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 agree with you, DHE. There needs to be a stick to go along with this carrot. If we were able to attract really excellent candidates with better pay we should do so. But their first act in office should be to make a balanced budget their first goal, a legal requirement via Constitutional amendment or whatever. Having failed to make their goal they should forego the salary.
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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