Associated Press 8/2/11-
In an interview with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer this morning, the root of the Democrats' stance on the debt ceiling was revealed.
While most spoke openly of supporting greatly beneficial welfare programs or criticizing tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, this may not have been the true driving force in the recent debate over the nation's debt. Democrats mostly agree on the importance of those factors, but perhaps more importantly, they just want to deliver what their constituents want. When asked what exactly this meant, Steny Hoyer began a story of having attended a Knicks game nearly 20 years earlier...
"I knew that my political career needed to be new and understanding, dynamic, if I wanted to make real change. I sought to be a real voice for the people of this country, and to be a voice, I needed to hear theirs..."
Hoyer decided to spend time in the public, in all walks of life, and look for telltale signs of what needed change.
"At first, it was difficult... I would approach people and ask how they felt about issues. Much of the time, they would show extreme apathy, or worse, no knowledge of what the topic was. Sometimes, I felt like giving up, but I knew that this was just a call for me to work harder for my constituents. I needed to go deeper. I needed to see them having fun! Not just walking the streets. I decided to attend a Knicks game."
Hoyer admitted he was excited about trying this new angle. He began talking right away about the pressing issues of the country. That night, he was focused on the national debt.
"Sometimes, I couldn't understand their answers! I was almost ready to give up... and then it dawned on me..."
Frustratedly, Hoyer threw up his hands and yelled "WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE WANT DONE WITH OUR NATION'S DEBT CEILING?!" Simultaneously, an amazing and crowd pleasing slam dunk occurred.
Hoyer opened his eyes to see the answer he had so strongly sought:
"Of course! They wanted it raised!" I wondered if they understood the financial and economic impacts of this... but then I saw white folks do it, too."
Hoyer was confident that everyone wanted the same thing, and thus began a career that stretches until now, and beyond. His beliefs have circulated around the party, and they've been concreted many times at such events as Cypress Hill concerts.
Love it or hate it, that's reppin' the people like a politician should.