I’m pretty sure everyone would agree that we have a problem with electing a representative government that has us in their best interests here in the US. With that being said, I wanted to share with you this morning’s shower thoughts on the subject.
Would it be completely crazy to bind US representatives’ pay to how their own electorate fare with them in power? My thoughts began with thinking about how big corporate CEOs are either getting some serious “quality” time with our elected officials or even getting public service roles of their own (like this one for instance). I wondered if what they’ve experienced in the highly competitive world of the private sector would offer anything useful to how the government operates. Almost immediately after applying my shampoo, I thought about the insane bonuses such CEOs receive for how their company’s shareholders fare. Before I even rinsed the shampoo out of my hair, I was already thinking about how such bonus incentives ignore the workforce behind any performance that results in stock performance increases. But, instead of just giving up on my thoughts in this matter, I quickly began to question if US representative pay could be somehow bound to the performance of their “shareholders.” No, not the ones that funded their campaigns, but instead, each of us people they are in Washington to represent.
It’s been a couple of hours since my shower ended, but this idea just won’t go away. The more and more I think about it, the more faith I have in the possibility of something like this effectively causing change in Washington. Good change!
So, I ask you… would this be a good idea? If not, please feel free to contemplate alternatives in your shower and share your thoughts here with me. I really want this pattern to change and I’m not concerned if it is done by way of my own shower thoughts or not.
Image source: Christopher Dombres