CHICAGO, September 4, 2012 — Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. Insane voters vote for the same politicians over and over again expecting different results, hope, change, or some other such baloney.
The Democrats are having their circus this week. Dancing bears, trained poodles, wild animal acts, clowns, and carnival barkers will prevail. Big deal.
Political conventions are designed for the true believers and party sachems, not voters. Both of our political parties are a waste of time, effort, and money. They do not represent people. The parties live in their own echo chambers.
Last week we heard from the GOP how bad things are, how bad President Obama is, and how bad things will be unless Mitt Romney is elected president. This week we will hear how bad things are, how bad things could have been if Obama had not transformed America, and how good things will be in some future far, far, away.
Don’t forget the wars on women, gays, the middle class, the poor, and the children, and all that other flatulence. Again they will blame Bush, blame Boehner, blame the Tea Party, blame, blame, blame.
What we will get is more gasbaggery. Hot air, bloviating, lies, more lies, damn lies. That is what conventions are about.
Neither party is going to address the one thing people want to hear. What are they going to do to get the private sector economy moving again? How are they going to put real money in our pockets? The private sector is all that counts.
The Republicans claim they are going to get the government out of the way. The Democrats want to spend more money for the government to do something or other. They just can’t figure out what it is after almost four years.
The problem? America is broke. There is no money. The government has failed. Worse, they have failed the people.
The Democrats want to supposedly tax the rich to pay for mistakes. That small amount of money will only be a small drop in the bucket. It is all for sound bites and divisive class warfare.
Both parties and candidates talk about plans. Where are they? Mitt Romney is holding his cards close to his vest. President Obama’s has no plans except soaring rhetoric, the same old platitudes of the 1960s. The failed policies of the past.
The Democrats are bringing out Bill Clinton to promote Obama as the savior of the middle class. How soon the dumb voters in this country forget. Bill Clinton instituted the largest tax increase on the middle class in history. He raised withholding tax rates across the board. People brought less money home every payday. The average middle class wage earner lost between one hundred and one hundred and fifty dollars a month to the government.
The Republicans keep dragging Reagan from the tomb. Reagan’s era is long over. The economic world moved on and changed. Even Reagan could not undo the damage the Democrats started doing to the economy in 1965. He realized the truth. It is easier for man to raise the dead than God to end, repeal, or reform government policies and programs, especially failing ones.
There is no building an economy from the ground up. The economy is private sector businesses. People not government build businesses from the ground up. Those businesses build the economy. Government is not supposed to build the economy, businesses, or anything else.
Both parties are filled with empty chairs and empty suits. Neither is appealing to the aspirations, anxieties, or angst of the American people. They are more concerned with abortion, gays, guns, and other irrelevant issues that do nothing to pay the bills, rent, mortgage, or put food on the table. All those issues do is divide and anger people, which is their designed purpose.
The only question is, are you better off now than you were four years ago? Not the country as a whole, but you, personally. No individual voter can answer yes to that question. People are worse off and moving towards worst. Unemployment is still high and volatile. The government is bankrupt. The private sector is uncertain and will make no investments until they get certainty.
The cost of living is going up. Soon that will be changed to the Cost of Survival Index.
The country has no energy policy, no foreign policy, no trade policy, no policies what so ever. This administration is the “fly by the seat of your pants” administration. This president has nothing to offer America except the failed tired old programs of the past. Those policies failed miserably.
The legislature has nothing to offer except gridlock. Our elected officials only care about themselves, their reelection, and pleasing their precious parties.
There is only one thing that matters. One thing to vote for. Vote for yourself and your pocket. Who is going to put real money in your pocket? Not welfare or unemployment funny money. Not counterfeit food stamp money. Real, cold, hard cash that you earn yourself.
Which candidates for president and the legislature are going to look to the private sector instead of the bureaucrats to straighten out the economy?
At the end of the day it is not about morals, values, safety nets, so-called rights or any of that other nonsense. It is all about you. Not your neighbor, your friends, or someone who lives someplace else. It is not about the rich or the poor. It is all about your individual prosperity and your money.
Vote like your wallet depends on it.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.
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