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Buckle your belts, folks!

Posted: March 10, 2010 10:07 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

This is going to be a very historic political year.

Political campaigns will be the most divisive, dirtiest and destructive. It’s all about power. And to get one to vote, the playbooks for both parties will be used.

Here are samples of “fear tactics” used in past elections. The Democrats have claimed in past years that seniors on Social Security will lose it if Republicans are in power. No senior has lost any Social Security since it was established.

Republicans have used a fear statement: “your taxes will skyrocket.” Taxes have gone up under many Republican administrations. Remember, “read my lips, no new taxes”? Taxes did go up and Former President George H.W. Bush was not re-elected.

You have heard that statements made during a campaign are soon forgotten when the winner is in Congress. If this happens in this 2010 election, make your voice heard.

The current issues are the most important to assess a candidate’s statements and how many negative ads his or her campaign has launched against an opponent. The most important issues facing the nation are the economy, national security, health care reform, immigration and education.

Add the recent Supreme Court decision stating a citizen, corporations, unions or organized committees may contribute any amount of money to a political campaign or to a candidate. There are a few restrictions of time before an election to contribute.

If a candidate plays dodgeball with any of these issues, his or her campaign is in trouble. Stop the political double talk by taking action to inform the candidate with an e-mail, letter or phone call to the candidate’s office or campaign. Require the candidate to give you the facts to back up his or her statements or lose your vote.

The estimated dollar figure to run for a seat in Congress is $50 million. A Senate seat is approximately $75-$100 million. There’s no job opening this year for president, but it may cost many millions to run in 2012.

If you are a registered voter, please vote for your candidate. If you don’t vote in any election, don’t gripe about how the election is going to change your lifestyle and affect your pocketbook.


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