Monday, March 1, 2010
The recent wins in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts were made in no small part by candidates convincing independent voters of sound principled approaches of fixing their states problems and issues.
I recently listened to a primary debate hosted for the Kentucky 2010 elections and was somewhat taken aback by statements of eliminating government departments or agencies. This seems to be a growing 2010 election populist theme but may appear to be reckless rhetoric to a independent voter. Deja vu!
To an independent voter this should be taken as reckless rhetoric and with skepticism without a sound plan provided by the candidate. Some independents perceive this struggle as a teeter totter of their lone vote on one end and a 800 pound gorilla of lobbyist and special interests groups on the other. Insurmountable to say the least.
I would expect to see a simple, balanced and fair framework presented by any candidate that would propose such a task as eliminating a government department or agency. Perhaps something similar to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) is a good example of what independents know and understand.
Otherwise their rhetoric is no different than what we heard from our elected officials in the 2008 elections of making promises they could not keep.
Trust, but verify was a signature phrase of Ronald Reagan.