Politicians care about exactly two things: getting elected and then getting reelected. See the chart below. You'll have to click on the image to actually read it. I don't know how to make it bigger. Blogger seems intent on scaling it. I will try to figure out a way to make it a downloadable .pdf at a later date.
I don't believe a lot of editorial comment is necessary here. For those of you who foolishly cling to the notion that your government is going to somehow make your life better, you had better pray that what you want is going to improve the chances of a politician's getting elected or reelected with no appreciable downside. Otherwise, you're in for a long wait.