, Newburyport, MA


April 30, 2013

Politics as usual


Believe me, no one is going to cure the financial crisis in our country in one more four-year term. How do you straighten out a mess that has taken so many years to create? It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat as president, the cooperation of both the Senate and the House in making changes for the betterment is what counts.

As I’ve said many times, most European countries allow only six weeks for campaigning while others tell you whom you can elect. We, as Americans, are fortunate that we are given a choice. But why does it have to cost so much? The money figures in this recent campaign have shown that changes need to be made in our political system. Why is a primary election needed or why are conventions needed? Let all candidates go on one ballot, six weeks total for campaigning, voters choose the best candidate in their own minds. It’s done! Now we no longer have a year of bantering and boredom. If a candidate can’t tell the voters in six weeks why you should vote him or her into office, then why should we give them four years to run the country?

Recently, while waiting in a doctor’s office, a patient told me that she had lost her job a year ago in December and has no unemployment or health insurance. Now she has severe back problems and needs to be hospitalized but can’t afford it. When she hears about the $193 million being spent on this last campaign, it makes her sick to think of all the rhetoric about the country being in recovery. She thinks the bandage is “leaking.” At this point she’s so disgusted that she didn’t want to vote at all! This won’t solve the problem, folks; it just allows the bandage to keep leaking.

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