PERSPECTIVE OF POLITICAL OFFICE – 1787 VS 2017:
It is as if we are currently living in a warped reality.
When you compare some of the ideals at the time of the country’s founding to today, there are several stark contrasts that we may observe. For instance, political office today is viewed as a prestigious accomplishment that is accompanied by numerous perks. Wealth, pensions, and luxurious per diem expenses are commonplace. This was not always so. Many of our greatest thinkers and public servants died broke.
George Washington, despite owning land, was essentially up to his eye balls in debt when he assumed the office of President. Thomas Jefferson likewise, ran up debt like nobody’s business. It took Jefferson approximately fifty years to construct Monticello, only to have it sold via auction after his death in order to cover his debts.
Comparably, over half of the current U.S. Senators are…