Ever since election day, I’ve been very frustrated about the low voter turnout. After working very hard on two state legislative campaigns for the better part of a year, it is very disheartening to see how few people really care. This is somewhat understandable when times are good. But how can the average Arizonan be happy with our current state of affairs?
I have to believe people voted or not based on their perceptions of who can deliver a better result. “Perceptions” is the key word here. I just have to say that the Regressives may have their own opinions, but they don’t get to have their own facts. Let’s just take a look at a few the myths they work hard to make us believe:
1. Trickle down hasn’t worked and doesn’t work. The stats are clear, we have the biggest divide between the rich and poor we’ve ever seen.
2. Today’s wealthiest aren’t by and large job creators. Hedge fund managers don’t contribute to our country’s economic well-being the way Henry Ford did.
3. Charter schools and private school vouchers aren’t for the disadvantage children. The vast majority of them won’t be able to go to them.
4. Tax cutting our way to success just won’t work. Kansas anyone?
5. The economy is recovering, but not for the average American and not at the pace it should. With the wealthiest 40 Americans having more wealth than the bottom half of our population, the few richest just can’t buy enough houses, cars and appliances to move our economic engine forward.
We’ve all heard the saying “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Sounds like the AZ legislature in recent years.
But, I place the real blame for our current state of affairs on all those people who didn’t vote. Many of these same people have the most reason to vote because they are most adversely affected by the trickle down philosophy the Regressives continue to push. How anyone can believe voting can’t make a difference is beyond me. Just think if Ron Barber had been successful in convincing only 167 more Democrats in two counties to get up off their butts and vote for him.
Yes, money in politics has always been an issue and now is a very mega major player in our electoral system. At the end of the day though, each voter owns their own vote to use how they see fit. If the rich and powerful exert undue influence on any of us, it is our own fault.