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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicans

    I'll take it a step further, we should cut our legislators in half. Reduce the number of them by 50%.

    Too much comfort, too much senseless legislation, too many goombahs - and the roles should be unpaid except for fully disclosed expenses. 2 two-year term limits.
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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicans

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Nah. Most elected officials have pretty modest salaries. Even the president only makes $400K per year...which is extremely low, considering the amount of responsibility with which we give him.
    Yeah, but what are the President's actual personal expenses whilst in Office?

    We all know they make mad bank as soon as they are out of office.
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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicans

    When you spend a billion dollars to get a job that pays $400,000 it's really not about money, is it? Presidents think it is their patriotic duty because they are the best person for the job.

    I'll give the city council and the mayor a raise.

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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicans

    Only for Republicans.

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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicians

    Quote Originally Posted by sazerac View Post
    When you spend a billion dollars to get a job that pays $400,000 it's really not about money, is it? Presidents think it is their patriotic duty because they are the best person for the job.

    I'll give the city council and the mayor a raise.
    Even in Detroit ?
    The President's real pay is a lot more than $400K..
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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicans

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Nah. Most elected officials have pretty modest salaries. Even the president only makes $400K per year...which is extremely low, considering the amount of responsibility with which we give him.

    Yeah ... but I dislike the fact that he gets $200k a year for the rest of his life after he leaves office.

    It's a waste of taxpayer dollars.

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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicans

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    I would actually argue that politicians salaries should be increased. The amount of money their salaries require is minimal compared to the money that they are responsible for. I'd view paying politician as an investment to avoid future expenses. Upfront costs are higher, but you would probably get it all back and more from having less lobbyist influence on the political process as a whole. Paying 100k more in salary now would probably be cheaper than paying 1 million in pork later.
    While I can see a good logical basis for this it's my opinion that most of these people would cheat the system no matter what. To play a little semantics game here, just for fun what I bolded could be considered extortion under the right circumstances, "if we got paid better we wouldn't abuse the lobby system" could easily fit right in there with a bunch of gang members walking into a store and saying "nice place, for the right price we can make sure it stays that way."
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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicans

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Yeah, but what are the President's actual personal expenses whilst in Office?

    We all know they make mad bank as soon as they are out of office.
    Does this even matter?

    ....We're talking about the guy running the United States of America.

    I'm pretty sure 400K doesn't even begin to cover the type of responsibility the POTUS has.
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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicans

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Does this even matter?

    ....We're talking about the guy running the United States of America.

    I'm pretty sure 400K doesn't even begin to cover the type of responsibility the POTUS has.
    How much does a single nuclear warhead cost?
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    Re: A Pay Cut For All Elected Politicans

    their pay should be indexed to minimum wage...
    if they vote themselves a raise, the minimum wage automatically goes up the same percent, likewise military pay...
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