When executives of Detroit’s Big Three automakers came to Washington this fall by private jet, many in Congress said the extravagance proved the CEOs were out of touch with the deep financial problems of their companies, as well as the American taxpaying public in general. Is the shoe on the other foot? Members of Congress are scheduled to receive a $4,100 salary increase early next year, bringing their pay to $169,300. The 2.5 percent cost-of-living bump will be their first increase since January 2006. It will happen almost automatically, without an up-or-down vote, tied to an increase for federal workers. One Democrat, Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah, told the Associated Press the pay hike shows insensitivity to the plight of working Americans. He’s right. When a number of people are losing their jobs, their elected representatives might show more than a little empathy. Although it has been a few years since they got a raise, last time we checked $165,200 (their current pay) was well above the country’s median income level.