It seems that more than ever now, it has become imperative that government at all levels need to rein in spending and tighten their belts to experience the limited growth that our economy has been producing for the past few years.
Yet, there are examples of wasteful spending that continues to go on in more and that is demanded by the citizens which require the government to waste money that it need not spend. There is no better example of that in the current election cycle in this non-election year. Tax-and-spend progressives are unhappy that they are no longer in the majority when it comes to attitudes about spending and expansion of government. They are unhappy with the results of last November's election. Well, that's the way it goes. In just about every election nearly half the voters are disappointed with any results no matter what they may be. This spring, we had a Supreme Court election but also produced results that made lefties angry. That's the way the ball bounces. Normally. But sore losers call for a recount that wasted about $1 million. One thing you did do, is certifying the numbers so that the lefties cannot see that the election was stolen.
As Republicans in the state legislature drafted a bill that would bring in spending, balance the budget, and not raise taxes, Democrats seem to lose their entire composure. First, the senators went to Illinois. Then, teachers deserted their classrooms for a couple weeks of camping out in the state capital. They left a mess from the taxpayers to pick up. Extra security and maintenance also produced a hefty bill that taxpayers had to happily pay for. And what did this accomplish?
We are now going into a recall season. Six Republicans and three Democrats get to try their hand at winning an extra election. Just because taxes don't get raised, Democrats are forcing the taxpayers to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars of state funds because they can't get their way every time. But they call this democracy.
When Republicans don't money, they get accused of taking police off the streets and teachers out of the classroom. But what about the money it needs to be spent to finance these elections? Where does that come from? It could mean extra teachers out of the classroom, more police off the streets, and even firemen out of the big red trucks. But they call this democracy.
As we near the Fourth of July, many people will celebrate the principles that this country was founded on. But many people will forget to actually think about how much thought went in to setting up the government that formed with the United States was to become. Not only in the Declaration of Independence but in the Constitution. There is a reason that this country was set up as a republic. There is a reason that we elect people to government offices for a period of time. After every election cycle, we learned that elections have consequences. Sometimes they're in our favor, sometimes they're in someone else's favor. It is been said that this is not the best form of government, but yet it is still better than what someone else could come up with.
Even though elections are about the future, we must remember how elections have shaped us in the past. Elections have consequences and no one is in office forever. 2012 will also turn out to be an interesting election year. Election should be something that we look forward to, but it does not need to be a perpetual election cycle. Even though we call this democracy.