Even in times such as these of economic crises, our self-serving natures outweigh our duty to do the right thing for everyone. Take an ordinary citizen who chooses to represent untold numbers of other ordinary citizens. Give him or her the mandate to vote on behalf of those multitudes, and what do we get? Our representatives not only vote massive benefits for themselves, it then requires media prodding to reveal just how deep their self-serving voting goes.
The legislative reaction is refusal to even consider making their self-voted benefits public. Pretty good deal: I become a legislator. I write a bill to make me and my fellow legislators comfy. We all vote ourselves this nice gift. Should anyone suspect we're benefiting ourselves at the expense of those who elected us, we can vote (or choose to not even consider voting) to hide what we've done.
Personally, I don't give a hoot what party votes which way. I (foolishly) expect every elected official to vote as we the people elected them to vote and not to vote because all their buddies are voting that way or (more reprehensible) to feather their own nests. We each hold the power — in various degrees — to solve our problems. Let's get started — now.