by Bill Golden
If we want a more responsive government then we need to have our own personal standards as voters.
Below are the Top 10 things that I will use to evaluate candidates in the upcoming elections.
1. Shows understanding of the U.S. Constitution and applies it in their actions and public policy recommendations.
2. Public Record of votes showing willing to not vote the party line.
3. Public Record of not creating facts to support arguments.
4. Philosophy indicates consideration of opposing views, and willingness to address them.
5. Shows willingness to address wrongs within own party.
6. Offers policies that clearly show costs in monetary and personal liberties, and suggests how the policy will be funded.
7. Does not rely on one-of-a-kind examples to make a case as to why we should change public policy.
8. Does not accept campaign funds from special interest groups, and asks that groups that produces favorable attack ads withdraw their advertising.
9. Supports transparency in campaign and government transactions.
10. Public Record of achievement.