“The people that I’ve talked to seem to be doing well. In fact, when I got out in restaurants here in town, people come up to me. They want to see more sequestration, not less.”
There is nothing new under the sun about the idea that a politician, in seeking to justify himself, will simply make something up about what his constituents want. And while the internet age has certainly exposed potential pitfalls, lying about one’s constituency has generally been something of a safe bet.
Perhaps that is changing.
Jennifer Bendery of Huffington Post reported yesterday on Missouri’s 7th District Congressman:
Nobody is particularly happy about the arbitrary, across-the-board spending cuts taking effect as a result of sequestration. That is, except for maybe Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.), who said Tuesday that his constituents want even more cuts to kick in.
“The people that I’ve talked to seem to be doing well,” Long told local news affiliate KOLR10 News. “In fact, when I got out in restaurants here in town, people come up to me. They want to see more sequestration, not less.”
Long said people in other parts of the country may be feeling pain as a result of the $85 billion in cuts. But not his community.
“We haven’t seen any measurable effect here at all,” he said.
It is, of course, easy enough to make such a claim, especially if he just ignores anyone who might take issue with his assessment.