Eric Lichtblau makes the rookie mistake (“Economic Downturn Took a Detour at Capitol Hill”) of assuming that Capitol Hill represents voters? The Supreme Court has already ruled (in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) that Freedom of Speech is a quality enjoyed by Money, not by Citizens. According to Lichtblau,
rarely has the divide [between Capitol Hill and voters] appeared so wide, or the public contrast so stark, between lawmakers and those they represent.
Once we recognize that Congress represents Money and not Citizens then the apparent irony (or misconduct, or crime, or whatever you want to call it) disappears.