Everyone's got an opinion on politician salaries and it's pretty much the same -- they get paid too much.
Sometimes, in recognition of that, elected officials will forgo their pay -- which is what Mitt Romney did when he was Governor of Massachusetts.
Unfortunately, however, the law states that the President MUST be paid. But, it's not unheard of for whomever's POTUS to donate their pay to charity or return it to the government.
So, it's reasonable that in a recent radio interview, Mitt was asked if he would do something similar if elected POTUS. To which, he responded with, "Well, I don't have an announcement for you on that today," and then went on a bit of rant about how politicians should have incentive pay, i.e. getting bonuses for a job well done. It's a practice mainly used to pay those working in the financial industry and corporate executives, giving it the air of the 1%. (You don't really hear about incentive pay packages for factory workers or cubicle jockeys).
"I believe in linking my incentives and my commitment to the accomplishment of specific goals," Mitt said. "I wish we had that happen throughout government -- where people recognized they are not going to get rewarded in substantial ways unless they are able to achieve the objectives that they were elected to carry out."
Hmm. Incentive pay for elected officials? Isn't that re-election?
Maybe we should go the other way, Mitt, and use punitive pay for when they mess up/don't get anything done. Wait...actually, that's a really good idea! We should run for POTUS.
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