OUR TURN: Changing Votes

OUR TURN: Changing Votes

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's hard to imagine what our politicians could do to make people think even less of them. A recent survey found that only about 8 percent of us think that members of Congress have high ethical standards. That ranking puts them lower than telemarketers and slightly above lobbyists.

Here at home, our leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives have found a way to erode public confidence even more. House lawmakers can change their votes after bills have passed or failed, as long as the switch doesn't change the outcome.

Now, why would they want to do that?

They do it so they can go back home and tell their constituents that they voted against something when they really voted for it. They do it so they can tell their friends in the special interest groups that they voted just the way they wanted them to so the they can collect the next campaign donation.

Aren't we cynical enough about politics already? Who has time to play these silly games? There's plenty of real work to be done out there.

That's "Our Turn." Now, it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, visit us on Facebook or send an email to yourturn@wafb.com.

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