A comment on the Internet regarding the Waters ethics trial provoked a snark from His Majesty.
The comment in question was that
Nothing will happen. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Both sides do this sort of crap, why else would one spend millions of their own money for the chance to win a short-term job that only pays $175K per year? Rangel and Waters are guilty mainly of being dumb enough to get caught.
Solution? Throw all their larcenous [redacted] out, preferable straight into prison, then slash government budgets to the bone to remove the incentive for these types of parasites to run for office.
His Majesty pointed out that, while reducing the size and power of government is certainly a fine way to reduce the incentives for corruption, there are other approaches as well. One could, for example, give Congressmen salaries a little more commensurate with the incredible responsibility they carry.
Actually, His Majesty said it a lot more snarkily: “You can always count on the American voter to scrimp on paying the hired help, then complain loudly that they are stealing the silverware. Next they’ll decide that the right way to deal with the situation is to scrimp on paying the hired help even more.”
Note that His Majesty is not disagreeing that the hired help are stealing the silverware, only that this result is unsurprising; and that while one is perfectly justified in firing the lot, it might be a good idea to offer better compensation for those who replace them.