Oops, I clicked the wrong option. I meant to choose more than $175,000. They are entrusted with a lot of responsibility and are grossly underpaid relative to their job description.
Part of the reason that we have such a dearth of talent in Congress is because the best and the brightest take high-paying jobs in the private sector and avoid public service like a plague. You'll always get what you pay for. If we paid them a reasonable amount, we'd get smarter, more talented people.
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I can't. This is important.
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“We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
They should be paid absolutely nothing if they're not willing to open their books to an independent public auditor.
If their books are clean, they can be paid the median white collar wage of DC non-government workers of similar years of service.
Those people you suggested would merely be more smarter and talented at screwing tax payers that the current people we have in office. Considering the fact a lot of these politicians graduated from prestigious universities your argument that those in office are brainless twits doesn't hold water.You'll always get what you pay for. If we paid them a reasonable amount, we'd get smarter, more talented people.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius