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An idea I've had, wanted to run it by you all here.
All candidates a year before they start running - and this is for every single party ever, from A to Z - should be mandated to take 1000.00 usd from their accounts to find a place to live, and go work a min wage job and survive. No 40 hrs a week because not too many get those kinds of brilliant hours. Federally mandated wage of 7.25 an hour, 20 to 25 hrs a week. They will not be allowed to touch their savings in their white collar banks, nor can they ask for monetary aid to dig them out. They MUST - for a year - live by that income, hopefully get sick to the point they need the ER, have to miss work, must have a place to live that ensures rent will take up at least one full check, good luck getting food stamps and so on. Better yet, give them a child to raise. Their own or a grandchild or nephew/niece.
One measley year.
Walk in your countrymen's shoes.
We do it for a minimum of 18 years.
See how much your ACA will be on your meager salary of about 800 a month. Sure, you may get a second part time job - MINIMUM WAGE, it is all you are allowed.
One measley year.
Then when that year is over, feel free to run for senate, congress, presidency, VP. Have at it. If you refuse to do this, then you may not run.
And when you do get elected to your spot, the moment you start forgetting about that measley year in your life, you get a 4 month refresher course. They'll be others to step in while you take the time to remember wearing our shoes.
That 1000 is usually more than most min wage workers save since they live check to check. You at least get that small 'step up'.edit on 2-4-2014 by sarra1833 because: (no reason given)
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Anyone who had the time to do what you've suggested and is willing to do it is not someone I would want representing me. I don't want someone with a minimum wage mentality representing me.
You do know that most of our politicians are millionaires and above and that they were put into office by those with the most money? Look at the campaign funding and lobbyists. Follow the money. How is that working out for everyone but the top elite?
Does not look like the "Best and Brightest" are running our country very well. Just look at it.