By Alden L. Benton
According to an AFP story linked on the Drudge Report (New French Government Hands Itself 30% Pay Cut), the in-coming socialist regime in France decided to reduce the pay of the president and ministers by 30 per cent.
It’s a start, anyway. Perhaps the United States should make a similar symbolic move to reduce the cost of government.
Since Americans always do things on a grand scale, why stop with a measly 30 per cent cut in pay? After all, isn’t public service supposed to be a part-time thing, not a lifetime job?
The president earns $400,000 per year. Cut his salary to $40,000. That is about the same as the income of most Americans.
Senators and Representatives earn $174,000 per year. Cut that down to $35,000. Reduce the pay of Congressional leadership positions to $37,500 from nearly $200,000.
Sounds drastic, but hey, Benjamin Franklin didn’t think they should get paid at all.
These cuts won’t do a whole lot to reduce the deficit or the debt, but will go a long way to making our reps a bit less arrogant and more tuned to the reality we mere mortals face.
While struggling to live within their more modest means, perhaps they will finally understand the need for less government and lower taxes.
One can hope.
Why stop with just Congress and the president? Cut the pay of SCOTUS and all Federal judges to $30,000. Cut cabinet members and Czars to $25,000, as well as the myriad of federal department heads.
While we’re at it, let’s peg every other federal employee’s pay (except the military) to $10 per hour. That’s 38 per cent more than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
The lowest rank in the military should receive a minimum of $40,000 per year for putting his or herself in harm’s way.
Like rats fleeing from a burning building, government employees will run screaming back to the private sector. As a result, the government will shrink through attrition.
Now THAT is change I can live with.
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