If I get one more piece of mail from a candidate for public office claiming that "I am not a politician", I'm going to jump off the Rainbow Bridge. I've got news for anyone interested in putting his name on a ballot: you're a politician. The sheer definition dictates that, if you're running for political office, you're a politician. No matter how a candidate tries to spin it, there's no getting away from it.
While we're at it, let's get one other thing clear: all candidates for public office hate taxes. And they want to create jobs. Oh, and the other candidate is the equivalent of the anti-Christ.
Seriously, is it any wonder that people are so disenfranchised? Virtually every candidate for office, regardless of the level, says the same exact thing. They're all going to cut taxes; they're all going to create jobs; they're all going to stop our children from fleeing the area.
What would be so refreshing is to have a candidate actually present a platform for his candidacy. Explain to me why he is the better choice. Tell me how he is going to cuts spending & taxes and what programs will be sacrificed in order achieve these cost-cutting measures. I know it's a novel concept, but it would sure be a refreshing change.
Instead, we get the same tired message about taxes, jobs & kids. Spare me. This region has long been the redheaded step-child of New York, and we demand more. We need specifics. We deserve to know exactly what a candidate plans to do to address the problems that pertain to the issues that are relevant to our needs.
Voters will gravitate to candidates who have the right combination of intellect and balls to say what needs to be said. Take for example Donald Trump. While I'm not for or against The Donald, he will never shy away from the "fringe" topics that so many are afraid to go after. Thus you see him leading potential GOP challengers for the presidential nomination, even though he hasn't announced his intentions. We need this type of assertiveness on a local level.
Do I want our kids to have a future in Western New York? Absolutely, but political rhetoric and empty promises aren't the answer. Let's get down to brass tacks and hear some real solutions. We deserve at least that much.