What do Politician have in common with a Vampire, or Roach.

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Or maybe the better question would be : What do Roaches and Vampire have in common the Politicians…I don’t know about you but, the first thing that come to my mind is Light.  You go into a room, and turn on the light.  What happens to the Politicians, uh, I mean the Roaches?  They head for the darkness.  With Vampires, of course it has to be Sunlight, or maybe its Ultra Violet light, but they will do the same, and scurry back to their holes.

What if we could do the same with Politicians?  In Florida we have the Sunshine Law, which we expect to make the working of government transparent….  though, as with many things they do, there are loopholes in the law..  For example:  The Herald-Tribune reports that a representative from Sylint, a forensic computer company, is giving city commissioners  one-on-one briefings about a report dealing with the search of two computers belonging to the top two administrators in Sarasota.  A possible breach of the Sunshine Law that requires government business be conducted in the open.  It is normally held that a meeting of more then two persons that deals with government business, would require a public hearing, so they do it with one at a time in an effort to keep this information from going public.

On a national scale we often find that groups who fund attack ads are increasingly hiding behind PACs, in and effort to hide who is doing the slandering.  While there are a number of sites that will examine claims made by these attack ads, and grade the accuracy of these claim, it appears that people are more likely to accept the claim that follow their view point, rather than take the time to determine if they are in fact true.

As voters we need to take the time to determine the truth for ourselves and not just depend on the views of unknown organizations.  My favorite example of this is : During the late 1980s there was a movement in Sarasota County to implement a 2 year building moratorium, during which a groups called the Argus Foundation came out against the moratorium, all the while saying they were a objective panel of experts.  This group did not point out that it was made up of the very people who had the most to gain from the failure of the moratorium, the real estate, chambers of commerce, banker, and builders.  The moratorium failed, and as far as I can tell this was due to people accepting the opinion of the Argus Foundation, rather than what common sense would tell them was going on.

Lets not just accept what people say, like this article  but, look at everything and determine, for ourselves, if they are in OUR interest.

The kind of government we vote into office is the kind we deserve, and it is our responsibility to vote for the right people.

Thank you for reading this,

That Joe Guy.

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