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...
The one big problem with paying to get "good" people is that the reason for accepting the job is no longer centered around concern but greed. Remember that George Washington did not accept any money because he felt it was his obligation to serve, and he did not even want the job. I definitely live in an alternate universe because I have never put money as my main objective for any job. I recently turned down a job that paid much more, was easier, and was close to my house because I had just accepted another job across town. Rather than muddle my reputation, I stayed with my initial commitment. There are principles of honesty that are paramount. That is something missing in America today.
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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