For the Grand Old Party the expense would be far less than the fee paid for another Democrat in the United States Congress. However, the Progressives intend to hold the line. In New York, just as in Illinois, where the Obama seat must be filled, budget concerns during a recession, one brought on by lobbyists, who influenced lawmakers, who then limited regulations, dictate a need for frugality. Those on the left of the aisle remind the public of circumstances they cannot escape; we as a country must consider the cost in this economic crisis. Monetary issues must take precedence . . . and it does for those average Americans who are not eligible for a bailout.
The populace observes the performance of each of the esteemed entries; and they can do nothing. Some amongst the common folk think the persons who have insider access to the New York Governor are less qualified, or merely legends. Yet, these individuals are able to court the lawmaker. The public understands how persuasive power, prominence, and pay for play might be. New Yorkers cannot forget the folly that is the current circumstance in Illinois.
It was a cold December day when, embattled, and some might even say ethically challenged, Rod Blagojevich, announced his selection for the Illinois Senate seat. Before the January House impeachment of the perhaps, brilliant, and beleaguered Blagojevich, the President Elect stated: "The assembly should "consider the issue and put in place a process to select a new senator that will have the trust and confidence of the people of Illinois."
However, that was in days of old, when Barack Obama was bold and principles were more prudent. Currently, it would seem, cost conveniently counters a need to hear citizen voices, as do concerns that a political Party might lose power.
Today, it is accepted; politics is but a game, a show. The audience, in the cheap seats, looks on . Republicans and Democrats of authority are the actors. Policymakers have dominion given to them by the American people who wistfully worry they are no more than pawns. The public is aghast; citizens rights, privileges, and permissions to speak, are held hostage. Yet, the electorate continues to stand by and watch the cabaret. People willingly pay the price for government malfeasance. They accept that they have no power. They gave it away. Rulers, otherwise known as Representatives, have convinced the commoners; "practical" truths are the cost of democracy. The price is exorbitant.
Cost of Democracy . . .
- Paterson and Kennedy Meet to Discuss Senate, By Nicholas Confessore. The New York Times. January 11, 2008
- Seeking Clinton's Seat, Would-Be Senators Provide Exhaustive Background Details, By Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore. The New York Times. January 9, 2008
- New York Republicans Want Special Election to Fill Clinton's Seat. Associated Press. Fox News. January 13, 2009
- Andrew M. Cuomo. The New York Times.
- Illinois Can't Afford Special Election: State Officials, By Caryn Rousseau. Huffington Post. December 15, 2008
- Obama: Blagojevich Should Resign. The Washington Post. December 10, 2008
- Illinois House Impeaches Governor. By Susan Saulny. The New York Times. January 9, 2009