The purpose of this brief article is to rouse the voters of the United States to vote in every election, and vote for the incumbent’s opponent. And, this is why.
As long as voters re-elect their incumbents, please don’t expect any quick and great improvements in our problems getting solved, locally, or in Washington. I believe this is a rational presumption.
The United States is the greatest nation to ever occupy this planet. The United States has done more, and is doing more, for the betterment of mankind than any nation to ever dwell on this planet. The good we have done, and will continue to do, by far, out weighs all of our flaws. However, to carry on this unrivaled standard, and not see our greatness wither, we need to be aware of some issues and put an end to them, quickly, permanently and rationally.
One big problem is the lack of trust and respect most Americans have in our government, at all levels (locally, state and nationally). The approval ratings for our “politicians” and their “policies” have never been lower. Scandals, gridlock and “do nothing politicians” have become a tradition. Most citizens feel their elected officials don’t represent them. They feel ignored. I’m 70 and after 55 years of concerned watching, I’m sorry to say, I rarely see congress voting according to what their constituents want. Maybe that’s why the United States has this litany of problems; a humongous national debt, a struggling economy, a federal budget that hasn’t been balanced since 1998 (15 yrs. per CNN http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/03/cnn-fact-check-the-last-president-to-balance-the-budget/), high unemployment, a ranking of 17th in global educational ratings (per the International Business Times, 11-27-12), Social Security and Medicare “programs” that have been converted to Ponzi schemes to keep our economy from imploding, and last but definitely not least, a grossly underpaid military. I sometimes wonder who’s smarter, our congress and the president or their constituents?
Another difficulty the United States needs to face is voter apathy. Historically voter turnout is around 50% + or -. If that’s not voter unresponsiveness I don’t know what is. If voter unresponsiveness continues in the United States, we will have no one to blame but our lazy voting habits for our shriveling stature. As long as voter turnout is around 50%, we are, in effect, telling our government “we are not really too concerned about how well you people do your jobs.” If we have a voter turnout of 85% to 90%, a minimum of 5 consecutive times in the next 5 local, state and national elections, with 85% to 90% of the voters voting for the incumbent’s opponent, we will finally clean house and remove this apathetic albatross hanging around our neck. It’s beginning to stink.
Again, as long as voters re-elect their incumbents, please don’t expect any quick and great improvements in our problems getting solved, locally, or in Washington.
Maybe, our number 1 threat isn’t Syria, Russia or some other country, or some terrorist “organization”, but the United States government, itself, and the voters that keep re-electing them.
Here is my criteria and how I vote in each local, state and national election. If the budget is not balanced, with a surplus (whether it’s locally, statewide, or nationally), then I vote for the incumbent’s opponent. When the person running for re-election is running unopposed, and the budget is not balanced, with a surplus, I use the space for a write-in vote, and write in my name. I’m reasonable and rational enough to know that all the above problems will never be solved, completely, but in the name of economics 101 and accounting 101, our government should be able to at least consistently balance the budget and their checkbook. Is that too much to ask? This will do wonders for all concerned, not to mention that it will benefit the rest of the world.
So, excuse my brashness, now you know what you need to do the next time you vote, vote for the incumbent’s opponent. Repeat this every time you vote till our budget is balanced, with a surplus, and at least some of our major problems are on the road to oblivion.
NOTE: And just for your information, I also have in my possession a report I printed off the GeldPress website, 1/19/12, that shows the last time the United States had a balanced budget, with a surplus, was in 1957 when Eisenhower was president.