An election year thought: Do these people really represent us?

March 29, 2012

As election day approaches, I have to ask a simple question: Do the people we elect to political office truly represent the people of this country? The population of the United States includes roughly 300 million people. Those people have elected one president, 100 senators, and 435 congressmen. That equals 536 individuals out of roughly 300 million people who are directly responsible for the problems that our country faces today. These people, (Democrats and Republicans alike) create these problems and then campaign against them. Why does this country have a huge deficit that could financially ruin us? Why do we have such high taxes on everything? Why do we have high fuel costs? Why are we fighting in wars all over the world?

The people of this country do not create the federal budget. We do not write the tax laws. We do not write the regulations regarding oil and gas refining and distribution. We do not send our troops to foreign countries to fight so-called terrorists. It is the responsibility of our president, our senators and our congressmen to keep this great country on track, and for the most part, they are doing a mediocre job. They and they alone have created the problems that face this country today and then proceed to tell us it's not their fault they did what they did.

Why don't these people uphold the promises that they make when they are campaigning? Why are they not held accountable for their irresponsible actions? If you or I sat down with a new employer and told them what a great job we were going to do for them and didn't do it, we would be looking for a new job. When they are questioned about their actions they will try and con you into believing that it's not their fault they can't do what they said they were going to do. Don't buy it!

They do what they want because it benefits them and them alone. Right now they are trying to convince us that the economy, unemployment, the cost of living, etc. are all getting better. To most of us, this does not seem to be the case. So why are they saying this? Because they want to get re-elected! The people of this country deserve better representation. We need to remind our elected officials that they are the peoples voice. The majority of them have forgotten this. All of us need to keep this in mind on election day.

Robert Altenburger, Towson

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