"Many people have called politicians prostitutes.
Zack Matheny and Nancy Hoffmann have received more donations from real estate and the rest of Greensboro's business elite than almost anyone else barring Robbie Perkins.
Zack Matheny and Nancy Hoffmann have largely been bought and paid for...
So yes, they have certainly sold their goods to the highest bidders, for the GPAC and local business economic incentives and for Hoffmann, herself, as her tenants were authorized by DGI the other day to fix up Nancy H's personal property with money she voted to allocate to DGI.
Indeed, at least some people trust prostitutes more than elected officials.
But the prostitution analogy is inaccurate.
"Real whores, after all, personally supply the services their customers seek. ...their customers pay them voluntarily. And their customers pay only with money belonging to these customers.
In contrast, Zack Matheny and Nancy Hoffmann routinely truck and barter with other people’s property…
Matheny and Hoffmann are less like whores than they are like pimps for persons unwillingly conscripted to perform unpleasant services.
Consider, for example, "economic incentives". Each year a handful of Greensboro's elite receive millions of taxpayer dollars. These are dollars that Matheny and Hoffmann move to forcibly take from the pockets of taxpayers to transfer to thier contributors and friends.
The customers, in this case, are those who recieve the benefits. The suppliers of the services performed for these customers are taxpayers, for it’s the taxpayers who possess the ultimate asset — money — that customers lust after. And the intermediaries who oblige the suppliers to satisfy the base lusts of the customers are like Matheny and Hoffmann. Just as pimps facilitate their customers’ access to prostitutes’ assets, Matheny and Hoffmann facilitate their customers’ access to taxpayers’ assets.
...Matheny and Hoffmann force taxpayers to pony it up — just as the services rendered for a pimp’s customers are rendered not by that pimp personally, but by the ladies under his charge. ...His customer gets serviced well in return; he’s pleased with the transaction. The only loser is the prostitute forced to share her precious assets with strangers whom she doesn’t particularly care for and who care nothing for her.
...The real villains in the prostitution arena are those pimps who coerce women into satisfying the lusts of strangers. The contributors pocket most of the gains Matheny and Hoffmann earned by the toil and risks involuntarily imposed upon the prostitutes they control. No one thinks this arrangement is fair or justified. No one gives pimps the title of “Honorable.” Decent people don’t care what pimps think or suppose that pimps have any special insights into what is good or bad for the women under their command. Decent people don’t pretend that pimps act chiefly for the benefit of their prostitutes. Decent people believe that pimps should be in prison.
Yet Americans continue to imagine that the typical representative or senator is an upstanding citizen, a human being worthy of being feted and listened to as if he or she possesses some unusually high moral or intellectual stature.
It’s closer to the truth to see Matheny and Hoffmann as pimps who force ordinary men and women to pony up freedoms and assets for the benefit of clients we call “special-interest groups.”
...There are a handful of honest politicians, fighting for the American people.
But the exception proves the rule."
Adapted from an article written by Washington's Blog and Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University Donald J. Boudreaux