G6 - Tie Politicians' Pay to Regional Median Income
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Forcibly more than half of people would want to make the median income for working in politics, other expenses such as travel are already paid, it would restrict corruption and encourage fewer people for joining to get rich, but would still provide enough for anyone to join politics.
Isn't this kind of already the way it is? Aside from post-political-career lobbying jobs (see my idea: the99vote.com/idea/US73), I don't think anyone goes into politics for the money.
Theoretically, do we want politicians who have the median intelligence and education level as their constituents? I wouldn't think so. Don't we want intellectual elites -- the sharper tools in the sheds -- to be our leaders? If you only pay what the median make, you'll get middling politicians.
Problem is this would encourage politicians to join very rich constituencies and be paid high sums of money while doing absolutely nothing, and discourage politicians from trying to improve things in an extremely poor constituency. This would also encourage huge increases in public-sector wages to the expense of businesses, low-skilled jobs, those on social security, infrastructure improvements, progressive tax policies, housing, transport, etc.
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