|Water policies change when...(pick 1+)|
|New political leaders bring new ideas||13 votes|
|Old political leaders say things will change||3 votes|
|Special interests say so||35 votes|
|The public wants change||23 votes|
|Activists agitate for change||12 votes|
|Academics provide new ideas or information||9 votes|
|Journalists describe how things work (or fail)||10 votes|
|The weather dictates||34 votes|
These results basically match my opinions, but they do not match what we hear, i.e., "we are weighing alternatives and taking appropriate measures" does not sound like "we do what special interests tell us."
So is it that policy-makers are trying to eat their cake and have it? Pretending to represent the public interest but not really doing so?
And what about weather-driven change? Does that mean that the cost of serving special interests is too great?
Love to hear your thoughts.