For a while now, I’ve refused to vote in elections for the New York State Assembly or Senate. I’ll go to the polls and vote for President or Governor or US Representative or Senator, and simply skip voting for Assemblyman or State Senator. I’ve realized that whomever I vote for, the New York State Legislature will do whatever it pleases. At best, they do nothing; at worst, they make my life miserable.
A few years ago, I made an exception and voted for an earnest young man who was running for state Senator. He won the election, and is now in his second term. He proposed a law requiring motor vehicle dealers in New York State to disclose mileage in terms of gallons per mile, as well as miles per gallon. The measure died in committee in his first term, and I doubt it will go any further this time.
This year, I am seriously considering not voting for either of the candidates for President.
I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and am now thoroughly disgusted with him. He hasn’t done anything useful to help the economy, not even to admit that, perhaps, ‘fixing the economy’ is something beyond the power of our government, and We the People need to do something ourselves. His signature achievement, health care reform, is an abomination that may be thrown out by the Supreme Court. And for the last three years, the government has had to borrow one out of three dollars that it spends.
But the Republican presumptive candidate, Mitt Romney, isn’t any better. He talks a great game, but except for health care reform, I can’t see any real policy differences between him and Obama. OK, maybe Romney wants tax cuts. But what good does it do for me to get a few dollars more a week if everything else is still going to hell? And maybe a Romney administration will have a slightly less inept foreign policy. But we’ll still continue with the charade of the War on Terror. (How can you go to war against an emotion anyway?)
Maybe something will come out to push me one way or the other during the conventions and the debates. But if I had to go to the polls next Tuesday, I wouldn’t bother voting for either of them.