Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Politics and Poverty

I got an email today showing that the one thing that the 10 US cities with the highest poverty rate have in common is that they've either had a democrat mayor for the last 20+ years or they've always had one.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty but leading them or driving them out of it."

We've talked a lot about "change" in this country recently, but there's a much more important catchphrase that we've neglected: "All politics is local." Maybe instead of focusing so much on who we put in charge of our country, we should focus more on who we put in charge of our cities.
Both of these quotes came from a Glenn Beck post regarding the previously mentioned analysis (I came across it trying to validate the source of the analysis.) The last statement particularly struck me. This last election I was more apathetic than normal with regards to who became the next president (after it was down to McCain and Obama). I'd ask myself, "What is this person really going to be able to do over the next 4 years? They're just one piece of the huge political mess." But realizing that we've got to start small, with our own local officials (community, city, state, etc.) if we want to see any real changes take place.

I do realize the President does have a lot of power, he just exercised it earlier this week. But how he uses that power is pretty much outside of my circle of influence.

What do you all do to be involved at the local political level? (More than just participating in election).