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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?

This is not true, in a universal sense. In general it's true that, in government as in other fields, the higher up you rise, the higher your salary is, but what's much more important is the field you'...
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In the news, it says "essential" government employees would be required to work without pay. How?

First, slavery has literally nothing at all to do with whether or not someone is paid, nor with how much they're paid. Slavery and involuntary servitude are forced labor, not unpaid labor. If you are ...
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Why do government employees pay income taxes?

Easier for everybody For the government Taxes are complex. It is not only how much the employee gets from the government. It is also: other income sources other income sources from family members (...
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Why do presidents receive a pension after their term of office?

At least in the US, where a presidential pension was only instituted in 1958, it was seen as embarrassing for a former president to be struggling financially. Per Wikipedia: Upon leaving the ...
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What are the reasons for not calculating government officials' wages in terms of the minimum wage?

Raising the minimum wage sufficiently slowly and minimally can arguably increase the wages of low income people accompanied by insignificant increases in unemployment and insignificant disruptions to ...
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Why do politicians make so much money?

There are primarily two reasons: competitiveness and corruption. Competitiveness You did hit the nail on the head - part of the reason is competitiveness. Public offices compete with private jobs ...
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Did any country ever implement a minimum salary for public school teachers?

This is a situation where the US is the exception not only compared to Western Europe but also compared to most of the rest of the world. Public school teachers are government employees as the name ...
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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?

The leader of a community stands as a reflection of the community. This isn't just about heads of state: every leader from tribal chiefs and village mayors up knows that when outsiders look at them as ...
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How does "politician" work as a job/career?

Local councillors aren't really paid at all, even if they're successful - they get a small stipend. Councils therefore end up getting mostly run by their permanent officers. Council candidates are ...
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Why do presidents receive a pension after their term of office?

The details depend on the country, of course. In Germany, a former president receives not just a pension (called honorary / honor pay), but also some staff, offices, etc. for what are called "...
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Why do government employees pay income taxes?

Taxes are more than the money for government Taxes are not simply an instrument for government to get money. It's also an important instrument of welfare policy. Taxes differ depending not only on ...
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Do high-level US government officials who are fired receive any compensation?

Cabinet members follow rules similar to those of the VP and congress members: As with salaries, the rules governing the retirement benefits of the Vice President, Cabinet members, members of ...
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Why do politicians make so much money?

Theory: Politicians in a democracy need to earn enough to be financial independent. Otherwise they would depend on other sources of income during their mandate. Those sources of income would then have ...
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What are the reasons for not calculating government officials' wages in terms of the minimum wage?

The political answer is: because turkeys don't vote for Christmas. The practical answer is that tying wages to any particular metric is an invitation to game the metric. For instance if you tie ...
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What sort of evidence exists that higher salaries for political offices attract better candidates?

It is difficult to provide exact evidence because there is hardly any agreement on what being a "better" politician means. If by "better" one means those with "higher moral ...
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Does President Trump's sister still draw a federal salary?

The United States court system has a FAQ for this: What is a senior judge? The "Rule of 80" is the commonly used shorthand for the age and service requirement for a judge to assume senior ...
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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?

We want our government leaders, whether politicians or public servants, to be able to give peak performance in their roles. Good pay does not guarantee this, but it does help reduce many concerns: We ...
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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?

Speculation aside, for the Netherlands we can answer this more directly. That's because the de facto law is also a de jure law. The "Wet Normering Topinkomens (WNT)", better known as The &...
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Why is the salary of the President of the People's Republic of China so low ($22,000 USD)?

The President of the PRC is a symbolic position of little real power. Many previous leaders haven't bothered with putting themselves into the role: Mao Zedong, and Deng Xiaoping never took the title ...
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Why do presidents receive a pension after their term of office?

Speaking generally, one reason which would make this a beneficial feature of a political system could be to make it less important for the president to be afraid about destitution after their term; ...
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Why do government employees pay income taxes?

The idea may also be that even though you might work for the government, you still will use or benefit from government services. A government employee will only do one specialized job at a time. An ...
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What are the reasons for not calculating government officials' wages in terms of the minimum wage?

It elevates the existence of the minimum wage to the level of a constitutional precept, even though it doesn't really belong there. It creates an incentive for members of the sitting government to ...
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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?

The slightly sarcastic answer is that people at the top (not just in government) are paid the most because they are the ones who decide upon everyone's payment. In politics, that is not entirely true ...
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Why do US politicians spend so much on campaigns when the salary is not high enough to justify the expenditure?

Why do US politicians so much on campaigns when the salary is not high enough to justify the expenditure? Assuming that the $30 million was money that Hillary Clinton loaned the campaign, she could ...
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Did any country ever implement a minimum salary for public school teachers?

The first clear-cut example I came across that is readily comparable to what Sanders has proposed is the national wage floor for teachers that went into effect in 2009 in Brazil. However the question ...
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How wealthy are state legislators in Texas?

This is a very old question, but I will share what I found. The following eBook, Texas Politics Today 2017-2018 Edition, from Google with limited access is available and indicates that the legislators'...
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Why are some government services/programs closed from the federal government shutdown, while others aren't?

There is a law in place that was passed that does not allow Congress to pass any legislation that would change their own pay. It is, in fact, the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution No law ...
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Why do US politicians spend so much on campaigns when the salary is not high enough to justify the expenditure?

The same facts as the other answers, but with different illustrations and a rewording that may be of use. The OP wrote: Hillary Clinton spent so much on her 2008 presidential campaign that she got ...
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Why do government employees pay income taxes?

If government employees didn't pay taxes, they wouldn't be able to get tax benefits from things like donating to charity.
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Why do Singapore leaders earn so much more compared to others?

This is easily Googled for. Just to remind everyone, political appointment holders in Singapore are the most highly paid in the world. The government has justified their salaries by saying they’re ...
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