The elections of 2010 brought a lot of new people to Congress. This is, apart from politics, a good thing. It would, in fact, be a good idea if about half the Congress were to change say, every twelve years or so. The new Members are generally younger, most under 45, many under 40 and they are earnest to a fault. They want to do right, to follow what they believe they were instructed to do by the people, cut spending.
Where will this get them? Looking for another job, most likely. People always say they like ďstraight talkingĒ politicians, but they actually approve, over and over again, those who know how to play the game and make back room deals. We, the voters, talk one way and almost always vote another.
Cutting spending is fine, as long as you DONíT HURT ME! Then, you are stepping on sacred ground, buddy. What the right in America actually wants is to cut spending on everything that benefits everyone else, except themselves. The right wants the programs that help cities, especially east coast cities, to end, now. Farm programs? Letís keep those billions. Defense spending? Canít touch that. Money that goes to help a local health care program? Yeah, we need that, too.
This is a grand form of hypocrisy, but most people donít worry about that in politicians unless they are confronted by it directly and personally. Saying that you want to slash government spending, yet trying to protect the programs that go to your district or state is a kind of a lie. The new House members, however, are so naive that they havenít even come to terms with this contradiction. They believe what they are saying and they will continue to do so until they find, glory be, that with all the various Representatives protecting their own projects, there is almost nothing....left.....to.....cut.
The deal is this: you canít have it both ways. Well, you can try, but it wonít work. When the home area folks find out that their congressman has cut the heart of programs for their own area, what will they do? Get a new congressman.
If you would like to know why most of the new Members of Congress will be gone in two to four years, read this story from the WashPost and the answer will be clear. Link in the blue box.