Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Parades are cool, but a reasonable wage is nicer.

Two links to stories on the Freakonomics blog regarding how to adequately compensate the people who keep us safe: soldiers and cops.

Restore the Draft? What a Bad Idea
New theory on how to get good prospective soldiers to enlist: pay them properly*.

In Case You Think Police Officers are Overpaid
This article also reminded me that paying officers a good wage would encourage competition and get the best applicants. Additionally, bribery would be less of an issue if cops made a good wage.

*In an unrelated and immature thought, I used to remember how to spell 'properly' by noting that 'pp' is improper.

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