Why Your Politicians Ignore You
Have you met your representative and your senators? He is a nice guy. She isn’t bad either. They certainly sound good on TV. Let me explain why they don’t listen to us and why our government gets bigger and bigger. The reason is simple. Government gives away big things to big people. Governing is hard, and giving away other people’s money is easy. Spending your tax money is where the political profits is to be made. To the politician, that isn’t a fault; that’s a feature.
Let’s say a democrat politician proposes another late night class for immigrants. Let’s say a republican politician proposes another restriction on imports. Each bill only costs you another dollar in taxes. Each bill only adds one more form to the sea of regulation controlling US business. What you don’t see is that each bill puts millions of dollars into a contractor’s hands as the connected contractor administers the new program. The contractor could be public or private. See what happens next.
You won’t show up for the vote on this bill. It’s not worth it to show up for a new bill that only costs you a dollar a year. You won’t show up and promise campaign donations to stop a bill that only adds one new regulation on your business. It isn’t worth it. Look at what it costs you. It costs you hundreds of dollars to take time from your business and visit your legislators home office in your district. It costs you thousands of dollars to see your legislators in DC. You won’t go lobby against these bills, but the contractor will be there to lobby for them. He will go lobby, because it is worth a millions of dollars to him. The contractor will talk to your legislators because that new bill regulates more of his completion out of business. It is easier to regulate your competitors out of business than to compete with a better product.
You and I won’t write a position paper saying the bill is worthless. The contractor and his lobbyist will fund a research paper.. from academics.. in the senator’s home state.. that show that this bill will part the seas and make bread and honey fall from the skies. Don’t worry. If the first academic paper doesn’t say this, the second or third one will.
Your senator reads this research paper into the congressional record because you didn’t show up and tell your side of the story. Not for a dollar. You’re not there when the funding is renewed next year either. Not for a dollar a year.
In theory a government rules for all of us. In practice, each bill has to concentrate the benefits rather than spread them out. Repeat this series of events a thousand times a year. Now you’re a thousand dollars poorer every year, year after year. The politician is millions of dollars richer.
Real needs go unmet and our nation is farther in debt. The power to regulate is the power to control. Money talks, and tax money talks really loud. That is why your politician can’t hear you.
This is an election year and big government is eating us alive. There is one simple rule that saves us from the corrupt political system. Vote against the incumbent politician unless he made government smaller. It is a simple rule and it works. It is simple, but I didn’t say it was easy. You have to do your homework and check your legislator’s record.
Is it worth it for you? Not doing your homework costs you a few thousand dollars a year. It costs you the life of your business. Is that worth it to you? Please do your homework before you vote.