It's no big secret that Michigan has a large union presence. This state is, afterall, the home of the auto industry. Well after several setbacks to that industry, some people want to break the union's grip on the state and have lobbied state legislators to introduce Right To Work legislation. Currently, employees must pay union dues as a condition of employment at locations that are under collective bargaining agreements. This issue has become a Republican vs. Democrat issue as many issues often do. The Republicans want to break the union and the Democrats want to keep the union in place. The Dems are dragging their feet hoping that the legislation doesn't get on a bill in the limited number of days remaining in this year's session. They have also recruited the unions to march on the capital and even the offices of Mitt Romney which just so happen to be in Michigan. Brendan Spaar thinks the people of Michigan should be careful what they wish for. If the state goes Right-To-Work then an employer will be able to fire any employee for any reason at any time. Lets say you get into an argument with your boss and he fires you on the spot. You will not be protected in a right-to-work state and would have find a new job in this economy. That's not to say that unions are the answer but Right To Work certainly isn't as good as it seems.
How would you feel if you spent good portion of your time and money on winning an election, only to lose it? Pretty bad eh? Well what if you lost the election to someone who was dead? That's as low as it gets. People in Florida and Alabama would rather a corpse govern them than the opposition. In Orlando Florida, Democrat Earl K. Wood, who died in October, was running for Orange County Tax Collector against a very much alive opponent. Alabama Republican Charles Beasley also died in October but won the race for a seat on the Bibb County Commission. Brendan Spaar learned how this will all play out. In Alabama, the governor gets to appoint a new commissioner while in Florida, a state legislator has been selected by his party to receive the votes of the dead candidate. This is just crazy to think people would vote for a dead person but then again, maybe they just didn't want the opponent in office so it was more of a vote against the opponent than a vote for the dead guy.
In the weeks following Mitt Romney's defeat, the Republican party is regrouping to determine how they can move foward and pick up the White House in 4 years. One of the ideas being kicked around is to abandon the Iowa Straw Poll all together. Many Republicans feel that the caucus has gotten out of hand and is giving too much power to candidates early on that may not have nationwide appeal. The problem with this caucus is the way it's run. Brendan Spaar has had a problem with the Iowa Straw Poll for years. Candidates buy tickets that they then hand out to their supporters. The supporters attend the event and then vote for their candidate. So basically the candidate with the most money devoted to this caucus wins. The media then latches onto the winner, treating them like the people's champion when all they did is buy votes. If the Republicans are arguing that Obama won because he promised gifts to his voters, then the Iowa Straw Poll has got to go because it does essentially the same thing (albeit on a smaller scale).
By now you've all heard about the November surprise in this year's Presidential election. Unfortunately the surprise came a few days after the election was held. Turns out the head of the CIA was having an affair with his biographer and had been for many years. This doesn't seem like a big deal and should have been rather easy to cover up because it only involves two people. As long as these two people keep quiet then no one knows what's going on. Well something happened and this secret came out.
Now what if this had been something larger? What if it involved coordination by more than two people? What if a group of people detonated the two towers of the World Trade Center as well as the Pentagon to convince the voting public that we should go to war with the Middle East? How about a group of people covering up the crash landing of an alien spaceship in Nevada? The point that Brendan Spaar is trying to make is that if two people can't keep a secret for more than 2 years, how do you expect a whole group of people to keep an even bigger secret for decades? Remember this the next time someone tells you something that "the government doesn't want us to know."
It seems like every network (even Fox News) has declared Barack Obama the winner of the Presidential race. If Fox News is going to call it then Brendan Spaar will go ahead and declare that the President has won a second term. It may have had something to do with Chris Rock's campaign message last night on Jimmy Kimmel. What do you think?
