Government is not business and should not be run as one. Government is supposed to serve and protect the people. Congress should be blocked from getting raises until they start actually taxing the wealthy appropriately in order to pay for infrastructure, healthcare, public education, and the wars they seem to like because it makes their war criminal friends and military industrial complex friends even more wealthy. Congress should be blocked from getting raises until they repeal the 911 act allowing the President to enact military action without getting Congressional approval, thus abdicating their responsibility. Congress should be blocked from getting raises until they get rid of Citizens United and dark and unlimited money in politics so we can reclaim our Democracy from the oligarchs that have taken over. There are many legitimate reasons for blocking Congressional raises, but some arbitrary move to base it on deficits sounds to me like some backhanded way of further hurting the poor and middle classes by cutting desperately needed services.