Former Congressman, Lee Hamilton, has a good column in the Evansville Courier Press on the subject of contradictory constituent demands. Basically, they want more with less and, if sacrifices are necessary, they should be made by someone else. General lobbying demands are at odds with specific demands.
He singled out the Business Roundtable for using anti-deficit rhetoric while “it consistently lobbies for a higher deficit” in the form of corporate tax breaks and infrastructure spending. But the criticism applies equally to all the groups that lobby to help themselves and their members, usually through specific tax cuts or spending initiatives, while expressing concern over the deficit.
To help things a bit, he suggests:
We can do the basic work asked of us by our democracy: Learn our facts, know what’s fact and what’s opinion, keep a broad perspective, understand the overall problem legislators must resolve, remember that what’s good for us might not be good for our neighbors, and think through the implications of our positions.
Good luck with that.