Base political choices on what really affects you

Wednesday , January 03, 2018 - 6:00 AM1 comment

At this point, I’m not sure which I find more discouraging and disheartening — the outrageous corruption of our political system or the way the American people allow themselves to be led to vote against their own self-interests. For a well-educated population that prides itself on its “exceptionalism,” the American people are horribly naïve. Politicians are well aware of this and not only take advantage of it; they actively work to increase it.

People tend to get hung up on hot-button issues, causing them to disregard the things that really affect them. Although they vary over time, the most popular hot-button issues right now are abortion, transgender issues and same-sex marriage. None of these have any effect on anyone except the people directly involved.

On the other hand, the politicians who play these emotional cards are the very ones that just increased taxes on everyone but the extremely wealthy. They are the same politicians who won’t find funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. They are the same politicians planning to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in order to reduce the debt that they just voted to increase by $1.5 trillion. They are the same ones who accept outrageous amounts of money from extremely wealthy donors and then turn around and pass legislation that directly benefits their donors. I could go on, but it is nauseating.

My wish for the new year is that the American people will wake up, step back and look at what really affects them and set aside the emotional issues that seem to consume them. Look not at what a politician says, but how he or she has voted on those things that have real impacts on your life.

When you go to the polls, think about the things that affect your wallet, your health, your ability to provide for your family and your future. Set aside your emotions, disregard the things that you find distasteful and focus on those things that actually affect you.

Michael Behring

South Ogden

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