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Politicians have no skin in the game

October 20, 2013
Larry A. Raymon, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

Politicians have no skin in the game. Most never have. They have either not worked at all or they have worked for the government - in some cases, both are very similar. Our republic was founded on the principle that citizens would be elected to government but when they were not in session, they would return to their communities to work and be involved in everyday life. In this way, they would reconnect with the reality of commerce and life in general. Today's politician has one single agenda in his or her heart - to be re-elected. When they are elected to a national office, they are elected to an elite country club whose members have a split personality. The first is the "inside the beltway" personality. It enjoys the status, perks, retirement benefits, health care subsidies and importance of being in Washington. The second is the "running for re-election" personality which features the crocodile tears and mister nice guy/gal approach that blames the country's problems on their colleagues in D.C.

All of this has led the republic to incredible debt and phony hand-wringing about "what shall we do now?" Since the politician has never signed the front of a paycheck in his/her life nor have they worried at 2 a.m. as to whether the pink slip would come on Friday, they have no connection to the real world and moreover are insulated from any consequences of their decision making. Congress after congress has contributed to this avalanche of debt with little or no regard for the aggregate impact on our lives or the lives of those yet born. I don't trust them - any of them.

At the end of the day, they will kick the can down the road and sit back enjoying the thought of their pensions and wonder about how best to spin this for the next campaign.

We need term limitations.

 
 

 

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