How to Recognize an Incumbent
The last 30 years of Michigan elections have been sort of a seesaw affair. We give one side a shot and then the other at the Presidency and Governor’s chair. Apparently, we have only liked one flavor of politician in our local Congressional race, giving that over to the Democrats for the entire period. If anything, it is a pretty consistent, if not perfectly balanced history of political results. But that’s where the problem lies – in the lack of positive results we have experienced from whatever set of elected officials we have chosen to employ.
During this time period, real wages in the US have stagnated, with Michigan lagging even further behind. We have seen erosion on every front, from benefits through the quality of public services. Every bit as important as the value lost from our paychecks, is the influence Michigan voters have lost as declining population reduced our State’s electoral votes and US House seats.
It seems like we hear every election cycle how “anti-incumbent” feelings are at an all time high. Which usually means we simply swing back to whatever equally ineffective “leader” the other side has to offer. And the results have stayed the same. Mixed, on their best days.
So what conclusion might you come to as we approach another election cycle? What about finally accepting the fact that “they” are all incumbents? If you vote one more time for a Republican or a Democrat, you are simply asking more of the same stale ideas and petty bickering. It’s a predictable formula that is ill suited for unpredictable times.
If this election is as close as the polls indicate, we will almost inevitably end up with a collection of evenly split legislative houses. If you really want the quickest route to returning influence to the Michigan electorate, send the tie-breaking vote to Washington or Lansing. Vote for an alternative party. Both sides will need us to do business. Unless you really want more business as usual. We didn’t think so.