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Missing the Point
Posted By Gary Wamsley On July 27, 2010 @ 10:36 pm In Guest column,Political & Politicians,Voices & Thoughts | Comments Disabled
By Ken Gordon
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
I went hiking in the mountains recently with friends from college, (University of Michigan–class of 71–Go Blue!). The forecast was for rain. I said to Joe while buying rain gear, “I am not particularly superstitious, but it seems that the more preparations you make, the less likely it will rain. ”
Joe said, “That isn’t superstition. That’s a proven fact. ”
We were up at Crater Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and it started raining hard. I was cold and miserable, walking a trail that alternated large stones, puddles and mud. I have to admit to praying. “Please let it stop raining. ” But then I thought about unintended consequences. What if my prayer is granted? What if it never rains again?
That wouldn’t be good.
I considered making my prayer more specific, but I knew I couldn’t think of everything.
So I ended with, “Never mind. Just go ahead and do whatever you were going to do anyway. ”
Missing the Point:
Back to the United States Senate primary: Andrew does an ad that says he isn’t taking special interest money and that Michael is. Than Michael does an ad that says, “Andrew took PAC contributions when he was in the state house. ”
Both statements are true. But the second one is not particularly relevant to your decision in the race.
One of these guys is going to be in the Senate (I don’t think highly of the Republican candidates). If Andrew is in the Senate he won’t be beholden to special interests. No special interest will have helped him get there. He will just be grateful to us–the voters.
If Michael wins he will be beholden, because of the million dollars plus he has gotten from interests like banks, oil companies, insurance and pharmaceuticals.
Michael is trying to make it like virginity. You either are, or you aren’t. The truth is it’s functional. It is not about whether you once took PAC contributions. It is about whether the interests have their hooks in you now.
Another way to look at it is this. Say you have an issue that is important to you. Let’s say it is public education. You think we should pay teachers better, fix up schools and buy new books. (Do they still use books?)
Now say your elected representative doesn’t agree with you, and doesn’t vote the way you would like. So you ask him to go on a tour of schools. He meets teachers and students. At the end of the tour he says, “Okay. I think you are right. I will vote for more resources for education. ” And he does.
Are you mad at him because he disagreed with you earlier or are you happy that he agrees with you now? I’m glad I have a candidate to vote for who is on the people side, not the money side.
This is fairly simple.
1. There is too much money in politics. The wealthy interests run Washington.
2. The only way to change it is to elect candidates who don’t take the money.
3. Andrew Romanoff is the only candidate in this race not taking the money.
One, two, three.
This is important. You may never have another chance to vote for someone who doesn’t take big special interest contributions.
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