Regardless of your political affiliation, you have to agree the politicos in Washington, D.C., for the most part, are not really in touch with most Americans.

I would hope that most of us also see the truth when a member of one party disparages a member of another party for their stance on something, only to have a news outlet show them saying the exact same thing, on video, just a short time ago.

Welcome to political posturing, dirty (insurance) plans, and the election season, which now starts a few months after each election.

Government has its place, of course, but we are being fed, via fire hose, information about how the sausage is made.

Probably about 70 percent of the country’s voters aren’t tuned in to much of anything, and the Washington folks are well aware of this. The battle to retain a seat isn’t about pleasing the majority … it’s about pleasing the majority of the minority, as in the small percentage of eligible voters who actually vote.

If one runs a business, he or she knows it can’t be run like politicians run government … unless the business owner’s primary customer is the government or his or her business is heavily regulated by the government.

The thought process is radically different.

I received the following email last week and it describes perfectly the Washington mindset.

I believe this to be true of politicians who have made being a politician on the national stage a lifetime experience. It also applies to the bureaucracy that actually runs Washington behind the scenes.

It is my belief, as well, that the Democrats and Republicans, deep down, don’t really care who is elected president. They care only that the machine they are riding continues to operate.

I also believe that is why our president catches so much grief from both sides of the aisle. He simply isn’t “one of them.”

It has nothing to do with racism.

Agree or disagree, but read the following and see if some of it rings true.

Four monkeys

You start with a cage containing four monkeys and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string, and then you place a set of stairs under the banana.

Before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

You then spray ALL the monkeys with cold water.  After a while, another monkey makes an attempt.  As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray ALL the monkeys with cold water.

Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey.  The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs.  To his shock, ALL of the other monkeys beat him. After another attempt and attack, he knows if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original four monkeys, replacing it with a new monkey.  The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.  The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment - with enthusiasm - because he is now part of the “team.”

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new monkey, followed by the fourth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs.

Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.  Having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water.

Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

Why, you ask?  Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been!

This is how today’s House and Senate operates, and this is why, from time to time, all the monkeys need to be replaced at the same time?

DISCLAIMER: This is meant as no disrespect to monkeys.

Until next week, have a good week.

Mike Probst can be reached at

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