Political Ads

Are you as sick of political ads as I am? How many positive versus negative ads are running in your area? Who’s being the most negative? In my area, the incumbent Baron Hill (D) went negative immediately. Instead of attacking his opponent, why doesn’t he just run on his voting record or be more upfront about his funding sources?

I believe politicians should run on their merits and their voting record. They should tell voters where their money came from and why they voted the way that they did on any particular issue. After all, that’s the job that “we the people” expect them to do!

We are fortunate to be able to have the right to vote. As voters, we should be informed and not be swayed by political advertising or special interest pressures. Unfortunately, it’s getting more and more difficult to find factual information.

I’m giving you a list of web sites that are non-partisan, non-profit whose sole purpose is to track the votes made by each member of Congress and to let you know who is giving them money. I strongly encourage each of you to visit these sites and to look up each of your representatives before the November election.

Open Congress

Open Congress is a free site that is not-for-profit and non-partisan  with a mission to make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement. The have an easy search function that allows you to find both your representatives and senators and track their voting tendencies.

Follow the Money at Open Secrets

Federal Election law requires candidates to report sources and amounts of funding. These records are available for inspection by the public, but it requires a great deal of data analysis to make sense out of any of them. Thank goodness for Open Secrets. These folks take those reports and turn them into meaningful visualizations.

Boasting

Why is it that some corporations seem to think that it is appropriate to brag about their “charitable giving?”  This self-serving action has always perplexed me and for some reason today, I felt compelled to write about it.

To me, actions speak louder than words. If you have to have a media blitz every time you fund a clean up, build a house, or collect food for the local food bank; then, that tells me you have some serious image problems to overcome.

In the Bible, Jesus warned us about being confident in our own righteousness (Luke 18:9) and He clearly let us know what the outcome will be. (Luke 18:14)

(9) To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: (10) “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (11) The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. (12) I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ (13) “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ (14) “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Why do you think corporations feel compelled to act in this manner? Do you think that it is appropriate?

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