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...
As Adlai E. Stevenson stated many years ago, government is not a WELL, it's a PUMP: it brings up what's underneath. And the hard fact is this: in a democracy, those who are elected to office reflect the character of the populace. Forty years ago, Richard Nixon was not particularly popular - one adjective I've NEVER heard applied to him is "likeable" - and we were in the midst of an unpopular war, yet a hard-left Democrat presidential candidate, George McGovern, was OVERWHELMINGLY defeated for the White House. Today, we have an even harder-left Democrat president whose term has been an absolute disaster, yet he stands a good chance of re-election. So WHAT changed in the last 40 years? Answer: the character of the American people.
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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