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May 13, 2013

Letter: here is the 'vote' em out' primary ballot?

To the editor:

I was standing in line waiting for a ballot during the recent primary election and, when asked my preference for a ballot, It occurred to me that what we really need is another choice.

We can ask for either a Republican or Democratic ballot, but what we really need is a third choice. We need a ballot that allows us (the poor schmucks that are continually subjected to choosing from a group of pre-selected party cronies) to vote ‘em out, not in! A direct election — you get in that way, you go out that way.

Yes, I know that there is a constitutional provision for this type of thing but, gimme a break, the people who do that (I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine) are the ones that shouldn’t be in there in first place. Our current system of subtraction by addition isn’t working. “Oh, you don’t like the last one we picked for you?” party leaders say, “try this one.”

We Americans are all part of a great democracy, right?

W-e-l-l, not exactly. It’s what‘s called a representative democracy, that is to say that we vote for a representative to act in our best interest.

Lets’ see, we got health care reform… all the Washingtons got together and, after the obligatory bribes of one sort or another (they don’t call ‘em that), they’ve given us a system that, they tell us, is best for us the American people.

That’s fair enough, but wait a minute — not quite good enough for the Washingtons so they have their own health care system. Golly gee!

Then there is the plan they’ve prescribed for us for retirement. IRAs, 401ks and all the other numbers and letters — all with their own built in set of rules. But good enough for them? Nope. And the recent debacle over the do-nothing approach regarding the issue of sequester brings to mind the old adage “when the going gets tough, Congress goes on vacation.”

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