It is political season again, and if you didn't know this, you must not be listening to the radio, watching TV or reading the newspaper. Who can ignore the modern political advertisements that do nothing but bash the candidate's opponents? I can honestly say that I cannot recall the last political advertisement that did not involve a candidate's opponent. I need to know why I should pick YOU! Not why I shouldn't pick the other guy or girl. The sad thing is that I cannot blame the politicians, they are just being smart. Who can I blame, the American people of course. American people respond to negativity. So why not bash the opponent. If only we, as a society, had the attention span to read about a candidate and decide we wanted to vote for that person. Instead we wait to hear about how the other guy/girl voted to raise taxes, then, it is all over for that candidate.
I did, however, hear a bright spot the other day. I was listening to an interview of a candidate on the radio. That Candidate was Tom Ganley, who is running for Congress here in Ohio. He said it is time to cut the budget back, a noble statement. He said it was time to stop spending millions of dollars on out dated, or currently unneeded programs, in order to help reduce the over spending. It gets better though, when asked what programs he would cut, he actually named a specific program! Amazing! Politicians don't mention specifics ever! Well he is not a politician, he is a business man. And businessmen are what need in our political system. Do you want to know the program he mentioned? The National Endowment for the Arts. I like two things about his choice. 1) While I may not want to get rid of the National Endowment for the arts, I happen to like art; I think given the current economic situation and the rising national debt, this is an example of a program that can be cut for now. 2) HE ACTUALLY HAD A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE OF A PROGRAM WE COULD CUT!
We need more politicians like Tom Ganley. Now I don't know if I would vote for him yet, I have yet to do all my homework regarding him, but I do like his style.
What do you think? Would cutting that program be a good idea or a bad idea? Better yet, do you also like his style?