Listening and Watching

Lydia, this one is for you.

When it comes to politics two things matter:  what you say and what you do.  Some are better at speaking than doing and some speak poorly but act effectively.  As a voter the most important decision you can make is whether you believe the man or woman you are voting for can and will follow up on what they are saying.  Therefore it is very important for the voter to listen and recall what a politician says and consequently important for the politician to remain consistent in word and deed.

Pretty elementary stuff but it is far to often we catch politicians saying one thing and later or at the same time doing another.  The quest for power often causes politicians to act as hypocrites, thoroughly discrediting themselves and everything they have said and calling into question everything they have done.

What brought this to mind is a story from Roll Call about the House of Representatives ordering 3 Gulfstream jets for ferrying around congressmen and military brass.  Now to clarify, “the Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service.”  But congress decided they needed 2 more and the legislation specifically requires “one aircraft each for the 201st Airlift Squadron and the 89th Airlift Wing” which happen to be located in Andrews AFB, Maryland a grand total of 10.1 miles (25 minutes) from Capitol Hill.

This really doesn’t sound like a big deal but needs to be considered for two reasons.  First that our budget deficit is soaring and Congress does not seem to care with this act.  Throwing another $135 million dollars at a project that will only benefit them and can wait till next year or the year after does not reflect positively on the members of the House of Representatives.  Second is that not even a year ago our lawmakers were chastising the CEOs of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler for flying around in private jets while they’re companies were teetering on bankruptcy and asking the government for money.

So when you vote or even examine a politician (or anyone else for that matter) be careful to consider what they say and also what they do.  Their actions will speak volumes when compared to what they say.

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