ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Politics: Can Anyone Answer My Cry for Help?

Updated on December 9, 2017
William F. Torpey profile image

Graduated NYU in 1964. Worked in NYC for 2 years in public relations then as reporter and editor before retiring from The Hour newspaper.

Christie Todd Whitman

Are New Jersey Voters Gullible?
Are New Jersey Voters Gullible?

Christie Todd Whitman

Christie Todd Whitman
Christie Todd Whitman

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah
Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah | Source

Sometimes I think I must be just a little dense. I feel that way because -- almost daily these days -- I come across news items or situations that I simply fail to understand.

The most recent of these (and I'm sure there'll be several more before the ink dries on this page) came in Tuesday's elections. I wouldn't want to bore Hour readers with a long list of examples, but foremost among the enigmas that wrinkle my brow is the gullibility of New Jersey voters who apparently believe that Gov.-elect Christie Whitman actually has a plan to cut their taxes by 30 percent.

Demagoguery

When I see or hear Whitman pledging to cut taxes by such an unbelievable amount, I am instantly struck by such blatant demagoguery; it should be crystal clear that she is simply playing off Gov. Jim Florio's huge, unpopular 1990 tax increase.

It's the 30 percent figure that represents the smoking gun; an honest politician -- and I do believe there are some -- would merely promise to do her best to keep taxes down, even, perhaps, hold out some hope for a tax cut. But 30 percent, considering today's economic conditions and New Jersey's plight in particular, was obviously a ploy.

I'm sure her advisers told her that she would have to promise a tax cut to beat Florio, and promising 10 or 20 percent wouldn't have the dramatic response necessary to do the job. Insofar as Whitman already has said that if she doesn't cut taxes she won't seek a second term, it's evident she took the attitude that "After I get elected it will be time enough to worry about how I'll handle the situation."

If you'd like to clip this column, I'll be happy to eat it if I'm wrong.

I can't help wondering why I do not hear others screaming with outrage. That's why I say I must be pretty dense.

Political Perplexities

I wouldn't feel so dense, however, if such political perplexities were the only thing I fail to understand; unfortunately, there are lots of other things that seem simple enough to me -- but apparently not to many others.

Here's just a sampling:]

* * * The federal government is about to force the state (Connecticut), at a cost of more than $100 million to the government (not to mention the direct cost to taxpayers) to begin "more stringent" emissions testing. This whole program is a boondoggle that, despite claims to the contrary, does little or nothing for the environment. To me it's clearly a program designed to let politicians and government lackeys off the hook by allowing them to claim they're taking bold action to clean up the nation's polluted air.

Rampant Crime

* * * It's pretty clear from all the statistics we hear these days that crime is rampant, but despite the hue and cry of citizens only a small percentage of violators are arrested -- and of those arrested most are either plea-bargained away or are not prosecuted at all. Of those who go to trial, some are released on technicalities, many are given light sentences or put on probation, and only a few are given prison terms commensurate with their crimes.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch this week decried the fact that the "typical" convicted rapist receives a sentence of only eight years, but actually serves only three. He asks, "Does anyone wonder why we have so many rapes?"

Sorry, folks; my computer terminal tells me we're out of room, but if anyone can shed any light on these anomalies, I'd be happy to be enlightened.

This column was written for The Hour newspaper of Norwalk, Conn., on Nov. 6, 1993.

How Much Confidence Do You Have in the Promises of Political Candidates?

See results

Christie Whitman on Pascrell's Record

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • William F. Torpey profile imageAUTHOR

      William F Torpey 

      11 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Thanks gamergirl, Bob and compu-smart for your feedback. It's appreciated.

    • compu-smart profile image

      Compu-Smart 

      11 years ago from London UK

      My votes with you William every time;)

    • profile image

      Bob 

      11 years ago

      I say do away with all political parties and make all the candidates run as independants. Would it matter, naw , I doubt it.

    • gamergirl profile image

      Kiz 

      11 years ago from Antioch, TN

      My goodness! Awesome!

    • William F. Torpey profile imageAUTHOR

      William F Torpey 

      11 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Thanks Earth Angel and Ralph for your kind words.

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 

      11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Great column. My sentiments also.

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 

      11 years ago

      Yep, you were/are ahead of your time William!! Blessings, Earth Angel!!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)