John R. Smith’s warning to politicians

Some people say BIZPAC is too tough on politicians. My reaction is that we’re simply not shy about saying what others are thinking. At any rate, here’s some advice to you if you are an elected official of a certain ilk and you want to stay elected.

The political world is changing. A new political dynamic is brewing. You can ride with it or you can get swept away by it. As a politician, you seek political power nowadays in a world where the internet can render you naked in an instant. You can scramble to cover-up your exposure, but it’s no longer easy to hoodwink people.

I suggest you would do well to listen to this advice, because I guarantee it is on the minds of many voters. This is not complicated stuff if you understand how a responsible government should operate.

You can help yourself if you won the trust of a large group of voters that can be called the “fiscally responsible.” Your choice is that you can ignore us or you can win us over. But you will see the fiscally responsible emerge as the powerhouse voter in coming years. Here’s the advice:

•  Don’t push the taxpayer under the bus to make you more popular with the handout crowd.
•  If you don’t understand that we live in a republic moreso than we live in a democracy, you’d best learn it before we lose our republic.
•  The power of public office is not a license to give away the store. No more quietly sweeping fiscally irresponsible decisions under the political rug.
•  Recognize the sacrifices being made by taxpayers and vote responsibly. Taxpayers pay the bills and are drivers of economic success. Put the taxpayer high up on your totem pole of constituents.
•  Promises made at campaign time must be kept when the votes are taken.
•  Don’t make a professional career out of politics. If you are subject to term limits, honor it in deed and spirit. Voters are sending you a message: they don’t want you using name recognition to skip around to other offices for the rest of your life.
•  Distance yourself from class warfare as a means to increase your political power.
•  Remember: thoughtful voters mistrust a politician to bail us out of a jam that the same politician helped to create.
•  Vote principle and damn the fallout. Avoid the temptation to cast votes to help you win support in your next election.
•  It is insanity to think you can solve a budget deficit caused by over-spending, by jacking up taxes. The solution is to reduce spending. Economics 101.
•  The key to climbing out of an economic mess is private enterprise, not more government. Don’t ever let anyone tell you something different.

BIZPAC Review is watching. And reporting. And commenting. BPR holds a strong belief that elected officials’ actions must be illuminated. When a politician votes against taxpayers to appease the handout crowd or to expand government’s reach, we’re going to tell people all about it.

John R. Smith GET AUTHOR RSS FEED

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
John R. Smith

Comments

Latest Articles