Monday, August 1, 2011

You Can't Fix Stupid, But You Can Vote It Out!

·         Have you ever made a miscalculation and overdrawn your checking account?  Did paying the overdraft fees mean that you ate only peanut butter sandwiches for the next two weeks?
·         Do you have a balance on your credit card that you’ll never be able to pay off because gas costs $4.00 a gallon and you need it to get to work?
·         Do you cringe when you hear that rattle in the car engine because if your 10-year-old Ford dies, you don’t have the money to have it repaired?
·         Do you frequently tell your children that you can’t afford to buy them whatever-it-is and that they should consider themselves fortunate to have shoes that fit and food in their bellies?

            If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the American people
            need YOU to run for Congress.

            No, I’m not kidding. Hear me out:

·         You understand that money coming in should be more than or equal to money going out.
·         If you don’t balance your home budget, you know that the consequences will impact you immediately. The fact that you don’t really like peanut butter sandwiches motivates you to keep an eye on your bank account 24-7.
·         You get heart palpitations when you see your credit card statement and it advises you that it will take 30 years to pay off your balance if you only make the minimum payment. You add a little extra to your payment so it will only take 25 years to pay off.
·         You realize that your money will only stretch so far and that there are things that you simply cannot afford to buy.

In my opinion, you are 10 times more qualified to sit in Congress than the people we have elected. The economy is in the toilet, and you know how to fix it. Congress doesn’t have a clue. You understand that spending money you don’t have is not a good idea. You can make those tough decisions about what the American people can’t afford to buy right now. You’ve been doing that for years!

You also know that raising taxes is not the answer. Why should Congress simply take more money from you when they overdraw the checkbook? It’s not like your boss is going to give you a raise if you overdraw your account.

Unfortunately, running for Congress is a very expensive undertaking. This means that people who don’t have the financial experiences that you have had are the ones running for office. When you’ve never had to choose between getting the car fixed or eating for the next month, it’s hard to understand what it’s like to be in that situation. The United States is financially caught between car repairs and eating this month, and our elected officials don’t get it. You do.

            YOU have my vote!