Support Candidates Who Support You
by Jason Skaggs
A golden opportunity waits for cattle producers on Nov. 2. Change the direction of your country with your vote.
Ranchers ask me all the time, "How can we change the things going on in Washington today?" My response is this: Become a member of TSCRA, contribute to the TSCRA Political Action Committee (TSCRA PAC) and VOTE!
TSCRA works day and night to make sure the interests of ranchers are represented in Washington and Austin, but our job on the legislative and regulatory front becomes less challenging when we have a good starting point.
If we can ensure that the individuals we support get elected, we have a better chance of keeping the cattle industry strong. Having like-minded individuals in office at all levels of government is critical to our efforts. Of course, this is much more difficult than it sounds.
One of the biggest challenges with this is making sure the candidates we want in office have enough resources to get their message out, so voters can learn more about them.
This takes a lot of physical work, like walking door to door. It also takes a lot of money, which is why the TSCRA PAC exists.
The money that TSCRA members contribute to the TSCRA PAC is used to assist the campaigns of candidates who support the cattle industry. It is imperative that the TSCRA PAC stay strong so we can continue this important work. Please support the TSCRA PAC today, if you have not already done so.
The next challenge is getting ranchers registered to vote. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2008 approximately 90 percent of individuals in the U.S. who registered actually voted. That number was approximately 83 percent for Texas. This means if we can get ranchers registered, the odds are good that they will vote.
Lastly, we need ranchers to get to the polls. With the early voting period and voting on Election Day, there are multiple opportunities for ranchers to vote. There are also multiple locations for ranchers to cast their vote.
The bottom line is there should be no excuses for not voting.
There has never been a more important time for the ranching community to become active supporters of the political process and active voters. The 2010 mid-term elections will be critical in determining what happens in Washington over the next 2 years.
In addition, many state-level positions in Texas are on the ballot in 2010, including the legislature and many statewide offices. With important issues like groundwater ownership, eminent domain reform, and taxes facing ranchers, it is important we support candidates who support us. We have a golden opportunity to seize the momentum, but we have to take that action to seize it.
Voters choose who makes the decisions in our state and country. Whether you are talking about the election for President of the United States or the Senior Class, the voters choose.
Encourage your friends and family members to get involved and help expand the TSCRA and cattle industry network. It's time for ranchers to answer the call — CATTLEMEN VOTE!
Voter information is available at tscra.org. Click the VOTE button.
Oct. 4 — Register to vote, if you haven't already
Oct. 18 to 29 — Early voting for the 2010 mid-term elections
Nov. 2 — Voting day for the 2010 mid-term elections
"Back Page - Support Candidates Who Support You" is from the September 2010 issue of The Cattleman magazine.