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Does anyone care about politics right now?

Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 12:44 PM

The Iowa Straw Poll is less than a month away. The first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses are less than six months away. Presidential candidates have been surfacing in our state for a while now, and some are even venturing to our area.

With all of these factors considered, I think it makes sense to write political columns and blogs. However, I start to wonder when they don't garner many responses, especially when I think it concerns a controversial issue that could anger a whole group of people.

What I'm trying to figure out is this: Do people not care enough about politics right now to comment, are they too busy, or are there some other factors involved? When talking to others about this, the first option seems to be the most popular. Iowa's legislative session ran 62 days longer than it was supposed and people just got weary of the constant politics, putting them in no mood for presidential politics.

Is this the case? Does anyone really care about politics right now? If you don't care now, is there a time that you will? Also, what issues are most important to you as presidential election season heats up? I'm really looking forward to your responses.

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Short answer-no. Long answer-heck no. Not very insightful, but true at this time

-- Posted by Evinrude on Fri, Jul 15, 2011, at 8:59 PM

Between the heat (or if it ain't the heat then I suppose it's the humidity) and my busy-ness, I have not given much thoughtful consideration to political things for a while though sometimes I put out things on Facebook for my friends from all viewpoints to jump on to.

I'm done with political parties. If there is a candidate who will lead the effort to fix the economy, create a marketplace that generates living wage jobs and small business opportunities and has some common sense approaches to other policy AND understands we cannot continue being the cop for the world and fight an unending "War on Terror" I want to see that person.

It doesn't matter if they are male or female, gay or straight, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Green, Purple, Magenta or Bull Moose party, or really what they think of social issues.

It IS the economy, stupid. We need to stop sending so much money overseas, taking on debt and wasting money. We need to stop funding large private corporations and exempting them from their fair share of taxes.

Social issues -- I do have my strong views on those. I believe they should take a back burner right now as far as the government is concerned. Gay marriage to abortion, I really don't give a crap about a candidates commitment to contracts with America, with families, or with the "Moral Majority." I don't think the government should get involved with legislating morality, especially with a war on and the economy tanking. I think every moment a Republican in Congress with an economics degree from Harvard (for example) talks about gay marriage, America loses because he's not talking about saving the value of the dollar from freefalling or fixing the economy.

I think good family values include mom and dad being able to work for a living wage, quality care for grandma and grandpa, good education for all, not having to choose between mortgage and medicine, and freedom to make the right choice for one's self and family.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Sun, Jul 17, 2011, at 2:50 PM

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