The Ramblings of 4WheelBob
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The Other Side of the Water Debate

I'm pretty easy to understand when a conversation about sprawl development and the ability to maintain an uninterrupted level of water service to those of us out West breaks out. My feelings were summarized in my last post here.

But there's another side to the story, and may provide a clue as to the reluctance of state and local governments to put the clamps on new development. That reason may be as close to you as your friends and neighbors.

Builders and building trades, contractors and the like, employ millions across the U.S. These are hardworking people with families who bust their asses day in and day out to keep their families in the things they need. I know my world is constantly buzzed by layoffs and forced attrition, as California jobs are moved to the less - costly Midwest, or Southeast. I don't look forward to the day when the Company sees me as too expensive to keep, and migrates my job elsewhere.

To the construction trades, new building is their lifeblood. They deserve a chance, as do we all, to engage in their chosen profession where possible. And should the building trade unions pick up on the fact their political parties of choice are backing rather dramatic plans to discourage their employment, a lot of people will be mobilized to become active voters and switch parties to follow their interests. To politicians it's a conundrum - trying to please the Unions on one hand, the Environmentalists on the other....well, I don't envy that task. Nor will any politician, who is also acutely interested in job security, take a meaningful stand either publicly or when voting.

I consider myself a common sense kinda guy. I don't trust any available news source. I don't trust politicians. Their track record, as a social entity, for telling the truth or being forthright about a position about which they me be queried, is awful. Why, then, do we elect the same people all the time?

Don't make the mistake of saying "politics" and "government" are synonyms, either. Politics is simply the game of ensuring reelection. Government is that activity in which we hope the politicians will engage once elected. As we've seen, though, the two words are apparently mutually exclusive.

If we want regular people, just like your friends and neighbors, to go to Congress or State government, a message must be delivered by voters - that questions like the water issue must be answered, not used as a "if he's for it I'm against it" bit of political banter. We can't afford to be so counterproductive as to pick someone for the sake of supporting "your" party. Someone has to approach the water problem, the jobs problem, the traffic and transit problems with common sense, not beholden to special interests or a political entity. So as you vote, either Nov. 6 and / or early February, choose wisely. If you happen to live in a district or city where long - time incumbancy is the rule, listen to a challenger. Maybe he or she will offer something new, something idealistic, something that...makes sense. And if not, if your representative is just another special interest crony, have the spirit to write in "none of the above" as I shall do on several of my state and federal offices this year. 300 million - plus people in America, and this is the best we can do? Shame.... 

2007-10-13 06:03:43 GMT
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