What if we tied the pay of elected officials to the economy. At the beginning of an officials term, all of their assets are placed in the national treasury, and during their term all of their reasonable expenses are paid for. If the GDP increases by say 10% during their term, then they receive their assets back plus 10% when they leave office. If GDP drops by 10% then they only get 90% of their assets back when they leave office. This way they only get paid if the country is prosperous, giving them an incentive to do whatis best for the country.