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Detroit Councilwoman asks Obama for the Bacon

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 5, 2012

Earlier this week at a city Council meeting, Detroit Councilwoman JoAnn Watson made an open statement to President Obama saying: “Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that” and, “after the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. and came home with some bacon.  That’s what you do.”

What a quick reaction to Ms. Watson is that her request is a bit crass, but at the same time it is refreshingly honest.  This is how politics works.  You support the politician with money and votes and in return the politician supports you by taking money from those that did not support them and giving it to your special interest.

This is a great example of the corruptive culture of the political elite, which is unfortunately a necessary evil in democracies.  In general, this corruption remains within acceptable bounds until restraints are removed on the amount of money government is allowed to spend, i.e. reward its supporters with.

President Obama’s current class warfare attacks on wealthier Americans might be acceptable if its goal was to cut the Country’s deficit.  However, Obama’s call for higher is but another money grab with the purpose of being able to hand out more bacon to supporters.

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