I live close to a small town and several years ago the town council, and their spouses, went 200 miles to a beach for a week to conduct the town meetings. At tax payer expense, of course. Lots of ruckus was raised about it and many articles in the local newspaper. One interview of the mayor was very enlightening as to how politicians think. The mayor said, "I do not see that we have to answer to anyone." That is a verbatim quote. That seems to be how politicians think about any of their actions.