Keyword: “integrity.” It’s always heartwarming when nice guys finish first.
Obama’s reflection on the sacrifices made by people like Geithner and Lew – and their families – and the fully-justified praise Geithner and Lew offered to the civil servants at Treasury and OMB, raised a question about when we’re going to start paying those civil servants – who don’t get to cash in with stints in the private sector – reasonable salaries.
When the top career lawyers for the government make less than twenty-something associates at top law firms, is it any wonder the public gets the short end of the deal? Singapore pays its top civil servants real money. Why can’t we?