Since the first of the year the only relief we’ve had from stories about the federal budget and the debt ceiling have been the Casey Anthony trial and Killing bin Laden. Other than those brief respites of dubious entertainment we’ve had little but the posturing of various congressmen and senators, compounded by the endless comments of pundits and ‘experts.’
Our solons make it clear that their only concern in this matter is the same concern they’ve had for the past fifty years: re-election. The country be damned, the taxpayers be damned. Few of our lawmakers will risk honest dialogue, appropriate compromise, or reasoned rhetoric for fear that it may damage their chances for re-election.
Why do they yearn so for re-election? Money, power, prestige, privilege. Social scientists could write volumes analyzing the motives of those seeking or holding high elective office but we should be suspicious of anyone who aspires to be a “dedicated public servant.”
A few observations:
- Virtually no one reading this article would want one of these jobs. The people who run for congress are not normal. In no way do I intend that as a compliment.
- We should be suspicious of anyone who aspires to a job where he will be given broad powers to alter the lives of hundreds of millions. Do you have the hubris to think you’re wise enough to accomplish this? Your congressman does.
- Anyone who is truly wise enough to do this job is wise enough not to want it.
- While some congressmen have only limited assets when they enter office, they all leave rich. The longer they remain in office, the richer they become.
- If you’re like most voters you probably think your congressman and senators are OK. It’s the rest of them who are the problem. Your congressman is an idiot.