This is a blog for politicians.
I always get more readers when I blog about politics. This is an important blog.
In 2009 and 10 we had one of the most important political lessons in modern time.
Pork doesn't work. Pork is what a member of Congress or any legislative body channels in the form of benefits to his elected District.
Under Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, the Congress of the United States sent back to each Democrat's district the largest amount of pork in the history of the planet. If that pork worked it was an important lesson. $800 billion was doled out in the form of pure pork.
In the next election, the Tea Party made sure that the Democrats lost more seats in the House than they had lost in any previous election. The Democrats didn't lose a few seats. The Democrats lost more than 60 seats in the House. Politico says: “Several state legislatures made historic transitions to Republican hands — some for the first time since the 19th century — and nearly an entire generation of state Democrats saw its ranks obliterated.”
Did politicians anywhere learn from this historic world shaking event?
Apparently not. Maybe it's the only thing politicians know how to do.
If politicians really learned important lessons and sought a more effective tool for reelection, it would be being in sync with their electorate. That would be more powerful than any pork.
I personally have stopped giving money to the Republican Party this year because so many Republicans voted for agricultural subsidies.
When more people start acting against pork and more politicians learn that pork doesn't work, our government will work better.
Of course this is not true at the local level where corruption is vital for the construction and real estate development industries.