Monday, September 17, 2012
Voters missed out on Thursday
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein
My advice to local political reformist Kevin Gaughan is to keep at it. Gaughan was the only statewide candidate on Thursday with any real intention of reforming the system. Because of this, the politicians (both Democrat and Republican) lined up to oppose him. Even Governor Cuomo showed up to support Sam Hoyt's handpicked successor and maintainer of the status quo, Sean Ryan.
Gaughan called for less lawmakers, eliminating pensions for lawmakers, and reducing their bloated salaries. In addition to the lawmakers, politically connected families throughout Western New York opposed him because he has worked hard to reduce the size of our local governments. Without government patronage jobs, these families are lost. They don't want to start their own business or work in the private sector. Political reform is a direct threat to their livelihood.
They may have won this battle, but not the war. People are slowly educating themselves and paying closer attention. The political types cannot hide behind the warm and fuzzy news stories from the mainstream media anymore. The Bloggers are everywhere and reform will soon follow. Good luck Kevin Gaughan and please stay active and keep doing the right thing for this community.