Change your Vote Instead of Complaining about the Politicians

Do not complain about the state of politics and then go out and vote for the incumbents who are a part of the problem.

There is a story of a man who ate at a restaurant and complained that the potatoes were cold and lumpy, the gravy had the texture of jello, the string beans were undercooked, the bread was dry, there was no butter, and the meat was burned.  When asked for any other comments he replied, “Yes, the portions were too small, it costs too much, and the food is the same week after week!”

Before you laugh at this man, this story is no different than politics here in California. How many times have you heard someone complain about politics? However, despite the fact that politicians have such a low respect in this state, people keep voting for incumbents.

However, the diner is not the only one who complains about the food but keeps going back to the same restaurant. Over the last several years, the Contra Costa Times has bewailed at length the problems in the state. Often the Times has blamed feckless, linguine-spined, gutless, sold-out-to-special- interest-group politicians for putting the state in the mess it is in.  For the most part this is true.

At present, budgets are unbalanced, public pension are unfunded, roads are in need of repair, unemployment is too high, education is still not receiving a passing grade, …..and water, or lack thereof, are still burning issues.  So after all the name calling and lamentations of the Contra Costa Times, it endorses the same politicians it had previously excoriated. 

Are there any other comments?  “Yes, the portions were too small, it costs too much, and it is the same thing election after election after election.”  So evidently the cure to broken promises and a fiscal mess is to, yes, you guessed it, a larger portion of the same broken promises and fiscal messes.  I ask you, do we really expect the same politicians to suddenly change their profligate ways or even their votes?   I doubt it.  If the past is prologue, we can expect more of the same problems of the past in the future. 

It is the last full week of this political season.  Some votes have been cast but most are still to be cast.  You have a choice of candidates, local initiatives, and state wide propositions.  For those ballots yet to be cast, it is prudent to consider what is really at issue. 

Ideologies have consequences and these ideas translate themselves into votes for certain tax increases or other regulatory policies.  The recurring pattern observed with the Democratic Party is higher taxes and more regulations.  People mistakenly believe that the taxes are for the “rich” even when it is clear that it is a tax increase for everyone. 

Some feel that “their” politician would do them no harm by his vote.  On the surface this may seem true, but when similarly minded party politicians vote in concert, the results are felt not only at the state level but they trickle down to the local level as well.

So how do you vote?  Ask yourself if you are totally content with the condition of the state of California, not just your personal neighborhood.  If you are, then vote for the incumbent.  However, if you have the feeling that the state is not as prosperous as it once was, if regulations are affecting your pocketbook, and if the present ideology is creating more problems than solving them; do not vote for the incumbent. 

Einstein’s definition of insanity is a truism regarding California politics. Einstein said that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

For too long we have voted for the same politicians again and again and have gotten the same disastrous results. It is time the voters try a different approach and vote the incumbents out of office.  Just like we need to go to a different restaurant rather than complain about the quality of the food, the cost of the meal and the portions, we need to vote for fresh leadership. 

