Voters have come to expect politicians to frame arguments in a way that supports their position. Unfortunately, too many politicians are too generous with their definition of an “honest” discussion.
For example, a recent tweet from Michigan Rep.Tim Walberg, R-Battle Creek:
Today I voted to stop @whitehouse’s executive action to raise Congressional pay. Washington doesn’t need a pay raise
In these difficult economic times most would probably agree with Walberg that Congress doesn’t need (deserve) a pay raise.
Of course if Rep. Walberg was being completely honest he would have also mentioned that the executive action from the White House was for all civil federal employees and that Congress could have easily excluded themselves while leaving the raise for the other 2 million federal employees.