23.1.14

A CASE FOR ENUMERATED AND LIMITED POWERS?

Longtime populist commentator and former Texas Railroad Commissioner Jim Hightower inadvertently (?) identifies the incentive for the rent-seekers with the most rent to gain to seek public office.  Yes, our Members of Congress are richer than the average constituent.
The harsh reality is that most Americans are no longer represented in Washington. Chances are that their own members of Congress don't know any struggling and worried people, share nothing in common with them and can't relate to their real-life needs. Thus, Congress is content to play ideological games with such basics as health care, minimum wage, joblessness, food stamps and Social Security.
Yes, and those games include preserving conditions in which constituents who remain in poverty become essential to the re-election of their representatives. Keep reading.
One danger that such wealth brings is that many who have it become blinded to those who don't. So, the news that most of our congress critters are now in the millionaire class speaks volumes about why this institution of American democracy is so undemocratic. It has been striving ceaselessly to provide more government giveaways to Wall Street bankers, corporate chieftains and other super-wealthy elites, while striving just as mightily to enact government takeaways to harm middle-class and poor families.
Limit the ability of government to generate rents, limit the ability of rent-seekers to dissipate them?  Read the comments, and note the deep skepticism of a self-selected set of commenters about any of the usual nostrums, such as campaign finance reform or entirely federally-funded elections or Hillary!

When you have eliminated the impossible ...

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