I've never run for public office and I don't intend to. But if I did, I'd do it a lot differently than most of the people who do.
Take Kentucky state government. Our state has more financial commitments than revenue to pay for them, and our system is very broken, mostly because of people trying to make it do far more than government was ever intended to do. And we're in this mess because our politicians are more interested in getting elected than in fixing the problem.
They say what voters want to hear instead of what they need to hear, and we foolishly reward them for their dishonesty.
I think – given a choice – the people just might embrace some hard truth. And if I were running for governor, for example, I'd give it to them.
I'd tell them that if I were elected, government would pay for what we can afford and only that.
I'd promise to get rid of several social programs that cost far too much and seriously exceed the role of government.
I'd be up front and admit I'd have to raise taxes to adequately finance the programs we can't afford to cut.
I'd make it clear that legalizing casino gambling would be my number one priority to alleviate that tax burden.
And I'd have no negative comments to make about any opponent, because my approach would be so distinctive, I wouldn't need to mention them.
Would voters be able to accept such a brutally honest assessment of our problems and the sacrifices needed to fix them? I'm really not sure. But I do know we'll never get anywhere until someone is brave enough to offer the option. This state needs fixing, and no regular politician – who'd rather win office than use it effectively -- has a prayer of doing that.
What do you think of this platform? Could you support it, or is it a little bit too honest? Is there anything you'd add to it?
Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.