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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 8 years ago

Would there be less corruption if politicians made, like, $20k per year?

Perhaps there could be a daily food allowance of about $50.00 or so.

But otherwise, we could say that donated money could go into a fund speficically designed to support or encourage one policy or another, but any records through the IRS or other agencies to determine the actual income of a politician would lead to immediate termination.

Or something like that.

Wouldn't that just kill all self serving interest of politicians, so that the only people who would try to rule America wouldn't be people seeking power and wealth, but, in all actuality, individuals who were willing to sacrifice themselves to strive for the improvement of their country???

And just like now, terms could be short or long, depending on votes. A politician could try to see how well his plans work for a couple terms and then go back to doing whatever it is they do that makes more money.

But that kind of thing might seriously help the USA.

Right?

Would that help?

Or do you think that would mean that only losers and morons who can't make money on their own would go into politics, since not enough people of any serious intellectual or fiscal value would be willing to make that sort of sacrificial decision for their country?

Update:

Er, I mean, any indication that a politician is pulling in more than the authorized amount, by any means, would lead to instant termination- not whatever I said.

Update 2:

Strict, that's what I'm saying.

Unless you keep all that bribe money hidden secretly, without being caught, in some special compartment of whatever boring, standard housing government officials receive, an income jump above what you make would be temrination. Or jail.

Nothing works if you destroy the purpose from the start, bro, what the hell?

Update 3:

I'm getting a lot of good refutations. lol. Thanks.

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  • 8 years ago
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    The money elected officials get paid is really irrelevant to corruption. Just as millionaires run on their own money and insist this makes them less corrupt, because they don't have to make promises to special interests to get their funding. But they turn out not to be any less corrupt.

    Senators and Congressmen get their real reward when they leave Congress and get work as lobbyists, or with the corporations they helped while in office. What they made in office is a minor amount compared to what they make as lobbyists.

    We need explicit limits in place to limit corporate control of our politics. The politicians just serve the process, it's the process that's corrupt. With the Citizens United decision, big-money sources can totally dominate politics, and it doesn't really matter WHO gets elected or even which party, government serves the highest bidder. Cutting govt. salaries isn't going to make any difference.

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  • 8 years ago

    NO, make the salaries of the Congress larger, let them keep their golden benefit package. That would encourage REAL people to run for office. To stop the corruption, the entire country.... states and fed, need to follow the example of Montana: That is Limits on how much can be spent for elections, thereby, removing the corruption factor of the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court by not allowing corporations to buy our elections. Look around, that's what's happening in this election cycle. Next address lobbying.,

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  • 8 years ago

    There's a lot of problems with your logic. First off, the less you pay people the more incentive they have to take bribes, not the other way around. Even good-hearted people need to feed their families and plan for retirement.

    I think you're approaching the whole problem from the wrong direction. Based on history, and basic common sense, it's inevitable that people will try to gain power and influence in government. The struggle for control is universal and will never cease. It's impossible to think that we will have a permanent government based on selfless altruism.

    The best option is to always assume that government is trying to take more power and control away from the people. Then, the people should always stay vigilant in trying to protect their own power and influence. This is how our system should work, if people are involved. There's a constant and never ending power struggle, ignoring it is the same as surrender.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    No because the money you make from being in a high office isn't from the paycheck its from the amount of influence you have on policies and bribes.

    Even if this was possible rich folks will always find a way to hide thier money, the money doesn't have to be under your name to be yours.

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  • 8 years ago

    The average salary of a Congressman or senator is around 180,000 per year for life. Yea..they get paid that for the entire rest of their life even if they quit, get fired or for any other reason. They also get to keep that caddilac health care plan for themselves and family for life. We didn't vote on that. they decided that they deserve it. we pay into their salaries, health care and retirement with our tax dollars but they are exempt from paying into our social security and health care. Eliminating the pay and benefit for life part would go a long way. Lowering the salary would help but wouldn't do it. most of them are in it for the benefits and the connections ( lobbyist, corporate affiliations, etc ). this is how they gain mass millions not on the salary.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    That would make them more corrupt because of them wanting to keep more money. As in office president, Obama makes 400k a year, where there are other careers, much less common and much more assumable, that can guarantee millions.

    Please, the U.S. has little to no corruption. You would have to check out South America of Africa to check what REAL corruption is. (I'm not being racist, I live in South America and know this and Africa's political situations I hear are similar.)

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  • 8 years ago

    probably not, too many would be more inclined to take bribe to make more money. A better solution would be to reduce the power that the federal government has, less power, less possibility for corruption

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    You know, Sam Adams and others used to go to work at their jobs, then go politicking on their own time. If our politicians made the same salaries that the average American made today, they would not be politicians.

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  • 8 years ago

    No, the root of corruption is lobbying. If we stop lobbying then we can stop companies from controlling politicians like puppets.

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  • 8 years ago

    Take it one step further and don't pay them at all. Make them have jobs on top of their legislative duties. They'd think twice about all the sh!t they want to garnish from the average wage-earner's paychecks if that were the case.

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