Political swear jar

The political conventions are over (thank you, Jesus — can I get an Amen??) and its time to settle in on something important … football.

Okay, we still have some more political posturing to go through. And we do have an important assignment ahead of us — VOTING. It is not only our right, but also our responsibility.

This is another crucial election, not only for president/vice president, but also on the congressional level, state level and, in some cases, local level. This is our turn to look at the candidates and see how their views, values and policies match with ours.

I’m not going to suggest who you should vote for. That’s the beauty of American politics, the decision on who to vote for is strictly ours and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

This post has a different slant. I hope the tone of especially the presidential race over the next two months takes a sharp, more civil turn. And I do have a suggestion or two.

We all know about the swear jar — the little jar that collects our pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and even folding cash when we say something, well, really off color.

I suggest a political equivalent of a swear jar, although I’m recommending we forget about the paltry change and stick to the folding cash. It works something like this …

Every time a candidate or one of their surrogates of either stripe talks about his opponent, it’s a buck in the jar. If the smear is unnecessary, it’s five bucks. If it’s egregious, that’s $10. And if it comes from a PAC, let’s toss in $100. Each time.

I don’t know about you, but I cringe every time I hear a politician say “Our friends on the other side of the aisle.” That’s a buck. Point out your opponent’s flaws … $5. Inferring he is a felon or not an American by birth … well that’s going to cost you $10. Just on principal, PACs should contribute $100.

I don’t want to hear about Romney’s tax returns or Obama’s lack of business experience … especially from their opponents. I want to know what THEY ARE GOING TO DO. I want to know what their plans are. I don’t care about the past. There is enough blame to go around on both sides of the aisle. I want to know how we are going to move forward … in detail … without reference to their opponents.

My second suggestion is to turn over proceeds from this swear jar back into the general fund. The way things are going right now, if we adopt this simple little plan, we can retire the national debt, probably by Election Day!

And, by the way, this little tax would impact both Obama and Romney, both 1% ers, and leave us middle classers alone. Sounds like a win-win to me. What do you think?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: It’s amazing what a few kind words can do.

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