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Most responsible politican

Posted Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 3:45 PM

What politican-local, state or federal- do you think best serves the people he or she represents?


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I do not understand how the system works. It seems that the officals are directed by the majority of constituents and then the public officals go the the hill and vote different. Maybe I am a little off base. Example: One man, one women in marriage has the majority of American support but Government rules opposite. You would think I could name one servant but I cannot because they constantly sidestep the issues in fear of vote loss. Do not get me wrong, I'm sure there is some fine servants out there I just need to see them step out and speak for the People of the United States of America.

-- Posted by powerboy1 on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 5:48 PM

Marsh Blackburn is the one that first comes to mind.

Fred Thompson also did a very good job in my opinion.

-- Posted by quietmike on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 6:49 PM

With recent polls indicating that an overwhelming majority of Americans are against government run health care, it looks like our elected politicians aren't going to properly represent the people on this issue either. What brought us to this point? Voter apathy, plain and simple. Somewhere along the way, we got so wrapped up in our own lives that we forgot how important it was to control our government by personally vetting those that seek public office rather than having some biased media outlet shove them down our throats.

Voting straight down party lines is nothing more than proof that one would vote for Charles Manson as long as he had the appropriate little R or D beside his name. May as well step into the voting booth wearing a blindfold.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 8:12 PM

Ron Paul was my first choice in the last election. Here's a brief overview of Congressman Paul's Record.

1 He has never voted to raise taxes. 2 He has never voted for an unbalanced budget. 3 He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership. 4 He has never voted to raise congressional pay. 5 He has never taken a government-paid junket. 6 He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch. 7 He voted against the Patriot Act. 8 He voted against regulating the Internet. 9 He voted against the Iraq war. 10 He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.11 He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

One of his main objectives is to vote in a manner as to defend the Constitution of the United States.

I'm sure he's not perfect but he's one of the best I've seen. His biggest political hurdle with the public seems to be his policy on foreign affairs. He doesn't believe the US should be policing the world especially given our problems here at home. During the presidential campaign he said "Quit paying to blow up bridges in Iraq and then paying to rebuild them. Bring that money home. Our bridges are falling down(referring to Minneapolis' 35W bridge collapse). Our levees are falling down(referring to New Orleans). The only way we can get enough money is by stopping this insane foreign policy of running this empire that we can't afford. Policing the world? It's impossible.

Bo, I'm convinced if a person is going to help this country as a politician, they will need to defend the Constitution, and be someone who thinks differently. Glenn Beck had a man from Texas on his program yesterday that talked about three counties in Texas that had opted out of social security for a program they had come up with themselves. The program not only paid back much more per month to each person, it also was solvent unlike social security. It's hard for me to come to terms with the fact that we have some of the best educated men and women running our country and they can't come up with rational solutions to our problems.

-- Posted by kfernandez on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 8:55 PM

Glenn Beck had a man from Texas on his program yesterday that talked about three counties in Texas that had opted out of social security for a program they had come up with themselves. The program not only paid back much more per month to each person, it also was solvent unlike social security. It's hard for me to come to terms with the fact that we have some of the best educated men and women running our country and they can't come up with rational solutions to our problems.

-- Posted by kfernandez on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 8:55 PM

Can you post more details about this Texas solution please?

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Thu, Oct 29, 2009, at 11:37 PM

Sure nathan.evans

It is called "The Gaveston Plan" it has been in effect since 1981 in Galveston County, Texas and the designer of the plans name is Rick Gornto. Here is the link to the video about the plan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1aH0SW4I...

And here is a link to the transcript for those of you with dial up.

http://origin.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,5...

-- Posted by kfernandez on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 12:04 AM

It looks like a trick question. Can you say none of the above. I have said it before. Most candidates start out with the right idea and may have a patriotic and honest reason for running. The problem comes in, as it did during a recent campaign, when the political machine gets involved dumps money into the campaign and then the elected candidate owes his loyalty to.... who? Certainly not us the people, but to the machine. So, I would have to vote none of the above, from out on the farm

-- Posted by outonthefarm on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 2:34 AM

YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET MORE TAXES .JIM TRACY AND PAT MARSH ARE GOING TO BRAKE YOU DOWN LIKE A 12 GA. AN STICK IT TO YOU ..LOOK AT WHAT THE REP.PARTY DID THEY MADE A LAW WHERE IF U RENT THE OWNER CAN NOW TELL YOU ,YOU CANT HAVE A GUN .PAT MARSH AN JIM TRACY'S PARTY .WAY to go dis 62 .GOOD christain men stick it to you again .

-- Posted by backat ya on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 4:53 AM

What about sheriff Joe Arpiao of Maricopa County Arizona. He has cracked down on illegal aliens like he should do and the Democrats/Liberal Activist are calling for him to be booted out of office.

-- Posted by Dr. Philbilly on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 7:24 AM

All the responses seem to be someone seen on television or heard about on talk radio - I doubt that anyone here voted for any of these individuals or is directly affected. Personally, I believe the most responsible politicians tend to be in local government - those that do their job everyday without much fanfare and try to be fair. The sheriff of Maricopa County Arizona, has no affect on me.

