Who’s really to Blame?

December 3, 2011

Dirty Hands


After learning about the “Dirty Hands” matter, I cannot help but to think of the actual good behind it. The dirty hands dilemma is when a person or group does something considered “bad” for the greater good of the whole.  So, it seems to me that someone is taking the fall for the good of everyone else.

“It is an arena where the best is the enemy of the good…”

When most people think of politicians, terms such as corrupt, crooked, or shady come to mind. However, is this the correct way of thinking of politicians? I think it is clear to all of us, that “bad” really must be done, cuts must be made, the country has to be protected with force, and taxes must be enforced. Nothing comes easy, there must be sacrifices made. No one likes the idea of any of these, but in order to keep the economy stable and the citizens safe, they are required.

If you think about it, the politicians are pretty noble for taking such a position. They are tarnishing their own name for the good of all of us in the United States. I really look up to politicians because everything they do, although it may seem bad, has good intentions.

For example, many people have been criticizing and going as far as trying to impeach Governor Rick Snyder because he is making many cuts. People think he is targeting them and just being inhumanely cruel, but in all honesty he is making these cuts to save Michigan. If you have lived in Michigan for some time, you must be aware that the economy is awful. Governor Rick Snyder is a businessman; he is trying to balance the economy. What I really like about him is that he doesn’t care for re-election; ALL he wants is to fix Michigan! He is doing the hard work himself, doing all these difficult things that may cause people to “hate” him for the good of the state. In the years to come, after going through this hardship we can look back and realize that all he did was the help Michigan.

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4 Comments on “Who’s really to Blame?”

  1. jgurwitch Says:

    Unfortunately regardless of what happens, most of the time the blame is going to go on to the politician. It has been the way society has been taught to judge, and it will most likely continue to go that way. This is also a topic that depends on who is being asked the question. Wealthy businessmen like Governor Rick Snyder, who know what he is doing, might favor him, but there is still a vast amount of people who are not on board with his ideas. This could be that they do not have the same mindset and understanding that he does, or that it is not benefitting them.

    I am not from Michigan and I am still aware of the economic struggles that have been ongoing over the last years. He is a founder of a venture capitalist firm so he understands effective ways to make money, but in an economic struggle that is going on around the whole country people might not be on board with what he is doing. I agree with you though on that he is doing what he can to benefit others. Politicians do in fact get labeled as crooks some of the time and it is not easy to fix your name, but at the same time taking a position like this entails a lot of work and time and effort, and people choose these specific politicians for a reason to do right by others. It is not always easy or plausible to have a positive impact with every decision but that is part of the burden politicians take on.

  2. hoeylue Says:

    I think the only way for this to be a case of dirty hands is when the austerity measures undertaken by Governor Rick Snyder really succeed in the future. This is not necessarily clear from today’s point of view. Moreover I wouldn’t consider politicians noble for tarnishing their own name for the good, because nobody gets something for free. The politicians get compensated in various ways and don’t even fulfill their promises most of the time. They do for example get a decent annual salary of $400.000, the extra expense account not included, traveling provision, the White House and abundant security and of course benefits after leaving office: After a president leaves office, he can hold Secret Service privileges for 10 years, he has free mailing privileges, and he receives a free office space. Former presidents can establish their own presidential libraries, and receive an annual pension of up to $180,000. On the other hand we don’t really have to list all the obvious failures an average President has during his term of office.

  3. Michael Zanger Says:

    I don’t think we can call Rick Snyder’s hands dirty, because the political action and “good” is an opinion of a partisan group. The other side would say that spending is the solution to economic balance to bring the lower-income out of poverty. This would make an opposing representative an example of dirty hands as well. I think the dirty hands examples make more sense when applied to questions on crimes and attacks on the well being of humanity (The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki).

  4. golortegui Says:

    I completely agree with your stance on Rick Snyder. Under the assumption that the cuts are legitimately contributing to balancing out the economy, he is in fact dirtying his hand at the expense of fulfilling his duties as governor of Michigan. By not worrying about reelection or whether he is viewed favorably by everyone living in the state he governs (an impossible task for any officeholder), he is able to do his job to the absolute best of his abilities. I am not from Michigan and I admittedly know nothing about Rick Snyder beyond what I’ve read from your post, but if what your saying is accurate then I think he serves as a good example of a leader dirtying his hands for the benefit of the greater good.

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