As Conservatives/Classical Liberals try to change Washington, D.C. politics, we ultimately have to face the fact that both parties must desire national debt – they just disagree on what we should go in debt to purchase – because they are the only people that get to vote on the issue. As James Madison wrote in Federalist 10:
No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity. With equal, nay with greater reason, a body of men are unfit to be both judges and parties at the same time; yet what are many of the most important acts of legislation, but so many judicial determinations, not indeed concerning the rights of single persons, but concerning the rights of large bodies of citizens? And what are the different classes of legislators but advocates and parties to the causes which they determine? Is a law proposed concerning private debts? It is a question to which the creditors are parties on one side and the debtors on the other. Justice ought to hold the balance between them. Yet the parties are, and must be, themselves the judges; and the most numerous party, or, in other words, the most powerful faction must be expected to prevail. Shall domestic manufactures be encouraged, and in what degree, by restrictions on foreign manufactures? are questions which would be differently decided by the landed and the manufacturing classes, and probably by neither with a sole regard to justice and the public good. The apportionment of taxes on the various descriptions of property is an act which seems to require the most exact impartiality; yet there is, perhaps, no legislative act in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party to trample on the rules of justice. Every shilling with which they overburden the inferior number, is a shilling saved to their own pockets.
Before the 24 hour news cycle, talk radio, and the internet, citizens were not privy to the practice of our Congressmen being able to both construct the laws and then vote to ratify their own laws. It is clear that all kinds of special perks and privileges became established laws and re-election, as well as personal wealth and power, solidified. Today, we refer to Crony Capitalism, which is nothing new in regards to human nature that enjoys a good back scratching with a clueless citizen paying the tab as much as the next guy.
So, as we try to yank RINO’s into reality in order to build a true opposition party to Faction Gone Wild Politics, this video from LearnLiberty.Org gives us a lesson as to why it is so hard to cut spending in Washington, D.C.