Why should our state legislators in the General Assembly get any gifts at all?
Don’t we pay them enough already?
If we don’t pay them enough, then we should raise their salaries, if we think they deserve more, but, otherwise, they shouldn’t get any gifts from high-paid lobbyists and independent operators seeking legislative or executive branch “favors.”
Former Governor Bob McDonnell plainly couldn’t afford to serve as Governor, given his “unconscionable” credit card debt, and certainly not without private gifts to cover his expenses.
Legislators and executives who can’t afford to serve without betraying the public’s trust may not “serve” at all. Continue reading