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Jojo Potato October 30, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Don't worry too much about it. You have no chance of winning anything after dragging your antiabortion platform here from Colorado and pretending to be something else. And by the way that quote did was not from Albert Einstein, check this out: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Narcotics_Anonymous But I guess facts are not that big a thing in your life and politics.
Bob Johnson October 30, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Jerry brown who has been part of the establishment for over thirty plus years... Californians dont get it. The most beautiful state, the biggest economic powerhouse in America has been reduced to a bankrupt joke, thanks to big gov'nt policies, and BIG Union!
WC-Independent October 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Really, is abortion the biggest area of concern for CA? Time to get people in office that are concerned with improving the infrastructure and education system and creating a world class business climate.
WC-Independent October 31, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Regarding the quote. It's not clear who is the author. Don't believe everything you read on the internet. http://throwgrammarfromthetrain.blogspot.com/2010/10/definition-of-insanity.html
c5 October 31, 2012 at 02:54 PM
i agree with the sentiment expressed. i will not be voting for any incumbents at the state and local levels this time around. it's not a statement about which party i prefer, only that we need to get brand new people into office if possible.
Summer Hemphill November 01, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Big business has screwed the American worker who's wages have remained stagnant for over thirty years while compensation for CEO"S has risen 3000% ! It's the labor unions that built the middle-class in this country & it's the union busting tactics of rich employers & their GOP toadies who've created this unconscionable travesty ! The fact that public employee unions have been out of the reach of the corporate union busters is no reason to malign those who negotiated decent wages & benefits through collective bargaining ! Californian's are overwhelmingly Democratic & overwhelmingly pro-union & as any political neophyte will soon find out attacking either one is political suicide ! But then again Mark Meuser's candicacy was dead on arrival & couldn't be resusitated months ago ! You can pack your bags & take that "personhood" crap back to Colorado with you when the voters inform you how they really feel about your values & agenda ! And as far as a woman's right to choose goes I'd say that Mark's mother either made the wrong decision or perhaps his father & his preacher made that decision for her ! There is no problem that can't be solved in California if we can achieve a super majority in the Legislature & pass legislation without needing a single Republican vote ! Now is your chance to help us reach this important goal by re-electing State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D) on next Tuesday November 6th !!!
WC-Independent November 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Sorry Summer, generations of my family have been middle class and none of us worked for a union. So unions didn't build the middle class. We've worked for corporations and built are our businesses. We've taken some risk to get where we are today. We're sick of seeing government union workers retiring in their 50s with massive payouts basically a reward for voting for a particular party and union dues pushing the candidates that will enrich them.
Californicated1 November 01, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I hope that as long as the current malaise keeps going on, the majority of the people come to the conclusion that the system as we have it now is broken and beyond repair. When that happens, I hope they resort to the bullet as a means for repair than further ballots. And for the people like this politician Meuser, which side would they like to find themselves on when the bullet takes over where the ballot failed? Do the rest of you know which side you are going to be on?
Rusty Bridges November 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Why would I change my vote to you? You'd just be another lousy politician. We have enough lawyer/politicians in the world. We don't need more. Lawyers are the problem, not the solution. Considering what a bad investment law school is perhaps we could export lawyers to another country.
William H. Thompson November 04, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Californians in the majority will keep on voting for the politicians who promise to give them the most, until the whole Ponzi scheme comes crashing down - a situation that is nearer each day. Fortunately for the Democrats, the delusion that says it's OK to spend more than is taken in is still alive with most of their supporters, so incumbents will have their post-election celebrations - with some remorse among those who supported Brown's higher-taxes proposition, which will fail.
Don't Tell Me What To Do November 04, 2012 at 09:15 AM
Californians will continue to vote against those politicians who favor discrimination and inequality.
MIKE ALFORD November 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
yes -- by all means ----- but without comman sense ?
Mr. Mike to you November 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM
At age 40 and a well to do business owner I am looking to retire in Chile, Ecuador, or Belize sooner than later. Business taxes are ridiculous, Fed, State, Alameda County is the worst, form 571L taxes every tangible item in the business on a continued yearly bases, even though I paid sales/use tax when the equipment was purchased! SCAM! Now with more taxes in the pipe line ready to hit in both State and Fed I am ready to consider planning my early retirement out of the country. Sell of the business assets, residential and commercial properties, vehicles, and everything else. Take my funds and family elsewhere, the last thing I need is to eventually pass away and have everything I built up to be passed on the my family and taxed again at +50%. The American dream in part is to allow people opportunity to achieve and excel, those achievements drive further desire and optimism on other ways to build there business even better. The American dream is getting tougher to achieve daily for most Americans now days since government assistance is only a bus ride or phone call away. This will not provide people optimism and drive elevate out of the middle class. The whole new tax idea for fed, state, local, is based on this magical $250k number is stupid. $250k is not rich in the Bay Area or CA. I would not mind paying more if other subsidies and hand outs where controlled, right now they are out of control.
Nice and Rough November 11, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Good luck to you. Make sure you immigrate to those places legally.
Bob Brittain November 11, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Nice & Rough, You wish this person to emigrate. I agree.
Trader Lu November 12, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Californians are suffering from "Battered Spouse Syndrome" and need to accept "Intervention." Thanks for trying Mark, but most folks have been scared into thinking that anyone else would harm them more. One thing you can say about this state, the diehards know how to take a punch and even put up with the destruction of the souls of their children.
Nice and Rough November 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Maybe the Soul Train ran over those destroyed souls?
Carly November 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM
yes because funding abortions is the only thing that matters, right? what a simple minded self centered person you are...
Carly November 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Summer, there's been a dem majority in this state for as long as I can remember, you people OWN this mess, 100%.
Carly November 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM
it is when you vote with your ladyparts instead of your brain.
Carly November 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Don't Tell Me What To Do, just another self serving tool voting for a single agenda instead of the fiscal health of ALL California residents.


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