Today everybody's talking about Rep. Anthony Weiner's chances of having a political career next week, much less after that. The careers of John Edwards and John Ensign are over. David Vitter, despite having apparently broken multiple laws by soliciting prostitutes, was reelected to the Senate. Mark Sandford's political career is toast, as is Larry Craig's and probably Eliot Spitzer's.
So, one survivor out of that batch. All victims of sex scandals.
But politicians of every stripe lie to us about far, far more important issues all the time. Today is the 10th anniversary of the Bush tax cuts, the vast majority of which went to the very wealthy. Those tax cuts, we were told, would sput economic growth, create jobs, and increase government revenues.
Umm...yeah. Not so much.
Yes, there were other factors involved in bringing us to where we are now. Most of those other factors were also Republican-sponsored initiatives (though not without Democratic collusion). Unpaid-for wars, a giant unpaid Medicare benefit, deregulation of financial industries.
Now, further tax cuts for the rich are the official Republican Party stance, and are promoted by most of the Republican candidates for president. We know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that they do none of the things promised a decade ago. People who've been kicked out of their homes or are pounding the pavement looking for work also know that these things are far, far more serious than who some politician had what kind of relationship with. So much more important, they shouldn't even be in the same ballpark.
But instead of talking about how damaging the Bush tax cuts were, all cable news can discuss is Anthony Weiner. I guess that makes it up to us--we the people--to be the grown-ups here.
Politician's sex lives don't matter, except when, like Ensign and Vitter and possibly Edwards, they break the law.
The policies politicans push, often dishonestly, knowing full well that they won't do what's promised?