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To be elected, a politician must please his constituents. However, to be a powerful legislative force, a politician must be an obedient member of a party – Democrat or Republican. Since most constituents are busy making a living, raising families and focused on immediate community concerns, loyalty to the party most often prevails.Senators Voted for ObamaCare – Now Protect Medical Devices Makers from a Tax Increase
Sixteen Democrat Senators have signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asking him to delay the implementation of an ObamaCare tax on medical devises. All 16 Senators obediently voted in favor of ObamaCare. On January 1, a 2.3% tax increase will be implemented on medical devises. Of course, the medical devise industry is strongly opposed to the tax. So, these sixteen Senators plus two Democrat Senator-Elects are seeking to protect their corporate constituents, which is exactly how politics works in DC.
First, these Senators followed the dictates of the leadership – Pelosi, Reid, and Obana - so they could be part of the majority. Now, they feel the heat of their constituents and they need a favor in return. This is what H.L. Mencken called political prostitution.
A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker.
Of course, these eighteen Senators still favor other taxes to be raised on New Years Day:
At least not until the above impacted groups hire lobbyists and apply pressure. As the late Senator Everett Dirksen famously said, “When I feel the heat, I see the light.”
This is the sad reality of politicians in America.