Watch out! As of late, the news has been full of stories exposing the dirty dishonesty that exists within local politics. A lot of these scandals happen right within the town hall of a small town. For example, some local politicians are getting paid off to overlook some zoning infringements committed by big corporations establishing themselves in smaller communities. This is a huge problem because it gives the big corporations an unfair advantages over small businesses, and small business are the heart of what America needs to be.
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR LOCAL POLITICIANS?
It is very easy to get sucked into the media and only pay attention to the big political figures. Oftentimes, a juicy scandal about a nationally-known congressman or senator can completely erase the thought of local politics from somebody’s mind. One might think, “wow, that person is really rotten” and have no idea that the same kind of people exist in power in their own communities! In order to hold these local government officials accountable, we need to go to town hall meetings and seize any opportunity to maintain open communication with these politicians. Make sure that you are asking tough questions that will them honest. Additionally, if you can get to know them on a personal level, then you might be able to know whether or not they care about their community or if they just care about money and themselves. If you don’t do these things, then you are relinquishing your power to know what is going on in your local world.