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October 9, 2008

In our political process…

Where else can you run for a job based on the argument that your competitor is less trustworthy, has made worse decisions in the past, has changed his position, or just generally might do a worse job than you?   What is this, the “it could be worse” strategy?  

At the senate, gubernatorial, and state representative level it seems no better.   Back to back TV ads with opponents broadly blaming each other for the same general issues of tax burden, budget deficits, high gas prices, job loss, global warming, or whatever researchers say are the emotional hot buttons of the great unwashed masses.  The ads lack specificity and fact.  Millions of campaign donations spent to argue “did not / did too” on TV.

So much of the rhetoric, especially in the debates is pointless.   Voting records are filled with potential landmines based on context.  Just look at the recent bailout plan – it was loaded up, like every other bill with irrelevant junk from other leaders.  

It’s lose – lose.  If a congressman votes against it, because it is loaded with bad pork, then he or she is all but certain to be called out as an obstructionist by their opponent.  If they vote for the bill and the greater good,  then they are called out for voting for any of those special interest line items in the bill. 

One bill, one topic – line item voting.   Much needed.

Red states or Blue, the game is the same when you get down to it.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2008 1:44 pm

    Nice post mark. Coincidentally I was just reading a post by Linus Torvalds (THAT Linus Torvalds) on a fairly similar line of thought:

  2. October 15, 2008 8:39 pm

    on top of that, what ever happened to one vote per person?   we’re now seeing yet another debacle in the voting system.   i say we move back to the days when you had to be a property owner to vote. 😉

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