In Which Congressman Walter Jones Perfectly Sums Up The Lack Of Seriousness In America

Congressman Walter Jones is a successful politician. Serving as a member in the House of Representatives is proof enough of that. He also represents everything that is wrong with politics.

Here is the reason he gave for opposing the Ryan Budget.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) said he will again vote “no,” while Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) are expected to vote “no.” Amash said he is undecided, but he has said that in past years before voting against Ryan’s budget.

Jones said he rejects any budget with foreign aid in it and opposes converting Medicare into a partially privatized insurance system.

 

Now this isn’t a defense of the Ryan budget which I think is meaningless but consider what Jones is saying. He seems to think that the driver of our fiscal problems is foreign aid but that we can keep spending unlimited sums on Medicare forever.

Here’s a picture for Rep. Jones unless words and numbers are too complex for him.

medicare v foreign aid

Here are the sources for Medicare and Foreign Aid spending levels.

It’s possible Jones is this stupid but the more likely answer is that he thinks his constituents are this stupid (and he’s probably right). So Jones will go home and campaign as a fiscal conservative who stood up to all that wasteful foreign aid money (which I’m fine cutting or eliminating) while protecting an open spigot for Medicare.

Politicians like to style themselves “leaders”. Guys like Jones aren’t leaders, they are charlatans who pander to people who don’t know any better.

But keep voting for GOP! Just don’t be surprised when nothing changes and the country continues its slide to ruin. But hey, Walter Jones will have fooled enough people into voting for him, so it’s all good.

About Drew

I blog about politics and hockey because I sort of understand those things. I'd blog about women but I'll never understand them.

Posted on April 4, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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