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Cheap Politicians

Lighthouse52 Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 9:09 AM
I think many Federal officials are paid quite well, especially when you consider the government fringe benefits. They outstrip comparable private sector jobs. We need to have people with a heart to serve the country as well as the intelligence and experience to do it well. They should have proved their mettle before entering politics and earned a decent living. I agree that we don't need career politicians. They use their influence and directly or indirectly get other sources of income through its use. They often become corrupt to the detriment of the people governed. Establishment media with disregard for the truth is a bigger problem today. The biggest problem may be undiscerning voters who without further research believe such media.
john653 Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 9:32 AM
Benefits are a good point. But actually it might be cheaper to pay the one million$ a year and get rid of all the benefits except medical for their one term. Or you could also offer a 401K where they get matched on the first 3% just like us. But no retirement. Once the term is over they can get on COBRA for 18 months if they want to. They get their million, we dont have to have a permanent relationship paying them for life. Kind of like Anthony Weiner who is a loser, I have a funny feeling we are still paying him something. Same with the GSA and other resigning lately. Seems like they cant be fired and the US government has to pay them for life. Sheeeeesh...... :(
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...