Two diseases have become epidemic at the national scene: "Taxandspenditis" and the "Perpetuity Syndrome." When you add to that the "Arrogance Bug," you can have a very sick public office incumbent. All but the most talented, humble men and women, who do not forget who "brung them to the dance," and why, tend to develop these maladies. Now these bacteria or viruses, whichever they may be, seem to have spread to at least this local scene.
Most every Columbia County household received a political mailer a few days ago that has also been duplicated on large outdoor billboards around the county. The mailer alleges that our households do not pay more in taxes in 2010 than they did eight years ago. If you believe that, the proverbial "bridge" is for sale. It is quite evident, if voters look in the right place, they will see the incumbent may have at least a touch of Taxandspenditis.
Now for the "Perpetuity Syndrome." It could also be called the comfort, benefit and power malaise. And this disease has a strong club and support group. The club operates on the simplistic premise: "What has he/she done wrong?" That's a dangerous premise, to which many might say, "How long do I have to give you the list?" But the club stands behind its members, even the arrogant ones.
To wit: six male incumbents, two female incumbents and a former long-time club member endorse the mailer-incumbent personality in this primary - a mortal political sin, in this man's humble opinion. And they did it this year when the voting public is screaming for the scalps of many incumbents, screaming "kick the bums out." Not very good judgment or smarts this election cycle.
And guess what: None of seven office holders is up for reelection; the other one has no opponent this year. But, betcha the voters might just recall all this in 2012.
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