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  •  Uhm, that civic minded thing... (2+ / 0-)
    He also put his extremely lucrative corporate career on hold to run for office, which is about as civically responsible as it gets.

    While it was entirely possible that in the day of the citizen legislator a person's career might suffer because of the time and distraction of holding office, in this day and age of professional politicians I think the opposite is true.

    Election to national office or staff appointment to a powerful politician is almost a guarantee of wealth to come. Look at the incomes of past presidents and congresspersons. Millions of dollars a year because people want to hear them speak. Books that will sell either to the public or whichever super PAC most likes you. Very lucrative consultancies with This Institute or That Foundation or just a plain old job with whatever megacorporation or law firm they most pleased.

    Not to mention just about every senator now retires with his or her own nonprofit corporation which has its coffers loaded primarily by Big Money interests. (the senate forbids the senate auditor from examining their nonprofits, btw)

    Given the financial return both during and after leaving office having it described as a sacrifice just doesn't seem right. Especially when they buy that job and all that comes with it with other people's money.

    Improvement is change. Not all change is improvement.

    by ricklewsive on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 11:02:17 AM PDT

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    •  Don't get me wrong (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not trying to build up Romney. I'm 100% an Obama man. But although he is pandering to them now 24/7, Romney is no teabagger. He's much more like a traditional Republican, you know, the ones we used to be able to work with. Obviously no one can predict how he would act if elected (shudder) after all this pandering, but at least in the past, he was successful in working with Democrats and actually accomplished some positive things while governor of Massachusetts.

      •  No issues with what you just said. (0+ / 0-)

        I just don't think most go to Washington now out of sense of civic commitment. It's a very lucrative career for many who would otherwise be snake oil salespersons. A few are decent and sincere, but the system as we have evolved it tends to favor the scoundrels.

        I agree that Romney is probably much more traditional than he is having to behave to get along with the crazies in his party. It's almost painful to watch him do crazy. His heart doesn't really seem into it.

        Improvement is change. Not all change is improvement.

        by ricklewsive on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 02:13:57 PM PDT

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