Many of the people who run for office spend their time running, letting people know that they are going to make change. The passion to make change is a valid truth, yet for all of you that ran with this promise, you give the position of politician a bad name.
Change is something someone can do when they have the ability to do so. Politics is a game in which you are not the only player. The most common error a politician makes is entering the game without knowing what the winner receives. I had an idea of how different the closed doors of Pandora were before I entered my own race, yet even I, who am educated on policy and procedure, have had a 90' learning curve.
Politicians are sometimes caring, kind people who have taken a responsibility to help people. These people rely on the knowledge that others have given to them, until they win and have to sit down to learn the real goings on inside a political home.
It does not matter if you win a local election, county, State or Federal; there is a huge learning curve. We as people focus more on the policy makers at the Federal and State levels, who are the people making some of the biggest decisions. Yet, the truth is, at all levels, there are policies that were in place prior to the persons entering the new position, and the documents needed to show why these policies are in place and are now shown.
The reason I share this with everyone, is that we are almost at a time when the State legislatures starts to meet again, and again many of the same arguments from previous years are going to occur; Education, Pension and of course the dreaded Government employees. The press would have you believe that most of the people in the State of Florida work for the government and are paid excessively. The politicians and governor will have you believe that the State is bankrupt because of the inequities of a failing system…a failing Federal system that they had no hand in. This is not true.
The State of Florida is filled with idealistic politicians that have become part of the problem. As an elected official, it is my responsibility to listen to the, speak to the people, and to become educated by the professionals of each field that I am here to represent. That is my view of the role of a politician. My role is not to get re-elected, and I truly believe that most of today's politicians are out to get re-elected rather than do what is right.
There is a solution to our legislature this year, and that is to find a way to balance a budget and to bring powerful economic development to our State.
Take the time to create State Wide committees for Education, Pension Plans, Government employees and any other big ticket item. Make this a transition year, and allow the State to rebuild.
We elected a Republican governor, and Republican legislature…That means less Government…Do what is right all of you…less Government and more Home Based control.
More to come on all of this next week, with more detail…
See you then