Friday, July 23, 2010

Get to Know Your Candidates

(Like Retiring Guy, some of you may need more columns.)

Link to Wisconsin Library Association Legislation and Advocacy page (where the above grid should soon be available).

Link to July 23 Green Bay Press Gazette guest column by Dan Linssen, "Take the time to know your candidates".

Excerpt: Complaining about politicians is a national pastime. We blame them for everything, then whine that the country is "headed in the wrong direction."

But who puts these people in charge? Who gives them the authority to make and enforce our laws? We do. And we do a pretty lousy job of it. More effort goes into qualifying and selecting a waitress at the local truck stop than we put into selecting people to lead our government. (As a consequence, most truck stops have pretty good waitresses.)

Recently, South Carolina voters hopefully embarrassed themselves by electing Alvin Greene as their Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. If you don't know who Alvin Greene is, then you really need to brush up on what's happening to our democratic process. But you're not alone, because apparently the 59 percent of voters who elected him didn't know who he was, either.

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