Bob Herbert: The Mask Slips

New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has a great column in yesterday’s Times titled “The Mask Slips”, he makes the point of how important it is for to not abdicate our responsibility and to vote, and vote with our heads, not our guts:

The lesson for Americans suffused with anxiety and dread over the crackup of the financial markets is that the way you vote matters, that there are real-world consequences when you go into a voting booth and cast that ballot.

For the nitwits who vote for the man or woman they’d most like to have over for dinner, or hang out at a barbecue with, I suggest you take a look at how well your 401(k) is doing, or how easy it will be to meet the mortgage this month, or whether the college fund you’ve been trying to build for your kids is as robust as you’d like it to be.

Voters in the George W. Bush era gave the Republican Party nearly complete control of the federal government. Now the financial markets are in turmoil, top government and corporate leaders are on the verge of panic and scholars are dusting off treatises that analyzed the causes of the Great Depression.

Mr. Bush was never viewed as a policy or intellectual heavyweight. But he seemed like a nicer guy to a lot of voters than Al Gore.

Herbert continues his column with a nice summary of all of the wrong headed, egregious decisions taken by a government influenced by partisan, conservative Republicans.

Well, I’ve got my absentee ballot in hand, and this afternoon I will be voting for the Democratic ticket, it’s the least I can do to help my country when we are in such deep shit.

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