If you don't vote for your township supervisor, school board members, state rep and senators, you have standing to complain. Making your voice heard it part of democracy for sure, but voting is at it's core.
I don't vote for them. "Them" includes township supervisors, school boards stacked with MEA supporters, state reps and senators, and that group at the state (Civil Service Commission?) who sit across the table from employee unions to negotiate pay and benefits. Those people and groups have no skin in the game. It's not their money and they often benefit by agreeing to higher pay and benefits for others. They negotiate away the taxpayers money. I don't get to sit across the table from them. I make my voice heard in letters to the editor, letters and phone calls to my state rep and senator and showing up at township meetings. I don't just complain.
No skin in the game? You, the voter, put them in the game. They represent you. You have skin in the game. They care if you approve of or don't approve of their actions, because they work for you, and you elect them. Make them accountable, rather than complain. The system is what we make it.