You Scratch My Back and…

It seems politics as usual is more about doing what someone wants or they won’t support your legislation.  Recently, I was in the halls of the cesspool in NYS and spent time speaking with many legislators.  There was a common theme – if you want your legislation to pass, you have to promise to support or give the appearance you will support another politician in his reelection efforts.  How do we explain to our Veterans that legislation that would help them will only be signed if the legislator  who is proposing it, agrees to give the appearance that he or she is in support of a sitting legislator? What-ever happened to legislating for the good of the people, not the good of the pension plan of the legislator or his future aspirations? How fitting that in the Well of the Legislature Building there was a large inflatable colon…need I say more?

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