Oh, Politics

I don’t often delve into politics on this page. However, with the mid-term elections just around the corner, it is difficult not to say something. Consider this my attempt at a public service, especially when you’re being inundated with political ads where the candidate is promising everything and the moon. It doesn’t matter how charismatic that candidate might be. If the promise sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Being in Texas, I’m blessed–and I use that term very loosely–with some very “interesting” races this year. In one of them, we have Gov. Abbott going up against perpetual candidate Beto O’Rourke. The latter has run for U. S. Senate before and failed, even with the full weight of the DNC behind him. Then he tried running for president. What a laugh that campaign turned out to be.

Now he’s back and making such wonderful promises without ever explaining how he’s going to make them come about. He’s going to lower tax rates. He’s going to allow abortions for everyone who wants one. He’s going to give us all insurance. He’s going to raise teacher pay. There’s more, but you get the drift.

So, when one of his campaign workers texted the other day wanting to know if they could count on my vote, I responded with a resounding no. Then I explained that I was worried about how he planned to pay for all these wonderful–hah!–programs he was promising.

But what stumped them was my question about how he planned to do all this when the office of the governor doesn’t have the power to create laws on its own. Laws are proposed and passed by the state senate and house. The governor has the option to sign the bill into law or to veto it.

So how was Beto going to do all he’s promising?

Then, as I pointed out, there’s the little issue of teacher pay. Our teachers are local employees. They are paid by the local school district where they work. So what was Beto really proposing? Was he saying he would find a way to set aside state funds to give to these local school districts? And how was he going to determine how much money per teacher would go to what district?

Or–and this is what my guess is considering everything else he wants to do–was he planning on taking education out of the local hands of our elected school boards and put all public schools under a state board of education?

Funny, I got crickets on all this.

In fact, I didn’t hear back from the campaign for a day or two. Then, instead of answers to my questions, I got a “Great. We’ll mark you off our roll” or words to that effect.

Similar things have happened with other candidates, from both sides of the aisle.

Here’s the thing: they want to make promises and they want the voting public to buy them, hook, line and sinker. What they don’t want to do is answer the hard questions. That means we have to do our homework. We have to look beyond the promises, beyond the glitz. Look at their records. What have they done to help the community, the state?

Do their campaign promises have teeth in them or are they only filled with hot air?

Get that metaphorical pin out and pop those political balloons. That is the only way to find the candidate best for your community needs.

Featured Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay

6 Comments

  1. One cartoon character (Huckleberry Hound?) had just over-thrown the King, unmasks (he had played a masked hero) and was promising the people of the kingdom all this “good stuff”.

    Then he told the crowd the bad news. To do all this, he’d have to raise taxes and got booed.

    Then another masked hero “shows up” to defeat the “evil” Huckleberry Hound. 😆

    1. Unfortunately, that’s not what happens with our political scene. Instead, they keep trying to raise taxes and cut programs that really are important in order to fulfill their fantasies.

  2. Interesting. I fled the California People’s Republic to Arizona. Unfortunately, AZ is a big mess with the two major parties being run by extremists both left and right. In only one race is there a third party candidate so that is who I’ll be voting for in that race. In most of the other state-wide races I will not vote for either candidate. The PBS station (which is supported with tax dollars) has shown its bias in the governor’s race. It had scheduled separate interviews with both Kari Lake (R) and Katie Hobbs (D) but then abruptly cancelled the one with Lake while quietly going ahead with the Hobbs interview. Hobbs btw refuses to debating Lake.

    Nationally, I have not voted for either of the major party presidential candidates in the last two elections as both were a choice between two evils: in 2016 The Buffoon and The Murderess, and in 2020 The Buffoon and The Senile Plagiarizer. I have become convinced that the two major parties are two sides of the same coin of socialism. The Democrats espouse International Socialism while the current group controlling the Republicans espouse National Socialism.

    1. This is why I have long put forth the position that we have to focus on local and state elections first and foremost. They have the most immediate impact on our lives. The national elections are important and somehow we need to find candidates who understand what it means to work for the best interests of their constituents and not the special interest groups.

  3. It’s embarrassing to Texas that the Democrats keep running Beto. The definition of insanity comes to mind.

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