Send billions of dollars overseas to help the hungry and homeless, but cut or stop funding to help Americans who are hungry and homeless?
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I am not a political activist- in fact, I try to avoid politics as much as possible. But there are some things I just don't get about the political world. Things that are explained to us as if they're supposed to make sense, but they just don't.
For instance, politicians:
When running for office, are capable of collecting millions of dollars for mud-slinging campaigns, but when they get elected, have to cut public funding because there's no money?
Tell us that we need to cut spending on schools and summer programs, then wonder why the crime rates are going up for teenagers?
Say that family values are the most important thing to our country/state/province, but support things like birth control in schools, abortion, and teen parenthood programs, all the while cutting funding to families that are struggling just to put good food on the table?
Say they support our schools ideals of healthy eating, yet limits a schools' food budgets to only get foods that are almost negligent of nutritional value? These same politicians also support exercise, but won't fund for extra helpers in the schoolyards so the kids can run around and play safely?
Don't make laws supporting 'give and take' trading- we buy from your country, but you also need to buy from our country? Don't they see our money isn't coming back to us?
Support mega farms and genetically modified seeds, when other countries are banning them because of all kinds of health issues, yet penalize our small farmers growing normal crops via taxes and other budget cuts and costs, so they can barely scratch out a living?
Say yes to better health care, but when elected, change the rules of health care so it's harder for the lower classes to attain good health? Remember having to go to one doctor for almost everything, and very rarely needed to go to a specialist? Remember making one trip to the doc for a series of tests, instead of going to a series of appointments to get one test at a time?
I don't know about you, but I think I'd like to see Joe Schmo (or Joann Schmo) as president. One who has business sense, and no political background. Someone who's a good parent and who has worked their way up from the bottom. Someone financially successful. Personally, I think one of the qualifications should be the ability to manage a household budget and a business- because if you can't do that, you have no business being in politics and managing my tax dollars and health care.
I don't know of many politicians that fit that bill, if any. If I did, you bet I would be at the polls with bells on, cheering that candidate on as much as humanly possible!
Posted by Beth Brubaker at 6:58 AM