Friday, February 19, 2016

It's all about ego


It is fun to spend money.
The more you can spend,
the more fun it is.  And,
the more important you feel.

It is fun to wield power.
The more power you wield,
the more fun it is.  And,
the more important you feel.

The more constraints there are
on how you can spend money
and how you can wield power,
the less fun it is; and
the less important that you feel.

State Senator Michael Sanchez and a handful of others who consider themselves heavy hitters, view constraints, in the form of their honest to God accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence within their public service, as anathema to their better scheme of things.

He, and they who benefit from the lack transparency accountability for politicians and public servants, believe their decisions made in secret; their opportunities to bend and break rules, are actually in the people's best interests.

They believe (I suppose), letting the heavy hitters like he and Ingle play their political games without real constraints, serves the people better than transparency and accountability.

You would think our state's last place standing in everything good
might disabuse him and them, of their delusion.  It has not.

Sanchez is worried that his influence
might be minimized by changes like
ones that Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto and
Rep. Jeff Steinborn might agree upon.

It boils down to;
they like things the way they are.

The more power and resources Sanchez and Senate Minority Leader Ingle control personally: the more "important" they feel.   And there's no denying, they enjoy feeling important. 

Socrates argued;
power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Spending resources and wielding power under the tightest possible constraints, does not corrupt. In truth, it is not power, but the temptation to abuse power that corrupts.

It is the spending of resources and the wielding of power without constraint that corrupts absolutely.  It is the temptation we pray to be delivered from, not the power and resources

Spending under constraint doesn't feed egos.   State Senator Michael Sanchez and Minority Leader Stuart Ingle enjoy being the decision makers; spending resources and wielding power like they were their own.

Holding Sanchez, Ingle and rest, honestly accountable to the highest standards of conduct and competence would constrain their sway; minimize their swagger.

It won't be done by them: it must be done to them.
Even against their will.  In-especially against their will.

photos Mark Bralley

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