Elections In Washington State
Our most recent primary election is over, turnout was dismal.
I think that as Americans we need to look carefully at what is happening in Europe. Greece, Italy, and Spain have gone horribly wrong; those economies have collapsed or are on the verge of collapse. These failures are not the fault of politicians; they are the fault of the voters who elected poorly performing politicians over the last decades.
Bringing this discussion back home, we have to be alarmed at the amount of voter apathy shown by the horrible voter turnout this week. We each have a responsibility to become informed about the issues, and the candidates, then with that knowledge vote. Voting, and voting well is the only chance we have to stave off a Greek type of disaster here.
When we do vote, we must remember that money is a finite resource. This is what was forgotten in Greece. We can not elect politicians who will spend every dollar they can get their hands on, we must elect politicians who will be good stewards of our financial resources and system. If we want everything from the government, and if we elect those who promise everything we will ultimately collapse as Greece has done because there is not enough money in the word to provide everything to everyone.
Good financial stewardship is not a Republican or a Democrat issue anymore, Republicans are just as likely to be free spenders as Democrats, and there are plenty of fiscally realistic folks in the ranks of the Democratic Party. We need to get to know the candidates who seek our vote, and we need to elect those who are willing to say that they can't support everything we might want them to spend money on.
Only we can prevent a fiscal disaster.