Reynolds – Privileges granted to public servants must end

In an opinion piece posted at USA Today, Glenn Reynolds successfully argues for fairness and equality. Politicians and government employees – even retired employees – across the United States are exempted from some laws, or are granted special privileges not afforded the common man.

From USA Today.

All over America, government officials enjoy privileges that ordinary citizens don’t. Sometimes it involves bearing arms, with special rules favoring police, politicians and even retired government employees. Sometimes it involves freedom from traffic and parking tickets, like the special non-traceable license plates enjoyed by tens of thousands of California state employees or similar immunities for Colorado legislators. Often it involves immunity from legal challenges, like the “qualified” immunity to lawsuits enjoyed by most government officials, or the even-better “absolute immunity” enjoyed by judges and prosecutors. (Both immunities — including, suspiciously, the one for judges — are creations of judicial action, not legislation).

Reynonds’ solution is to apply strict scrutiny to exceptions or privileges to government employees and politicians in office. Click on all of the links above for examples, but ensure you read the full post.

2 replies
  1. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I just finished reading, “London” by Edward Rutherford. It is fiction, yet it is well reasearched and describes the culture, government and economy of London from days of Rome. It is striking how many similarities today’s issues are  to London’s in the 1800’s. Will we ever learn?

  2. bien-pensant
    bien-pensant says:

    Curtail those privileges. Stop the largesse. Bring back the notion of what public service is really about, serving your neighbors, and fellow citizens. Rescind the outsized salaries for public officials, many of whom are not elected.
    Will this ever happen? Our elected officials no better than us?
    Fat chance.

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