President Trump’s hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as his new White House Press Secretary has taken some of the limelight off of himself. For all his bombast, Scaramucci actually did something quietly honorable this past week.
Like President Trump, Scaramucci has refused to take a salary for his new position. Scaramucci, a millionaire financier, will miss out on a salary worth $179,000 annually, reported The Daily Caller.
Despite this classy move, Scaramucci has already made headlines for his outrageous behavior.
The New Yorker ‘s Ryan Lizza reported that a somewhat inebriated Scaramucci divulged to him several unflattering opinions of members of the Republican National Committee and President Trump’s inner circle.
Scaramucci called RNC Chairman Reince Priebus “f***ing paranoid” and insinuated–in unprintable terms–that Steve Bannon is full of himself.
Breitbart was quick to criticize Scaramucci’s remarks as distracting and bad PR for President Trump. However, even they have acknowledged that Scaramucci is good for ratings.
The other side of this story is Ryan Lizza.
A known peddler of “fake news,” Lizza betrayed Scaramucci by publishing his off-the-record comments. This is not the first time that Lizza has resorted to such dirty tactics.
In the midst of all of this controversy, Scaramucci still decided to follow in the footsteps of President Trump and decline to take a salary for his important position. This is the sign of a man who is not intent on making a career out of politics.
America’s first President, Gen.l George Washington, used his own finances during his time as the leader of the country. Later presidents similarly only earned modest incomes as the chief executive, according to Slate.
However, over the years, one of the things that have degraded America’s Republican values is the rise of the professional politician. People like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, and Elizabeth Warren have all come from the non-competitive fields of academia, law, and “community organizing.” Unlike past Democrats like Harry Truman (a high school graduate who worked as a farmer and clerical worker) and Republicans like Richard Nixon (the product of a public school who came from a family of grocers), most modern politicians are elitist patricians who have little knowledge of or sympathy for the common man.
For the American Republic to last in the face of increasing calls for a mobocracy, our political class should forgo salaries and step down after eight years, whether they be presidents, senators, or representatives.
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