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Smart voters should scrutinize campaign promises - The Galveston County Daily News: Letters To Editor

December 3, 2016

Smart voters should scrutinize campaign promises

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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 12:00 am

Political promises have become more unbelievable and extreme in the 2014 primaries and general election campaigns.

One local candidate for county commissioner promised to get rid of Obamacare.

He was merely mimicking the words of a multitude in his party who are seeking political offices that have absolutely no authority over the health care law.

Collectively, they are insulting the intelligence of the voters they seek to represent.

Another local example of big-promise politicking comes from the campaign of Wayne Faircloth, a candidate for state representative in District 23.

According to his campaign mailer, “Wayne’s pledge to you,” is to “bring state overregulation and taxation to an end.”

If this pledge is sincere, he owes it to voters to be specific as to which state taxes and regulations he promises to end.

The state sales tax is the principle source of state revenue.

Is this the tax Faircloth’s campaign promises to end?

He also owes voters an explanation regarding the effect ending a tax would have on state services.

How would it impact funding for local school districts, junior colleges, UTMB, law enforcement or courts?

We can elect better public officials if we more closely scrutinize the promises they make.

L. Davied Bond

Bacliff