Hollow job promises

There’s not a politician today who doesn’t promise to bring jobs to the community. They never say when or how, but every single person running for office thinks they have the magic clue to creating employment. This is not a new phenomenon; it has been going on for decades. Candidates want you to believe that they, and only they, have the answer to unemployment.

Assuming those who have won elections in the past really want to prove they are good enough for re-election, isn’t it strange that not one has solved the problem of unemployment? In fact, the problems of unemployment, population decline, abandoned factories and homes are not simple. If they were easy problems to solve, the first candidate to promise jobs would have created them, opening a plant or creating a manufacturing process, building a resort, or establishing a company.

Since the economic problems still abound, they are fair game for the usual promises. Before swallowing the “job creation” claim this year, ask yourself this: “Does this candidate have any tangible things to do to create jobs? Does he or she have a clue to the available workforce skills or business environment that exists in this area? It’s so easy to gloss over the problems in Albany/Washington, but very few candidates have taken the time to understand their districts, meet the business owners and talk to the workers, themselves.

While her opposition is out taking checks at cocktail parties, Patti Southworth has been driving all over the 49th State Senate District. She has met with many small business owners, in their workplaces, and seen first hand what hard-working New Yorkers are capable of. Her website is full of pictures introducing the reader to an amazingly versatile and energetic part of the economy. She is listening to their concerns as she is promoting their accomplishments. Which candidate do you want – one with a wine glass in one hand, asking for money or the candidate who is happy to meet you and listen?

POLLY WINDELS

Ballston Spa