It should be obvious, by now, that political campaigns have light regard for the basic awareness and political enlightenment of voters. Most politicians believe they cannot tell the public the truth and be elected. They seem confident the public does not comprehend all the avenues directed toward truth. Moreover, apparently, they cannot trust the people to make the sacrifices necessary to solve today’s problems. We see this played out in efforts to establish entitlement reform. Everyone agrees it must be done, but there is a chance you lose your job when you take these necessary position.
Even now, after the votes have been counted I still hear the same catch phrases, key words, and sound bites. Maybe, they think if repeated enough, in time, it will produce positive results. The most popular sound bite, by far, is “middle class.” Everyone uses “middle class” generously, as it is widely perceived that the middle class is in a melt mode. But, there are sound bites a plenty, such as: veterans, retirees, pro-life, pro-choice, education, small business, and on and on. Little of substance; just noise.
One of my favorites; the Republicans say they cannot raise taxes from those who earn 250K or more because this would hurt “small business” and thus, hinder the economic recovery. About 97% of small businesses earn less than 250K. Of course, many earn considerably less than 250K. So much for the truth!
People are slowly catching on to the phony ism and all the games politicians play; when it is obvious they are avoiding a dialogue. This years Presidential race was a classic “beauty contest”, with both candidates avoiding candor. This attitude and approach to elections is a disservice to democracy. In the strictest sense, such candidates, who practice their reticent, should be written off. But, like all beauty contests,someone has to win.