I appreciate everything about judges. Their jobs are both vital and ultra-stressful, and most seek the position caring way more about justice than politics. Moreover, no one should be in a salaried position for 12 years without at least cost of living raises.
However, as the distance between the haves and the have-nots grows wider, this article caused a bit of indigestion: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/nyregion/with-salary-freeze-more-new-york-judges-are-leaving-the-bench.html.
It may have been inadvertent, but the judge grousing about having to sell her summer home came across as feeling more entitled to income than those of us working hard to hang onto the bottom rungs of the middle class. If you’ve skipped seeing doctors because of the cost of co-pays, or decided between purchasing your kid a pair of sneakers or supermarket shopping, then I apologize and feel your pain, sister!
As for me, I'll (gladly) return to my 1999 income and retirement portfolio.