I think that all politicians that are in charge of tax payer funds should have to do two things. The first, is to pass a basic college level economics test. This would include both mico/macro economics concepts. The second, is to pass a test over the United States Constitution.
I'm not hoping for perfection on these exams, just passing grades.
Attorneys have to pass the bar exam.
Aspiring doctors have to pass the MCAT's then make it through residency.
Accountants have to pass the CPA exam.
These are all difficult things to accomplish.
What do politicians have to do? They have to collect a lot of money with fundraisers.
They have to fly all over the country and give speeches (that were written for them).
They have to have a couple of debates where they spew talking points no matter what question the moderator asks and most of all, they have to lie.
Politicians don't have to take any tests.
They just have to lie and do it better than the next guy. They have to lie with a straight face. They have to lie to friends, colleagues, and family members. They also have to lie to themselves.
Yet these are the people we choose to have run our country.
Why are we so amazed when we wake-up to the morning headlines about the poor shape our country is in? We should have seen it coming. Afterall, we are the ones who put them in office.