Yesterday, I relayed a poll showing most Americans, Republicans and Democrats, blame politicians for excessive spending. I said politicians want to spend because such spending benefits someone or some organizations in their own home state
So, my question to those voters who blame politicians is this: why do you keep voting for big spenders?
Here is a living example of how spending became excessive with the voters essentially wanting the cake and eating it too!
..."Last week, after nine months, the Senate finally approved Martha Johnson to head the General Services Administration, which runs government buildings and purchases supplies. It’s an essentially nonpolitical position, and nobody questioned Ms. Johnson’s qualifications: she was approved by a vote of 94 to 2. But Senator Christopher Bond, Republican of Missouri, had put a “hold” on her appointment to pressure the government into approving a building project in Kansas City.
This dubious achievement may have inspired Senator Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama. In any case, Mr. Shelby has now placed a hold on all outstanding Obama administration nominations — about 70 high-level government positions — until his state gets a tanker contract and a counterterrorism center"...
Source: NY Times here.
Voters want to see the Federal Government spend money in their own state, obviously. They reward their Congressional and Senate representatives when they bring back the "pork" benefiting their own local economies. In reality only the contractors and real estate folks will benefit from new constructions.
However, the same voters do not want to follow their own logic. This very same logic is on the minds of voters in all other states who want to see the Federal Government spend more money in their states.
Classic conflict between what is good for one individual is not necessarily good for the whole.
You may be cynical and call this Democracy for Sale. But the real question is why don't the majority voters who do not benefit from "pork" vote the bastards out? Instead they prefer to blame "politicians" who are what they are only because they got voted in by the same complainers!!!
I have no answer. Do you?