Talking on the phone Friday night with another member, the topic of the 2012 campaign came up.
During the discussion, I mentioned something that ticks me off to no end and we thought it might make a good discussion topic.
Here is the gripe.
I think there should be a Constitutional Amendment (the only way it could happen) that would require any person on the Federal payroll, regardless of position, to resign the current position prior to running for any other Federal elected position other than the one they currently hold.
If Congress member, Cabinet member, or whatever other federally paid position they hold person X is running for whatever elected position and running around the country campaigning or fund raising, first of all they are not doing the job they are sucking money from the government to do.
Secondly, if that person has the determination to run for an elected office (other than one they currently hold), then they should have the backbone to do it without having a still waiting job should they fail.
If a person is running for re-election to the same position, then their compensation should be pro rata reduced by the amount of time seeking re-election and their should be a time limitation (4 to 6 months) that they cannot raise funds or actively campaign before the general election.
The reasons for this should be obvious.
Any of us regular working stiffs could not go to our bosses and say we want to be paid and retain our job while taking 6 months to a year or more to seek another. Why should our elected or wish to be elected employees be any different?
As I also mentioned, whether it be John Kerry, John McCain, Michelle Bachmann, Hillary Clinton or whoever else, if you are going to run for President, Senator or House member, then quit your current job and let it be given to someone that will fill out the term. Otherwise they are short changing their constituents, bilking all the taxpayers and not doing the job they are being paid rather handsomely (by most of our standards) to do.
So what are your thoughts and what would you add or subtract if this were proposed as an Amendment?