This past Tuesday was election day. For most of the summer the local newspaper has been awash with letters from disgruntled voters, complaining about the problems both in Albany (our state capital) and here in the Rochester area. It costs more to live in New York than even parts of California. (We're running neck and neck.) For all our tax dollars spent we still have roads and bridges that are falling apart, school children graduating with reading skills at the elementary level (if they even achieve that), and jobs evaporating like a puddle on a hot day in July.
The problem? Too many of our elected officials would rather listen to the voices of special interests than listen to the problems of their constituents. They seem to spend their years in office scheming how to STAY in office and raising war chests of loot to keep themselves in office, so they can continue to line their pockets from the lobbying of special interest groups.
The answer? Vote them all out and start fresh. That's the only way to clean house with new people to change the way our government is run.
And what does the voting population do? They vote these politicians (who are mostly white and male) in again and again and again. And then months from now those same voters will be complaining that nothing ever changes, that our tax money is wasted, and we're taxed to death, and still they won't see that they are part of the problem.
But on a happier note, I've jumped off my soap box and am the guest today at Lori's Reading Corner blog (talking about old cookbooks). Not only that, but I just had enough time to stop by the Jungle Red Writers blog, too. (Those women know how to party!) Hope you'll check them out!
But before you do: What's Bugging YOU Today?