There's something that the Washington politicians don't seem to understand and I think I know what it is and why they don't understand it.
Members of Congress rarely stand in lines. They get moved to the front of most lines. There are even special elevators in the Capitol for them to ride and the little trains between the congressional offices and the Capitol are priority for members of Congress.
I don't really have a big problem with that stuff at the Capitol because they are in a hurry to get to the floor for votes or meet with constituents or make it to a committee hearing. But they don't wait in lines many other places either. If they did, they'd know that Americans are pretty patient, but have little or no tolerance for people who break line.
A fundamental principle among us is that we are all created equal — that means that we line up at the starting line at the same place. It's up to us to determine the order at the finish line.
The real problem of the bailout bills is that it's no longer making sure that we have an equal starting line, but the same finish line. For those who can't get there on their own, it's now the government's role to place them in front of others.
If a company is mismanaged and failing, take money from the good ones and prop up the bad ones.
If one household bought a house they couldn't afford and used their money to take vacations and buy flat screen TVs, take money from their neighbors who bought a smaller home, didn't go anywhere last year and don't even have cable.
That's the economic equivalent of breaking line and Americans don't like it.
Congress doesn't seem to understand it because they don't stand in line.
I say, limit the terms of Congress, just like we do the president. Let them go home after no more than eight years and stand in the lines they made for everyone else.
In the meantime, make sure the opportunities are equal, but don't try to fix the game and give trophies to everybody. It doesn't work for 3rd graders and it doesn't work for the rest of us.
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