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Politics in Mission Viejo is entertainment

Anyone who takes the time to read all the postings regarding Mission Viejo Politics will be entertained and challenged to discover the truth.  There appears to be two main positions; one for spending more money and one for not spending more money.  Sound unusual?  I think not.  The two sides cannot even agree on the state of the budget.  That, at a minimum, suggests that caution should be the rule of thumb, first before spending.  The entertainment really comes from the name calling and conclusions expressed. Not enough attention is given to actual undisputed facts which would tend to support one side or the other.  Statements such as, "I don't believe in dog parks" and So and so is a liar, are not helpful, but are entertaining.  It is a good example of why the American people have no faith in their elected officials, but it does not explain why we keep electing them.
Shripathi Kamath August 02, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I'd think that it explains rather well why we keep electing them. We believe that they represent exactly what we want, and once in, they become incumbents who have the spotlight and require great resources to oust. Here's what I had opined on the matter a couple years ago: http://bit.ly/1741EDy ____________________________________________________ Mission Viejo is well-run with enough reserves, so that is another reason why people re-elect the same folks: why change a good thing?
Dan Avery August 02, 2013 at 07:43 PM
actually, it's a little more depressing than my constant nemesis "Shri" would let on: Mission Viejo is so well-run people have absolutely no reason to pay attention.
David L. Rukstalis Jr August 02, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Sounds like both Dan and "Shri" are right.
David L. Rukstalis Jr August 02, 2013 at 08:46 PM
What is left out are the "undisputed facts" which tend to support one position or the other. And the above comments do not actually address the issue of why Americans do not respect their elected officials; however, arguably they address why we elect persons to office, but not sufficiently to explain why we vote against our own self interests. Ignorance, perhaps?
Shripathi Kamath August 02, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Ignorance would imply not knowing the facts. To some extent that is true, but since we can learn and we have plenty of sources available, freely, it is laziness/indifference to learning. So I'd put it down to apathy. ____________________________________________________ In order to recognize one is voting against her self-interests, people need to drop the fixation with the (R) or the (D) next to their candidate's name. I illustrated this with respect to Gary Miller -- ideological partisanship trumps everything else. There is a firm belief inculcated in people that their party represents their best interests. I blame a very inept media for this failure to educate people of the positions. Check around, see how many newspapers bother to highlight the local candidate's actual voting record and what it means. On "significant" issues such as abortion, there'll be a drumbeat. On issues like whether the guy voted for TARP and is now railing against it? Virtual silence.
David L. Rukstalis Jr August 02, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Excellent comment, "Shri."

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