Fresh Political Pickins From The Peach State
December 6, 2012 21:51 pm
by Bridget Cantrell · 9 comments
From Sen. Chip Rogers FB/Youtube:
Wisdom, justice, moderation, Georgia Senate majority leader. One of those doesn’t fit.
This is what gets me about most of the elected class. I’ve always seen Chip Rogers as well-spoken and very capable at articulating the conservative viewpoint (obviously a side benefit of his broadcasting background). At the same time, we all know how his personal life has not necessarily lined up 100% with the principles he has espoused. This step is just another example of that disparity between rhetoric and personal behavior.
They say they are there to serve the People, but are they really?
But Josh, isn’t that just human nature in general? It’s the old joke about parents who say, “do as I say, not as I do.”
Look at religion. Religion is about an impossible standard for people to meet, but it doesn’t mean that standard shouldn’t be set nor those ideals preached.
When it comes to government and governing, there is no difference. A grassroots voter who lives and works in their community may rail against pork projects, but sees no problem, and in fact thinks it’s a good thing, when a Veteran’s Hospital is built in their town.
Everyone’s Congressman is horrible…but mine. That is why there is no change-over and despite Congress having an approval rating in the mid-20’s, there was almost no change-over.
Do we want the people we put in office to be better than us in that regard? Of course.
Sometimes, but that’s still the exception, not the rule.
As a parent, I can understand Chip’s viewpoint when he says you only have one chance to get it right. I friend of mine likes to tell the story of the first day his son went to kindergarten and how he told his crying wife that tomorrow their son would still be in kindergarten. He was wrong…the day after their son left for college.
I admire anyone who would put family first. I think politicans should be held to a higher standard, but not an impossible one. There are also about 1,000,000 ways to serve the People. Chip has decided on a new way to do it, and serve his family too.
The larger points, to me, are these:
1) People tend to joke and snark about the Oglethorpe Inn deal where he and another so-called conservative soaked the taxpayers while walking away from the deal richer, but really, that’s a serious departure from the hawkish fiscal conservatism he espoused. Additionally, any money they didn’t pay back is essentially stolen, but they’ll never take responsibility for it.
2) Now, the guy who claims he supports smaller government takes a cushy job (which will probably be well-compensated, although I haven’t seen yet) with a government agency that we really could do without.
Surely, there are good jobs out there in the private sector for a guy with his broadcasting resume that would give him more time with his family. I have no problem with the guy taking care of his own, but don’t call yourself conservative and then feather your own nest on my hard-earned dollar. Do it yourself like you said in your stump speeches that we all should.
“A grassroots voter who lives and works in their community may rail against pork projects, but sees no problem, and in fact thinks it’s a good thing, when a Veteran’s Hospital is built in their town.”
Calling Veterans Hospitals are pork is why the GOP will never govern again at the national level until it puts conservatives in check. Next time substitute medicaid hospital and retain the same dog whistle effect.
Come on. Everything the government touches is pork including the VA. And I’m a veteran.
We are all imperfect but Chip is in a class by himself. Whatever we taxpayers are spending on his salary at GPB is well worth the investment, given the alternative.
$100k a year for the indefinite future to eliminate a GOP Senate back-bencher isn’t my idea of a worthy investment
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