Actually, my brother is a policeman. He makes four times what I earn in a job in private industry. Likewise, my mother was a school teacher and she earned a respectable salary, too. I guess it’s all relative. If you’re comparing a policeman’s salary with, say, that of Bill Gates, or a UAW auto worker, it’s pathetic. But if you compare it with the salary of your average working stiff, or the laborers in some Mom and Pop market, it looks pretty darned good.