Saturday, March 15, 2008

He'll Do for AT&T, But Not for the Rest of His Constituents

While our Congressman Jim Cooper is voting against legislation that is not in AT&T's interest, he is promising to forego any legislation that would bring federal dollars to any project in his district, worthy or not. How can an elected representative make blanket promises not to advocate for his all of his constituents the same way that other members of Congress do for theirs? It's a promise that makes Republican advocates of slashing domestic programs to the bone (and then pulverizing the skeleton) happy. Pandering to conservatives with unrealistic promises along with yesterday's vote against the Democratic pro-civil-liberties legislation should make progressive-leaning Nashvillians wonder how well Jim Cooper is respresenting us or the best interests of our community.

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