Letters to the Editor

Incumbents out

June 15, 2010


To the editor:

The populace is growing increasingly weary of the effects of TARP bailouts, nationalized health care, a ballooning national debt and high unemployment. In my opinion, the reason for this anger is the decisions made by incumbent politicians.

In my opinion, all incumbents should be voted out of office. I know of no member of Congress that has volunteered to give up their present health care plan in exchange for the recently passed health care reform bill for “we the people.” This bill was opposed by 2/3 of the populace. There has been no member of Congress sponsoring legislation to repeal their automatic pay raises, lucrative retirement and pension plans.

Over the objection of a majority of the populace, policy decisions were and are being made by incumbent politicians appeasing special interest groups with deep pockets. These government policies are designed for “we the elite” not for “we the people.” An example is the administration's appointment of a Wall Street pay czar to monitor executive compensation. The results: Wall Street bankers’ profits and bonuses are at record high levels. During this same time frame, main street Americans can’t borrow money from their local banks.

Five hundred thirty-five members of Congress chosen by lottery would make far better policy decisions for the nation than our present day Ivy League community organizers.

We voters can break the cycle of political insanity by becoming proactive. I choose to cast my vote in each and every election and I urge you to do the same.

J. Joe Herynk



Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

The parties, news media and corporate america do NOT need to decide who OUR candidates should be for local,state or federal level representation. Voters let's take that job back!!

The media has become a large part of the special interest takeover of our process as if they know what is best for all of us. Voters support this takeover by standing idly by while the media and the parties dictate who can participate in debates. That is crap!

Campaigns go too long,spend way too much money and do not necessarily provide the best available. It is up to us to stop the nonsense at the voting booths. Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate.

Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing.

Lets’s demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/

Demand a change be on the next ballot because you know our legislators will NOT change the corrupt campaign finance process.

The big money candidates are more beholden than ever to corporate special interests due to the very long nature of campaigns. How do they have time to do the job they were elected to do?

We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out. Let citizens vote on this issue. http://www.publicampaign.org/

In Addition:

Replace 95% of all elected officials every 4 years for the house and every 6 years for the Senate.

Ralph Nader the only fiscally conservative and socially responsible candidate to run last period says replacing 90% of incumbents would work.

Stephen Roberts 7 years, 7 months ago

Good idea, start with Obama, Reid & Pelosi. Less than 4 years, then the "Hope and Change" will begin.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

"Five hundred thirty-five members of Congress chosen by lottery would make far better policy decisions for the nation than our present day Ivy League community organizers."

With that comment, he betrays himself as a Fox zombie, not an independent thinker, who'd have no problem with incumbents as long as Fox and Rush told him it was OK.

rtwngr 7 years, 7 months ago

Well, bozo, I'm a Fox zombie which is far preferable than being a deluded electorate that thinks just because someone is educated makes them qualified to lead a nation. Your president has proven himself to be the least qualified, least prepared, and less of an independent thinker than you would have us believe. This man has never managed a business, made a payroll, or run so much as a municipality and an obtuse nation of "independent thinkers" elected this boob to the highest office in the land. Now, his lack of experience and ideology have betrayed his ignorance. The emperor has no clothes! Congratulations. You're smarter than me.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

Actually, I didn't vote for Obama (what's the point in Kansas?)

But I'm curious, who would you rather see as president? McCain? Palin?

Jim Phillips 7 years, 7 months ago

At this point, even Billy Carter would be an improvement.

terrapin2 7 years, 7 months ago

Uh-He's your president too! Or do you not live in this country?

terrapin2 7 years, 7 months ago

Actually it is president with a big "P" when used as "President Obama", but not capitalized when used in general (like saying "he is your president too"). You also do not need to capitalize emperor or king unless you are referring to a specific one either,so your point is moot. No one said you have to like who is president, but that doesn't change the fact that he's your president too you idiot. Your use of the word fealty would be much more impressive if you knew basic grammar that is taught in grade school. Nice try.

tomatogrower 7 years, 7 months ago

The letter writer has time to write letters to the editors, but doesn't have time to see how an incumbent has voted for or against what they support, or they just follow along with whatever partisan movement gets their attention or makes them the most promises. Why not stop being a lazy voter and do your own research instead of relying on radio disc jockeys and stupid, lying emails to open your eyes. Look at who is behind the scenes with all candidates, incumbent or not. That will tell you more than stupid sound bites on commercials or at rallies. Follow the money before voting.

Kirk Larson 7 years, 7 months ago

What's wrong here? Without TARP we likely would have had another Depression. Health care has not been "Nationalized". Yes, debt is increasing which is what usually happens when you're trying to jumpstart the economy (which is growing, slowly). Jobs will catch up as the economy grows. We are still deep in a recession, but coming out. Buck up. I agree that you should look at candidates individually. Don't just knee-jerk anyone.

jafs 7 years, 7 months ago

Actually, the health care bill mandates that when the exchanges are formed (in 2014, I believe) that members of Congress must use them.

So Congress will have the same options as the rest of us.

tbaker 7 years, 7 months ago

Concur. Vote against EVERY incumbant, and that means even the one's you like.

We need to repeal the 17th amendment, and restore the original constitution concerning the appointment of US Senators. We should return to the practice of having the State legislatures appoint them in accordance with the States’ constitution. Lobbyists for the special interests would have a much tougher time courting the vote of a senator who doesn’t have to finance a campaign and who owes their primary allegiance to their home state. As for the House of Representatives, we either need a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to balance the federal budget, which prevents the profligate spending largely promoted by long-term incumbents, or a 3 term limit (6 years).

BTW Cappy - TARP has virtually guranteed we will have another severe recession, if the one we're already in doesn't get worse becuase of it. Much like FDR's policies prolonged and actually worsened the great depression, TARP will (is) have a simular/horrible effect on our economy. Read: Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis by Johan Norberg.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

One of the reasons the direct election of Senators was instituted was because of the bribery, corruption and back-room deals involved electing Senators through state legislatures.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

"and likely increased interest and attention to state government as a whole."

And now that corporate money=unlimited corporate "free speech," that interest and attention would be virtually unlimited.

tbaker 7 years, 7 months ago

Bozo – You are absolutely correct. The impetus behind the 17th was the very corruption you speak of. The cure, unfortunately, was worse than the disease. Since the direct election of senators began, the corruption it was supposed to end has done nothing but increase, along with the power and influence of the special interests. Now they can lobby senators directly. They don’t need to deal with the state legislatures at all. Maybe that’s why so many corporations supported the amendment back in 1913, and why so many senators vote for unfunded federal mandates on the states.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 7 years, 7 months ago

You are so right. I already decided to vote against any incumbent. Thank you, Lynn

mr_right_wing 7 years, 7 months ago

...but then all of you are ignorant and uninformed (to be very nice) compaired to me, defender!! I matter, you don't...none of you!!

Paul R Getto 7 years, 7 months ago

"Ralph Nader the only fiscally conservative and socially responsible candidate to run last period says replacing 90% of incumbents would work." === We'll ignore the fact Nader is an idiot, and point out that putting all new people in congress or a state legislature will not result in a miracle. Politicians pander because we expect them to. There is a way out of the mess, but we'd all have to sacrifice and get a collective grip on our confusion between needs and wants. While it can be done in 20-25 years if we stay the course through 3-4 presidents and multiple congressional elections, electing 'new' people may not be the best way to get there.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 7 months ago

I hope all the Obama haters watch "The Last Days of Lehman Brothers" on CNBC to remind people how this country was on the brink in September of 2008, while Bush was in office still.

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