Archive for October 28th, 2010

The Case FOR Voting AGAINST Incumbents

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

There’s an excellent chance the same people who hold office today will be elected Tuesday.  A huge factor is name recognition.  All those mailings, telephone calls, flyers, signs, and media commercials – usually paid for by special interests – will have their desired effect on you.

Most of that “angry voter”, “fed up with politics”, and “throw the bums out”, stuff will melt from your minds as soon as you pull back the voting booth curtain.  Even Rochester’s largest newspaper, which has been ranting about the mess in Albany for years, endorses mostly main stream – usually incumbent – candidates. Ho-hum.

Name recognition works for me too.  On Tuesday if I recognize an incumbent  candidate’s name – regardless of party – I will quickly vote for his opponent.

I will be especially interested in voting for third party candidates.  My choice for Governor?  Kristin Davis of the Anti-Prohibition party.  If we’re going to raise “sin taxes” – like those on cigarettes and alcohol – why not realistically go all the way and tax some real money makers like pot and gambling?  She’s the only candidate who suggested new sources of revenue for a state which can no longer rely on Wall Street dollars.

But chances are, you won’t even consider Kristen – or any third party candidates.  You’re pretty much programmed into Rows A or B.  The campaign propaganda has worked . . . again.

In fairness, I will promise you this.  I promise that when you vote in the same way for the same candidates – and things remain exactly the same next year – I will not laugh (out loud) at your whines and snivels about government.