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Location: Yardley, PA (Bucks County), United States

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

How To Rope In Members of the "I Don't Care" Party - Bucks County Courier Times December 15, 2007

With a 24% voter turnout in Bucks County both Republicans and Democrats got trounced again by the "I Don't Care" Party. I wonder if this 76% of non-voters really doesn't care. It's my theory that 1/3 doesn't care, 1/3 are profoundly stupid and 1/3 are angry. One might conclude that there's an additional 25% out there (the angry 1/3) who would consider voting on real issues that really matter.
Bucks County Republicans are feeling the heat of narrowing gaps between them and their Democrat opponents. New Jerseyans and Philadelphians get a bad rap for bringing their socialist tendencies to Bucks, but they are often the ones screaming out the loudest for good governance as a direct result of what corrupt and ineffective "leaders" have done.
A wild suggestion for Republicans might be to start being Republicans. Democrats could respond in kind by being actual Democrats. Then, some real win/win solutions might emerge. About half of the 24% who show up on Election Day represent various special interest groups who could sway an election one way or the other based on who panders to whom the most. The folly of current political thought (which is to stand for nothing out of fear of upsetting someone) is in ignoring the 76% who stay home.
A sample platform for state office, for example, to reach our new special interest group of the 76% who currently don't vote might be the following:
1. Resolving the pending health care crisis is a top priority. Some ideas are:
- access to plans outside of Pennsylvania
- tax breaks for the self insured
- reducing coverage mandates
- healthcare savings accounts
- higher co-pay/higher deductible/lower premium plans
- HMO's and insurance companies should not be making the patient care decisions that only medical professionals are qualified to make
- lawyers who make frivolous lawsuits should be penalized for doing so
2. Public education reform is a top priority with school choice the likely starting point (which will bring educational control where it belongs - in the hands of parents). There can be no reform with a teachers' union that dramatically increases the bureaucracy (and cost) and who opposes any reform that brings competition (and greater efficiency) to the system. Union political activism and campaign contributions have a very corrupting effect on public education and are a disaster. Politicians who set education policy have no business taking money from the teachers' union.
3. People who do not wish to join a union should not have to be represented by them nor should they be required to pay union dues or fees. Therefore, Pennsylvania must become a Right to Work state.
4. The government will not take the earnings and property of one Pennsylvanian and give it to another. Private charity is so much more effective and meaningful than inefficient government programs that discourage private charity.
The mistake that many make in in trying to get along with everyone. People of character should expect hostility from those with oppposing principles. There will always be the 10% to 15% ultra-selfish that will throw endless tantrums when they don't get what they want and who are incapable of having open and honest discussions. They teeter on being a majority when there's a 24% voter turnout, but are made increasingly irrelevant as the numbers increase.
Of course, I may be wrong about all of this. I hope that I'm right, though, because the only alternative is to sell Philly to Jersey and then build a fence along the Delaware River and Poquessing Creek.

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