For example, our Congress critters vote themselves raises even as the economy tanks because of their inept leadership. These same public servants have a health care system that is not affected by the health care legislation that was voted on today.
In case after case, we find the leadership of the House and Senate buying votes through special deals, funneling money to relatives through contract awards and special tax breaks, and holding closed-door sessions to circumvent established procedures.
I think the problem began with us voters assuming that our representatives would represent our interests and not realizing that once in Washington, DC. our representatives play to a different audience.
Too many Congressmen and Senators have turned a deaf ear to constituent's complaints. Some have even utilized union goons to intimidate voters who asked embarrassing questions. We are seeing a climate of corruption that is getting worse every month.
Even 30 year veterans like Rick Boucher seem indifferent to constituent's questions. Send him an email on a specific measure and you will get a canned response in a month or two with a few platitudes and no specifics.
When elected representatives show no responsibility for understanding the needs of their constituents and satisfying those needs, it is time to get representatives who know where their loyalties lie.
If we replace all incumbents in the next two elections, we will have made a good start on bringing government under control again. The amount of pork a politician brings home is only one measure of how effective that person is. Handouts of patronage and federal funding are easy ways to bribe politicians to vote for really bad legislation.
We don't survive on handouts. What we need is a climate where businesses small and large can prosper. I think that recycling Congress and the entire Executive Branch would be the best move we could make to bring prosperity back in reach again. The only exceptions I could see is where the person can make a good case that they really ARE representing their constituents and backing this up with facts, not rhetoric.
Otherwise we are on a fast track to putting the entire country into the same state of collapse as Detroit.
Image from: 100 Abandoned Houses – Kevin Bauman Photography. www.kevinbauman.
In 2005, Kevin Bauman estimated that there were 12,000 abandoned homes in Detroit.