One solution to water hikes, tax increases and general government corruption.

For years we all have been watching our government forever misspend our money then turn to us and say "we need more of your money if this government is to continue running and 'serving' you." It's a lie and we all know it. Juxtaposed with this lie is the comment, voiced loudest by Gingrich in his "contract with America", (another deception of decent Americans), if you don't like what they do, then "vote them out." Pure snake oil. We currently have no means by which we are allowed to "vote someone out of office." We can only vote someone in to office. However, a few years ago I read that voters of one state figured it out and produced a very effective way to end corruption. They added "none of the above" to their ballot. Apparently it was so effective that the legislature considered "none of the above" to be so overwhelmingly popular that they used their legislative might to shut it down claiming that the bill/law (whatever) to be an embarrassment to the fine characters that ran the state. I'm sorry I don't remember which state this occurred in but the message is clear and we should copy it.


I suggest we put "none of the above" on our ballots with the additional condition that if "none of the above" wins the slate is cleaned with all candidates on that ballot barred from running in the next group of candidates. Obviously such a measure would immediately clean house. Further, it would force our politicians to keep their promises. If these "fine, upstanding" people are so dedicated to helping our state (as people like Grant Woods attempts to claim) let them volunteer their time just like we common citizens do. Career politicians would be gone and for the first time in decades we would have true access to our government and its books.

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Comment by Chuck Killeen on February 12, 2011 at 12:33am
I agree, we should be telling the "parties" who their candidate will be.
Comment by Robert Yeats on January 24, 2011 at 1:00pm
opps, make that "you've"
Comment by Robert Yeats on January 24, 2011 at 1:00pm

Hey, thanks JPD! I didn't know there was an actual movement to accomplish what I thought was a basic notion about what we voters should be able to do. Maybe you're done more thinking about the issue than me, so do you see any flaws or weaknesses in the plan?

Comment by JPD on January 21, 2011 at 6:15pm
What is Voters for None of the Above?

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