An Election of Mixed Signals

transportation201012mixed-signals-signalAn election of mixed signals. Arkansas, which of course you could argue there might be genetics at work, voted to raise the minimum wage and at the same time they also voted to send a guy to the Senate who is against raising the minimum wage. Isn’t that special?

Perhaps one could deduce that there was total disconnect by the voters in Arkansas and they voted on personality in the Senate race and when they voted to raise the minimum wage they voted using knowledge that workers needed a raise.

But that doesn’t make sense. Why would you vote to raise the minimum wage and yet send a man to Congress who was opposed to raising the minimum wage in Arkansas?

But that wasn’t the only place where voters were totally out of the loop. When it comes to raising the minimum wage for workers 83% of the American voter say it’s something whose time has come. And yet the signal they sent was we want the minimum wage raised but the people we send to Congress don’t want the minimum wage raised.

So is it the voters who are disconnected with the realities? Or is it a case of them not knowing the people they voted for and how those people see the issues?

One might discern that the voters have no clue or that despite what they say negative ads make a difference and who they vote for and it has nothing to do with the real issues.

I vote for the lack of knowledge on the part of the voters. Negativity sells in Peoria and pretty much everywhere else. And what voters say and how they vote has little to do with the issues or the realities of their lives.

We live in a world of total disconnect where iPhones smartphones and iPads rule the day. Issues and concerns about work life Liberty or the pursuit of happiness depends solely on the next coming thing.

Technology is wonderful but it often gets in the way of what really matters.

Bob Bearden.


One thought on “An Election of Mixed Signals

  1. On the other hand, Arkansas voters might have reasonably concluded that if Mark Pryor was so eager to adopt nearly every position of the Republican party, they might as well vote for the genuine article. Or they might have assumed that with the House in the lock of right-wingers, there was no chance of a federal minimum wage hike taking place, so they voted on issues they believed important (maybe abortion prohibition or gun absolutism).

    But even if the minimum wage were the number one issue on their minds, why does that argue for supporting Mark Pryor? After all, the last time he had a chance to vote on it, he announced he would vote against it for federal workers. Frankly, booting this blue dog makes eminent sense if you want to start reforming the Democratic Party to become a reliable force in favor of the working class.

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