The Passing of Peter Jennings
--Ron Castle, with Ron Castle Webs
(1) Pay legislators an attractive wage -- perhaps a really attractive wage -- so they can live in suffucient comfort to do their job ethically and diligently.
(2) Limit ALL legislative positions to one term (more than 2 years, no more than 6) so legislators can concentrate on the job at hand, not coddling to special interests who will help them get relected. Being a legislator should be a well-paid temporary assignment, not a career.
(3) Abolish all sweetheart pension plans and put government employees on the same 401-k and social security basis that real people have to survive on. Then watch how fast SS and income tax reform gets passed.
(4) I don’t mind that legislators can cash in as lobbyists or other “inside” experts after their term. It’s done in every industry. If you can accumulate enough expertise and reputation in one term to become a billable consulting expert for others, then more power to you.
--David Stalker, with Savory Sandwiches, Inc.
Very interesting article! However I disagree with your proposal to raise congressmen’s salaries in order to support two residences and their children in college--Congress is not a job to become rich. Salary is high enough as it is right now, especially when one takes into account amount of time our elected officials spend actually working as oppose to fundraising, as well as quality of product they produce. How about providing all congressmen free, state-owned apartments--something similar to a residence provided to the U.S. president. In case of congressmen, it would be an apartment building with around 600 or so one or two bedroom apartments. Each member of Congress would get a free place to live in Washington D.C., and it would solve a number of problems discussed in your article, including providing adequate security to the members of Congress. I believe our country can also afford meals for all our congressmen while Congress is in session.