God, Politics and Rock 'n' Roll: On the budget, legislators are scorpions
Excerpted from this post at God, Politics and Rock 'n' Roll
...Voters often tell politicians to "put partisanship aside and just do
the right thing." In putting together a budget, legislators aren't
driven by ideology... they are driven by their nature: they make
trade-offs to benefit the districts they represent. Senator Ben Nelson
supported "card check" in 2007...the proposal to end secret balloting
when employees decide whether or not to unionize. Now he's unsure.
Why? He and other Democrats are making trade-offs on the
budget... Nelson is unhappy that the President wants to end federal
support for private lending. A company which provides such lending to
students happens to be within Nelson's district.