To the editor:
The dictionary defines “conundrum” as something that is puzzling or confusing. I thought of that definition when considering the upcoming election year. We, the voters, are in something of a conundrum.
We have two parties, neither of which cares about any of us or what we think. The list of conundrums that causes confusion for voters during our election season is long and sad. We are stuck with the system we have because we, the voters, will not change it. Politicians will not change because we will not force them to change.
Take term limits, for instance. Do you really think that either party is going to vote themselves out of a job that provides lavish perks, robust retirement, gold-plated health care, prestige and access to millions of dollars for themselves from lobbyists, money legally routed through political action committees, campaign staffs and fundraising?
Many say America is capitalist and greedy, yet half the population is subsidized in some form or another. Half the population is subsidized, yet they think they are victims. Their representatives run the government, yet the poor keep getting poorer. Yet the poor have things that people in other countries can only dream about.
We are told not to judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. We are told Social Security is running out of money, but we never hear that welfare or food stamps are running out of money. Interestingly, the first group worked for their money and the second did not. The administration is cutting benefits for our veterans, (with) no pay raises for our military, and cutting the Army to a level not seen since before World War II, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens. …
Am I the only one missing something here? Does anyone think that continuing to vote back into office 98 percent of all incumbents is a good idea? You decide. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. We are several decades overdue for a third party. The other two have failed us miserably, yet the money still flows in and the voters continue re-electing the incumbents. Go figure.