I’m not sure what started me off in pondering this almost imponderable question.
It was probably the endless bombardment of political advertising, leeching out of every form of media, and reaching saturation point.
Yes, down here in Australia, we have federal elections, where one of the two major parties are hoping to be in control, and all of the minor parties are hoping they will be in control.
You see, here, you don’t have to have a majority in the lower house, called the Representatives, you need to have the numbers in the upper house, called the Senate.
And the Senate is where the cunning voters make it so that no major party can go berserk and introduce a whole lot of policies that benefit one group or the other. Sort of like sticking up for the rich, and keep the poor in their place, or sticking up for the poor and taxing the rich, who, apparently, don’t pay their fair share of tax. That gem of information comes from one of the parties. As if any of us didn’t know that to be the case anyway.
Only that doesn’t work out so well, because the leader of the splinter party gets a whole lot of stuff for his electorate, and we, the rest of the people, get shafted.
As for me, I’m sitting on the poverty line, neither rich nor poor enough for either party to help. Me and about 65 per cent of the rest of the population. We used to have a middle class, but tax and bad political management have slowly eroded the middle classes so that most are now living hand to mouth at best.
No one can afford to save, and when we do, the interest, what little of it there is, is taxed, so, no incentive to save. Both parents have to work if they want to have any sort of life, and more so if they have children. Childminding costs are horrendous, Medicare fees are equally so if you want to have adequate medical care, and the thought of owning one car, let alone two which is a necessity for families, costs a small fortune when you take into account buying the car, upkeep, petrol, and the governments grab for registration. They say it’s for road maintenance, but let’s not talk about roads, but the maintenance of two Boeing 737’s just to ferry politicians around.
And instead of telling us what they intend to do to make our lives easier, the ads are about dredging up the opposite party’s previous mistakes. We already know what they are, what we want to know is what they intend to do to fix all the problems.
Sorry, just being a grump. I know my one person rant doesn’t matter one fig, but I had to get it out of my system.
I also have begun to believe my one vote doesn’t really matter much in the greater scheme of things but if I could just influence another 500,000 to vote with me, wow, think of what we could do.
Maybe I should run for parliament, or not. I don’t think I could survive the evenings in the parliamentary bar, the free lunches, or being chauffeur driven. And flying first class everywhere, I just might get used to it, and the retirement fund, that’s just too much money to think about.
I’ll just stick to being the poor, cynical voter that I am.