Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Do Politicians Think We're Stupid?

Actually, I think they do. Consider all the mis-steps, lies, shady dealings, and other nefarious activities associated with those in the political arena. How can they keep doing all that and still try to convince the general public that they deserve our trust and respect?

The latest bit of shady-dealing news concerns Texas House of Representatives member  Joe Driver   who is on the hot seat for double billing the state and his campaign fund for travel and other expenses.  The total amounted to a little over $17,000.

Granted, not a lot of money in the overall scheme of things, but it is money he thought he was entitled to. When the double billing was discovered, he said he did not realize there was anything wrong with asking reimbursement from the state for expenses his campaign fund had already paid for. Can he look at himself in the mirror and honestly say there was not a little voice suggesting that perhaps this was wrong?

More recently, he has said an ethics official told him that charging both was okay. So, if he did not think there was anything wrong with it, why did he consult an ethics official?  I would really like to know the name and credentials of that ethics official.  None of the ethics courses I took ever had a loophole for outright fraud. 

Perhaps the biggest irony in this whole mess is that Driver has reimbursed his campaign fund, but not the Texas taxpayers. So he still get's to keep the money. Shame on him.

What do you think? Is there any excuse for this type of thing?


Ken Weene said...

Do politicians think we're stupid? We must be. We voted for them.

Maryann Miller said...

Not me. I haven't voted for an incumbent in the last 20 years. Some other stupid people keep electing them. LOL

Matt said...

Do politicians think we're stupid? No, they just started buying into their own political lies and think everyone else will if they say it well enough.

In reality, it is the politician who proves just that stupid. Unfortunately they are too stupid to know any better...

Maryann Miller said...

So, what you are trying to say, Matt, is that politicians are stupid. LOL

Helen Ginger said...

No excuse. I feel sure he knew exactly what he was doing - the same thing as all politicians: lining his own pockets. I say the minute you decide to run for office, you are headed down a path of corruption.


Journaling Woman said...

I think WE are stupid when we fall for and vote for politicians' lies.

Great post. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Dany said...

I would like to believe when I say that politicians have cranail-anus-itis, but they are very clear headed when they blow smoke (up our anuses). They know precisely what they are doing and why - the money and prestige (essentially the money).

I too, have not voted for an incumbent in many years. My husband would blame the outcome on the electoral college.

What do you think, Maryann? Topic for your blog: The electoral Collegs: Why is it when we vote for the "new guy", the same 'ole (corrupt?) politician remains?

Carol Kilgore said...

I think it takes a person like this to ever run for office in the first place. And I think that's very sad. I wish I knew how to change it.

Maryann Miller said...

Carol, I think a good start is what Dany and others suggested - get rid of the incumbents who are career politicians.

Robin Spano said...

Oh I love this title.

I think something happens to some politicians when they get into power. They feel entitled - genuinely - to any perks that come their way. They feel like they're working for the public and the public should pad their lifestyle.

I think it's like a mental illness. You know how compulsive liars start believing their own lies? I think politicians start feeling like taking from the taxpayer is really kind of okay.

I don't think it IS okay. I think they should be charged criminally, if only to send the message out to other politicians to maybe stop doing the same thing.

But I can forgive them, the same way I can forgive a heroin addict for stealing a TV, or a scorpion for stinging me. It's nature.

Patricia Stoltey said...

They obviously thought we weren't paying attention...I think a few of these creeps are getting a wake-up call these days.


Maryann Miller said...

Interesting take on the topic, Robin,a nd I agree that it is like a sickness. We see the same thing in "bad-boy" athletes who seem to feel some sense of entitlement. But I wonder if they are incapable of seeing what they do as wrong or just chose not to. Hard call.