I don’t know about our election cycles – whatever that once meant. The idea that there was a “honeymoon” period following elections before everyone started ripping our elected officials has come to an end, as it once was, at least that is my belief.
I am not sure who to blame for this phenomenon, that is, year around politics, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. I suppose some folks will blame it on cable television, Youtube, or George Bush, but that is not going to make it go away.
I have long felt two year terms for some of our politicians, namely Representatives, was way too short. If you happen to get someone elected to the office who knows little or nothing about politics, human nature or marketing, there just isn’t enough time to get up to speed even though there are classes, or seminars, or conferences they can attend to try and close the gap.
Then, on the other end of the spectrum there are Senators and Representatives also, who have been elected and re-elected for years and years, and that is counter productive also. One case in point is Senator Harkin – been there way too long, needs to go. I don’t even put Harkin in the category of an IOWA Senator. He has not lived here for years, if he ever did for very long. He only flys into
Des Moines and has a bar-b-que fundraiser when he needs a new suit, or whatever.
The other thing that bothers me a lot about our election process is, that if you are not a millionaire and donate much money to a party or campaign, you are a NOBODY. And, I don’t mind being a nobody at this stage in my life. It is a lot better than being hounded morning, noon and night for donations.
But the truth is, money makes the system work and the wheels turn. If you don’t have any, not much will get done on your behalf if you are a candidate.
And while we are on that subject I would like to point out that this web page has a Pay Pal site up and running and you can donate to our cause at your leisure. If you go to the site and send money to our treasury, Pay Pal will assess a three percent charge for the convenience. I think that is pretty standard throughout the industry for all credit card transactions, although, the big boys negotiate that down to a lesser percent. Help the Central Committee get the job done this year if you possibly can. After the primary election in June folks will be paired up with their favorite candidate and money will be hard to come by. The committee thanks you!
Like any other political entity, the Central Committee needs money for a lot of things. And right now we need some money to rent a space from June to November for a headquarters. Candidates need places to leave brochures, literature, yard signs and other campaign material for pick up. We are expected to furnish that place and for a number of years we have done that. We expect to continue to do that again this year as well as participate in all the functions and meetings that come our way.
With all the hoopla surrounding the Presidential election, it seems their fund-raising efforts bear fruits much greater than us local folks. They measure theirs in millions of dollars and even a billion, in the case of President Obama. Seems like an awful lot of money thrown at the tv screen, but I guess if I had a wad, it would mean nothing.
And along the same lines, money for Presidential candidates seems so silly this time around. I have mentioned this before but since FDR I have been voting. I never equated voting with dollars spent, but I am beginning to change my mind.
In fact, as I look at the election this year, the money being spent and the talk being bantered about, well it all seems so futile to me.
I have looked at this election and the outcome can be changed, or regulated by only four people. You can take all the polls you want, you can spend all the money advertising, and you can make all the speeches you want – THIS ELECTION IS IN THE HANDS OF FOUR MEN!
Here are the four men who have the Presidential election in their hands. Robert W. Dudley CEO of British Petroleum; Rex W. Tillerson CEO of Exxon Mobile; John S. Watson CEO of Chevron and James J. Mulva CEO of Conoco Phillips.
If these four people decide to raise the price of gasoline about two bucks a gallon, lets say around the first or middle of October, I can guarantee you we will have a replacement for President Obama. It is the very first time in my lifetime that the nation will need the acts of only four men to completely change the direction of our nation!
It is now in their hands.
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(This article is the product of the author and is not associated with or submitted by the Des Moines County Central Committee nor any other organization)