Election Day, 2011
Posted by Dana Pico on 2011/11/08
I received an e-mail today from Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee:
Dear Pennsylvania Republicans,
Today is Election Day, and Republicans are counting on your vote.
With your help, we can elect principled Republican leaders to state and local office.
I hope you’ll exercise your right to vote today. Polls are open 7am – 8pm.
Chairman, Republican National Committee
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Well, the esteemed Mr Priebus can rest easy, because, as the button to the right indicates, I voted today!
In the Keystone State, what we have today are local elections, for the borough council, the school board, the county commission, and some ballots on retaining judges. Maybe some people don’t think those elections are important, but consider: I personally know the mayor of Jim Thorpe, I personally know some of the borough councilmen, and I personally know some of the members of the school board. If I need to speak to a county commissioner, I can.
Get above that level? Well, my state representative has met me, but I can’t say that he really knows me. I’ve never met the Governor, I’ve never met my congressman or Pennsylvania’s two senators, and I’ve never met the President of the United States. But, other than all of the money the federal government taxes away from me, the greatest impact of government on my life is at the state and local level; it’s the state which pays for the roads, and it’s the borough which plows the snow and picks up the trash.
Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), a candidate for President, said that his aim was to make the federal government inconsequential in our lives, and that’s the way it really should be. We have federalized far too much, in taxation, and in services, and then we wonder why the politicians don’t listen to us. It’s simple: they don’t know us!
Governor Perry may not win the Republican Presidential nomination, but his statement about federalism is right on target. We need our involvement with government to be far more at the local and state level, and the elections for those offices are important.
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