Quid pro quo: something given or received for something else; also, a deal.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how FDR’s state bailouts caused greedy and dishonest competition for government dollars. As it turned out, the states that needed the money most were not the ones that got it. The states that got the cash were the states that FDR needed to win re-election. And so it goes even today.
As Detroit goes bankrupt, city councilwoman JoAnn Watson wants Obama to bail the city out. She said this on Tuesday:
“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that…Of course, not just that, but why not? …After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. He came home with some bacon…That’s what you do.”
This thinking is destructive. Watson is openly advocating that because nearly 75 percent of Detroit voted for Obama, that he should return the “favor” with bailout money. Here’s what’s wrong with this line of thought:
1. Exchanging money for votes is dishonest. Voting for someone so that they will give you financial aid in return is criminal; yet just as it happened in the 1930’s, it’s happening today.
2. Voting for a presidential candidate simply because you know they will provide you with aid diminishes the presidency. There are numerous issues that should be at the forefront of a voters’ mind beyond “give me more free stuff.”
3. This thinking creates a culture of dependency; a culture that is reliant on the government for their well-being. Once the majority becomes dependent, we will no longer be the same country.
4. The fact that an elected individual would so openly advocate for this kind of behavior is frightening. It goes to show the depths to which we’ve fallen; that someone this idiotic is in a position of power.
JoAnn Watson is everything that is wrong with Liberal thinking. Her line of thought is selfish, irrational, illogical, and ultimately, destructive. Liberals like her don’t think about the long-run; they only think about the now. Thinking only about the now means there will be nothing left in the long-run. This situation reminds me of a quote from Einstein: “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”
The stupidity of JoAnn Watson is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many politicians that equal or outmatch her. We need to watch very carefully before we cast our votes.