ALBANY, Ga. — U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, gave his definition of the word “politics” to the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County at a luncheon Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn.
“Politics is all about who gets what, when and how,” Bishop said.
OK, so only the truly naive would deny that this is at least partly true. But how truly oblivious to today’s political atmosphere must you be to make pork-barrel politics the central theme in your re-election bid? Even if you aren’t under an investigation like the one mentioned above?
“You have to remember that these our your tax dollars I am bringing back to the area,” Bishop said. “I will never apologize for doing my job for the people of the district. It is crucial to have an elected official in place that can make things happen.
“And I am using every tool that I am empowered with for the people of the 2nd District.”
Well, if they truly are the tax dollars of the 2nd District coming back to the people of the 2nd District, isn’t there a chance that the people of the 2nd District would rather keep them in the first place?
Folks, this is the difference between liberals and conservatives today, in high definition.
The first group defines politics as taking your money, deciding “who gets what, when and how,” and selling themselves as the best people to make sure the “who” is you.
The second group wants to cut out the middle man, paying for only the essentials of government (which doesn’t include the hog trough) and letting you keep as much of the money you’ve earned as possible.
It doesn’t get much clearer than that.