This week the congressman from the 1st District of Tennessee announced a Federal grant to hire a half-dozen or so firemen for a local community. This was a public relations announcement, complete with local television reports, etc. I thought, how anachronistic ! This is what congressmen did in the 60’s and 70’s and even later. But now ? The irony being the same congressmen who tout the Federal gifts can go to the Rotary Club next week and tell that group how he is fighting Federal spending.
The generous news media rarely calls out this distinction and hypocrisy. Local communities and even most states are better positioned to hire firemen than the Federal government. But, it’s about re-election for the incumbents. Re-election first and always. For now, the public is not well-informed enough about the seriousness of our debt or fiscal condition to care. But, education is coming.