analyticsbox | Sep 08, 2022
It is our Job to Elect Responsible Representatives
‘The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the public’s own money’
-Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859)
It may not seem like it, but it is the ‘voting public’ that sets the direction of the government by whom we elect. To do this it is necessary for the electorate to be informed and understand the issues, and objectively evaluate these issues when casting a vote.
Is that possible today when we have a political system that rewards politicians by re-electing them for ‘giving away the farm’?
‘A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul!’
-Will Rogers (1879-1935)
Sadly, this is what is happening today. The government spends too much, promises great results, delivers little, or in some cases, the opposite of what is promised. ‘Unintended consequences’. Oh well, we tried?? That doesn't get it. See Facts, No Spin #63, The Inflation Reduction Act as an example. The ‘voting public’ cannot let this continue, we cannot ingest the Pablum we are fed without question, hoping for the best and getting the worst. The results speak for themselves. As discussed in Facts, No Spin #55 and #59, enormous debts have accumulated as a result of programs that promised much and delivered little. And we are headed for big trouble as a result. We can't let that happen.
A good, ‘objective economist’ sees the results of economic policy - ‘the direct consequences…and the longer and indirect consequences.’
The ‘political economist’ who works for the government will usually not be objective as it supports the policy decisions of the politicians they work for, even if they know better. They will find a way to rationalize or spin explanations to make bad policy seem good. Don’t buy the PBS (Political Bull S–t).
It is our role as voters to understand the issues - what makes sense and what doesn’t. Take the time to listen to objective economists. Get the facts. Then voice your opinions out loud and in the voting booth based on your values and beliefs - but do it with a good understanding of the current and long term implications for our Country.
LEARN ECONOMICS, THEN VOTE SMART