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Cheap Politicians

Harrison Bergeron Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 11:35 AM
Hogwash! There is no direct coo relation between price and quality in any human endeavor, much less politics. Detroit union labor is three times as expensive as Mississippi non-union labor. Are Chevy's better than Toyota's? Chicago has the highest paid teachers in the country -- do they have the highest performance? A million dollars a year wouldn't be enough to attract the caliber of men we need to lead us -- but it's more than enough to lure a horde of the same corrupt vermin that already infest congress. We would get better leaders if we paid them NOTHING. Congress ought to be part-time work. And any man so unsuccessful that he can't afford to take a few weeks off a year to serve has no business pretending to be a leader.
WodenofAzgard Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 12:38 PM
Kinda hard to find a Sowell column that isn't.
rightmostofthetime Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 1:23 PM
Kinda hard to find anything you post that's intelligent, Woe is us.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 4:22 PM
Elisabeth26 Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 11:49 AM
This, too, is an appealing idea. But it would make the congresspersons vulnerable to the pandering of lobbyists. Unless we outlawed lobbyists (except, say, in writing). That would pull on some reins.
Harrison Bergeron Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 1:26 PM
So salaries are why there's no pandering! Who knew!

The best way to stop the corruption is make them earn their living elsewhere and keep them out of the Washington cesspool as much as possible. And I bet multi-millionaire Dingy Harry with his no visible means of support would be a lot less dingy if all those slimeballs had to publish their 1040's every year!
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...