The Case FOR Voting AGAINST Incumbents

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.

3 Responses to “The Case FOR Voting AGAINST Incumbents”

  1. Bill says:

    Davis gets my vote as well.

    At the state and local level, I agree with you 100%. These clowns have had YEARS to fix the mess they made, and it’s pretty clear they never will. It’s time for all new faces.

    The national picture is a bit murkier. I’m not overjoyed with the crew we have, but they did stop the downward slide. Do we give them another two years, or do we reempower the clowns who created the mess in the first place?

    Third party candidates are generally lost causes. The one great virtue of the Tea Party candidates is their electibilty. The big problem is the number of wack jobs they are running. I can’t bring myself to vote for someone who is either nuts or functionally illiterate.

  2. Joe Belle-Isle says:

    I figger get the DEMs out this time-Republicans next. It’s working too.

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