Calif. Congressman Admits Taking Bribes. How could this be such a big surprise. Doesn't anyone wonder how a congressman can afford a mansion and a yacht. Are these guys paid that well? I guess that's what happens when you get to set your own salaries.  But that brings up a bigger issue.  Why are the highest paying jobs in our country, maybe the world, professional liers?  Think about it:
  • Politician: Was there every a politician elected for being honest? - "Trust me, that other politician is a lier."
  • Lawyers: They are paid to spin the truth. - "If it doesn't fit, you must equit"
  • Actors: They are paid to convince us they are somebody they are not.
Why are professional liers making so much and teachers and nurses make so little. Well, in all honestly I know the answer. Simple supply and demand. Teachers and nurses are easy to find, train, and retain. In comparison it takes many years to become a good lier and not everyone can do it. That places qualified individuals in demand. I hope that someday we can begin to place more value honesty.

[Note: I'm not endorsing Al Frankens book. I've never read it. I don't know if it is good or not. Just seamed appropriate.]

[Edit: Added  Bill O'Reilly's book for balance.]