Politicians and Problem Solving
I had an epiphany recently.
Slow on the uptake perhaps, but this realization puts some things into a very simple, yet accurate, perspective.
Politicians don't solve problems.
Statesmen solve problems, but politicians do not.
Politicians need problems because as long as there are problems, politicians wield the power to solve them; power that is all too often misused.
Want proof? Shamnesty. Congress has the power to secure our borders, yet misuses said power to grant amnesty for millions of people who in all likelihood will place a major burden on our economic infrastructure.
Want more proof? The tax code. A consumption-based tax would be a great benefit economically (if I recall my basic economics properly), yet Congress keeps this unwieldy beast of a tax code around, tweaking it to their advantage and our detriment.
Politicians also do not solve some problems for fear of repercussions.
Want proof? Social Security reform. This Ponzi scheme is going to eventually bankrupt the country. It cannot continue doling out the level of money that it does to every retiree indefinitely, even if the government taxed us at a 100% rate. Eventually, the money will dry up.
Yet, Congress fears to do any significant change to the program.
We need to find Statesmen, people who are actually committed to solving the problems this country faces, rather than quisling politicians who are more interested in lining their pocketbooks (or freezers).