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Who will fight for Main Street?

In the rush to rid Washington of career politicians, let’s make sure we don’t mistakenly replace our current crop of ineffectual legislators with a fresh collection of vacuous ideologues whose sole qualification is that they’ve no prior experience in politics.

The Tea Party serves an important purpose in this year’s election cycle in that they are forcing public debate on issues that wouldn’t otherwise be discussed, like more efficiency and less waste in government.

However, I worry that in their eagerness to anoint personalities proficient in parroting right-minded sound bites, they will help sweep into office a cadre of media-savvy charlatans who look the part and talk the talk, but are as incapable of performing their duties as the despots they’ve replaced.

A career politician is not, by definition, a bad thing. If I’m unhappy with my mechanic, I don’t take my car to a corporate CEO to get it fixed; I find a better mechanic. Before replacing all Washington insiders with outsiders – possibly with high business acumen but no experience in government – I say we first look for professional politicians who are still interested in fighting for Main Street … that is, if they haven’t all gone extinct.

Bill Checkvala

Grass Valley

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