Our politicians don’t seem to represent the average person in the U.S. anymore. They are worried more about keeping their jobs than they are about doing their jobs. (Don’t they always accuse each other of being out of touch with the real America?)
I have come up with a solution that I think will refocus their (politicians) attention back to doing their job (and keeping them in touch) and in the process will fix the economy and bring back the attitude that made America great.
Since our politicians are suppose to represent us, shouldn’t their pay also be representative of ours? In 2007, the median household income rose 1.3% to $50,233.00 according to the Census Bureau. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States).
My plan is simple, politicians get paid based on the median income. Right now the current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. Senate Leadership:
Majority Party Leader – $193,400 Minority Party Leader – $193,400. House leadership: Speaker of the house $223,500 Majority Leader – $193,400 Minority Leader – $193,400. (http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm).
I know they will argue that better pay gets better people (same argument big business CEO’s make). There is a difference between good pay and over pay. Seems to me that the latter gets greedy people not good people. Remember the saying: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I also believe that those who seek power are those most likely to abuse it.
There is also the argument that they (politicians) need to live in D.C. and back in their home state. Well to this I say “Barracks” or some other type of basic government housing and for traveling back and forth I say “Coach” tickets or the upgrade comes out of their own pocket. Remember they are really just “public servants” who suffer from delusions of grandeur.
I will no longer listen to or believe their hype: “The other party is destroying or will destroy America”. “That candidate is a Washington insider and will continue abusing the system”. “I am an established politician who knows how to work with the system”. “This election is the most important election”. And for post elections, one of my favorite”, ” the people have given us a mandate”, (there are many more).
I know that there is no way they will take a pay cut and I know they will do what it takes to keep their jobs (and not really do their jobs). I also know that the greatest thing about America is that the real power is in the hands of the voters. So if enough of us get together we can change our world. I myself have taken a personal oath that I will no longer vote for any politician that has had 3 terms or more. And if I don’t like the candidate of the other “major party” there is always a 3rd party candidates to consider.
If a politician’s pay was tied to the median income the middle class would start to grow. The economy goes as the middle class goes. To quote Henry Ford: “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible”. Once when asked why he pays his workers so much Henry Ford replied, “someone has to be able to afford my products”.