Tuesday, December 15, 2009

2010 Elections - Will You Vote?

I've been reading how disappointed that Democrats are becoming with the Democratically-controlled Congress. So disappointed that fully 53% of them are saying they are less likely to vote for Democrats in the 2010 election!

The poll also shows that 81% of Democrats want Lieberman kicked out of the caucus. Frankly, keeping him in the caucus was one of the stupidest things that the Obama administration championed from the beginning. Not only did Lieberman work for McCain's election and trash Democrats - but he has never supported the Obama agenda.

So, how is the Administration going to change things? Time is running out especially since Lieberman is now in control of what goes in and what stays out of the health care reform bill. The only sure thing in the bill at this point is that people are going to be forced to buy insurance from the same people who have refused to cover them at affordable rates now.

We know the party partisans are going to insist that people not talk down the Administration, the Congress, or the bills that are (or mostly are not) being brought out for passage. I think people will smile sweetly and mouth all sorts of platitudes, but in the end - we'll know how many Democrats stayed home on November 2, 2010.

Now, I've always been proud of my voting record (which I think is close to perfect) since I was first able to vote in the California primary that saw Bobby Kennedy win the election and later lose his life. My personal philosophy is that people are dying for the right to vote all over the world and I have that privilege and right and often I've voted while thinking of them.

But, if I sit out this election (my Congressman has been serving in the House of Representatives since 1988 and is quite likely to continue to easily win elections, with or without my vote) nothing much will change. Neither of my Senators are up for election (and both are extremely capable and I respect them wholeheartedly) so, I could keep my record by voting for local issues and just bypass Congress.

Will I? Only time, and what kind of health care bill is signed by President Obama, will tell.


Ramon Guico said...

The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.So we should vote only for the person who will take us or at least have the will to take us out of this life long misery.
There are things that we should consider.
*we must know well enough all the candidates especially for the presidential and vice presidential slots.Their complete profile, political history and how they reached their present status.
*we should know his platform of government since this will be his tool to help our economy grow.
*I believe we should also observe his/her campaign strategy.
Hoped for a clean and honest election.

Another Scorpio said...

I think the discontent, and I obviously didn't express it well, stems from the inability of the administration to capitalize on the first in several decades of super majorities in both the House and Senate. The 60 seat majority in the Senate has long been held as the reason why things didn't get done - so now they have it and what has gotten done? Sure we have a historic health care reform bill, but what we really needed was an insurance reform bill.

And the bad habit of stocking the house with Blue Dogs has meant that at least 40 of the 257 Democratic members of the House vote with the Republicans.

There is no way to know the "complete profile, political history and how they reached their present status" of any politician unless we're directly related.

Our press corps seems bent on creating a tabloid mentality on the electorate - look no further than the new book "Game Change" wherein Senator's Reid's statement about Barak Obama was said on background - in journalism that means to clarify an issue, not for publication. But it was publicized and then, of course, politicized. Most African Americans (I'm one), don't care what you say as much as what you do.

Anyway, thanks for coming by - I usually rant alone and its nice to know someone was inspired (or provoked) enough to comment.