Reflective Wanderings - Reflections on various topics that arise out of my personal, life and professional experiences. There are also are some family related news, travels and pictures.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
And Congress Wonders Why They Are Not Trusted
used car sales people were commonly viewed as the least trusted professions in
the United States. Used car sales people have lost their position to members of
Congress. Over the last decades trust of politicians has declined in direct
portion to the rating of Congress.
Constantly the general public sees Congressmen saying one thing during an election but going a
different direction during an election. People expect their politicians to take
their opinions into account, and for the most part reflect the wishes of their
constituents, but do they do so? Today a Senate bill that died illustrates that Congressmen will ignore their constituents and adhere to the wishes of those who threaten to heavily bankroll a primary challenge. Even when over 90% of the general public support a particular bill, Congressmen
will vote against the bill and go with the well healed minority. No wonder trust and credibility continues to fall. Politicians may say, the general public are increasingly thinking that Congress
is dancing to the tune that people with money and power-brokers are playing for them.
As a further indication of the state of Congress is the story of a
scandal ridden Congressmen being propped up by his insider friends, and are helping him to build a deep war chest to win his primary. This is they type of story which fuels the skeptical views of Congress. It seems as long as you vote
correctly and issue the right statements that personal morality and upright
conduct means little to one’s peers. Regardless what the Congressman may do, it matters little as long the Congressman claims the right thing and votes the right way.