Hard times don’t last – if we remember to vote wisely

One doesn't have to be the brightest student in class to see that our country has fallen upon hard times. Confidence in our elected representatives has never been lower. Frustration with the corruption in Washington and elsewhere has never been greater. Many of us are out of work or our customers are out of work which amounts to pretty much the same thing.

Out country is as close to bankruptcy as it has ever been, yet our leaders vote themselves healthy raises and take extended vacations on taxpayer money. There are some who claim to be ready to make the hard decisions that will put the country back on its feet economically and not continue borrowing money in hopes of "stimulating" the economy, but these new people are untested as yet and may turn out to be less effective than the incumbents.

Folks are divided between those who are hoping the government will bail them out and those who are looking for a foothold to begin bailing themselves out. As times get harder, more people opt to file for bankruptcy. They do not have the government option of printing more money.

So, what can we do as taxpayers and citizens? Take note of who has voted for increased government spending, unconstitutional acts, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and legislation that harms private enterprise. Their voting records or lack of them are available on the Internet. Vote against those who do not support your needs and ideals. Not every incumbent acts like they are a member of an elite class, there are some who are responsive to their constituents needs.

Deeds, not words are the keys to identifying those we should support in the next elections. You can find their voting records at these following links:

Some sites will list votes by representatives and other sites show all who voted on a particular measure.

Here for example is Rick Boucher's voting record posted by Project Vote Smart: http://tinyurl.com/28uhp62
And here is Rick's voting record at the Washington Post's Vote Database: http://tinyurl.com/27klkh3

If you are looking for information about the bills that were passed and who voted for them, this list of Roll Call Votes posted by the Library of Congress provides that data: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/rollcallvotes.html

If there were bills passed that affect you and your family negatively, you can find out who voted against your interests and take appropriate action.

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0 Responses to Hard times don’t last – if we remember to vote wisely

  1. Rick Parrish says:

    As you know, David, you and I disagree on many issues but I have to agree that people need to know about their representatives, their (real) values and how they vote on key issues.

    In addition, folks should learn more about where their legislators’ loyalties lie by examining the sources of those individual’s campaign contributions. I have found http://www.opensecrets.org/ to be very helpful in this regard.

    I should also stress that if possible, one should find out not only how a representative voted, but why. Our representative has often voted against my values (most likely in favor of your own), not because he and I don’t share common values but either a) it would not go over well in his largely conservative district, thereby jeopardizing reelection or b) it would jeopardize continued funding from special interests that support him (or both).

    This is unfortunately a political reality and leaves me with a dilemma: do I vote for someone who regularly votes against my values for political or financial reasons, vote for his opponent, who would be even worse or not vote for either, which would be surrendering my choice to others?

    I don’t have the answer to that one but once again, I agree with you that knowledge is power and a voter that steps into the polls without it is doing themselves and everyone else a grave disservice.

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