Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How much is a Governor worth?

Or a university president? Or a head football coach?

More importantly, whose call is it?

Right now, the annual compensation for membership in the
privileged class is determined by other members of
the privileged class; and they are very impressed with
each others' work.

Who defends in these negotiations, the interests of the folks
who pay the greater taxes and higher tuitions that underwrite
this largess?

It is at the top of a very slippery slope that you expect
government to protect the interests of car buyers against
the interests of car builders' CEOs, CAOs, CFOs, and C?Os?

But in public service, where our taxes are paying the bills, it
would seem a little more reasonable to expect government to
involve itself more directly in protecting our interests.

Government can do that in in two acts; telling the truth, and
providing honest accountability to that truth.

It is preposterous that, in order to file a complaint against
a corrupt or incompetent public servant, we find ourselves
pitted against our own government (lawyers) and its unlimited
public resources.

Government must tell us the truth about what we are paying
our public servants (and their cronies), and then they must be
accountable to our outrage, when we finally learn that truth.

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