Mitt Romney is campaigning hard for votes in Florida, visiting the University of Miami for a second time. This time he brought along Congressman Connie Mack, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio. Brendan Spaar takes issue with a politician visiting a college twice during the campaign season. Who are you trying to reach that may not have been at the first event? The country is so vast that for a politician to spend precious time going back to a univeristy seems a little wasteful. Or maybe this just sheds light on the real issue here. The only states that matter are swing states. I'm sure that schools in Louisiana would love for Romney or Obama to visit them. They would visit if Louisiana was a swing state but as of this post, neither candidate has visited a school in the state. Let's do away with the electoral college so that all states are treated equal!
Alright undecided voters, this is your last chance to make up your mind and pick your candidate. Brendan Spaar does not believe that there are any undecided voters left. What more can these two men say that they haven't already said before. Fact of the matter is that neither of them will be able to accomplish anything without the help of Congress. They both have ideas that will help their supporters but neither will accomplish them without help. Romney is for the 1% or people that are soon to be rich or help support the rich. Obama is for the working class American who wants to keep their job or actually get a job. So the choice here is pretty clear. If you are in the 1%, want to be in te 1%, or make a living supporting the 1% then vote for Romney. If you are in the 99% and realize that you probably won't achieve 1% status in your lifetime and want your life in the 99% to be easier, you should vote Obama. Regardless of who you vote for you need to see if your Congress critter is on board with the Presidential candidate's policies. If your Senator or Representitave doesn't support your candidate then your vote doesn't mean a whole lot.
If you're a resident of Florida, you probably know that meningitis is on the rise in your state. To help battle the problem, the state has started a meningitis hotline that people can call to get more information on the outbreak of the deadly virus. During a recent cabinet meeting, Governer Rick Scott gave an update on the outbreak and also gave out a toll free number that he reported to be the hotline. Unfortunately for him, this was another type of "hot" line of the adult variety. Instead of hearing the latest meningitis news, callers hear a woman with a raspy sounding voice (or so I'm told) saying "Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary."
Luckily for the Governer, the mistake was quickly caught by the fact checkers over at Tampa's public radio station WUSF and he was able to correct himself during the same meeting. Brendan Spaar had a similar experience when he called an old phone number of an employee reporting hotline where he worked only to find it had been turned into a phone sex line. Like Ryan Seacrest says, dial carefully, America!
No VP debate coverage because frankly it doesn't really matter what these two men think. Biden came across as very condescending and his grin was a little rude.
Instead of talking about the debate, let's talk about a real issue. Human candidates. If a candidate does anything remotely normal it can and will be used against them in an election. Today's example comes from the great state of Maine where Colleen Lachowicz is campaigning for a State Senate seat. The opposition party has released an attack that paints this self proclaimed peace loving democrat as someone with green skin, fangs, a Mohawk and pointy ears. That's right, Colleen, like millions of Americans, plays World of Warcraft (WOW), an online fantasy Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (or MMORPG). Her character is a level 68 orc assassin and is now being used against her.
So what if she plays WOW in her spare time. It's a fantasy game and according to Brendan Spaar, most adults can seperate fantasy from reality. Maybe it's the Republican Party in Maine that is having a hard time with the reality of losing the election if this is the best attack they have.
Last week we saw Mitt Romney and Barack Obama debate domestic issues in a moderator style format. While it is clear that Romney ran away with this debate, you have to ask yourself whether or not this debate was effective. Brendan Spaar watched the debate and does not think that a moderator style debate is very effective. Both sides could pound their agenda into the ear holes of anyone watching and the moderator served as nothing more than the ref that throws out the ceremonial coin toss and keeps time. I think they should try having certain topics flash up on the screen and each candidate takes a turn discussing how they would be the better one to handle the topic. Let the candidates interrupt each other or speak directly. Make the debates more like a boxing match if you are going to talk about winners and losers. The debate last week was so well coreographed that I thought I was watching American Idol instead of a Presidential Debate.
I'm sure the town hall style will not be much better. All of the questions will be planted and the answers well scripted. To see a real debate, watch the Jon Stewart Bill O'Reilly debate. Although it was tongue-in-cheek, it would be nice to see the two candidates debate using this style at least once.
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