I keep thinking that what we really should have is an honest groups of representative who are in there as a public service, not a career.
In 2010 I watched a primary debate, for Governor, between Rick Scott and Bill McCollum. I was not impressed with either of these gentlemen, and would later vote for Alex Sink, who did impress me… In the debate McCollum hit Scoot on two things. The first was his running of Columbia/HCA how the company incurred the largest fines ever against a healthcare company – ever.- for Medicaid fraud, double billing, and whatever. Scott admitted that he was in charge but said the problem was that he did not have enough auditors to oversee the way the billing was done. In an article by the Gulf coast Business Review(?) the writer make the statement that these billing practices were common practice, so their excuse was “everyone else was doing it”. Yeah, that make it O.K. right? The second item that he hammered him on had to do with the lawsuits that were brought against Solantic, the second healthcare company that Scott helped found.
My point here is not about whether, or not, Rick Scott was a crook but, this : if Rick Scott was really as dishonest as Bill McCollum said he was, they why did Bill McCollum subsequently back him for Governor? If Scott was an honest businessman then McCollum LIED about his record. If McCollum told the truth then shouldn’t he have refused to endorse Scott? The answer to both of these should have been a yes.
Then again, Scott was a fellow Republican running against a Democrat and, honesty, in politics, is often the first casualty.
There is a “truth in advertising” law but, not a “truth in politics”..
Let’s look at who we put in the Senate, in the same year, Marco Rubio. It has been reported that the first thing he did on getting into office was to spend $150,000 to refurbish his office. He had stated that he is probably the only Senator who has not paid off his student loans from 1996… Even though his income, for several years, was in the $300,000 – $400,000 range.
This is one of the people we send to Washington to vote on our budget? He can’t even live with in his own means.
We send the dishonest and big spenders to represent us, and then we wonder why we don’t get the kind of government we want. Instead we get the kind of government we deserve.
So let us spend less time listening to the politicians, and more time watching what they DO.
That Joe Guy.