politics and the “truth,” ii

Is it just me, or is there anyone else out there who’s fed up with the lack of true, meaningful political/societal discourse? Billions of dollars are spent every political season, but nothing actually gets said, and too many of MFA are too easily taken in by vague, deliberately-misleading-ads bullshit.

Case in point: postcard flyer comes in the mail comparing the “career politician” (CP) with the “successful businessman” (SB) running for the Senate.

CP: raised taxes

SB: has never raised taxes

Am I the only person who realizes that SB has never raised taxes because he’s never had the opportunity, as he has never held office? And is American politics the only “profession” where having actual experience is considered a deficit? Yeah, I’m sure we’re all automatically so much better off if we have people in government, representing us and our interests, who don’t have a clue what they’re doing. In case you’ve forgotten, we did that, from 2000-2008 — (how short are the attention spans of MFA anyway? don’t answer that) —  how many of you are better off now than you were in 2000?

CP has “voted for cuts on education” and SB opposes cuts.

Am I the only person who realizes that CP may have opposed cuts as well, but was given no choice since we live in a state that legally requires a balanced budget and whose economy has been in the toilet for the last 7 years? And should we take this to mean that SB has never had to make a decision contrary to his wishes out of necessity? Sounds like a pretty cushy life.

Oh, but CP has “no business experience” and the “unemployment rate jumped from 7.5% to 13.0% while he was in the house” while SB is a “proven job creator.”

Well, duh. First of all, CP is a “career politician” so obviously he can’t have “business experience;” and the unemployment rate jumped that high in many many other states while our greed for inflated real estate prices, home-equity loans and the easy-win through stock market manipulations caused the countrywide economy to tank.

Meanwhile, SB is a “Succesful Business Owner.” What does that mean exactly? How many people does he employ? Does he pay their health insurance? Do they get parental leave when they have a baby? Does he contribute to their retirement plan? Nobody knows. And is he saying that government is a business, which makes him ideally suited? Please.

Ah, but he’s Pro Life. Never mind that a) so is CP, and b) “pro life” means the government gets to make your personal decisions for you but won’t guarantee that your child will get a decent education, health care, or be treated fairly in the workplace or upon retirement.

Oh, but look — SB has a picture on the front of him holding his baby. That must mean he’s a good person. And then there’s picture of a whole lot of people, including someone of a different race. Is he the parent? sibling? did he just come in and sit down on their front yard while they had their picture taken? Who knows, who cares, look — he’s smiling! I guess I’ll vote for him!

Sheesh. Gag.

In a related story — Why is it there are so many millionaire-billionaire-gazillionaires out there willing to spend their personal fortune getting elected to office? What’s in it for them, exactly? Doesn’t seem like a good return on their investment, unless they’re just in it for the power and prestige, which makes me wonder what they’re going to do for ME and MFA.  And why aren’t there laws about political truth-in-advertising, or restricting how much money can be spent in a race? We’re being bought and sold like so many Monopoly houses.

And then there are the robo-calls. You’re not telling me anything, you’re filling up my voice mail box, you’re shouting or pandering or obfuscating. Shouldn’t there be a do-not-call list for political ads? STOP CALLING ME!

Get informed, get smart, and vote. And no, if you’re not going to do the first two, do us all a favor, and don’t do the last.

3 Responses to “politics and the “truth,” ii”

  1. November 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I totally agree with you. Politicians of every stripe simply say what they need to in order to get elected to office, and everyone else disputes anything and everything leaders in power do or say, in an effort to get themselves in power. It’s a game I liken to a dog chasing its tail. Enough already!

  2. 2 jatimlex
    November 13, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Amen!! I always absentee vote, this way I can get online with each and every name and see how there record is, if there are three that are the same, then I vote the independent. If there are two running that are about the same then incumbent=outcumbent.

  3. November 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I agree–I don’t think this country will ever quit bipartisan in-fighting. I’m no economist or political analyst, but it seems to me that the only way we’ll truly move forward is to introduce a third party. Personally, I identify most closely with libertarians because while I AM for fiscal responsibility and (very) limited government, I could not care less if gays want to marry each other, or if women want to get abortions. I’m not a woman, but I think they should have the option to do what’s best for them, regardless of the reason. It’s shown (loosely) in the book “Freakonomics” that people who are allowed to get abortions are less likely to produce kids who grow up to be the criminals and welfare slobs that the rest of us never wanted to deal with anyway.

    I digress. Election-times make me so angry because you’re right–every single thing they say is designed to spin the other candidate and pander to the people. It’s like a two year job interview to become President now! I wish we had candidates who were transparent, and would talk to me like an intelligent human being. I want to hear, “This is what I stand for. Let me know by voting if you would like me to serve you.” That’s it. Reminds me of this cell phone commercial, actually: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO6DORwBzuA&playnext=1&list=PLDB2A24792A0AA8D1&index=76

    Great post!

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