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Fire them allPosted Friday, October 17, 2008, at 2:51 PM
The great election showdown continues and for me Election Day can't get here soon enough.
I am sick of the negative attack ads I see and hear from both presidential candidates.
The moral, philosophical, political and experience differences between the respective presidential and vice presidential candidates is really pretty clear.
The real question is who do we trust?
Voting records are important.
Character is important.
Views on moral issues are important.
Experience is important.
Having plans for today and the future are important.
Stands on policy issues are important.
Judgment and decision-making qualities are important.
Common sense is important.
It's up to each of us as voters to decide which one do we trust to lead this nation in the next four years.
Whomever we select is not going to have an easy road to go.
This nation has many challenges and we don't need a lot of election promises. We need some firm pledges of action.
Admittedly, this financial mess that has this country heading down the wrong path didn't happen over night. Look back and you'll see that decision made during the current Republican administration of George W. Bush with a Democrat-controlled Congress and back farther into the Democrat administration of Bill Clinton with a Republican-majority Congress set up the big fall we are now experiencing.
We need for the legislative and executive branches to work together in a non-partisan fashion -- something that has not been done very admirably in the last two years when the economy really started to nose dive.
The attacks we have heard have been equally personal, hurtful and divisive in the campaigns being waged by presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.
My decision for president was made early when I reviewed the agenda's of each party, looked at the records of the party's candidates and took time to read about each of their lives -- including learning something about the kinds of people they have associated with over the years. You can tell a lot about a person by knowing the friends they keep.
And, despite what the Democrat nominee for president said at the last debate the other night, he too has engaged in a slimy series of half-truths, outright lies, and mischaracterizations that is more than insulting to the intelligence of the voters back home in Indiana.
We are all smart enough to know when we are being sold a bunch of snake oil and the more I hear and read, the more I am thinking we are being duped by all the eloquently delivered "feel good" talk.
All this stuff we keep hearing about change is really a bunch of rhetoric unless we change the way we do things. That includes changing the folks who write the laws that affect you and I.
We are at a time when the nation's economy is headed to the tank -- thanks to the outright greed of the investors on Wall Street, many of our nation's mortgage lenders and poor legislative decisions by our representatives on Capitol Hill.
We see a lot of finger-pointing about what caused this financial meltdown, but the truth of the matter is there is plenty of blame to go around -- including bad policy from the Republican administration that is currently residing in the White House.
We need to remember Congress makes the laws -- not the president.
As short-term and long term fix to the problem, I've decided we probably should be cleaning out the entire U.S. House chamber on Election Day with some new faces, new ideas in order to restore some legislative faith.
We've all been failed and the ballot box is our only recourse.
Fire the whole bunch of them.
Every member of the House of Representative -- all 435 of them are up for grabs in the Nov. 4 Election. The voters can send a clear message that "enough is enough" by voting out all of the incumbents -- even the good ones.
And while we are changing things, why don't we enact some legislation that will extend the terms of elected members of the House of Representatives from two to four years? That way they won't have to constantly be running for election and they might be able to stay in Washington D.C. and do some real work for the working people back in their districts.
The presidential candidates both like to banter an agenda of change for the nation on the campaign stump.
But firing all the Congressmen would produce some meaningful change that will affect the folks back home -- like Jim, the guy who works in the local factory; or Teddy, who makes his living tending the grain fields in Greene County; or the teachers who are educating our kids at Linton-Stockton, Bloomfield, White River Valley, Eastern Greene, Shakamak and Union school districts; or Teresa, who works at our local hospital; or Karen who is employed at one of our county's government contracting firms; or the Graves brothers, who are Greene County's version of "Joe the Plumber."
Think about it. We need to vote responsibility and wisely in this upcoming election. The votes we cast are important.
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