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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Why Should We Vote for You?

What the Why Should We Vote for You blog is about?

   OUR new blog, Why Should We Vote for You? - is dedicated to all Americans who really wish to hold their elected officials, and those who seek to be elected, accountable for past or promised actions and to help measure the responsiveness to the needs of average citizens instead of to the usual lobbyists, PACs, and special interests.

   This blog hopes to complement a new website, www.WhyShouldWeVoteforYou.com whose goals are similar: better accountability for a better government!

   Also, we hope to be 'spilling the beans' and reporting on actions or inaction from our politicians anyone with a sound mind and fair attitude would and should object to. So this blog will report on these and expect and welcome people to participate and object - to their elected officials first, then here.

Is this Blog just for Liberals, or Conservatives, Dems or Republicans or - WHO?

   Anyone of any party or other affiliation, or anyone who is unaffiliated or independent or even a non-voter is welcome to post any thoughts or comments so long as they relate to current or recent political issues and events and people and so long as they are in good taste (ie, not obscene) and must comply with the terms of use for these and most blogs. 

   It's and election year in America - at least on in which all the seats in our US House are again up again for a vote, and one-third of our Senate, and of course, the Office of President. We voters have a lot to complain about, and to call on incumbents and challengers to make responsible comments and take appropriate action to:

-increase employment opportunities - good jobs and benefits - for all Americans;
-halt the nonsensical foreclosures by any and all banks and help those families and individuals who have lost their homes;
-insure we ALL have affordable, quality health care regardless of court challenges with no more Congressional gridlock;
-stop Congressional gridlock;
-halt the double dealing by members of Congress - insuring they abide by the same laws they expect us all to abide by;
-end war-making and other actions that exceed the limits of legal power outlined in our Constitution;
-stop wasting our money;
-start protecting Americans from the HUGE price swings and adverse economic consequences of high oil and gasoline and heating and electricity prices;
-bring good jobs and industries back from overseas now;
-help college students reduce their huge debts and enable them to find and begin new careers or to pursue graduate, law and medical careers without having to shoulder unbearable financial burdens.


Importantly, we all ask: Who Should We Hold Accountable? 

   The answer is simple: We should all hold accountable those people who are running for President and for seats in Congress this year, as well as for offices at the state and local levels. We all can and should take a long look at their records - from their own websites at www.Senate.gov , or at http://www.house.gov/ and a www.OpenSecrets.org - for personal and campaign finance information, and in regional, local and national newspapers (www.nytimes.com , www.wsj.com , www.huffingtonpost.com and media. In the final analysis, we need also to hold ourselves accountable for the lousy government we have allowed to fester for so long. It's time to take a more active role not only in who gets elected and when but also what goes on AFTER our elections. For this we might wish to utilize http://www.citizen.org/congress/  and other various websites and resources we are inclined to consult and read/review.

So What - We Try to Hold Those Running for, and IN Elected Office. Will they Respond?

   Some politicians will get the message; some may not, but unless they start hearing from us all - those of us trying to make ends meet, trying to weather this economy and the poor leadership of the past several years - at all levels of governments, unless they feel our concern, things will get worse, and unless we throw a few of them out of office, things will get worse: worse economy for average Americans, fewer good jobs, more homes lost, a non-responsive federal and state governments, higher prices for oil and gasoline, unaffordable college and education, exported industries and jobs. You get the idea.