or providing specialized skill sets.

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