Pondering with P.J. — We should have elections more often

By PAULINE JAQUISH

Columnist

Now that the election is over, I would like to “ponder” a bit, so just take a deep breath and try to be patient with me.

First, I would like to thank the many men and women who sought public office. But, I wonder, why would thousands of normal citizens wake up one morning and say, “I think I would like being called every name in the book. I’m going to run for a public office!”

It takes a strong person to run for any public office because sometimes the “public” isn’t very nice.

Personally, I am very grateful for the millions of dollars spent on campaigns. Do you realize what a boost this has been to our tepid economy? Just think of the amount of paper, plastic and fence posts needed for all those yard signs that have blanketed our landscapes…some of which still remain.

And, let us not forget television and radio advertising. There were so many political ads running, I could barely discern which might be regular programming and what was advertising. I did notice there were fewer commercials for cold medicines, but Viagra was still in great demand.

Newspapers had to add pages to hold the huge displays of outstanding credentials, accusations or defense of character assassinations. And the bucks really came in if it was done in four color!

But it didn’t stop there. Printing companies across the nation sprang into action producing colorful mailers in various sizes that soon started appearing in a mailbox near you! Just from my own personal collection, I would bet the U.S. Postal Service could stay afloat for another six weeks.

Business is good during a campaign season and that’s why I’m suggesting we have elections more often. It’s obvious there is a lot of money just laying around waiting to be spent every four years. If we could spend that every two years…

I saved the best for last…the phone calls. I absolutely loved the ones seeking my opinion. When I get home from work, my main concern is figuring out what I’m going to throw on the table for the Spouse to eat. I don’t appreciate someone calling me and asking me to answer a 10 question quiz. I’m not a good test taker! What if I get them all wrong? I can’t take that kind of stress at my age.

One guy asked if I was in favor of one of the propositions. I told him I was undecided. Then he started arguing with me. It was right after that when I burned the brats! The Spouse answered the calls after that.

I did have the pleasure of making a few personal political calls myself. I had prepared a little script to read, but I strayed so often. If I was talking to an answering machine, it was a piece of cake, but if a real live person answered the phone, I had to spice it up a bit.

My very best call was to a lady who really wasn’t that familiar with the area or the person I was supporting because she had only moved here in the last year. By the time we had ended our conversation I learned she had worked for an attorney downstate and she was presently at home on maternity leave and she so much enjoyed our “talk”…she’d certainly vote for my candidate!

We should have elections more often…I said with my tongue in both cheeks!!

As Usual, PJ

Author of “Uncommon Sense”

Pj646@centurytel.net

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Pauline Jaquish is the author of “Uncommon Sense.” You can reach her at Pj646@centurytel.net.

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