Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

June 3, 2014

What happened?

What happened to accountability? What happened to credibility? What happened to just the old-fashioned concept of saying what you mean and doing what you say? What happened to folks in political power looking out for the folks they were appointed or elected to represent?

Let's talk about it! If you do not believe that a "big time" dramatic sea change is necessary today, shame on you and I feel for the lack of concern for the next generations. I am talking about our kids and grandkids.

We can have election after election until Hell freezes over and nothing will change. The only solution available to us is to publicly finance elections and give folks with common sense an opportunity to serve at every level. It makes no difference whether you are Democrat or Republican, until we remove the billions of dollars spent on lobbying and campaign funding by special interest groups, we just do not have a chance.

Let's just look at a few examples, starting with the top and working down. Do you find the Veterans Administration scandal sickening? What do you think about the reported bonus system that paid big performance bucks for finding ways to cook the books and allegedly falsify the waiting times for veterans to be seen by a doctor? Do they really expect us to believe that this could go on for years with no one following up? This is what happens when you have career politicians that are only interested in getting re-elected and raising money for their next election.

How about our state? Remember the promises made by our political leaders about the large increase in the state income tax with an expiration date? Now, as the expiration date approaches, they are doing the fear mongering dance with doomsday predictions for what will happen if the temporary problem-solving increase of 67 percent is not made permanent. Whatever happened to credibility and doing what you promised the folks?

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