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Why Your Vote Still Matters
BY STEPHEN E. SANDHERR
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WE'VE ALL HEARD IT - and many of us have been caught saying it - what's the point in
voting when nothing changes and Washington grows more dysfunctional every day? It's
hard not to be a cynic in today's political environment. I get it. Washington is pretty dysfunctional, Congress is less popular than cancer, and we have a president that would rather
shake hands with somebody in a horse costume than deal with the other party. It doesn't
have to be this way, and things can change for the better, but only if you vote.
How can voting in the upcoming election help make Washington more functional? Well,
despite what we all may feel at times, registering to vote and casting your ballot remains
the only true way to hold our elected officials accountable for the jobs they are, or are not,
doing. Elections are, or at least should be, the political equivalent of a performance review,
with voters serving as the managers. But again, you can only manage the situation by casting your vote and making your voice heard.
Trust me, if we all use our vote to send a message that we have no tolerance for allowing our infrastructure to crumble, or for piling on new regulatory burdens and neglecting
immigration and workforce development issues, we will be heard. And if there is one thing
most elected officials are good at, it is figuring out which way the political winds are blowing.
But to make sure we are sending the right message to the right people, you need an easy
way to check the voting records of your local candidates. You need to know about the most
important issues facing our industry. You also need to be able to help your employees register
to vote. This is precisely why we created Construction Votes (www.constructionvotes.com),
a new online voting resource for our members.
Construction Votes includes information about how members of Congress did on a host
of AGC "key votes," resources to share with employees, and tips for running appropriate and
successful voter registration drives. I encourage you to visit this site and use its resources to
get as many of your co-workers registered, educated and engaged in the electoral process.
Unfortunately, even if enough members of Congress get the message from your votes this
fall and things improve on Capitol Hill, we are still going to have to contend with an Obama
administration that is intent on putting in place its agenda without Congressional approval.
The pace and scope of new regulations coming out of this administration are sure to increase
during the next two years.
Some of these new regulatory measures may even be well intended. But this administration
and its rule writers don't seem to have a clue about what life is really like in the business
world - or within our industry. Their rules do a lot more to increase costs and undermine
success than they do to protect the environment or protect the millions of hard working
people just like you.
One of the hardest things to do in D.C. is kill a regulation. Fortunately, we have amassed
a pretty good track record. We killed the 3 percent withholding rule, got the EPA to reverse
itself on new stormwater runoff rules, scuttled efforts to force contractors to replace billions
worth of off-road diesel equipment and significantly softened new employment mandates
for federal contractors.
Fighting the regulatory machine isn't easy or cheap, however. And after six years of some
of the most anti-business environment in D.C. any of us have ever known, our war chest
-AGC's Construction Advocacy Fund - is running dry. That is why we are asking members
to contribute to the fund as we gear up for this new regulatory onslaught.
So in addition to checking out Construction Votes and hitting the ballot box, please visit
www.agc.org/ConstructionAdvocacyFund and make your contribution. Given the potential
cost of these new regulations, your support may just end up being some of the best money
you spend this year.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2014
All for One and One for All
The Construction Advocacy Fund: Funding the Fight
New Revenue Recognition Standard Developed With Construction Industry Input
Enhancing the Design and Impact of Company Websites
Construction’s Crystal Ball
AGC in Action
Squeaky Clean Construction
Spray Polyurethane Foam: A Candid Look
Legislative and Regulatory News
Member and Chapter News
2014 Insurance Directory
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - September/October 2014