, Newburyport, MA

October 11, 2012

Consider the 'general welfare' when voting

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Governments were set up to serve and protect us, the people, so we should be voting for those who will fulfill those functions.

For instance, will the candidate vote for policies that you believe will serve us, or will he vote with others in his party, even if they serve narrow, privileged interests and against what you believe is the “general welfare”? Will the candidate consider the Constitutional mandate to “promote the general Welfare” when voting in Congress? The ability of a president to carry out that mandate depends largely on the collaboration of a legislature that will pass laws to fulfill that function.

Voting for a person because of personal attributes that are extraneous to his function as a legislator and who will vote with a party that neglects the “general welfare” mandate, is to promote the same gridlock we see now in Congress.

If you want President Barack Obama to carry out that constitutional mandate, then give him the representative (John Tierney) and the senator (Elizabeth Warren) he will need.

Alfred Moskowitz