Here’s a serious surprise for seasoned political watchers. A Senate candidate for Virginia – home to an awful lot of voters who work for the Federal government – is opposed to Donald Trump’s idea of a pay freeze for federal workers. So too is a Representative, herself facing re-election, who represents a district in the Washington DC sub- and ex- burbs. You know, the areas packed to the brim with federal workers?
But that is our surprise:
President Trump on Saturday evening appeared to signal that he may be rethinking a plan he announced last week to cancel a proposed 2.1 percent pay raise for federal workers.
The president retweeted a Twitter message posted earlier Saturday by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart of Virginia, in which Stewart wrote that federal workers had endured “8 years of hell under Obama, with several rounds of pay freezes and benefit cuts.”
Trump “can fix this, and I trust that he will,” Stewart wrote.
Another Virginia Republican, U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, also spoke out against Trump’s plan.
“We cannot balance the budget on the backs of our federal employees and I will work with my House and Senate colleagues to keep the pay increase in our appropriations measures that we vote on in September,” Comstock said last week, according to the Hill.
All of which is rather what is wrong with politics as a manner of running things. Sure, the voters vote for the politicians who will give them things from the tax pinata. But that does mean that every individual politician is fighting for things for their own voters from said pinata. There’s no one out there looking out for the interests of all taxpayers as a whole, is there? Thus the manner in which politics does actually work. Rather than the general interest even being considered it becomes just who can carve out some slice of the pie for those they owe their jobs to. There’s never enough constraint upon the system to make it a fight over whose voters get the goodies for there’s always more borrowing, more taxation that can be turned to. And thus we continue to gain ever larger government, how lucky we are.