DETROIT – John Dingell, U.S. Representative of Michigan’s 15th district, is the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, a person who made a living being a public servant, he was first elected to office in 1956; and for the first time in a long time he is beginning to feel the heat of angry out of work voters, but will they vote him out of office?
Even though Michigan is and has been in a declining state for the past 10-15 years, many voters, under informed and over saturated with gimmicky campaign ads from the major parties are still not understanding that our government is only as good as our vote is informed.
Surely most hard working Michiganders who are experience high unemployment and a stagnant economy would not intend to vote for a politician who is severely out of touch with the average person on the streets and voted on the side of big business more times than not.
But they are as John Dingell is still up in the latest poll conducted by WDIV-TV and the Detroit News where he was up by 19% to his closest competitor. This could be a sign that Dingell’s competition is really off in left field or people who are already stressed with a poor economy feel like hanging on to what they have left is better than letting go for a chance at something better and more fulfilling.
I can’t blame them for feeling this way, but I surely won’t be voting for John Dingell come November, I knew that when I attended his town hall meeting back in 2009 about this decision to vote for the Bailout for Bankers, he had no idea that giving Wall Street banks billions of our tax dollars to keep screwing us was a bad idea not supported by the bulk of democratic voters in Michigan.
Numbers don’t lie either, so I’ll share a few about Representative John Dingell, in the 2009-2010 campaign years Dingell has raised just under $1 million dollars, according to opensecrets.org. Over $400,000 alone coming from electric utilities and health care professionals, who’s side is Dingell going to be fighting for, the people who are dealing with a 131% increase in their health insurance premiums since 2000, according to Time Magazine; or is Representative Dingell going to side on the side of health professionals who have stuffed a quarter of million dollars in his pockets?
According to votesmart.org, Dingell voted against numerous bills to limit the amount of campaign contributions he can receive and the disclosure of that information with votes against the 527 Reform Act of 2005 and 2006, Federal Campaign Finance Amendment, and the Lobby Disclosure Amendment.
The other candidates in the race are Dr. Rob Steele a semi-moderate Republican, not sure if he would be better than John Dingell, Aimee Smith running as a Green candidate is an interesting candidate I’m looking forward to learning more about but only has about 3% of the vote in Michigan.
If we don’t take money out of politics and public service, our government will be filled with people thinking about their bottom line and not what is best for the people they ultimately serve, us voters.
Sources: WDIV / Detroit News Poll /http://www.clickondetroit.com/politics/25072634/detail.html
Time Magazine / Health Insurance Premiums Up 131% in Last Ten Years / by Brad Tuttle / http://money.blogs.time.com/2009/09/16/health-insurance-premiums-up-131-in-last-ten-years/
Vote Smart / Representative John D. Dingell /http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=26917
Open Secrets / John D. Dingell / Top Industrieshttp://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00001783&type=I