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Cheap Politicians

arthur131 Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 12:00 PM
If the pay and benefits are so bad why do they so desperately clinging to such a job? Government elective office was never meant to be a career but a calling one did in the service of country for a period of time and then back to the private sector.
OneForFreedom Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 12:02 PM
Or, if they can't live on $170K per year, what makes anyone think they'd be able to do ok with $1million a year. Their lives apparently reflect the national debt and deficit - doesn't matter how much we pay them, they'll still "need" even more...
MrPaul Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 12:17 PM
The point is to attract people good people who are successful in their lives. People who, except for the big bucks, would not be willing to take 2, 4, or 6 years out of their careers to serve in public office.
OneForFreedom Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 12:21 PM
Problem is the voters will, generally, vote for the incumbent. OTOH, Rand Paul won Kentucky, and gets the same salary the other senators get.

And although Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are great at what they do, would you really ant them running the country, with their liberal points of view? Gates would perhaps be ok, at least he's willing to donate to conservatives as well as liberals, but Buffet?
MrPaul Wrote: Oct 03, 2012 6:30 AM
Voters won't vote for the incumbent if there is a one term limit as Dr. Sowell suggests. And the incumbents replacement would still be elected, so it would be up to the voters to decide. I doubt that Bill Gates or Warren Buffet would have any interest in running for office, but Dr. Sowell's plan might attract a more balanced group of candidates that would dilute the ranks of lawyers we now have in Congress.
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.

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...