In political campaigns, candidates make promises about addressing the issues uppermost in the minds of the voters. We are promised that jobs will be created, the budget will be balanced, there will be tax reform or any number of promises about other issues that the candidate might think will endear him to the voters. It goes without saying that, currently the most significant of political campaigns is the presidential campaigns of President Obama and Governor Romney.
In this presidential election year we have train car loads of campaign speeches and promises of what Romney will do or what Obama will do in the next four year term. We have tons of information from the media, the candidates, talk show hosts, self described experts and analysts and others who tells us why Romney is America’s best bet for creating jobs or why Obama should be re-elected because he is already making progress with turning the economy around. Most of this is just so much chaff and chatter that quickly turns into white noise because deep down we know that this is just talk and false promises with no information you can hang your hat on. They call each other liars and accuse each other of spreading disinformation as if campaign dishonesty is a dirty phrase.
While they are accusing each other of being dishonest and running a dirty campaign they are misleading the voters by making false promises and saying things they know the electorate wants to hear. Things that they know stands little chance of getting done or issues they have no intention whatsoever of following through on if elected.
In short the candidates are being as dishonest with us as they are with each other. Once in office they will continue to paint rose garden pictures of their administration as if they are the most, honest and straight forward president ever to hold the office with the possible exceptions of Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. After a while most voters begin to turn off all this self glorification on the parts of the candidates and office holders. Eventually The net effect of all this becomes a general distrust of candidates and government in general. That is not good. All citizens should be able to trust and believe in what their government or candidates for political office say. The government should be honest and straight forward with the citizens. It is not.
What do you think?