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10/23 Letter to the Editor: Is a vote ever wasted?

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To the editor:

I have heard it said in every election "Don't Waste Your Vote by Not Voting for Us" by both major parties.

I think the time has come to see where that wisdom has led us and ask anyone who has plans not to vote in the coming election to consider the following.

We have become a debtor nation and the mighty dollar has so fallen we will see a time when it is not the world's preferred currency. The Arab states started talking a few years back about switching to Euros only for oil payment. This means we have to use our dollars to buy Euros to buy oil. There may come a time when they and the rest of the world will want payment in a hard asset like gold, foodstuffs or services. Care to guess what that will mean for the cost of your purchases and the value of your money?

The Republicans controlled both houses the first two years under Bush. No plan was put in place to balance the budget, pay down the National Debt or fund the unfunded mandates. They had (unbalanced) budgets for both Bush terms while expanding spending and adding programs they could not pay for.

The Democrats controlled both houses the first two years under Obama. No plan was put in place to balance the budget, pay down the National Debt or fund the unfunded mandates. They have not had any budget since Bush left office while expanding spending and adding programs they could not pay for.

The Federal Government shut down and the major parties were blaming each other. Depending on who you want to read or listen to - we have either gone over the financial cliff or are about to. Our elected officials of both parties have been running a bait and switch scheme that would make the best con-man green with envy. The time has come to cut spending and pay the bills.

I suggest if you had planned on not voting because it would make no difference - You do vote and instead of holding your nose and voting for the lesser of two evils - "Write In" the name of someone you think has the values you consider important.

The winner of each election is getting less than 25% of the total eligible vote. If more non voters actually voted for someone not running - a message would be sent that will not be ignored by local, state or federal candidates running for office. The winning candidate will see the "No more Business as usual " or "None of the Above" message you are sending.

When people vote like this it will mean "If you want my vote - you change". Fifty per cent of eligible voters do not vote, if just half of the non-voters do this, then neither political party will receive a majority of the vote and cannot claim a mandate to take your Constitutional Rights in their "Bait and Switch" schemes.

If your vote causes a person to run with your values next time - You did not waste your vote and did your duty as a citizen.

Paul Jamerson

King William County