Sal Pace, like many politicians,
I received another email yesterday from my friend, state Rep. Sal Pace, who, although I’ve never met him, apparently feels familiar enough to keep asking me for money.
I’m not really surprised. I know he hasn’t had much work history, certainly not much outside of government, and right now he’s only employed part-time as a state legislator.
As a matter of fact, I saw him on television recently with an older gentleman looking as though he was learning something about fixing cars. I also saw him picking up trash and mowing a lawn. These are all solid job skills and, although it may be a little late in life, it’s nice to see him trying to pick up a marketable trade.
I guess some of the images were part of an advertising effort for him to get another government job, which is a little disappointing in his quest for work experience. I’m especially worried for him since, from what I’ve seen of his chances in his race for the 3rd Congres-sional District, he would be better off brushing up on some of those other occupational credentials.
He’s a member the Legislature now, but people in Colorado had the good sense to limit how much time people can cling to that paycheck, so I was hopeful that he would break into the private sector to support his needs.
What’s really tragic about that campaign commercial is that, while I saw him doing a bunch of chores that the advertisement indicated were to help his dad around his house, according to Channel 4 News in Denver, the house in the ad he was sprucing up doesn’t belong to his dad.
In fact, Dad had been living in Connecticut until July, when the ad was made, so it was either just a photo op or Sal and his dad are incredibly generous folks who broke into someone’s house to clean the place up.
What adds a bit of comedy to the situation is the ad is entitled, “Visiting Dad.”
This is part of a big push by candidates to seem like plain, hard-working folks. Fundraising emails now seem so chatty, with enigmatic subject lines such as “26,” which I received from Nancy Pelosi yesterday. Or some have a panicky header like the “can you believe it” ones I get from Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, who’s in a much tougher fight with a political newcomer than he had dreamed.
Mostly, these politicians want to seem like defenders of the little guy, if the little guy is an enormous union that contributes to their campaign. Unfortunately they have a hard time seeming like real people because many don’t have much real-world job experience and get pretty jittery at the idea of competing in the private sector.
Many see the ballot as an alternative to an employment application and would much rather have the people who are paying them far away, with constituents only hearing about their exploits through the media. If you’re a Democrat, that’s going to work out pretty well.
Unfortunately for the rest of us, such political animals, if they lose an election, probably aren’t going to have to go get a job operating the business end of a shovel.
Instead, they’ll be rewarded in some administration as deputy to the Secretary of Phone Sanitation Compliance and just hang on until they’re either promoted in the bureaucracy or enough people forget why they lost the last election and they try again.
Remember, this is a world where returning to the private sector means becoming a lobbyist or joining a “not-for-profit” that spends most of its time gulling money out of guilty rich people for politically correct causes.
If you wonder why we have so much regulation, one reason is we have a political class busily coming up with rules for businesses doesn’ even remotely understand. It almost seems a quaint idea now to have candidate who’s had any recent employment not paid with checks signed by a public official.
This election, let’s try to find people who’ve made a little of their own money before they start spending ours and writing rules about how we make it.
Rick Wagner writes more about politics at his blog, The War on Wrong.