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Hey Politicians

Hey politicians (specifically the ones that never held the office they’re running for before). I don’t care what you’re GOING to do if you get elected. Sure that’s lovely and I do want that message to be somewhere in your speeches but you should keep it brief and at the end. Instead how about you tell us all about what you’ve done to earn the position you’re running for.

In my experience, when someone around me wants a promotion they have to do the job to get the job. They have to prove that they’re capable of doing the tasks required. Usually that comes from either taking on parts of the new job under supervision or it comes from work experience similar to the new job.

In most cases, the person running for the President of the United States (POTUS) has never done the job before. Job experience as POTUS has to be learned on the job and we should decide who our POTUS is going to be based on similar job work experience.

If a candidate says, “I’m going to balance the budget” shouldn’t they be able to show us all of the instances in which they’ve helped balance a government budget? Please stop saying because the person currently holding the position hasn’t balanced the budget that you can do better by doing something completely different. Maybe they’re on the right path and they just need more time. Maybe there are limitations and obstacles in their way that you’ll never learn about until you have the job.

I watched a program called The President’s Book of Secrets. I’m a little skeptical of the whole program and it’s probably a bunch of crap, speculation and fantasy but it made me consider one very likely idea. To keep our country and every individual in it safe there is a great deal of information that is kept from nearly everyone. In the first few days in office the POTUS is briefed on the things only a few privileged know. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if at the end the new POTUS realizes that at least one of his campaign promises would never happen during his term. I can’t help but think it’s possible that broken promises former Presidents made were entirely out of their control. It’s not that they’re terrible leaders; they just weren’t given all of facts first.

Candidates should stop listing things they promise to achieve just to get elected. To me they sound like a high school candidate for president of student council promising to bring celebrities to the school, make lunch period longer and ban homework on Fridays! These things are never going to happen but they sound like fun so kids vote for them anyway. What’s scary is that they never grow out of voting in this way.

As politicians, you know that people get voted into office because they’re the popular choice. You know that eloquent speeches and exciting promises attract voters but nobody would hire me if I walked into an interview and told them how they’ve screwed up their company and how I could make it better if I put a free coffee machine in the break room. So why do we “hire” presidential candidates who do just that? All I’m asking is that you downplay promises you may not be able to keep and focus on all the reasons why you’re qualified for the job. That’s what people really need to know.

Thank you for sticking through my rant until the end. Your reward, this picture of a puppy: