I never quite understood the political goodie grab bag that is served up every election cycle. Lord today announced he would hire another 500 teachers (on top of the 650 more he has hired since 2003 – we are told). So there are 1,150 new teachers to teach 20% less kids.
All the parties serve up goodies for every possible special interest group: seniors, rurals, kids, parents, government workers, industry workers, – if you have at least 500 voters and a cause, you get funding announcements during elections.
But in a way, we are being suckered. Regardless of who wins the election there is still only a defined budget to work with. Lord and Graham will only be able to spend x amount of dollars.
So, if you are tallying up all the bucks associated with those promise and plan to vote for the government who doles out the most goodies, you will have to tear up your ballot – because they have the same budget.
I know the political strategist say that you win elections one voter and one issue at a time. If you can bring on side enough special interests, you will win.
Read Mancur Olson sometime. It’s fascinating stuff. I read it in college and I have never had the same opinion about lobby groups and special interests again.
Anyway, I think the focus at election time should be on the pan-New Brunswicker issues. What issues affect us all?
How about honesty in government?
How about not letting the economy collapse?
How about a vision for the province?
Keep your nickels and dimes. I’m looking for progress.