An Interesting Article

thebitterguy pointed this one out during a discussion in his journal.

I was aware of it, but hadn’t thought much on the degree or pervasiveness.

Politicians Living On The Brink – It Takes a Lot More Than $165,200 A Year To Keep Up Appearances

Worth a read. It’s interesting to think that many of the men that govern this nation sleep on couches in their offices.

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10 Responses to “An Interesting Article”

  1. silentclarity Says:

    I’m actually for raising congressional salary to the 300k range. These guys (theoretically) do a phenomenally important job, they ought to be compensated like it.

  2. uhlrik Says:

    Men that are qualified enough to be highly effective congressmen are generally also qualified to do very well for themselves in some other walk of life if that is their choice, yet they choose to be public servants and be subject to constant hostile scrutiny. It makes sense.

  3. bosantibe Says:

    I’m of the opinion (and this article only furthers that notion) that in order to be a public figure and take on all of the constraints inherent therein, one must either be something of a martyr or plainly vicious in their ambitions.

  4. foomf Says:

    I’m for requiring that all elected officials, and all appointed members of cabinets etc., be required to (1) divest themselves of all business connections during the their term, and for four years afterwards; (2) live in a well-run, safe, publicly funded housing project in Washington while there; (3) receive a generous salary sufficient to allow them to make payments on election debt and personal debt, which will continue for the four years after they leave office; (4) use an expense account provided for their use, administered by an aide, which is openly viewable by any member of the public (subject to security limits, so perhaps, after a year or so), to pay for all trips, meals, and other expenses which are normally part of their business in their office.

    All accounts should be examined at least monthly by the GOA, and anything which doesn’t match up, especially where lobbying interests are involved, should immediately require an open public hearing.

  5. uhlrik Says:

    There are some reasonable suggestions there, though requiring them to divest themselves of all outside business… that isn’t going to happen, and I don’t think the congressmen themselves would be too keen on the government dormitory thing (some might, many probably wouldn’t).

  6. foomf Says:

    Who says they have to like it? 🙂

    Seriously I understand that it won’t ever happen in the Land of Greed. But it would have been an amusing thing to propose to the Founding Fathers – to entrench such a profound distrust of the kind of people who WANT to govern that they are prevented from unethically benefiting from the positions.

    Because, they invariably will find a way to do so.

  7. uhlrik Says:

    The country was founded on theoretical principles tied to distrust of government.. a distrust that has proven highly justified. What’s a little more paranoia?

    To be truthful,something like this almost surely wasn’t involved back when the Founding Fathers were doing their thing for a couple of reasons: 1) the incredibly complex web of investments and business ties that exists today was in comparative infancy at the time, and 2) the central government was pretty much flat broke.

    I can see what you’re saying, and it’s food for thought.

  8. uhlrik Says:

    The country was founded on theoretical principles tied to distrust of government.. a distrust that has proven highly justified. What’s a little more paranoia?

    To be truthful,something like this almost surely wasn’t involved back when the Founding Fathers were doing their thing for a couple of reasons: 1) the incredibly complex web of investments and business ties that exists today was in comparative infancy at the time, and 2) the central government was pretty much flat broke.

    I can see what you’re saying, and it’s food for thought.

  9. foomf Says:

    Here’s the thing – I have no problem with people benefiting from the government. Only with people in government positions manipulating things so that they and their buddies benefit to the detriment of others.

  10. foomf Says:

    Here’s the thing – I have no problem with people benefiting from the government. Only with people in government positions manipulating things so that they and their buddies benefit to the detriment of others.

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