I was thinking the other day about the number of people in the US who make their living solely off politics. Besides the President, his cabinet, Congress, etc, there are governors, state House and Senate people, county governments, mayors of each town and city, city managers, and other district officials who run for office. I imagine just the SALARIES of just the NATIONAL politions runs close to a billion dollars. This doesn't include the expenses they run up maintaining houses in Washington and in their homestate or the salaries of their staff. The mayor of each city probably makes close to $200G's,and I know the last City Manager of Richmond made $165G's. Think how many cities and/or counties are in each state. Each has several politicians that run for office. Not only do we pay their salaries, think of the money spent on EACH election. Now I'm not suggesting that we don't need government, but do we need this much government? Personally, I don't think so. It might seem odd to not have a mayor or a county government, but we'd get used to it. We could have a court system without all the politicians that have to run for office every 2-6 years. I'd guess that the cost of America's politians to be in the 100 Billion dollar range. Do I think it will change? Probably never. Lawyers right laws to protect lawyers. And I'd guess most politians are lawyers. What can be done? Any ideas?