FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #66

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Do you believe that wealth in our society is fairly apportioned according to what people contribute?

Of course not.

If not, what is the most glaring inequity you know?

That between true public servants and the politicians under which they serve.

What do teachers, police officers, firefighters, and even soldiers all have in common?

They serve under politicians.

This country once had true leaders, but no longer.

Now it just has politicians.

And these goddamned politicians get paid so much more money than the true public servants, it’s disgraceful!

Teachers earn much, but are paid almost nothing.

Police officers earn much, but are paid almost nothing.

Firefighters earn much, but are paid almost nothing.

Soldiers earn much, but are paid almost nothing.

And the politicians under which teachers, police officers, firefighters, and soldiers serve?

These goddamned politicians earn almost nothing, but are paid much!

And teachers, police officers, firefighters, and soldiers are not the only true public servants who contribute much, but are paid almost nothing–there are many more.

I respect leaders, but I despise politicians.

Leaders serve others as well as themselves; politicians serve only themselves.

I remember a T-shirt I saw in an army surplus store once, which read, VIETNAM: GOOD SOLDIERS, GUTLESS POLITICIANS.

And that sums it up better than anything else I can think of.

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