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The politicians we deserve

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Back in the 1980’s a political science graduate researcher spent time on Capitol Hill. He had assumed that policy initiatives start with gathering facts, assessing their validity, and then crafting legislation that conforms to those facts. He was shocked – simply shocked – to find that the actual process was the exact reverse. Legislation is conceived based on what politicians want to make happen, then they completely cook the numbers to support their arguments. This is true to form with Obama’s pragmatism. But it’s not just Obama; both parties have played this game for decades. Let’s hope that someday the voting public figures this out and we get rid of these guys. So far, however, Americans seem to be very comfortable being snookered. We have the politicians we deserve.