Comment: I think there is a lot more to it than that.

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Garan's picture

I think there is a lot more to it than that.

Some things that come to mind that would effect Congress voting behavior are:

  • Candidates may misrepresent themselves.
  • Vote tallies are not always accurate.
  • Political campaigns may only present a fraction of what the candidate stands for.
  • There is no way to really get to know a candidate well enough to trust them on every issue.
  • Washington may change people.
  • Congressmen may be privy to 'information' that scares and manipulates them.
  • Congressmen may be mislead and misinformed.
  • Congressmen may be isolated from who they represent (and obviously aren't speaking with enough people they represent).
  • Congressmen don't have time to review everything they are expected to vote on.
  • At least some of these Congressmen are actually really stupid and appear to be incapable of independent thought.
  • At times, Congressmen are roped into bad decisions; blind voting budgets for items too secret for Congressmen to know, for instance.
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