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What Makes an Expert?

I have to say, listening to the media as we wait for some real results, which are beginning to come in, I wonder, what makes these experts, just that? Listening to them, I wonder, are they even living on the same planet, never mind in British Columbia?

Then too, it is amazing at how the media virtually ignored the issues facing people, and in reporting them, but tonight, they suddenly seem to know exactly what was of concern for us. Odd, how now they can discuss the issues, when the polls are closed?

by the way, Liberals 40, NDP 36 as of 8:43pm

An Election & The Media

The polls have been closed for about a half hour, and already the pontificating has begun, on the media calling the election. It really is a wonder that anyone would bother to go vote, after listening to the inane droning of the so called experts. I mean, really, it is rather annoying.

How many times can you say, too early to judge yet. I mean why start the coverage, if they have nothing to say, but a rehash?

And for the record, as of this moment it looks like the NDP, but hey, hardly any polls reporting more than 1 or 2. So go figure.

Election Day in BC

The Polls are open now, and I wonder, how many will file through the churches and schools, to cast a vote for the next government, and decide whether we’ll have democracy or special interest voting? I wonder too, if those who will sit at home, moaning about how this last Government was bad, but will merely go about their daily tasks, ignoring the voting booths?

Voter turnout in advance polls, which opened last week, hit a record high of 297,201, but many commentators have speculated turnout could be low Tuesday due to a lack of public interest. One poll showed more people were concerned with the Vancouver Canucks’ playoff run, which ended in defeat Monday night, than the provincial election.  ( source – CBC News )

We all gripe about whoever is in power, then a large number who do the most whining, sit and catch the winner later at night. They come as close to voting as Stephen Harper comes to kissing another guy with passion. In short, it just ain’t gonna happen.

If you truly want a Representative Government, the solution isn’t in changing how we vote, but in ACTUALLY VOTING.

So have you made plans to go vote? Got your Voter Card, the two pieces of Identification needed?  If not, then go get them, and GO VOTE!

Too Close to Call

You have to love the media, and how every single election is always, too close to call. Seriously, when was the last time you heard the media claim it was a run away for this party, or that one? Truth is, they need to hype it, so people will watch their bloated coverage, which is just one of the many reasons, why voters get turned off.

Heading into the final stretch of the campaign, the most recent polls suggest B.C. Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell holds a narrow lead over NDP Leader Carole James. But even with that lead, many commentators say, the election outcome is too close to call for a wide range of reasons. ( source – CBC News )

Uh, commentators? What happened to the Pollsters? Aren’t they the supposed experts on what all that polling data means? So how come now it is the ‘commentators’ who are saying it is too close to call? When did these mouth pieces for advertisers, become experts on how to call an election, or read a poll result, for that matter?

I am still uncertain just what was the central issue in this election, beyond that Campbell is corrupt, and James is going to hand us over to the Unions.

Like how is that supposed to make me support any of them?

I still have NO IDEA how Carol James is going to handle the economy, and given how much support both the Teachers Union & Nurses Union have given her, what will that wind up costing us?

From Gordon Campbell nothing but, well silence. I mean if it wasn’t for Carol James Attack Ads, I’d never know that Gordon Campbell was even running. Seriously, I really haven’t seen much from the Liberals, and well, for that matter none of the other parties either.

There is the Green Party, and I’ve seen some signs, none in my riding though, and then I hear there are Conservatives running too. Like what, they think Campbell’s Liberals aren’t greedy enough?

I live in the province, capital city, and really other than sudden sprouting of lawn signs all over the various boulevards, you’d never know there was another party out there, other than James. Which brings up an interesting question. WHO IS FUNDING THEM?

AND THOSE ARE THE QUESTIONS THE MEDIA SHOULD BE ANSWERING, NOT TELLING ME THEY THINK IT IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL.

I really am disgusted with them. The coverage of elections is now a sound bite here and there, no more in depth reporting, that I grew up on. It is those insights, those reports, that lit the fire inside of me, that helped make me the political junkie that I am today. And frankly, it is what is turning me off politics, but then, maybe that is exactly what their advertisers want?

Power Up Your Vote

It is the slogan being used for those in favor of the new voting system, that is on our ballot for the provincial election. A flawed proposal, that frankly waters down my vote, making it less relevant, than it may appear to be today.  Personally the concept of not having a closer impact on those representing me, in a select district, versus electing a group for a wider district, is repugnant.

However, they are right in that we do get some results that appear to be, disproportionate.

Truth is, there is a sure fire way to really POWER UP YOUR VOTE.  And the answer isn’t to give you the opportunity to pass your vote over to others, by having more than one choice, the answer really is very simple.

EVERYONE VOTES!

The more of us who actually make that effort, then we will have a greater diversity in parties, which is a good thing. Additionally, it negates the impact of special interest groups, because the more of us that vote, the less their impact is, and that means, the harder it is for them to co-opt political parties, and elected officials.

SO VOTE INSTEAD OF BEING LAZY OR SELF CENTERED

Despite what people like Carol James may think, the ONLY WASTED VOTE IS THE ONE NOT CAST.

Think about it, when you decide whether it is worth it, or not, to get out tomorrow and vote on election day, here in BC.