Friday, January 27, 2006
Bolivian Leader Cuts Salary in Half
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- New President Evo Morales cut his salary by more than half and ordered that no Cabinet minister collect a higher wage than his own, with the savings earmarked for hiring more public school teachers.
In one of the first decrees of his five-day-old administration, the leftist former street activist said his monthly salary would be 15,000 bolivianos, or the equivalent of about $1,700.
"I ask for (the ministers') understanding and efforts to try meet this demand, not for Evo but for the people," Morales said after a Thursday meeting with his Cabinet.
"We need 6,000 new teachers and there is only money for 2,200."
GOI: Wow, this would pretty much NEVER happen here in the United States where our politicians make obscene amounts of money. They never vote for pay cuts but rather always vote themselves pay raises. How refreshing would it be if we had a President who actually sacrificed along with his/her people like Evo Morales in Bolivia?
I also like the fact that Morales doesn't wear expensive suits and ties but instead chooses to simply where a sweater. Here's a leader who knows that the people are his bosses and chooses to live as they do. American politicians might gain the public support again if they choose to adopt these same sacrifices. At the very least it would go a long way in reaching out to the average American and show that our leaders feel our pain and understand our struggles.