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Why do you think politicians don't deal with the issues?

Asked by marinelife (61564points) May 25th, 2008

It is clear to me from various questions on Fluther just this past week or so that people care a lot about the issues: national security, terrorism, fuel prices, the recession, the economy, climate change. Yet, pundits and media seem fixated on the usual minor faux pas or the pasts of the candidates. Why can’t we get the real discussion we are interested in and need to hear from the candidates about?

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jlm11f's avatar

Because they find it easier to play with people’s emotions? Honestly, the presidential candidates don’t really have details for their plans as a president. They just know their goals, if you ask them how to achieve them, they will be dumbfounded. For example, the libertarian presidential candidate is all about getting rid of the national debt. How does he plan to accomplish this? He can’t tell us because he doesn’t know. So basically, they have a general answer to the issues, they know whether they are pro-choice or pro-life, or for the war or against, but they cannot get into more detail than that, which is why they avoid the issues.

susanc's avatar

Until they’re elected, candidates don’t have working relationships with the lawmakers, the judges, the governors, or their own cabinets, who have yet to be appointed. They can tell us what they think is important, but they can’t say how to get those things done because they don’t have the tools in place.
I think PnL is right on with regard to the media. But as for candidates, I think they do
know how they’d like to get stuff done, but they can’t predict how their alliances will shape up till later; they have to be cautious and general. It’s very frustrating.

margeryred's avatar

Ever heard of that old saying “You can’t please all the people all the time”?
My belief is that if they get too specifc they can alienate potential supporters.
Politicians are the best at swaying. They ride the fence in public then behind closed doors they’re main concern is to get their personal agendas completed.
Being a government worker we know best how the inner workings of our trusted politicians actually runs.

wildflower's avatar

These politicians are trying to win the majority of the votes in a country with a population of 300,000,000+. Taking a stance or declaring direct opinions isn’t going to accomplish this.
Ambiguity is key.

ebenezer's avatar

Also, discussions are not for the campaigning world. They make a candidate look like they have no plan. Plus they often raise more questions than they answer.

shockvalue's avatar

It’s tradition mostly.

Taurcess's avatar

I believe politicians don’t deal with the issues, and truly speak on them because they are afraid of getting into a situation where they make a promise, and then are not able to make good on their promises once elected. And, of course, there’s the real answer to this question, politics, is a money game. Poli = Many Tics = Blood Sucking Insects, which =‘s P.O.L.I.T.I.C.S.

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