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    THREADKILLER Prototype's Avatar
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    Why can't political leaders take a pay rate like a common citizen, and why don't common citizens get to prorogue their parliament, in order to purposely slow down the national economy?... Prime Minister - Political salaries revealed: Are we paying too much? ...If I'm a working common citizen, in which, I'm also listed as a taxable corporation in the governments eyes, then were is my bailout?... How are these political figures worth more than us in monetary value?

    How much do you think political leaders should be paid?

    How would you evaluate their worth in regards to their political position?

    Should high paid politicians pay higher taxes?
    ... They say that knowledge is free, and to truly acquire wisdom always comes with a price... Well then,... That will be $10, please!

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    I'd be all for fixing thier pay to the median pay for thier districts (for local officials) in order to entice them to actually DO something for thier constituents- but the problem with that would be that only a rich person could afford to do that and maintain a "proper" style of living.

    I'd say that presidents are overpaid- especially considering that they never have to pay for anything while in office... congresspeople and senators as well... and I think they should have to buy thier own healthcare instead of getting the totally kick ass plan that they automatically get by being elected- that might give them some incentive to DO something

    of course, also the problem that that would cause more politicians to take bribes or for the office to only attract the very rich.... dammit- there's downsides to everything!
    “The phrase 'Someone ought to do something' was not, by itself, a helpful one. People who used it never added the rider 'and that someone is me'.” - Terry Pratchett

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    I don't mind politicians receiving a handsome salary. I think that, if we reduced their salaries, we would see more instances like this: - Affidavit: $90,000 found in congressman's freezer - May 22, 2006

    In Jefferson's case, he was just a corrupt individual. I just don't want to see a potentially borderline individual cross that line because he needs money.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    I really liked what Marx and Engels had to say about salaried politicians, particularly in their writings about the Paris Commune.
    All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
    Chapter IV, p. 448. - Adam Smith, Book 3, The Wealth of Nations

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    At least in America, it's not just politicians who get paid more, it's pretty much anyone who works for the government rather than the private sector:

    Federal pay ahead of private industry -

    The link compares the salaries of federal and non-federal employees.
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