Are we insane?

Tom Barton has an excellent editorial in today’s Savannah Morning News.  Titled, Legislative Insanity, the article focuses on the frustration that voters have with not getting quite what they want out of government, yet the insanity that persists as they continue to elect the same people to office over and over. 

If the classic definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results each time, then Georgia voters are certifiable. They keep electing the same representatives, while expecting their lawmaking bodies to change and wise up.

2008 is going to be a HUGE CHANGE election.  On the national front, any of the three leading candidates for President (Obama, Clinton, and McCain) bring a completely new and refreshing perspective to governing. 

McCain brings the most refreshing perspective in that he has zero tolerance for the wasteful pork barrel spending and earmarks that Congress became so addicted to over the past few years.  McCain will be honest about the real issues we face in this country and take on the issues with an honesty that will earn the respect of voters, even when they may not agree with him. 

17 comments

  1. Rogue109 says:

    McCain will be honest about the real issues we face in this country and take on the issues with an honesty that will earn the respect of voters, even when they may not agree with him.

    Well, my friends, he’s honestly wrong about his desire to impose a global warming tax structure on the economy.

  2. Rogue109 says:

    Man-made global warming has not been proven to exist and, thus, addressing it is premature. And my respect for John McCain has not increased since I disagree with him.

    And are you too good to put a header on this blog entry (grin)?

  3. ProfG says:

    On the national front, any of the three leading candidates for President (Obama, Clinton, and McCain) bring a completely new and refreshing perspective to governing.

    LOL!

    There’s nothing “completely new” about their perspective on governing. “Make government bigger, spend more money, take more money from taxpayers, kowtow to the big-money lobbyists and special interests, drive our economy toward socialism and ruin, and don’t ever ever ever ever ever stand on truth and unchanging principle.”

    Oh, and that’s not “refreshing,” either.

    BG

  4. Rogue109 says:

    Brian, you need to sprinkle lemon juice on your screen and then hold a heat source to it and, magically, the words will appear.

    In truth, Bull Moose just forgot to add one in when typing in the entry…no biggie.

  5. StevePerkins says:

    No matter which of these three candidates are elected, government will continue to grow unchecked. The economy will continue to go through its normal cycles so long as Bernake doesn’t screw up. We’ll still be Iraq for the next several years. We’ll still look largely the other way on illegal immigration, and continue seeking cheap labor for large companies.

    The only THEORETICAL difference is Supreme Court nominees. But guess what… abortion is going to remain legal, no matter how many Republican appointments are made. Conservative leaders aren’t that stupid (although their followers apparently are).

    However, you’re “crazy” if you “throw your vote away” on an independent or third-party candidate.

  6. SpaceyG says:

    I don’t think we’re so much insane as just dumb and gettin’ dumber. And before you go way off-topic and destroy this good thread by saying I’m “insulting” people, let me present my own self as an example.

    I mean, how many times have I (0r you maybe) re-elected the same Congressperson? Or State Rep? Senator? Whatever. It’s just plain hard to go outside the box once you’re IN the voting box.

    And most people seem not so much bored to tears with GA politics as they are downright confused.

    For the life of me, I can’t even figure out, for instance, if Glenn Richardson is officially divorced now or not… let alone get a handle on tax reform.

    Once you DO give a damn about GA politics, you are only setting yourself up for bad media sources, information overload, ridiculous characters & legislation, and general chaos.

    And then there’s that busy-body neighbor of mine, with her lifelong effort to confuse the hell out of everyone and anyone with her constant semi-incoherent babble about zoning issues in the City….

    Agggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

  7. Rogue109 says:

    Once you DO give a damn about GA politics, you are only setting yourself up for bad media sources, information overload, ridiculous characters & legislation, and general chaos.

    That’s why PP exists! To combat the insanity one in awhile!

  8. Progressive Dem says:

    Georgia politics would be a hell of a lot better if politicians didn’t design their own legislative districts. We elect the same idiots because they are in idiot proof districts. They have to be caught with a live boy or a dead girl to lose an election.

  9. Doug Deal says:

    P.D,

    Georgia politics would be a hell of a lot better if politicians didn’t design their own legislative districts. We elect the same idiots because they are in idiot proof districts. They have to be caught with a live boy or a dead girl to lose an election.

    Then I recommend that you also care about this when the Democrats are in power, and maybe something will be done about it. It is funny how partisans suddenly find Gerrymandering offensive when they are out of power, but just another “tool” when they are in it.

  10. Bull Moose says:

    AMEN Progressive Dem…

    Only in Georgia do incumbents draw their own districts in which to run for reelection.

    I don’t care which party it is, they both do it. Until we have fair redistricting reform, we should insist on voluntary term limits.

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