Should congressmen and senators sell their vote to get preferential treatment for their constituents?
Ben Nelson sold his, as did a congressman from Florida.
Is it right? Is it fair? Shouldn't they do what's in the best interest of the country, instead of trying boost their reelection chances?
I think the issue is that this has been going on for years, but it is only now that anyone is getting heat for it. I think it is wrong but, other than the hypocrisy or the left talking about all that "Change" and doing things differently, both sides of the aisle are guilty of this.
If i were one of them i would look at the price offered.
Politics are not about doing what is 100% correct. Politics are about doing the most correct. It is fundamental that people reach compromises. Nelson represents the people of his riding. He should always be trying to get more for his riding. He was faced with a situation that he couldn't win. He compromised (not sold) his his position and in doing so tried to benefit his constituents. Nothing wrong in that.
I agree but we end up with a classic tragedy of the commons situation where everyone is out for only what benefits them. Last time I checked it was ALL OF the US that pays their salaries not the people from their states. They need to do what is best for the Country as a hole not just whore themselves out for more money for their home state.
Like it or not, elected officials are beholden to those that elect them. If they do a bad job they won't get re-elected. It's called democracy. Your number one responsibility is to the people that elected you. If you don't want the job then don't run for public office.
Then why are people voting for this when, in many cases, it is HUGELY unpopular in their home states?
Shouldn't members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate do what is best for the country as a whole and if it is the best for the country as a whole shouldn't it also be best for each state? Everything is not equal or fair, but the good of the many outweighs the good of the few, or so I have heard.
As far as doing a bad job and not getting reelected, that does not seem to be an issue. It seems that you'll get reelected if you help steal money from others in order to get some for your state or district, no matter how bad a job you are really doing.
If there are no buyers, nothing can be sold.
If Gandhiji contests an election, he need not sell his vote.
If it is Nelson Mondela, if it is Martin Luther King, If it is an honest politician, the votes would not have gone for sales.
If otherwise, it is a religious founder like Jesus or the Prophet or Lord Ram, no necessity for selling votges. Also if it is tyrants like Hitler, Stalin, etc, sale of votes would have been banned.
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