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April 1, 2014

Free money?

This past week I have heard it said at least three times “that if we do not get it someone else will.”

They are talking about grants of money from the state. They know that with elections on the horizon that the career politicians will be doling out money right and left to buy the votes needed for re-election.

Think about it! Here we are in a state that can barely pay their bills with unfunded pension liabilities of $90 billion to $100 billion or more dependent upon whom you talk to and they will still take your money and buy votes to stay in office. I might be a party of one, but I really have difficulty understanding how this works. Do we really want these types of political animals in our lives?

I received an article this morning from the Washington Post discussing how low the voter turnout is in our country. They could have included our state, county and city. I am continuously amazed at the level of complaining, whining, griping or whatever you want to label it that I hear on a daily basis.

I always ask them; why don’t you do something about it? I get a lot of answers, “I am just one person,” or, “it has always been that way.” “I do not want them mad at me” and on and on. When you stop and think about the disharmony and lack of compromise and working together that exists today, do you think it should be changed?

When I hear or read about voter turnout of 40 percent or less and realize that someone can get elected by only 21 percent of the eligible voters, do you think they represent you — the 60 percent who do not vote — or the 21 percent who helped the special interest groups get them into office?

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