LR the Liberal Redneck here, coming to you from a country that needs to seriously re-think how our political system works, or does not work, as the case may be. For example, the last thing we need running our nation is a group of “Professional Politicians”. Politician should not be a profession! We have representatives in the U.S. Congress who have been there for over 50 years. The pay they receive for such a limited amount of work is a slap in the face to hard working taxpayers. The graft they receive from various lobbyists and vested interests far exceeds their exorbitant salaries and makes them vote for the money instead of the people. Serving in an elected office should be just that. A service. A civic duty. Not a “Profession!” Politicians should be paid the minimum wage and not one penny more. While serving in office they can live in public housing and get food stamps. Forget that lifetime pension and health benefits. They can sign up for Medicaid. We need to make accepting any form of “gifts” from lobbyists a treasonous offence. We must create term limits for all offices. If a public minded person accepts these restrictions and wants to serve in an elected office, we can applaud their efforts and give them very generous tax benefits for their sacrifice. Serving in an elected office should be a resume enhancer, like joining the Peace Corp, not a CAREER! The bottom line is, the only way we the people can get our government back is to remove MONEY from the game. Once the money is gone there will no longer be any “Professional Politicians”. Instead we will have representatives who genuinely care about the citizens and not about how much money they can get for their re-election campaigns.
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