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If I were king, I’d immediately end the revolving door between government employment and any industry previously regulated by said government employee. Name an industry, name a regulator: You likely have your favorite doing insider trading and corruption. And vice versa: No private sector employee should ever pretend to regulate the business sector where she made her fortune.
Or in the case of Ted Gaines, where he inherited his fortune. Our conservative, small-government state senator, Ted Gaines, inherited the family insurance brokerage from his father. Now, when he gets termed out, he will run in a statewide election for state insurance commissioner. Thankfully, his lovely wife Beth will still be an elected legislator; she can bring home the government paycheck while he works on his conservative bona-fides.
Neither Ted nor Beth refused the salary increase recently enacted for our legislators. Why should they? They have safe districts, and conservatives will vote for them no matter what, just like liberals voted for Obama no matter what.
I believe Ted Gaines’ motives are in stark divergence with his espoused political beliefs.