U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress

At the end of the day it's about service. Quality of service. And it's about the performance of the server. But what I'm talking about isn't the service we get at our local coffee shop, or the last place we had dinner. Though, service there is equally important. The service that I'm talking about is the service we get from our elected government officials.

When you go to your local coffee shop, you get to decide how well the server will be compensated. Did they deliver your coffee to you hot? Was it delivered in a timely fashion? Was the coffee all it was cracked up to be? And did the server treat you well when the coffee was brought to you? If any of the above isn't true, you probably won't tip as well. And if the service is continually bad, you'll go someplace else.

But when it comes to government, it's basically you get what you get. Sure, you can vote at the polls for your favorite candidate. You can take them at their word that they will look out for your interests and put laws in place that will improve your life, and make the world a better place. But we all know what happens after the counts are in and the seats are filled. And we all know how responsive our politicians are to the letters we sometimes send, if they even read them at all.

I say that we ought to pay our elected government officials by referendum. The people should decide when the Congress or the Senate deserves to be given a hike in their pay. The people should be able to see progress in their children's schools and fairly determine when a pay increase should be in order for the superintendent. When the mayor lowers crime rates, and increases business and commerce, and reduces your real estate taxes by building the city up, the people should decide that he deserves something more for his efforts.

Instead, elected government officials vote for their own raises. To me that seems to be counterproductive, disingenuous, and certainly it's self-serving. Of course they think they're doing a great job. Of course they think they're worthy of higher pay doing the "work" of the American people. And yes, those quotes were intended.

How many people do you know who think they're overpaid? I mean, how many people do you know who really believes they're overpaid? And what about you? If you thought you'd been overpaid you'd be the first one in line to write a check out to the boss at the end of the year with a little note attached that read "thanks for the extra but I'm really not worth all that," right? Of course not. So what would lead us to believe that politicians could be honest with themselves about the work they do, the value of the work, or the quality of what comes as a result of it? Of course they are going to vote 'yes' when the time comes to give themselves a raise.

A referendum is the only logical answer. Americans have a right to have a say in the pay of their elected government officials, because ultimately it's our money. What our government officials do or don't do, what laws they vote for or against affect our lives, our well-being, and our incomes.

Look, if the food is served cold, or if I asked for cream in my coffee and got sugar instead, then why should I have to pay more for it the next time I order it? Why should the waitress get to decide how much her tip should be?

Because as far as I'm concerned, I've got to tell you; right now my coffee is cold and half of it has been spilled in my lap, the price keeps going up, and it's the only coffee shop in town.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Smart hub. Right now, I know I am being short changed, treated disrespectfully and lied to. I am fed up with the service I am getting which amounts to being ignored and paying for the privilege. Knowing that things are about to get worse is horrifying. Great hub. I wish I could change the ownership of the coffee shop!

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

If they do bad enough, will they pay us?

Keep on hubbing!

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

lol. That's a thought.

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jdunbar 6 years ago

Great hub and I like your logic! Now how do we get that referendum in motion?

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Good question jdunbar. It's quite possibly an impossible dream. Hmph. :)

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I'm gonna have to stop reading your hubs. I get so mad when I do!! lol

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

lol. I'll do my best to not be so...hmm, what's the word? I've really lost the word. Provocative? I don't think that's it... :)

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Good hub it is amazing the disconnect politicians have for their duties but even more so how the sheeple seem to be not bothered by - maybe the value is in the amount of hot air. Then they are underpaid.

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin Author

If they were paid by the hot air, the deficits we see now would pale in comparison. The United States would be bankrupt for sure. :)

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anidae 5 years ago from Tennessee

I agree with you about the pay raises being voted on and the elected officials would probably do a better job of cutting their wasteful spending. Voted up and useful.

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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thanks and thanks for stopping in. I think it all boils down to accountability. If the politicians we elect to public office really saw themselves as representatives instead of elites, I think we'd be in a much better position. This concept of a government by the peole, for the people, and of the people I think has gotten away from those we put into office, and something's got to change about that. We start with deciding, as a people, who gets what AS WELL AS who doesn't get to stick around.

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