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Springtime in the foothills, the birds are singing, the swallows and hummingbirds are back to wild flowers, maybe in short supply due to our current drought situation and the short-sided view of our politicians to create any new water storage in years gone by. However, we are fortunate to have many political flowers to color our landscape instead of wildflowers. I’ll take the wildflowers any day.
Why? Because these flowers at times never go away until they rot off of the tree or post to which they have been attached. In many cases they will remind us of the bad choices we made in the past and may repeat again. We really need to look at the politicians they promote. We need to see their expertise and qualifications to do the job that they are running for. If they are an incumbent, we need to analyze their voting record.
Many of the incumbents will come out with the same old rhetoric. They love to make promises they can’t keep or in the end didn’t plan on keeping to begin with. For many of the incumbents, it is a job change, because their term limits are ending soon. For others, its climbing the political ladder to raise the scope of their political ambition.
As you enjoy the political flowers, remember all of the broken promises. Like, “repeal the fire tax fee it is illegal” — we are at three years and counting. All the landmark decisions they have made, like coed restrooms and showers in high school, or drivers licenses for illegal aliens, or the high-speed rail that many of us will pay for but not live long enough to see it even move a train 1 foot, or the tunnels under the Delta, because of a hidden agenda, and to H–l with the smelt and the wildlife.
Last but not least I’m sure, is the lack of effort to create new water storage in the years past. So when you turn on the water this summer or next year, if the drought continues and no water but only mud and air come out, remember you voted for the incumbents, again.
We really can change our future. Every two years we have the right to vote for a change. Our vote is worth millions, so please do not let anyone convince you that your vote doesn’t matter; if it didn’t then we would not have the colorful array of political flowers to enjoy.