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originally posted by: FyreByrd
a reply to: DigginFoTroof
In general, I agree with you. However, one must consider whether or not one wants government by the affluent (only those who can pay the costs associated with an elected position or the most deserving but unable to pay the costs.
In the founders time, only the well to do could afford the time and expense of governing. The local baker or black smith couldn't just take a month off to travel to Congress - his family would suffer.
To my mind a better alternative would be to pay a modest salary for family support (if needed) and all government expenses. And these stipends would be capped and NO ONE IOTA MORE could be spent.