I got this story out of a book called:
"The Ruling Class Inside the Imperial Congress"
The book is written by:
The book is rather old and was published in 1993 by:
The Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
The book pretty much explains and gives details on
how the United States Congress is corrupt to the
core and how it serves it members, rather then
the people of the United States.
I guess the book should be titled:
"Congress is corrupt and only serves the
interests of its members, and certainly
not the people it pretends to represent"
The book points out that 5 to 10 percent of an
incumbents vote total can be attributed to
gratitude for "constituent services".
"Constituent services" is the part of a Congressman's
office that helps people or "constituents" in the
Congressman's district solve problems they are
having with the government.
You know problems like when the Social Security office
tells a person that the SS office records shows that the person
So smart people who don't want to deal with the government idiots
in the Social Security office write their Congressman, and the
Congressman gets his "constituent services" to solve the
The book says "constituent services" is a primary reelection
strategy for most Congressmen. It goes on to say that
"constituent services" is a reelection strategy that is
even more important then raising cash.
"Constituent services" didn't play a big part in getting
Congressmen reelected until the 1930's. Of course that
is when the New Deal came along and the Federal government
became involved in the lives of a large number of Americans.
Before that American rarely wrote their Congressmen.
The book says that half to two thirds of a congressman's
staff is engaged in "constituent services". Of course
each of these "constituent services" staff members
amounts to a full time campaign worker who's salary
is paid by the taxpayers. No wonder incumbents have an
edge in getting reelected.
The book says the only thing more important than providing
"constituent services" is getting credit for it.
Of course that is the name of the game - to get the
The book jokingly says that Congressmen can
intentionally screw up things to help themselves
get reelected with higher margins.
It gives an example of how a Congressman spreads nails on
a highway to cause his constituents to get flats on their
Of course the constituents doesn't know their Congressman
cause their flat tires, but the constituents are certainly
happy when the Congressman fixes their flat tires for free.
And of course they routinely vote to reelect the jerk.