It is said that principled people rarely have to deliberate about what to do, because their principles inform them of the correct decision. However, those who follow the way of pragmatism struggle mightily at ever turn.
Congressman Greg Walden is a pragmatist. His PR team would disagree with that statement. They would claim Walden is a conservative who works hard just like the average person in Oregon’s 2nd District, which he represents. They would continue that every day Walden is fighting the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama. They would say Greg Walden is pro-business and wants to stop the insanity of regulation by the Federal Government.
Unfortunately that is only true when it also benefits Greg Walden.
That is the difference between a person of principle and one who is a pragmatist — the principled person is guided by a set of principles outside of themselves, whereas the pragmatist is guided by what is best for them, changing positions with the whim of the winds.
Walden and KBRA
So Walden has decided to do his own thing again. Walden is in a last minute rush before the legislative clock runs out in 2015. A KBRA deal must be struck by Dec. 31st or the KBRA will be no more. Back in October Walden visited Klamath Falls. During that time he claimed to reluctantly be for the KBRA because there was no other way forward — no better alternative. Yet, after returning to his home in DC, Walden’s draft legislation gutted the KBRA/KHSA by keeping Klamath River dams in place and revoking tribal rights to water.
How could Walden be for the KBRA/KHSA in October and then in less than six weeks later completely rewrite the major tenants of the stakeholder’s (aka special interest group’s) proposal? Because Walden is a pragmatists, and pragmatists first do what is best for them. That is why pragmatists make awful representatives and legislators — they only are concerned about the citizens they serve when it comes election time.
Who knows who offered Walden a better deal to modify the KBRA when writing his legislation??? All we know is someone did, and thus his word as his bond is meaningless. Matter of fact, Walden has been neutral, then against this proposal, then for it and now trying to find a happy medium. Walden wants to slice the baby in two, giving half a child to each side. In other words, what a pragmatist would do.
Personally, I hope the KBRA fails, and the myths of “water certainty”, “community stakeholders” and “affordable power” will not be legislated into reality. The base argument of who really has foundational water rights in the basin can once again resurface. Moreover, we can expose those who want to hoard water in order to inflict pain on others (not a Christian virtue by the way). However, the point of this article is to provide yet another example of how Congressman Greg Walden says one thing in the District and then does something completely different back in DC. Until we wake up as voters and un-elect such pragmatists, our country continues down the road to serfdom.