Our elected officials believe they are special — Democrats and Republicans alike. The laws they pass aren’t meant for them. They view themselves as superior to voters in every way. They drink at the well where Plato’s Philosopher Kings drink.
Both parties must maintain the power status quo at all cost — our cost.
Everybody knows that furloughing air traffic controllers is a political move by the Obama Administration. There are thousands of places where fat could be cut from government spending and no one would ever notice. Obama and Co. want to aggravate people by “targeting highly visible programs like airport security and White House tours” so public pressure will be put on Republicans to end the Sequester so taxes can raised again and government deficit spending can go on. There are votes to be bought.
The Obama Administration can’t have people believing that the government can be run on less revenue. They might get the idea that there isn’t a crisis and there is no need for more taxes and spending. Such an attitude does not translate into Democrat votes.
Consider that there haven’t been cuts to agencies where there is no public face. For example, there haven’t been furloughs of officials who are administrating ObamaCare. The Hill reports:
“Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said Wednesday that his office has not cut its workers’ hours and pay as a result of the automatic budget cuts that went into effect in March.”
Rep. Greg Harper (R-Miss.) noted:
“We’re talking about at least a 15 percent furlough of current air-traffic controllers, resulting in delays and perhaps safety concerns, but yet this has been a selective political item by the administration.”
Let’s not think that it’s only Democrats that believe they’re special, that laws they force us to obey are not applicable to them. Politico is reporting that “Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.”
Does Castro live like the people of Cuba? Did Hugo Chavez? “Socialism for thee, but not for me.”
Many Americans are not aware that when Social Security was implemented in the late 1930s, Congress exempted itself. It wasn’t until 1983 that new government workers were brought into the system. Congress has its own very generous retirement program. So in addition to being able to tell people what to do, Congressmen get to do it on our dime.
“The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.”
Government workers are beginning to note how bad ObamaCare is going to be, how it’s going to cost them more money. The so-called Affordable Care Act is nothing of the sort. Like all Americans, they’re going to have to pay more.