Primary system leaves much to be desired


January 02, 2008 at 12:46 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Why is it that two small states with little population can tell the rest of the 48 who they should elect as President? That’s the way it is in the U. S. A.

Iowa and New Hampshire will have the center stage when they hold their caucus and primary in the next few days. The winners will have a lead for a few weeks at least, until 25 states, including some of the biggest, hold their primaries on February 5. But the notice the winners get when they conquer the first two states will influence many who are undecided, and at this point, that includes most of the people.

It is not fair to voters in the other states who do not have such a chance to register their views in the first primaries. For example, candidates in Iowa are likely to tell voters there that they will increase the subsidies on producing corn for use in making ethanol. If they campaigned in Louisiana first, they are likely to tell voters they will oppose corn subsidies because the fertilizer that grows corn gets into the Mississippi River and goes into the Gulf of Mexico where it kills our fisheries which is part of our economy. But after they have told the people in Iowa the very opposite, they are not likely to contradict themselves.

They would be accused of lying.

Maybe it’s more fun the way it is. We can watch the drama of who will win the primaries at a slow pace. But it’s not fair to the states who don’t get the first licks on the candidates.




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