"What is a politician's job description?"

  1. Some nurses and doctor's at work were discussing what it is a politican actually does. What is a politician elected to do? If you were stopped on the street by the t.v. interviewer holding a mike, and asked , "What is the primary task of a politican?" , could you answer?

    Just read "the tragedy of computer games", and it gave me pause to reflect.

    Maybe we could start a ...."the tragedy of___________" thread.

    Is it a tragedy if voting age adults know the strategies and functions of a computer game, probably more than they know the same about their elected representatives?

    Just wondering.....

    What would you reply to the question of , "What is your reps primary task?"
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    What do Politicians do??? Why they LIE...LIE...LIE

    That pretty much sums up what their JOB DESCRIPTION entails! Have we ever known a truthful politician? I say NOT! Why, just reflect back over the eons with me here...name a politician who was straight up honest with people? As your newly appointed Attorney on this case...I REST MY CASE!!!
    Last edit by live4today on Jul 1, '02
  4. by   Ted
    Be able to keep the "average citizen" happy with two second sound-bytes and false promises while experiencing the joy of inserting their lips on the rectal sphincters of big businesses and their money.

    :stone

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on Jul 1, '02
  5. by   live4today
    Ted oh boy...you are a RIOT!!!
  6. by   prn nurse
    Although your replies are amusing, ....I'm serious. This is a sort of "unofficial poll."

    I'm curious to know. What would you say , if asked , what is it that a congressman...congress person....does?

    We know what teachers, nurses, fire fighters, policemen, doctors, letter carriers...do. What, in your opinion, would you say a congressman is elected to DO ? What is his/her PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY?
  7. by   prn nurse
    No feedback on my inquiry?

    I read the other day that a southern governor candidate is spending 28 million of his own money to get elected...to a job that pays <$200,000 per year.

    We hold elections and elect these people, they fight tooth and nail to win the office, what for? What's it about?

    Please give me your best shot at this....what do you think your congressman was elected to do?
  8. by   Ted
    Theroretically . . . the politicians are elected to represent their constituents (sp?). Believe me, politics is not my strong point.

    I've got to think about this topic a bit more . . . and even do a little research.

    It would be good to know the "Politician's job discription" as outlined by the Constitution, Bill of Rights and other laws. . . . then compare it to what the politicians are doing in the hard, cold reality of day to day U.S. politicing (if there's such a word).

    Will come back later after more thought. . . .

    Peace,

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on Jul 2, '02
  9. by   eltrip
    Originally posted by prn nurse
    Although your replies are amusing, ....I'm serious. This is a sort of "unofficial poll."

    I'm curious to know. What would you say , if asked , what is it that a congressman...congress person....does?

    We know what teachers, nurses, fire fighters, policemen, doctors, letter carriers...do. What, in your opinion, would you say a congressman is elected to DO ? What is his/her PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY?
    This is what I understand the responsibility of a congressional representative to be: to represent the interests of his/her district while upholding the constitution of the United State of America. I might just ask a former rep. with whom I attend church & get more info. She's retired, so she can probably give me a straight answer.
  10. by   prn nurse
    Ted, represent his constituents.....yes. But how? In fifty years no one in my family has ever asked a congressman to do anything for them. What if no one else in our district asked for assistance?
    What is it those congressmen have been doing?

    I was reading an article in TIME about a month ago. It said : "The Number One job of congressmen/women and Senators is................................................ .........".

    So, I am curious if anyone reading this BB knows.

    What do we elect them to do?
  11. by   shay
    Ooooooo, I just loooooooove conversations like this!!!

    Okay, I'll bite... A few years ago (oh, Lord...was it really eleven years ago???) when I became a legal voter, I decided it was my job to be an informed voter. I soon found out it's quite the daunting task. I keep running 'profiles' of the elected/running officials in my district and state from the news and from their websites. It is haaaaaaaarrrrrrrrd.

    Even more difficult, as you so aptly put it, is to really understand...what is their job? So I'll take my best shot, as I understand it:

    My elected officials, be they congressmen, senators, or county commissioners (these are the people who REALLY affect stuff, btw) are there to essentially govern on a local level. They enact laws, restrictions, guidelines, and oversee the fiscal, environmental, educational, and judicial functioning of their state/district. The congressmen/senators also govern on a national level by voting on laws/taxes/referendums/restrictions that will affect the entire country, and it is the supposed intention that these elected officials will vote as their constituents in their district would have them vote. Meaning, they are supposed to be quite literally representatives of the public that elected them, to be the voice of the collective, to act in the best interest of their districts/states. Notice I often use the word "supposed", because we all know that it is rare for a politician to actually represent the people that elected them. For example, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Jim Jeffords.....just to name a few. But we won't go there....... They are also supposed to govern/vote in a manner that is in accordance with our constitution and constitutional amendments....which is also something that's rare...but again, we won't go there....

    Did I pass the test?? I'm interested to hear your response. This is cool.
    Last edit by shay on Jul 2, '02
  12. by   jayna
    Politicians job description
    The last paragraph, which is invisible is OTHER Duties.:chuckle
  13. by   eltrip
    Shay,
    Great answer!

    Joy
  14. by   prn nurse
    The focus of the article was on what the senators and representatives do on a national level. What they spend most of their time on....when they are in Washington...when Congress is meeting. This week, for example, and practically all summer, no one is in Washington. They will all reconvene the middle of September. Then, they're off again for six weeks during the holidays.
    What do you read or hear your reps talking about the most?

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