Just make it two or three times median income in any given year,recalculate it every five years, it would still be cheaper for the tax payers and would allow those who are elected to be comfortable but not extravagant.
Until we start voting for people who are the best candidate even when there is little chance of them winning, we will be stuck with this crap. You have to view it like planting an acorn, you may not live to build a tree-house in the tree but your grand children will love you for your foresight.
"I guess the real silver lining in all of this is that it prepares kids for SWAT teams kicking in their doors pointing guns everywhere. That is more likely to happen to them than a terrorist hijacking."
It saddens me that I had to mark this as insightful.