It has always amazed me that voters would decry the existence of federal earmarks on one hand, and pat local politicians on the back with the other for coming up with matching funds, and outright give always from the nations coffers.While we have had our attention misdirected on players in our nations capitol, homegrown artful dodgers, and Fagin's have their way with the change in our pockets.
Some are admirable, and well grounded goals, but I have yet to see a beautification project, or river walk help put food on the table, or help pay a laid off autoworkers medical expenses. It is merely putting lipstick on the problems we have as a community. Dressing up a locality in new logo's, and garnishing our sidewalks with brick walkways may well give the impression of affluence to corporate investors, but the hard sell comes when prospective employers see blocks with empty houses, announced school closures, and multiple pages of foreclosure notices in our local paper.
The sickness does not evolve from the proper idea that government can, and should help those in need. It comes from the idea that everyone else is getting a piece of the action, and if we don't ask for giveaways we will get nothing and lose our place in line. Two wrongs, don't make it right.
In tough times such as these we as citizens need to prioritize what may be needed, and what is merely a bump, and grab from the pockets of our citizens. The last time I looked, health care costs, mortgage scandals, and the economy were the biggest issues on the minds of voters. We have two wars to pay for, and the well being of people caught in disasters on our minds. Bridges to nowhere, over priced hockey rinks, and the mating habits of crabs need to be put on the back burner. We need to realize that every penny asked for from the federal government is going on a giant credit card given to us by foreign interests.
Those that would run up the tally, need to be admonished for not having the nations best interest in mind. Change is needed in the White House, but in order for it to be effective it must begin in our local governments houses.