As a concerned citizen who is involved in community service, I often listen to and monitor the concerns of voters at home and throughout the country. Quite often I have to ask, do voters even realize what they are voting for. I listen as teachers nationwide complain, and rightly so about spending more of their income on school supplies, ever increasing class sizes, lack of modern technology, low pay and diminishing benefits. I have watched sadly as war veterans wearing their service caps whooped and cheered as politicians whipped them into a frenzy concerning a single hot button social issue. This being the same politician who had voted against improving substandard housing for military families and who voted for the restructuring of military pensions which will cost our military retirees. As citizens complain to local officials about the dangerous deterioration of our roads and bridges they always cite cut backs and a lack of funds. However too many citizens along with local politicians continue to support the very officials who cut local funding to give totally unnecessary tax cuts to companies already making billions of dollars in annual profits. Yes your vote does have consequences. I listen as our brave and more than deserving police officers complain about low pay and the ever increasing danger of the job. A danger which is increased tenfold by senseless laws passed that literally permits anyone, including felons and the mentally unstable to possess and carry firearms almost anywhere. Laws are then passed that restrict a police officer’s ability to inspect, and question those individuals to insure a safe environment for the officers and the general public. That said a large percentage of police officers and citizens alike continue to vote for those politicians who put their lives and safety at risk. I hear many seniors complain about the loss of social security and unemployment benefits. Both of these are actually government insurance programs which you are required to pay into from each pay check you earn. Early on these programs were totally self sustaining until politicians decided to divert funds from them to support their own pet projects. Still many seniors continue to vote for those who are refusing to honor the policies they have paid into for a lifetime. Some ask why people complain about the lack of health care and preexisting condition coverage or the lack of jobs when they voted for the candidate who campaigned on eliminating health care and who voiced his support for out sourcing. I was amused at the cartoon in this past weekend’s Union Recorder that inferred that health care for all means mega taxes for all. Very odd when companies like Wal-Mart which is reported to earn ($460.00 Profit Every Second) was just given trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the detriment of education and healthcare. Voters must look beyond the obvious. I am told that several years ago a candidate came to town and vowed that he would like to eliminate the government’s foot print in this area. He was swept into office and today people are still complaining about the loss of Central State Hospital and the many jobs associated with its demise. Too many voters are driven by the media to vote on one hot button social issue with little regard for the big picture. Today’s voter just doesn’t seem to be able to connect the dots between the voting booth, their paycheck and their kitchen table. PEOPLE, YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR.
Hudman S. Evans Sr.