By David Shaw, Lakewood resident
Tired of the empty promises of those who lead our governments at different levels? Tired of the career politicians, the people who have not held down a real job like the majority of the workers in this country; some for a decade or more? Tired of funding with your hard-earned tax dollars the very generous benefits they have given themselves which continue even after they have left office?
Each party says they don’t like adding new taxes, yet they continue to pass them or raise the ones already in place. Each party says they don’t like deficit spending, yet deficit spending continues.
If there is a new tax, or a rise in existing ones, it’s because they want it. If there is deficit spending, it’s because they agree to it. If there is a continuation of this madness, it’s because WE allow it.
My proposal is a simple one. Simply do not vote for any incumbents until we get the kind of leaders who truly understand that they work for us, their constituents. We can also begin to look into revoking those life-long benefit packages they currently enjoy. Let them pay into Social Security like the rest of us. Maybe they’ll think twice about frittering away the money the rest of us have paid into the system.
If you like the situation as it is presently, re-elect the incumbents thereby guaranteeing perpetuation of the status quo. But if you truly want change, you might consider what has been proposed here.