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Lots of power+low wages ultimately leads to massive corruption.
1. How do we determine they are executing their duties per the agreement? Politicians tend to be a little loose with facts. What control do we get for the dollar?
2. I have a hard time accepting they are worth that much. Politicians are already full of themselves. Do we want to acerbate the preponderance of those weak willed individuals at the helm?
3. We really do not get better people for better money. That concept has a point of diminishing returns. Look at Wall Street. For more money all you get are greedier sociopaths. This is service, not a get rich proposition. How do you propose to sell this as a good idea with millions of Americans out of work and so many kids in poverty? 'Let's give them more and they will start fixing things for reelz!'
4. Legally, we have no control over their salary. Congress decides for themselves. They do not listen to us now. Why would they listen to this?
1. The taxpayer prices the lobbyists out of the game. Basically 'free market' competition for their effort. I think that idea has merit but I do not fundamentally trust the politicians or the system to abide by the rules. This part may sound a little tin-foil-hatty (but hey, we are on ATS) but the lobbyists and their minions are deeply entrenched. Phase One of this plan would need a mighty rototilling in DC. I imagine the talking points already: this is communist as it limits wealth, this is elitist as is limits free speech, blah-blah-blah
2. I like the idea of the current low risk to the politician. I do agree part of it has to do with the monetary compensation angle we are discussing but also they are their own judges as they write the laws. That is a big part of the low risk. However if they see we which side their bread is buttered on, it may be forthcoming more quickly. This will definitely cost us though...
4. I am on board with the basic premise. I am just concerned about the policing element. I am hesitant about the tax raised funds going where they are supposed to. I do not trust the creative financing these politicians will use to quantify their wealth. Sadly, I do not trust the American electorate at-large to keep their thumb on the situation. But honestly, your idea has many sound facets and makes sense.
Elect me to the Congress and I WILL PAY the govt $172,000
This office is a wealth making factory. How many pies to dig those fat fingers into..yum yum.
It's true, Rep. Gingrey is just a stuffed shirt. However, the left will mindlessly use this quote out of its context to perpetuate their insanity.
Agreed. Everyone needs to understand that a over paid, over fed and over privileged f*ck
is just a over paid, over fed and over privileged f*ck despite their left or right status.
Greed is greed, they vote with their wallets not their hearts.