That being said, when are we going to get on with the real campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Harry Reid and sought by challenger Sharron Angle, lest we all forget what all the haggling has been for up to now?
I, for one, would like to know what each candidate offers to pursue as solutions to our country’s problems, as they are perceived by each of the candidates. Some problems that readily come to mind that affect the country, and more specifically Nevada, are unemployment, home foreclosures and immigration. Granted, there are many more but those will do for a start.
Developing solutions to those problems and then convincing the voters of the viability of their solutions should further fill the pocketbooks of the media advertisers and spin doctors for at least the next few days.
Additionally, those solutions will give face time opportunities to both candidates that can’t even be bought. It will be a gold mine for all the pundits or experts that cling to these political campaigns like the remora fish that attach themselves like leeches to sharks, hoping for edible tidbits from the shark’s ravaging to sustain themselves.
In one of Angle’s ads, she says, “We, the people, are the solution.”
I don’t have a quiver full of solutions in my closet and heaven knows, Congress would hardly let me in the front door of its chambers much less propose any problem-solving legislation or cast a vote for anyone else’s proposal for a solution. I don’t think Angle had in mind that we would all en masse go to Congress and, in doing so, solve the problems she asserts in her ads. Or does she? Maybe she doesn’t understand what the words “representative government” mean.
Reid, on the other hand, is in the driver’s seat big time when it comes to his power in the Senate. He can propose, shepherd and direct votes on all kinds of problem-solving measures. To pass any kind of measure, both Reid and Angle will have to get the other side to agree and compromise on any issue in order to get that measure passed and then hopefully signed by the president.
If Angle were to win Reid’s seat, her first senatorial act would to be fitted with a huge nose ring and a short leash with which to be led through the legislative process by the Republican hierarchy.
When Reid wins his re-election, he’ll sharpen his pencil and diligently get down to work on all that matters dearly to his beloved state of Nevada. “We the people” can help Reid solve these problems but we all have to vote for him first.
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.