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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Kathy’s Conundrums

  • I’ve been having lots and lots of wild crazy dreams lately; the kind where crazy things happen and the dreams really don’t make much sense. However, I think there were glimpses of genius in one of the dreams so I am going to have to put it together so you can understand it. I was testifying in front of some t...
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  •     I’ve been having lots and lots of wild crazy dreams lately; the kind where crazy things happen and the dreams really don’t make much sense.  However, I think there were glimpses of genius in one of the dreams so I am going to have to put it together so you can understand it.
        I was testifying in front of some type of panel. The scene reminded me of pictures I’ve seen where a person is testifying before Congress.  Doesn’t really matter. The topic was how to set a pay scale for members of Congress.
        I’m not going to go through the weird details of the dream but I am going to try and share the concept of the pay scale I was trying to sell this group of people.
        First, I have to explain my version of how members of congress are paid.  Members of Congress are paid a salary and benefits.  I have no idea if senators and congressmen receive the same compensation. I do know that once a person is ‘elected’ to the House of Representatives they are paid a salary for a minimum of 2 years; members of the Senate are paid for six years. They are paid that salary and get those benefits without any type of review or evaluation. (I don’t know any other job that pays employees without evaluations – but, oh well.)
        Now, I have to explain another aspect of my thought process, the free market system.
        The definition of a free market is: a capitalistic economic system in which there is free competition and prices are determined by the interaction of supply and demand.
        The way I see it, most of the people I know in this area earn their incomes through the free market system. The farmer invests in land, equipment, pays for inputs and at the end of the season harvests his crops and sells them at market for the going price based on the demand for those products.
        Now what if members of congress were paid the same way?
         A person who wants to run for congress has to invest in himself/herself: get a good education, work in a full time free market economy type of job (not a government salaried job), and establish himself /herself as a productive member of the community where he/she lives (not just buy a house with the right address).
        As the perspective congressperson interacts with the people in his/her  community he/she gets to know and understand them; gets to know their wants and needs – the same way a farmer knows and understands the soil he/she works.
    Page 2 of 2 -     After the person is ‘elected’ to congress he/she is not paid a salary with benefits. The person is paid the same way a farmer is – through the economic system of supply and demand. Each season the price a person is paid is dependent on his/her production. Voting residents of each district get to determine how much a member of congress has ‘produced’.  The voting residents get to determine if the member of congress has attended to his ‘crops’ the way a farmer has – a member of congress has attended the committee meetings, the sessions and voted the way that would benefit his/her constituents, not the way the party wants him/her to vote or vote a specific way that will promote his/her career. Daily market quotes can be posted based on daily ‘tends’ the congressperson has exhibited to that date.
         Members of Congress would be paid only at the end of session not on a monthly basis. And members of Congress would be required to pay staff members out of their own profits, the way a farmer has to pay his/her help.
        What would a congressperson live on?  The same thing the farmers live on – a line of credit from their local bank at the going interest rate based on their past performance.
        What about benefits?
        They would have to buy their health insurance from local insurance agencies and set up retirement plans with local investment firms.
        Crazy dream, right?

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