What If Politicians Thought Like We Do?
If I were a typical politician I would probably think about (getting elected) meaningful tax relief for voters (focus groups), affordable healthcare (my polling numbers), fixing our crumbling infrastructure Citizen Legislators: Shopkeepers and farmers stepped up to serve in their local, state and federal offices and never once thought of it as a lifetime job., (I hate the yard signs), and oh yes getting elected.
And after the election I would think most about — getting re-elected.
It’s Not The 1700’s Anymore
At one time in our history we used to have citizen politicians. Shopkeepers and farmers stepped up to serve in their local, state and federal offices and never once thought of it as a lifetime job.
Do your term and go back home. Thank you for your service.
The Buck Stops — Anywhere A Vote Can Be Bought
Harry Truman had a quote on his desk that said, “The buck stops here.” What that actually means is, “The blame stops here.”
There’s no one else in the pecking order to point a blaming finger at.
Lobbyists are lined up around the block to court their favorite politician. As long as there’s a buck to be made nothing wrong with having a couple of public servants in your back pocket in case you need em.
Harry Truman’s favorite quote has lost its meaning some 70 years later. Five hundred thirty-five lawmakers from all over the United States and only a miniscule number are what used to be citizen politicians.
Every year these 535 servants(s) decide what to do with $3.5 trillion dollars. A shark feeding frenzy has nothing on this group.
Keep me in power and you’ll have no problems.
Some Final Thoughts
Currently it costs about one billion dollars to run a successful presidential campaign — did I mention that’s the amount for each candidate.
It’s hard to fathom that much money changing hands with no conditions attached. I think we all know there’s some quid pro quo agreements in those smoke filled back rooms.
They’re probably not smoke filled any more. We have progressed in some areas.
We’ll continue to donate and send the same people back to congress year after year in spite of the fact this same group gets less than a 15 percent approval rating.
Who do I make the check out to? Taxes, infrastructure, and healthcare here we come.