Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 29, 2014

WE THE PEOPLE: We all must vote in mid-terms

By Pat Vaughn
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Too many Americans are uninterested in politics, although politics affects their lives and their families, everyday. Not “bothering” to understand government, not “bothering” to question, “trusting” others to take the responsibility, is too often the American way, today.

Many Americans only vote during presidential years, not realizing it is the “mid-term” elections that often shift the power of government to too many rich, white, controlling, insensitive candidates who think every female is the “little woman” who deserves no respect, especially in terms of wages. These men have little to no interest in representing those in need. There are a total 535 federal “representatives.” How many truly work to help “real” people?

Also, too many trusting Americans rely on a single network to keep them informed, not realizing the “news” they are getting is often just one long political commercial. Fox “news” network is run by propagandist Roger Ailes, who endorsed a plan to use TV that said, “People are lazy. With television you just sit-watch-listen. The thinking is done for you.” The economic story line Ailes produces is simple: If the wealthy have success, they built it! If they fail, the government ruined it for them. If they get a break, they deserved it! If you get a break, it’s a handout, an “entitlement”!

Politicians often run for “ego” or to be sure no bills come out of Congress that raise their taxes. Many want to make sure no rules or restrictions are put on their business or their ability to further enhance their personal wealth. Why does the average voter think wealthy politicians have any interest in improving the lives of the middle class? Yet, the US Census shows that nine out of the ten states with the lowest median household income vote primarily for Republican “representatives.” Federal politicians “work” part time for full-time pay, along with outlandish benefits... and too often work for their own interests to the detriment of the rest of us. Most are not leaders, but party line “followers”!

True representatives of the people would have kept our jobs from moving out of our country.  Congress allowed this, yet “we the people” pay for their misjudgments. The loss of jobs that pay a living wage is not the fault of the working class!

As one news pundit said, America’s debts were not caused by Grandma cashing her Social Security check, or a hungry child eating food bought with Food Stamps. The debt was caused by criminally reckless Wall Street greed, Bush’s preemptive, unfunded wars and Medicare Part D, an unfunded giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry!

Another points out that “old people who got sick didn’t cause this deficit. Hungry children whose homes were foreclosed on illegally didn’t cause this crisis! War profiteering did, tax cuts for the super rich did, corporate ‘welfare’ did! And it is the Republican ‘party line’ vote (on these issues) that did!”

With a population of over 325 million, America needs a strong and honest government, one that enforces corporate regulations and protects the 99%! Big government is not the problem, “corruption” is! And too many in Congress and on the Supreme Court have been corrupted.

“Bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote!”

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