When you’re looking for BS in the blogosphere, check the politicians’ blogs first.
Here’s Al Franken’s whining, self-serving “explanation” on HuffPost of why he went over to the dark side and voted for the tax cuts for the rich.
Note his lead line: “A lot of people are unhappy that the president punted on first down, and I’m one of them.”
First, the obvious: it is not the president that passes tax bills. It’s congressmen, like Franken. So enough of the finger-pointing. Enough of the cowardice. Go back to being a clown on SNL or wherever you came from if you can’t take up fights in behalf of the people you represent.
But Franken’s “explanation” of why he also punted is not about punting on first down. He “explains” why he folded, not why he folded on first down; there is a large difference. Franken doesn’t justify why the Democrats didn’t take this ball at least three downs, and that is the whole issue that is driving middle-class Democrats to the right – it’s not that the Democrats in Congress and the White House are fighting for them and losing, it’s that they’re not even fighting. They are punting on first down, as Franken admits. What’s at issue is the first down, not the punt.
The reason there is no fight over these tax cuts for the rich is that Franken and his politician buddies, including Obama, all personally benefit from the tax cuts. And therein lies the fallacy of representative democracy: the representatives are, or soon become, rich. If they aren’t there already, by taking office they move into a different economic class than the people who elect them, and, therefore, they acquire an unavoidable conflict of interest.
When was the last time the house of a president, ex-president, congressman, or ex-congressman was under threat of foreclosure? When was the last time a president, ex-president, congressman, or ex-congressman had to worry about health costs, or affording health insurance, or his/her unemployment benefits running out in a tanking job market?
We will know we have a truly representative democracy when the representatives are under the same financial pressures and burdens as the people they represent – mostly the middle class. That’ll never happen, which is why representative democracy has a large element of fraud built into it. It is, to be blunt, a hoax. America has returned to what Alexis de Tocqueville referred to as the rule of the aristocracy, and Franken is a good example of the aristocracy made up to look like regular folk.