Monday, August 17, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

This week's question is where you think a Congressional members loyalties lie.

I came across this article on Drudge:

Rep. Massa: I will vote against the interests of my district

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) addressed an intimate group of Netroots activists during their annual Netroots Nation gathering in Pittsburgh this weekend. Mr. Massa reiterated his support for a single-payer health care bill. He discussed the risks he takes for wanting to support such a measure in his "right-wing Republican district."

According to Swing State Project, Mr. Massa won his 2008 race by 2 percentage points. The district's voting pattern index (PVI) is a Republican +5 seat. The National Republican Congressional Committee has the upstate New York congressman in their sights for 2010 along with 69 other House Democrats as reported by Politico. The transcript is below, and check out the corresponding video above.


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Putting aside the fact that this man is a moron and forgetting your take on the current health care reform, what are you thoughts on where a Congressional members loyalties lie?

Should they vote exclusively for the interest of their district if they are a House member or state if they are a Senator? Or do they have a higher calling to stand for the public good, even if it is possibly detrimental for their district? What role does party affiliation play? Do we employ them to represent us or work for the betterment of all Americans?

What are your thoughts?

17 comments:

shoprat said...

He probably has a job lined up already with someone who will profit from this.

Bryan said...

I would prefer a leader whose loyalty would be to God, His word, and to be led by His Spirit.

FairestWitness said...

Chuck, our representative style government, a Republic, means we elect men or women to vote for legislation using their judgment and conscience. They are not obligated to take an opinion poll every time they are required to vote. The guy got himself elected and he has the right to vote as he likes. If we don't like what he does, we have the right not to reelect him. Unfortunately, that's our system.

We had another politician who made decisions and choices on principle and against public opinion polls--President George W. Bush. And I thank God he didn't listen to polls and made decisions based on his own best judgment.

Chuck said...

Shoprat, lobbyist

Bryan, true

Fairest, I agree

LomaAlta said...

Chuck. I wouldn't trust a word he says. Follow the money and see what he gets for supporting Obamacare win or lose the election.

Z said...

Principle, the good of America.

Sad thing is nuts like THIS have such different views on what's best for US.

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MK said...

The of America, but then people have very different views about what is good and acceptable these days, so that's completely open to perversion.

Chuck said...

LomaAlta, there has been a disconnect between what they says and what they does

Z and MK, that is a good point, who defines what is "best" for America (personally I think it should be me, but...)

Brooke said...

Unbelievable.

Representative or not, this ass will do as he pleases.

I hope he is out of a job in short order.

Chuck said...

Brooke, say 15 months?

Miss T.C. Shore said...

Tough question. I generally agree with FairestWitness' comments. Our people are supposed to "represent" us, but that doesn't mean they need to poll us on every issue. To me that means, they should be looking at how they believe we would want them to vote, but also weight that against what is best for the district and for the country.

When the government was set up, many people were illiterate and many issues were too complex for some of the "common people" to understand.

People are more educated and more informed, now. So, I think representatives have a responsibility to listen to their constituents; but at the same time, we still have a REPRESENTATIVE form of government, which means that the "average joe" cannot be completely informed on every issue.

Brooke said...

That sounds about right...

Chuck said...

TC, agreed. They are sent there to represent us but at the same time, we have to work for the good of the country. The rub is, what is best for the country? This is an invitation to all kinds of bad behavior

HoosierArmyMom said...

We have Representative Gov't. They work for us. And I agree with FW, but... when your constituency send tons of emails, faxes, phone calls and then comes out in droves to your town halls against legislation, I would say they are more than obligated to vote according to the people who put you in office.

It doesn't require a poll every time, it just requires you keep up with your emails, etc.

Chuck said...

Hoosier, I too agree with FW with the exception that the decisions they make should reflect the will of the district as much as possible, it is a representative system.

At the same time, what if an issue has national ramifications that are in conflict with a reps district...

Not an easy call.

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