R. H. Rogers: Why should I vote for your candidate?
Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.
I am 45-years-old. I have paid more attention to this election than any other election in my adult life time. Therefore, I have asked several individuals on both sides of the election. I basically ask them the same question. "I am clearly sitting on the fence, why should I side with you and vote for your candidate?"
What intrigues me the most is the inability for these individuals to answer the question "as asked". The answer starts out as what appears to be headed to a direct answer. However, after a few sentences the answer quickly turns to why I should not vote for the other candidate. This troubles me that the most hardcore advocates cannot clearly justify a vote for their candidate, instead they rely on reasons not to vote the other guy. Many of these reasons sound like ad campaigns recited by a parrot. It matters not which candidate they are supporting.
The other day I had the opportunity to speak to a senior citizen. He is 72-years-old and retired in 2000. This time I asked a different question. I asked "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" His answer spoke volumes to me.
He told me of an investment he made when he retired. He placed in excess of $350,000 in an investment bond that was connected to General Motors. He went on to tell me that when George W. Bush left office, in 2008, that investment had a market value of only $50,000 vs. the $350,000 face value. Today, he says that the separation of the two values is only a few thousand dollars. He did say during our conversation that he personally didn't think the auto dealers should have been bailed out, but he was glad they did. This gentleman pointed out that now with interest rates at an all time low when this bond matures, he will not be able to get an equal return on the subsequent investment.
Ordinarily, one testimony would have little bearing on my decision. However, this gentleman happens to be my father!
R. H. Rogers,