Historically speaking, the United States of America has often been perceived as a land of opportunity, liberty and prosperity. In the past, these individuals were able to assimilate into the cultural fabric of the country by learning English, adopting American customs, and working extremely hard to contribute to economic and social well-being of their communities and the country at large. Welfare programs promoting incentives to immigrants did not really exist, and it would have been perceived as ridiculous if individuals arrived in the country and attempted to hold on to the patriotism and values of their former land. Sadly, in today’s world, this has largely changed. Over the last two and a half years, millions of illegal migrants have entered the United States through the porous southern border. These migrants have been allowed to reside in hotels and bussed to major cities at the expense of taxpayers and provided with food, clothing and housing at a time in which ordinary native citizens are struggling to make ends meet.
At a time in which 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, public servants in one state are blatantly acting in avarice. In just two years, the state legislatures in Kansas are giving themselves a pay raise of 93%. The southern state- whose legislature is dominated by Republicans, will increase annual compensation to $58,000 in 2025. The monetary incentive is supposedly to attract more “diverse” members in public office.
For many years, lawmakers in Kansas have claimed that they do not make enough money and that it does not make financial sense to serve. Unfortunately, these modern politicians are missing the purpose of public service- it was never meant to be a full time job or a career, but rather a privilege and honor that an esteemed member of the community would hold office and sacrifice for the good of the citizenry. The founding fathers would be appalled by this conduct.