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49th NYS State Senate, 112th NYS Assembly District Debate the Issues
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Idiocy is famously defined as doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.
I’m a compulsive voter. I may have missed a school vote here and there, but otherwise I think I’ve voted at every opportunity since I was old enough to register. I’ve voted for Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Socialists, Greens — whoever I thought would do something useful with the authority that comes from elective office. I’ve managed campaigns, carried petitions, gone to rallies, worked the polls and staffed the phones. Mostly, the candidates I’ve supported haven’t won, but even so I’ve never been able to break the habit. I do it over and over again, hoping for a different result.
I’m going to vote again.
But watching people climb all over themselves to keep or get their feet in the trough is getting old. Watching Republicrats trying to convince me there’s a difference between enriching themselves and their cronies and enriching their cronies and themselves wears thin. Watching outside interests claim, in local elections, to have mine at heart just makes me angry. Whenever I see an ad sponsored by “The National Anybody” or “People for We Know What’s Best for You, ” I cringe. Outside money is outside influence. Who? Who asked them? Do they know the people they are urging me to vote against, do they even know the other one?
The Lesser of Two Lessers
If I paid any attention to the glut of meanness that passes for political discourse I’d learn all I need to know: both are liars. Both take money from tainted sources. Both have the ethics of a sociopath. If they have children, families or dogs, they are willing to exploit them. Both are against bad things and in favor of good things. All incumbents are heroes, all challengers live somewhere else, either Washington DC or New York City. Both candidates cater to “special interests.” Now, really. All interests are “special” to the people who share it. Politicians like to claim that any interest of their opponent is “special;” their own interests are, of course, simply correct. Fracking is special to oil and gas interests. Not fracking is special to environmentalists. Social Security is special to working men, women and families. Weakening or destroying Social Security is special to Republican Conservatives who have fought it since the New Deal. Health Care Reform, Education Reform, Labor Reform, each is a “special interest” to both sides of the issue. Jobs and job security is a special interest of Labor; Union busting is a special interest of capital. Civil Rights are special interests to many who have them and all those who do not. Special interests have lobbyists. Lobbyists exist for “special interests” and are synonymous with them. Most lobbyists exist to implement the special laws that protect elected officials right to legal bribery. They are the bag men and bag women for the money that buys our political structure.
Similarly, “Entitlements.” These are nothing more than programs benefiting those who contribute to them, like Social Security and Medicare, or who have needs that must be met by responsible communities. The word “entitlement” is never used for corporate tax breaks, farm subsidies, pork projects (someday I hope to visit the Cheese Museum). These are called “incentives.” One can usually fill in the entire platform of anyone using the words “entitlement,” “special interests,” “incentives.” We all have entitlements. Real ones. The real entitlements are things like roads, bridges, trains, schools, security, libraries, work, housing, necessary medical care, food. No one seems to have much time for these.
According to Cuomo, when he’s not bashing public education or teachers, Rob Astorino took special interest money, has no ethics and created high taxes. According to Astorino, Andrew Cuomo has invented high taxes, has no ethics and represents special interests. Soup’s good.
Woolf claims Elise Stefanik wants to tank Social Security and Medicare and lies about it and, oh, she’s not really from here. According to Stefanik, Aaron Woolf lies about his background and isn’t really from here. He’s from, gasp! New York City. And you all know what that means. Wink, wink, nod, nod.
To hear Amadore tell it, the great Satan is — three guesses — New York City, presumably where Cecelia Tkaczyk gets her secret instructions. To Tkaczyk, who apparently likes to help, George Amadore supports what? Special interests.
Gibson has a negative ad complaining that Sean Eldridge is using negative ads. Oh, and that Eldridge is a New York City liberal, and you all know what that means. Eldridge is all things Gibson isn’t, that is, brave, clean and reverent. According to Eldridge, Chris Gibson supports special interests and is otherwise not like Eldridge at all, that is, caring, respectful and responsive.
Even the ads that aren’t nastily negative are thin on substance: “I’m able to pay for TV time, and I approve this ad” that says I listen, I help, I lead the fight for truth, justice and the American Way. I support the middle class. I’m tough on (some crime) or going to be. “I approve this ad” that says it’s not what it looks like, I’ll say whatever you want to hear, I’ll pretend I’m not in it for the money, I only want to help.
To listen to any of them suggests voting for the next name in the phone book.
A Pox on them
If incumbents were all they claim to be, why aren’t things better for us? Why isn’t there equal pay for women? Why isn’t Social Security and Medicare safe? Why can’t working people live on their pay? What about immigration? Why are there so many bloody WARS? If challengers had the answers, why aren’t they sharing them with us instead of pounding us with self-serving blather?
I’m still going to vote. It’s my obligation as a citizen. It doesn’t mean I think much will change, but as do we all, I live in hope.
The opinions expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of The Ballston Journal.
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