Anyone who researches the numbers will find that for as many people who do vote, there are that many more who don’t.
In the African American community, these numbers, the numbers of Black folk who do not vote, can be startling, if not alarming. Our purpose today is to bring clarity to the notion that voting really doesn’t matter. Whatever happens, doesn’t affect your everyday life, or does it?
The government—local, state and federal—would have you believe public safety and security are their primary goals and they are. Add public services and social services to that list. But for our perspective right now, let’s talk about politicians as money managers.
Without going into all of the details of taxes and where they go, let’s be clear that one of the major goals (albeit understated) of the politicians you vote for is to manage your money.
Republicans and Democrats have been battling since this so-called democracy began about how much money (taxes) should be raised and spent on behalf of the American citizenry.
How often have we all heard about great programs that die in committee because “we can’t pay for it?”
Democrats supposedly believe in more government to serve more people with essential services, while Republicans believe less is better.
We used to think we elected politicians to fight, argue and ultimately compromise with the “good of the people” in mind. This never-ending battle has morphed into segmenting our politicians into tribal leaders hell-bent on making sure they and their tribe come out on top of the money train.
No more do we believe that our collective best interests as Americans will be served by those we send to city council chambers, the state house and now the White House. Apathy has set in and the populace is near death from the terminal disease we’ll call “let them eat cake.”
There used to be a television game show called Who Do You Trust? The object was as the contestant, you heard three versions of one story and you had to decide which one was telling the truth i.e. who do you trust?
Unfortunately, much of the electorate has turned off from the voting process because it has tired of the liar-liar-pants-on-fire soap opera that repeats itself every two years or so.
Voter apathy reigns supreme at a time when voter activism is needed to save the republic from those who would pocket from its demise, which brings us back to politicians as money managers.
Next Tuesday, Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 mid-term elections here in Georgia. So let’s focus on the State House for right now. Voter turnout will decide the race for Governor and both candidates realize this is a numbers game.
Whoever wins the GOTV (Get Out the Vote) battle will win the Gold Dome. The reality is most politicians and political parties do not want you to think of them as bankers.
But that’s what they are. They will divvy up the tax pie and decide how much goes to education, streets and roads, affordable housing, homelessness remedies, economic development, social services, police and fire salaries and so much more.
Just for grins and giggles, let’s add healthcare and who runs the airport. Are these political positions and philosophies or are they important decisions to determine the quality of life for all of our citizens.
If you knew the person you were going to elect would control the purse strings that led directly back to your household, would you stay home and not vote or would you inform yourself about the issues and vote accordingly to protect you tribe and make sure you received your piece of that political pie commonly referred to as taxes?
There are approximately 7 million registered voters in Georgia, a record number.
On a good day 60 percent or 4.2 million will go to the polls. We’re talking to the 2.8 million who are predicted to stay home. The point here is not righteous indignation from those who would say you should vote because people died for that right.
This is not about which political tribe you belong to. Let’s for once throw party labels into the kiln of who gives a damn and look at the financial facts staring us in the face. Georgia’s state budget is $26 billion. That’s a pretty sizeable bank.
The point is who do you want signing those checks. Stacey Abrams or Brian Kemp? Black folks, we can’t afford to sit this one out.