When intelligent people make dumb decisions | CHUCK PARRISH

Ever heard a political candidate promise this or pledge that? Or promise to vote one way or the other? It is not a good thing. While promises and pledges may sound good to single- issue voters and ideological hard-liners, they handcuff the newly elected official when it comes time to make policy. In such circumstances, intelligent people inevitably make dumb decisions.

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Chuck Parrish

Ever heard a political candidate promise this or pledge that? Or promise to vote one way or the other? It is not a good thing. While promises and pledges may sound good to single- issue voters and ideological hard-liners, they handcuff the newly elected official when it comes time to make policy. In such circumstances, intelligent people inevitably make dumb decisions.

Tukwila voters do need to know what candidates think and what their position is on issues. What do they think is important to residents and what would they like to do if they could? Perhaps candidates should promise that they will be thoughtful, careful and willing to change their minds if necessary. And perhaps candidates should pledge that they will do their homework, show up on time and be open-minded. Policy making is a dogged effort to understand issues and concerns and to separate the relevant from irrelevant. They must recognize the difference between major and minor aspects of an issue and work with others to fashion policy that best serves the constituents. To do all that, candidates must have the right temperament. That is a tough one for voters to judge.

Tukwila Reporter columnist Chuck Parrish can be reached via email at chuckparrish2009@gmail.com.

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