About eight months ago Frank came to me with an idea for a new column.Â It would be called âDespicable Politiciansâ and would list those politicians who have, in our opinions, used their positions to screw their constituents and country while benefiting themselves.Â Now most of you out there are probably thinking that list must be pretty long since the word âpoliticianâ has come to mean:
A person who acts in a manipulative and devious way, typically to gain advancement.
Actually our list has only 9 names on it so far but will be increasing very soon.Â It always seems that Congress manages to shoot itself in the foot thereby giving us more names for the list.Â So letâs just start at the top with John Boehner, the 61stÂ and current âSpeaker of the Houseâ, the leader of the Congress.
With the approach of mandatory and quite possibly damaging across the board budget cuts he has taken the position of, wait for itâŚâŚdoing nothing.Â He has decided to allow the Senate and the White House to come up with legislation.Â Then he will look at itâŚ.really?
When asked why he is now taking a âhands offâ approach he simply replied,
“Frankly, every time I’ve gotten into one of these high-profile negotiations, you know, it’s my rear end that got burn.Â I’ve got to tread carefully but there’s nobody that has more guts to take on his own party than I do.”
Thatâs funny I thought a leaders job was to take risks and to set an example for those that follow him.Â I guess politicians operate under a different set of rules than the rest of us.Â What Boehner has done is fall into yet another Democratic trap and this time he has a lot of company.Â With the automatic budget cuts less than two weeks away from being implicated do we find Boehner and the rest of the House of Representatives burning the midnight oil to try and come up with a way, palatable to both sides, of avoiding this?Â Nope instead they decided to recess for a weekâs vacation.Â If this wasnât so irresponsible it would be laughable.Â Then the Senate decided if the House wasnât going to stay why should they.Â Without the House they can get noting done anyway.
It is obvious they just donât care and that makes perfect sense if you think like them.Â Why should they care?Â The draconian cuts set to fire in a little more than ten days would have virtually no affect on a single politician.Â Their salaries wonât be cut; none of them will receive pink slips and have to file for unemployment; they wonât have to worry how they will feed and clothe their families or pay for doctorâs bills or gas for their hummers.Â They saw to that themselves.Â They can decide when to work and when not to; when to take a âBusiness Tripâ to Fiji or Monte Carlo; they can give themselves raises and secured pensions, donât contribute to Social Security and receive top of the line medical care for them and their families till the day they die with virtually no cost to them.Â All paid for byâŚyou guessed itâŚus.
Despicable to say the leastâŚbordering on criminal is more like it.Â We are supposed to be represented by our peers but our representatives have seen to it that that description has now become a misnomer and a very sad truism.Â So I say HR should add the complete House of Representative and Senate to the list and let the chips fall where they may and in two years we should start handing out the âpink slipsâ by the hundreds and party be damned.