-- Posted by Grit on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 9:45 AM

None of them; if they were interested in representing US, they would not be a politician. They are self-serving persons? with tainted money paving their way.

-- Posted by jp1946 on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 9:58 AM

One reason is, WE bring on the problem is because voters are listening to well researched and rehearsed promo ads. When we start paying attention to substance, past record, and common sense, maybe we will get someone who truly has the American voters interest at heart. As long as there are die hard party line voters, who care less about substance and who are more interested in spending four years or two years tearing down the opposite party, we will keep getting more of the same. American middle class voters tend to vote on smoke and mirror spot ads, rather than substance.

-- Posted by chs61 on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 11:02 AM

Grit.. I was simply answering the the topics question and show one political figure doing the job he was elected for. If you know of someone else closer to home by all means let us know.By the way, I think what is going on in Maricopa County has national implications, immigration laws should be enforced. Unless you are pro Amnesty this affects millions of people.

-- Posted by Dr. Philbilly on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 12:33 PM

The most responsible politicians wouldn't need to be labeled Republican or Democrat... Because their job is to go to the House, or Senate and represent the views of their constituents. I don't know why everyone thinks it is the politicians "voting record" that is so important because honestly the voting record really shouldn't reflect that person's opinions.. We, the people are supposed to be represented and more often than not it is the other way around. If the United States were to ban lobbying, interest groups, and corporate influence in the political world we may finally start to see what representative democracy is supposed to be all about.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 9:31 AM

jp1946 said

"None of them; if they were interested in representing US, they would not be a politician. They are self-serving persons? with tainted money paving their way."

So who do we elect then? Someone has to run the country. How do you propose we fill the positions that must be filled?

-- Posted by kfernandez on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 11:30 AM

darrick_04 said

"If the United States were to ban lobbying, interest groups, and corporate influence in the political world we may finally start to see what representative democracy is supposed to be all about."

I agree that "lobbying, interest groups, and corporate influence in the political world" are a huge problem but there is another solution if they won't "ban" it. Vote for Independent everyday Joe's who don't have any ties. If they can win without huge sums of money it will level the playing field a little.

It seems if the country continues in the direction it's going and a candidate has an R or D beside their name on the ballot they may as well have put a four letter word because the contempt that is growing toward the two party system. And though there will be growing pains, it's a good thing.

-- Posted by kfernandez on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 11:46 AM

jp1946 said

"None of them; if they were interested in representing US, they would not be a politician. They are self-serving persons? with tainted money paving their way."

So who do we elect then? Someone has to run the country. How do you propose we fill the positions that must be filled?

-- Posted by kfernandez on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 11:30 AM

I would throw the whole bunch out and replace them with small business owners, farmers and mix them with in with a four year term across the board with a term limit of two non consecutive terms. We alway rotate our crops out on the farm

-- Posted by outonthefarm on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 12:04 PM

outonthefarm said

"rotate our crops"

That's hilarious lol.

Because of the problem with the direction of the country many people are getting pretty creative in leveling the playing field. Have you heard about a project called GOOOH.

http://goooh.com/

The acronym stands for: Get out of our House!

It's kinda of interesting. Here is an overview of their plan.

http://www.youtube.com/user/gooohparty#p...

-- Posted by kfernandez on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 1:08 PM

I truly believe our president had a vision, and purpose when he ran and won the presidency...to me it;s quite embarrassing for the democratic party right now they have a majority of the votes but its obvious that some dems are having there pockets lined by special interest groups and could care less about the millions of people without healthcare, or people being denied insurance because of a preexisting condition. I read today that the Hispanic caucus isn't going to vote yes on the bill unless illegal immigrants are allowed to buy this insurance with their ouwn money.....its just to much turmoil and conflict and now i understand why things never get done in Washington. Insurance companies have had 100 year to lower there cost and they have never did it, but in that 100 years they have made billions and billions of dollars....everythings about MONEY...and then there will always be that x fACTOR NO MATTER WHAT OUR PRESIDENT DOES,,,,there will be some to totally go against it for just the reason of who he is....i Know as well as the millions that voted for him the at this time he is the right man for this job....but its unfortunate that there is so much corruption and deceit...smiling in yo face and stabbing you in the back situations at the White House...Im going to shocked if he actually passess this health bill. people in his own party turned on him. I know he is definitely doing the right thing, trying to make healhcare affordable, try to help the millions and millions of people that were laid off and have no insurance, trying to stop insurance companies from turning their back on the millions of people that have a preexisting condition that need help now....again the insurance are not going to do it they haven't lowered any kind of cost and never will.....its all about the money with them.

-- Posted by slingshot on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 10:41 PM

the rich keep gettin richer and the poor keep getting poorier i have heard that saying my whole life now im starting to believe it.

-- Posted by nanax5 on Wed, Nov 11, 2009, at 7:22 AM

The next question is, who do they represent? Most of them have more interest in who pays for them to get elected this, and next, time around.

-- Posted by genewells on Mon, Dec 28, 2009, at 9:42 PM

http://www.ilike.com/artist/Ray+Stevens/...

-- Posted by genewells on Tue, Dec 29, 2009, at 10:23 AM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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