Unless you are provided with overwhelming evidence to the contrary, always assume a politician is a lying, conniving thief who is out to pick your pocket and will sell you out — his/her OWN MOTHER out — to stay in office. I’m not saying politicians do not love their kids or tear up at the playing of Taps. I mean, even Hitler liked kids. It’s been this way since the Athenians conceived of Democracy. It’s still a better system that anything else we’ve got, until the supercomputers take over.