What do we do when we want a better car, a better home or a better bottle of wine? We pay more for it. We definitely need a lot better crop of public officials. Yet we insist on paying flea market prices for people who will be spending trillions of tax dollars, not to mention making foreign policy that...
I usually agree with most of what Thomas. Sowell says, but think he is off the mark with this column. We already pay people in Congress too much - a lot more than I made as an engineer, and I didn't have all the benefits and perks of these people. Being a Congressman or Senator is a dream job, with chauffeured limousines, meals cooked by chefs, discounts on many services the rest of us have to pay full price for. That's not to mention the millions of dollars in bribes from lobbyists that it's illegal to take, but they skirt it somehow. Pay them more? I don't think so.
Now that the National Football League has apparently learned that it can be costly to hire cheap officials, perhaps the rest of us should learn the same lesson when it comes to government officials, whose bad calls can do a lot more damage.
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