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Stan Meckler: Educate yourself; exercise your right to vote

I believe the political season is up and running much too soon.

But, as long as it is here, let’s start with the facts we should recognize, regardless of party affiliation.

These are not political facts, these are the ones spewed out by the actors on stage. Always take the time to verify your facts before you believe them to be true. We should listen very carefully to what the candidates say and, if there is any question in your mind, have them explain their remarks in plain English as to how they can take us out of the morass we are now in.

The world is in terrible financial shape and human rights are being ignored. ISIS is attacking innocent women and children and cutting off their heads, or raping them and selling them off to a life of slavery. Iran is threatening the destruction of Israel and her neighbors at every turn. People are fleeing Africa and other countries to get away from the genocide and are overrunning Europe.

America is joining the likes of Third World countries. We have U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day.

Our country has its own problems including illegal immigration, waste and fraud in government agencies, and is currently over $18,000,000,000,000 (trillion) in debt. No other country in the history of the world has incurred this kind of debt and survived. It’s a mountain too big for anyone to climb. Even if we could start paying down this debt, it would take many, many decades to get it under control.

We only have you and me to blame for this because we were not paying attention to what the politicians were and are continuing to do. We usually vote for “our” candidate because we like them or they belong to “our” political party. How often do they vote the way you expected them to vote after they were elected? Think about that one for a while!

The government says that unemployment is down to 5.1 percent, but that number only comes from the records kept on people that are collecting unemployment benefits. According to, a record of 93,031,000 (million) people are not in the workforce and not collecting unemployment insurance because of underemployment opportunities or no opportunities at all. This participation rate is stuck at a 38-year low for the third-straight month (Department of Labor Statics). Many economists suggest that the real unemployment rate, if you include the above number, is approximately 15 percent.

Another number from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the number of women that are unemployed has increased to 56,253,000. The labor force participation rate for women remained at a low 56.7 percent. This is a terrible situation when we realize that working women are now an important part of the family structure. Most families require the income of two people to survive.

By one dismal measure, America is joining the likes of Third World countries. We have U.S. residents who are struggling to survive on just $2 a day. This comes from the book called; “Living on Almost Nothing in America”, written by Kathryn J. Edin, professor at Johns Hopkins University and H. Luke Schaefer, associate professor at the University of Michigan, that was released Sept. 1. Quoting from the book, “The measure of poverty isn’t arbitrary; it’s the threshold the World Bank uses to measure poverty in the developed world.” They document how more than 1.5 million households and 3 million children live on $2 per day. How can it be that people in our bountiful country can be living this way? Why aren’t our leaders attacking these “hidden” problems? Why aren’t reporters asking about this?

I certainly do not have the answer to this and other questions. I do know that we all must begin thinking about which candidate is best suited to handle the enormous job of being the next president of the United States of America. Please open your mind to all candidates, regardless of party. Let’s pick the one that will bring us together and help us solve the problems that so desperately need solving.

The following quote by Albert Einstein holds true today “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

So the questions of the day are: Who are we going to elect that has a new and different approach to our ongoing local and international issues? Which candidates are going to stop the merry-go-round and send it in another direction?

The answer is within you. Educate yourself; do the research. And, only when you are completely satisfied that you have made the right choice, exercise your right to vote.

Stan Meckler, who lives in Grass Valley, is a member of The Union Editorial Board. His opinion is his own and does not represent the viewpoint of The Union or its editorial board. Contact him at

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