Politicians have told us that giving tax money to multimillionaire athletes stimulates the economy and our otherwise lacking sense of pride. Giving tax money to enormous multinational corporations stimulates the economy and promotes innovation. Giving tax money to third-world dictators, erotic artists and apologetic criminals stimulates the economy, peace, art and justice. Of course, giving tax money back to taxpayers stimulates the economy too, just as taking it in the first place did. It’s all good, right?
With all this stimulation going on, you’d expect that our economy, technology and pride would have been stimulated past Pluto by now.
Actually, the USA has never equaled the vigor and innovation we’d experienced before the invention of Income Tax and the so-called “Federal Programs;” and now we’re in a downward spiral of litigation, complexity, corruption, lost liberties and economic meltdown.
Why? Because freedom works, politics doesn’t; politicians lie, it is their nature to gobble up power; and it is our nature to think that we have to just grin and bear it all.
Why in the world do we think that political campaigns are about candidates and their promises? We act (and vote and pay taxes) as if Election Day is for politicians. Do we really want this?
I ask because political candidates often refuse unscripted public debates and direct questions, and instead control “the message” through tightly-scripted marketing and staged events.
I ask because “winning” campaigns cost lots of money, and you know very well where some of that money comes from.
I ask because negative campaigning usually works.
I ask because those stupid yard signs work (think about that!).
I ask because the good candidates would love to have ten seconds of your time, and almost surely won’t get it.
I am one of three candidates for the important job of Indiana Governor. You are the boss. I respectfully suggest that this time around you interview us at least to the degree that you’d interview a burger-flipper in a fast-food restaurant. Ask real questions and expect real answers. Don’t take no for an answer, and watch for lies and bunk. Watch, attend, or even host a candidates’ debate. And when you’ve gathered your facts (yes, facts really do exist) and made your decision, tell others what you’ve found.
This is a pivotal time. In light of what’s happening to us now, in the most fearful and rapidly collapsing culture on earth, it’s time we wake up and take our roles seriously.
And no role is more important on Election Day than that of the voter.