Selling the USA to the Highest Bidder

Last week, Steven Pearlstein offered a Swiftian proposal in The Washington Post to legalize buying votes and thus make the bribing of voters -- already the norm in practice -- a legal norm as well. Clear away all the hypocritical rhetoric about democracy and get on with selling citizens and their votes to the highest bidders.

As usual, however, the timid Washington Post stops at water's edge, leaving us with a clumsy in between proposal that still forces big money to buy big power only indirectly, by going through voters. But why go through voters. What if they refuse to sell?
 
Yes, there is a better and swifter way to reunite money and political power. It will not only give the rich the access to office they crave, I mean, deserve, but will also contribute heftily to reducing the budget deficit. Don't sell votes, sell federal offices. Auction off seats in the House of Representatives starting with a floor of two billion per seat. Not cheap, but it comes with office space and a staff of a dozen or more young MBAs and Hill-lifers ready to serve the business of America, which as some GM tycoon said long ago, is American business.
 
With the House at two billion per seat, the Senate needs to go for at least 100 billion a seat -- but remember you get six years for that, not two, and the offices are much larger. The big prize, the White House, should start at 5 trillion, though I imagine that floor would be quickly exceeded. The pretty and, well, you'd have to say sort-of iconic building that comes with the office can probably be leased for a good sum, to offset some of the costs.