Times have changed and the cost of living is not the same. Starting pays and increments have not kept up with the cost of living. WE SHOULD NOT BE MARTYRS!
I'm sorry you weren't fully compensated for your work but that doesn't mean people shouldn't stand up for themselves. Perhaps had your generation stood up for better pay, we wouldn't be in this predicament and you wouldn't be so frustrated.
Also, 60K is hardly a fat paycheck.