Empty campaign promises cheapen political process

In today’s political world, understanding political policy has little to do with electing a political candidate. Because of this, a candidate’s detailed governing platform for their future government will not be given to the common man to study, to learn about or to understand. And because of this, the future becomes problematic for the common man not knowing or understanding how his life will actually be affected if the candidate gets elected. This is the direct result of the public’s lack of essential information from candidates necessary for electing good political candidates. 

The candidate’s campaigning promises will then have little to do with how they will govern, or how people’s lives will be affected or changed by his or her election, or if people will like or dislike the changes made possible by that candidate’s governing policies. This becomes a public malignancy that is made possible without intelligent understanding from the voters not knowing the candidate’s governing policies.

If not wanting to know or understand a candidate’s governing policies is desirable or acceptable, then how and why and when does voting become important? In today’s political world, the right to vote, the power to vote, the responsibility and the importance of voting have been downplayed by the information political candidates give to the voting public. View any political candidate’s campaigning material and you will see what I mean. If information about how current and future problems will be handled by the candidate is not given to the public from every candidate, whether currently in power or wanting to be elected, he or she should neither be reelected nor voted in.

Straight-ticket voting hurts the political system and hurts the common man.

From Charles Bean, Terre Haute, Ind.

Palestinian statehood a positive step for peace

I watched President Obama at the United Nations on Sept. 21. It’s true that the Palestinians and the Israelis have to come up with an agreement, but what does the president expect the Palestinians to do? They have negotiated for years without success because Israel wants the land of the West Bank. In last May’s speech to the U.S. Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu said the West Bank belongs to Israel because Jews lived there 4,000 years ago. This is absurd. 

Israel signed the 4th Geneva Convention in 1949 prohibiting the transfer of civilians to occupied territory. The Palestinians have agreed to normal relations with Israel if the settlements on the West Bank are withdrawn, at least most of them. Alternatively, the Jewish settlements could remain under Palestinian sovereignty. The idea of having the U.N. declare Palestine a state is a good one. Then the two parties will have to agree on a permanent solution. 

The U.S. should vote for the Palestinian resolution. This in no way undermines U.S. support for Israel within the 1967 armistice line with appropriate land swaps for the settlements contiguous to Jerusalem.

From Don Siefkes, Sterling Heights, Mich.

Obama’s  jobs bill not a true, long-term solution

I’ve yet to meet a politician who is against jobs. Spend 10 minutes listening to your cable news network of choice or scrolling through political websites, and you’ll be tempted to believe one side or the other thinks high unemployment is a good idea. While mud flies, one political reality remains constant: High unemployment is a horrible thing.

Both sides agree one of the best things for our economy to move forward is to have more among us gainfully employed, but they disagree on how to make that a reality. The current administration thinks government can spend and grow its way out of 9.1 percent unemployment with a jobs bill. What the president is proposing is not a jobs bill, it is a projects bill. The so-called American Jobs Act does not create jobs, it completes tasks. Once the projects are completed, our nation will be in the same place we are now — unemployment rates through the roof, but with an increased tax burden from his “plan.”

If we want to lower unemployment in our communities we need to help the job creators of this nation by giving them certainty and then getting out of their way. The federal healthcare law and the temporary measures that have been done have only served to make the economic environment in America more uncertain. The uncertainty surrounding taxation and the vilification of businesses has led to investors holding on to their capital.

The policies of this administration have not helped our economy. 

From Nick Steward, Clarksville, Tenn.