Obviously, members of government aren't looking for people to tell them what to do, so, we take a leaf out of the tobacco industry's book and hook them while they're young, before they even become members of the government.
Here's What You Should Do:
Start a required class in high school called Financial Responsibility. (That's more optimistic than what it really should be called right now: Debt Management. Right?)
Sophomore year, it has to do with personal and family finances. Junior year, business finances. Senior year, governmental, starting with city/county and working up to national.
This way, in 20-30 years or so, most members of the government would at least have had some educational backing in finances.
America, you're welcome.
You know what? Until such a time as this would take place, as any change to the educational system would take a century to get done, let's all agree that we will force our kids to take classes on it, just to get a jump on things. Sound good?