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The takeaway from the Weiner scandal
Posted By Jane Chastain On 06/23/2011 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
It would have been a cold day in hell before Anthony Weiner resigned on his own. He tried to make it appear as if he were doing the right thing by falling on his sword. However, everyone on the planet knows that the sword was at his back and he was forced by his party to “walk the plank.”
Why did it take so long? Answer these questions: Where will he go? What can he do?
Apart from politics, Weiner has no real-world experience. He is what you would call a professional politician – a member of the privileged ruling class.
He has a degree in political science, which means he could work for another politician or teach politics. That’s all he is qualified to do. But what politician would want him? What school would risk hiring a man who sends lewd pictures and messages to perfect strangers over the Internet?
To be sure, many political science graduates have gone into the real world and learned a skill, but Anthony Weiner went to work for then-Rep. Chuck Schumer – another professional politician – right out of college.
Schumer earned a law degree but never practiced law. In 1974, at the ripe old age of 23, he ran for the state Senate and won. He has never held a job in the real world.
With no business background, the now-senior senator from New York serves on the Finance Committee, which has direct oversight of the banking and investment industries. In 2007, following the meltdown of the subprime mortgage industry, Schumer proposed a federal government bailout of subprime borrowers. Surprise, surprise! Schumer’s top nine campaign contributors are all financial institutions.
On Dec. 14, 2008, the New York Times published an article about Schumer’s role in the Wall Street meltdown. The article stated that Schumer embraced the industry’s free-market, deregulatory agenda; took steps to protect industry players from government oversight; blocked rating-agency reforms proposed by the Bush administration; and backed the measures now blamed for contributing to the financial crisis.
Despite all of this, in 2010, voters in New York rewarded him for his bad behavior by renewing his political gig for another six years. His Democratic colleagues left him on the Finance Committee where he will continue to demonstrate his ineptness and serve as an errand boy for the banking industry.
Weiner was a Schumer’s protégé. In, 1988, Schumer sent Weiner to his district office in Brooklyn and encouraged him to get involved in local politics. In 1991, Weiner – still wet behind the ears – became the youngest person ever to win a seat on the New York City Council. When Schumer ran for the Senate, Weiner ran for Schumer’s House seat and won. (Yes, it’s all about name recognition. If you don’t have a name, the name of the someone who is backing you.)
In short, Weiner spent his first few years out of college kissing up to Schumer. It wasn’t long before he was the one receiving the kisses from grateful constituents who were on the receiving end of the taxpayer dollars or other political favors he was able to deliver. â€¨New York voters are chumps for electing men with no business experience to guard the nation’s purse strings and run the country.
Does any of this sound familiar? It should.
Voters in the U.S. are chumps for electing a man with no business experience to be the nation’s chief executive. Would IBM, Coca Cola or Exxon hire someone with no business background to be its chief executive? Of course not! Running the country is many times more difficult than running one of the nation’s top businesses. Is it any wonder we are in big financial trouble?
Our Founding Fathers envisioned a citizen legislature that would meet for a short time each year and then go home to their real jobs. Our Founding Fathers never could have imagined a day when we would give so little thought to the resumes of the people we elect to represent us. They never could have imagined that we would allow our elected representatives to make a career out it and, in the process, rob the country blind.
Apart from the sexting thing, Weiner’s resume is all too common for today’s politicians. Far too many of the people we send to represent us at all levels of government have no real-world experience. Fewer still have any business experience. How can we expect them to manage the business of a town, state or the country when they have never run so much as a lemonade stand?
This is the takeaway from the Weiner scandal.
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