If that was the only problem. I don't know about the US, but in other countries there are people paid to do absolutely NOTHING. With all the political secretariats and departments, some of them are completely redundant or some even still subsist when they should be closed eons ago. And these are people that easily gain tens of thousands of dollars every month to scratch their butts when other people work their sore body everyday and get measly salaries.
I think one of the best examples regarding this type of situation is Brazil. The minimum wage is around 540 real a month, and it took years to get to that point. Last year their deputies/senators and other public servers had a huge salary increase. Some of them in the higher echelons are making 26000+ a month, and the voting to green light this adjustment in their salaries took 5 MINUTES, with unanimity. Some of the benefited had a 200% increase with the measure, and most of them are knee deep in scandals and crime related accusations.