You NFL fans may have thought I was referring to former NFL Star Ricky Watters and his infamous "For who? For what?” remark after a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Actually, I'm talking about how not registering to vote or being registered and not voting can affect you for years to come. If the past eight years is not a clear reflection of that, I don't know what is. I'm not necessarily talking about just the presidential election. I'm talking about state and local elections that are also included on ballots across the nation that will go into effect immediately. For instance in Maryland there is a 9-1-1 tax that is being considered.  In Los Angeles, "Jamiel's Law" is being proposed in honor of the late Jamiel Shaw Jr. , a teenager who was gunned down by a gang member who was in this country illegally, the law targets  Using the phrase For Who? For What? I've listed some answers to those questions below.

For Who?
Yourself

For What?
When you're wondering why your paycheck is looking a little short, check your stub for extra taxes that you did not vote on.

So when you go check your 401K that you've been building for years and there's nothing there, you will know why

For Who?
Your children or future children

For What?
So they don't have to suffer because you didn't vote against the proposition to cut out all school activities

So they are able to have the opportunity for higher education and to get a decent job

For Who?
Your parents

For What?
So they aren't working well into their '80s because there is no Medicare or Social Security available for them

So they never think about going to extreme measures because their home is being foreclosed

I could really go on and on, but I think you get the idea, of how important it is to vote. Yes, your vote does count, don't let anyone tell you different. Voter registration deadlines are fast approaching, if you haven't registered or you know someone who hasn't registered, make the move and get them and yourself registered, people have died for the right to vote. As George Jean Nathan said "Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote".

"At the rate we're going, the Inaugural Ball is going to be a surprise party." ~Argus Hamilton