K Street is salivating over soon-to-be retired congressmen and the 112th Congress. Are Republicans worth more than Democrats as lobbyists? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur explains.
Yesterday I asked you guys what you thought was holding back politicians from being trustworthy (here). The most common answer was money, which I agree with and wrote about (here). Well, this report from the The Young Turks really highlights part of the problem well.
And as for the discussion, I mentioned the idea of putting politicians on minimum wage. Mamitah mentioned that the Swedish left party recently adopted a maximum wage, which is fascinating, inspiring, and more realistic. If we could do that for all income, not just earnings as a politician, but also for earnings through “consulting,” speeches, etc., that would seem to really address the problem. And I’m not talking about starving anyone. If it capped yearly earnings at $75,000, for instance, or even $250,000, that would seem just fine.
Anyways, these are just some musings. I know they sound a bit outlandish, but we all know something has to be done. And if it requires some drastic measures, well then, let’s dream big.