Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

Little or No Compensation

on October 13, 2012

In the Five Thousand Year leap, on page sixty five, we find the following words of Benjamin Franklin.

In America, salaries, where indispensable, are extremely low; but much of public business is done gratis. The honor of serving the public ably and faithfully is deemed sufficient. Public spirit really exists there, and has great effects. In England it is universally deemed a nonentity, and whoever pretends to it is laughed at as a fool, or suspected as a knave. (Smyth, Writings of Benjamin Franklin, 7:4)

On the above words of Benjamin Franklin, Doctor Skousen comments.

As Benjamin Franklin traveled in Europe, he noticed that there was a violent struggle for appointment to public offices because they paided so well. He felt this was a serious mistake.
In the early history of the United States, community offices were looked upon as stations of honor granted to the recipients by an admiring community, state, or nation. These offices were therefore often filled by those who performed their services with little or no compensation. (W. Cleon Skousen, The Five Thousand Year Leap, p 64-65)

Now, in the early twenty first century, America suffers because of the overcompensation of government officials just as, back in Doctor Franklin’s time, European countries suffered because of the overcompensation of government officials. The People’s Party agrees that the political elite should “perform their services” for “little or no compensation.” We demonstrate our seriousness about this by paying little to our most heavily burdened leader, the Executive Director, and nothing to our other party leaders.


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