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.