It should come as no surprise to anyone who has lived, worked or interned in Washington that the city has been named as "America's least faithful city," according to a poll conducted by an online dating website tailored for "married dating."
Infidelity has always been rampant in the nation's capital. Who can forget the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Gary Hart's "Monkey Business" or former Sen. John Ensign's affair with the wife of one of his top staffers?
This form of Potomac fever strikes members of both parties, but Washington's real infidelity is typically not between politicians and their wives, but between politicians and the people they purport to represent. Many lawmakers view commitment as nothing more than a marriage of convenience that lasts only through Election Day. Where else can a presidential candidate run for office proclaiming "Read my lips: no new taxes" and within months of assuming office, support a massive tax hike on the American people?
Politicians including President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania pledged fidelity to the Second Amendment during their campaigns, yet now these Democrats propose and support the most comprehensive attack on gun ownership in generations. The National Rifle Association gave Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, an "A" rating for his support for gun rights, but he had a dalliance with the idea of banning guns in a December appearance on MSNBC.
Who can blame supporters of the anti-war movement for feeling cheated? After all, on the campaign trail, Mr. Obama said he would shut down the terrorist detention camp in Cuba and grant full due-process rights to members of al Qaeda. "As president, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act, and adhere to the Geneva Conventions," said Mr. Obama in August 2007. "Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists." Instead, the president has kept the Guantanamo Bay facility open and aggressively expanded President George W. Bush's policies in the war on terrorism.
Politicians are willing to break their vows even when they are made in writing. Some Republican signers of Americans for Tax Reform's taxpayer-protection pledge were ready to leave their brides at the altar to fool around with those willing to raise taxes when the president demanded more revenue, including Rep. Peter T. King of New York, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. Let's not forget Mr. Obama's commitment to cut the deficit in half in his term in office only to preside over the largest explosion in government debt in history.
If there's little doubt that Washington is America's least-faithful city, unfortunately for the taxpayers, most of the cheating takes place in the boardroom rather than the bedroom.
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