Loved this piece of rhetoric:You know what I want? I want Members of Congress who want to stay there forever, because they're doing things that keep the folks back home happy with them. I don't want Members who just want to do what they think is right; I want them to do what they think is right for their constituents.
This is my 12th year. If I lose my job over this, then so be it. In that case, I can be doing more productive things. If you're given the opportunity to serve, you better serve like it's your last term every term. It's just the way I look at it. I sleep well at night.Maybe it's true of Ryan, maybe it's not--I'm counting on some Wisconsin people to fill me in. But it's the kind of attitude a lot of Congressfolk could use.
Hey, there's a lot of latitude. Different politicians have different representational relationships with their constituents. Some promise to do exactly what their constituents say; others promise to be experts, and do things their constituents would do if they, too, were experts. Some promise just to vote with the party. All of that is fine; all of that is democracy. But I want Members of Congress to lose sleep if they think they're doing something that their constituents wouldn't approve of. I want them to want reelection. If I was to really pick one thing that might be seriously wrong with the contemporary Congress, it's that the reelection incentive might not be strong enough -- if it was, perhaps Republicans during Bush's second term might have bailed on his unpopular policies. My guess, however is that the Republicans defeated in 2006 and 2008 (and the Democrats defeated in 1994) are doing just fine for themselves. Those Republicans may sleep well, but they ran their country into the ditch.