May 31 2006
Tom Bevan at RCP adds salt to the self inflicted wounds:
The average American can’t smack a police officer without getting arrested. He can’t smash his car into a stationary barrier at three in the morning, get out stumbling and slurring, and then get a ride home and a pat on the back from the cops. And he certainly can’t complain to any real effect about the FBI entering his co-worker’s office with a warrant and just cause seeking evidence to support credible allegations of bribery.
Congress has been plagued for decades by the general perception that influence peddling and corruption is part of how the system works and that “everybody does it.” These days, however, the public has at its fingertips a number of tangible and quite seedy examples that fit this perception to a tee; lavish skyboxes, hookers, poker games, $2,800 dinners, free golf trips and ringside seats, and wads of cash stuffed in freezers. That’s not exactly what most Americans would consider “doing the people’s business,” if you know what I mean.
Tom thinks most in Congress are hard working good people.Â Well good people would be outraged by all this smearing of their reputations – yet they remain surprisingly quiet and defensive.Â And hard working at what?Â Yapping at the cameras and smearing people they disagree with?Â Hardly working seems more apt.Â They work at getting elected, then somehow failt to produce much needed legislation – like on immigration.Â But no, they sit in their Imperial Congress and say ‘our way or nothing’.Â And nothing is what we got for 20 years.