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Campaign points

July 14, 2012

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To the editor:

Daily, I am beset by letters, emails and phone calls soliciting support for one party/candidate or another. In fact, so many come that I find it easy to just say “no.”

We are not a pivotal state and the money in campaigns is so big, I ask who am I?

Even worse, the story lines are simplistic on jobs, economy and health care. Candidates on both sides claim, “I can/will do better.” 

But how? I want to hear better points. Let me try a couple areas:

How should we make sure the next generation is given the best preparation for the future? A farmer invests in the best seeds because that makes sense. Predicting value of outcomes is difficult and elusive, but not investing promises a predictable, regrettable future.

How will our people be respected/honored for their concern and service to the disadvantaged, unfortunate, overlooked and ignored and victims of calamities in our country and elsewhere in the world? Jesus’ list of the “blessed” poses challenges: e.g., the poor, meek, hungry, persecuted.

How can we address problems with health care costs?  We are aware many resort to emergency rooms for lack of coverage. We are uncomfortable about others determining what care we receive, whether that be a private insurance company or some government system. Critical evaluation of procedures and efficiency is essential.

A personal or national debt is not to be ignored. Have party platforms ever included ideas beyond a “balanced budget” amendment? (Has Congress ever been required to avoid balancing the budget?)

That kind of a political campaign can engage my interest.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 5 months ago

"A personal or national debt is not to be ignored."

Very true. But the fact remains that a budget deficit is still nothing but an abstraction-- that is to say, it's not real. It's nothing but an idea widely shared, which makes it significant, but it's still not real.

However, a planet whose ability to support future generations because of global warming/climate change, or because we've lost our best crop lands due to loss of topsoil, human-induced drought and/or urban expansion is a very real debt that can't just be just wished away. Lack of access to healthcare and wellness programs and to education are also very real debts that will have a very persistent self-perpetuating effect.

And the current austerity hysteria pretty much ensures that we'll waste a lot of energy in a futile attempt to reduce deficits (they'll most likely just make them permanent) and end up creating the real debts I described above.

Peter Macfarlane 2 years, 5 months ago

It's all about perception! Politics in this ay and age has little to do with reality.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

I say replace all republicans with green party thinkers and 90% of democrats with new democrats each voting cycle.

Why do we americans vote in the rich which are supported by the rich to make decisions for the entire middle class and low income?

Too many of the rich want to destroy the middle class so they have sent tens of millions of middle class jobs abroad with no job replacement in sight. Isn't their something wrong with this picture?

Ask yourself why do we voters tend to vote for the largest spending candidates? What good has this choice been for congress or our local governments?

Let's demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/ Demand a change on the next ballot.

Let's have 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/

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