Public Service EmployeesWednesday 20th of June 2012 07:01:21 AM
I've been thinking about something for a while now. Namely that all the politicians seem to have yearly salaries that are more then I'll make in my entire life, and yet they still want more. Taking bribes and kickbacks and setting themselves up for more tax breaks and higher paychecks every year. I always laugh when ever one of these CEOs or politicians starts talking about only taking a $1/year salary this year, yea, what about the last 15 years where you've been making $20mil/year?
I'm aware that there isn't any way to actually make this happen, but here's my idea for anyone who works in a political career. (Congress, Mayors, etc.)
1. Freeze all their assists for the duration of their term in office.
2. Place them in goverment-owned housing. A single Senator doesn't need much more then a 1 bedroom apartment, he's not going to be in it much anyway. Families get a larger home depending on kids, kinda like military families and on-base housing.
3. Provide a food stipend, again depending on single or family this could be anywhere from $50/week to $200/week. Use a system like LINK where the card only works on food.
4. A small yearly salary to provide for other necessities such as a cell phone, internet in the range of $20k/year. This is about what I make and you can live on it very comfortably if you don't have to worry about things like housing, food and such. Transportation to and from their place of employment would be handled by public transportation or a shuttle. No $200,000 cars.
5. Finally, keep very, very close track of how much money is floating around them. If they're living outside what they should be able to, a single man buying $70 steak cuts every night for example. Seize every assist they have, fire them from their current job and evict them from their housing. Zero tolerance.
All of the above would only be in effect while they are actually serving in a public office. The term ends and the freeze on assists is released and they can go back to being rich bastards. But if they get reelected then everything stays in place.
Why do I think this is how it should be? Because these people are supposed to be focused on making our cites, towns and nations run smoothly, making sure every citizen has just as much chance as any other. NOT endlessly worrying about if they'll be able to buy that new sports car or have lobster for dinner.
Some of them will whine that they deserve all that money for putting up with bullshit. If you paid based on how much bullshit had to be put up with; teachers and retail employees would fill the 100 Richest People in America list. The only bullshit politicians have to deal will is what they make themselves.
Anyway, that's my thoughts.Previous | Next