Unlike a lot of politicians and news media personnel, I can’t speak for the Massachusetts voters, but I can express my admiration for them, even before the results of the special election results get posted tonight.
After the results are announced this evening, I’m sure that the meaning of whatever they do will be spun in so many directions, that its true meaning will disappear just about as fast as my retirement account did last year.
I admire them because a bunch of them just want to send a message to our elected officials. We all have our own perspective of what that message is, but mine is that they would like our leaders to operate more on the “KISS” principle.
The KISS principle refers to the old saying, “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” Although I’ve never been quite sure if the word stupid in this saying refers to the person I am saying it to, or if it’s supposed to refer to myself, it doesn’t really matter, because it’s valid either way.
In this case, I think the voters in that state are fed up with “far reaching, landmark legislation by our elected officials in Washington. A multi thousand-page health care bill that has one paragraph that gives a hundred million dollar exemption away to the state of Nebraska is just too complicated. Especially since we know that not one of our elected officials has slogged through that magnum opus and understood it. Who could, no one can. You know that, and I know that. And for me, therein lies the message the people in Massachusetts are trying to send.
They don’t want to be bombarded by reams and reams of paper explaining that continued trillion dollar deficits are okay for a while, because they know they are not. And they don’t want legislation with so many caveats, exemptions, and so much hyperbole, that not one of us can tell if our future is going to require self administered surgery at a high monthly premium or not.
I hope when the dust settles that our elected officials get back to the KISS principle.
They should start with one just one issue on health care. Make it high costs, or uninsured children, or what ever, but pick just one issue and then figure out how to solve it. After that’s solved in a way that every one of us can understand it’s implications, then attack another issue and do the same.
I think the voters in Massachusetts are telling our officials to be careful with our children’s future. And no matter what the outcome tonight I sure hope they start listening