Friday, 26 October 2012

Just the Way It Is

The kind folks at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)....have started packing and intend to be in America in twelve days to view and watch over our election.

Currently, Texas has hinted that if they get closer than 300 feet to the polling stations....they could be arrested.  Most other states have been quiet over the matter.

I sat and pondered over this topic.  A bunch of European folks....showing up in your town....watching the election unfold and trying to stand within twenty feet of the clerk's table to view issues.

In Bama, it would turn into an interesting event.  I grew up in a small town where most folks know each other, and a unknown crowd of European folks would suddenly attract attention.  You'd naturally wander over, offer a handshake....introduce yourself and Aunt Emma.  You'd ask if they were lost.  They'd explain their job in life.  You'd comment on their attire and if they felt comfortable in those Italian shoes.  Then you'd invite them over to the local grill for a hamburger steak and fries.

The OSCE folks would be kinda shocked at the friendly nature.

At the grill, you'd chat about the county road being redone next year, someone's septic tank overflowing this morning, and how the economy kinda sucked but you were making the best of it.

They'd ask you about corruption in voting, and you'd comment that it's hard to squeeze more than one vote out of one person.  They'd ask about illegal counting....hinting on the Florida episode of 2000.  But you'd counter that things in Bama tend to be simple and uncomplicated.  You did want the city to go "wet", which takes sixteen minutes to explain in detail that they are in a "dry" town right now.  Things are complicated on this wet/dry issue because of the Baptist Church in town.

By now, the grill gal would offer up a peach cobbler slice of pie, with a big scoop of fancy vanilla ice cream.  The European folks would be shocked at such desert.  Then the lady would top off their ice tea glass with another refill (their third), and mention that it's all free (something you'd never get in Europe).

Lester would stop by the table and mention his cows are out and ask if you folks could come over and help herd them back up.  So you and the European guys would ride out to Lester's place to help.  Two or three hours later....the cows would all be penned up and Lester would offer shots of some fine Jack Daniels to everyone.

Night would come and the European guys would travel back to the lodge and admit they had a mighty fine time and just didn't observe any deceit or evil intent in the election poll business.  In fact, these American folks are pretty good folks to know.

They'd travel back to Europe and be dumped on by their associates.  The Americans took advantage of you....they twisted you around.  They wanted to deceive you.  The returned Europeans will find no one wanting to believe their stories.  The sad thing is that....three dead folks did vote in the town election, and seven folks voted in other states.

The Final Twelve Days

This is my last political comment over the election prior to voting day.

Basically you've got a race between candidate A and candidate B.....and any hope of either saving the economy of America is virtually zero.  If either had full control of their party and were to take the necessary edge in the House (at least half) and Senate (60), then there might be another minor changes to convince industry and business that things have turned around.  The odds of getting enough of your guys to win both the necessary numbers?  Zero.  

Our marginal and stagnant economy is likely to continue on for at least another decade.

On election night, one side loses....and will get all upset.  This negative view of how things went.....will last on....until the next election.  Doesn't matter which candidate is the winner....we the public....get stuck with a continued daily mess of election hype, until 2016.  We might all wise up and refuse to watch these idiots pout....but it's going to be a daily event that makes us laugh.

On candidate A....I'm continually amazed that a Hawaii-born guy, who spent a couple of years in California  Columbia University in New York City, a year or two at Harvard University, and then years in Illinois....has mastered this wonderful fake southern accent.  As far as I know....other than swinging by a golf course or campaign stop in the south....he's never spent a day there.  At a drop of a nickel, he can dump the southern accent and suddenly become neutral voice.

On candidate B.....folks need to slap themselves silly to grasp that this is the only Governor in American history to deliver state-run medical care to a heavily Democratic-state.  Now he says.....that he will unplug Obama Care...if elected.  Course, he'd need sixty senators and half of the House.  The odds?  Zero chance.  Other than the Supreme Court still acting to dismantle pieces, or the House refusing to fund various pieces of legislation to support Obama Care....it will continue on.  If the IRS doesn't get the funding to be the chief agent of money around it....it's doomed.

All these Hollywood or political-chat 'dogs' that came out to voice support for Candidate A or Candidate B?  Frankly, your opinion don't matter to most Americans.  Most folks don't care if you like this brand of oil in your car, or prefer this salsa over that salsa, or sip Diet Mountain Dew.

Finally, we come to sequestration.  About a week after the election....a bunch of folks will sit down and find that there's hostility being the "loser".  The only useful conclusion by mid-December is simply to extend the mess into March of 2013.  If Candidate A wins.....he just won't deal with the House or any effort to limit new taxes.  Sequestration will fully occur, and he'll naturally blame the Republicans for the terrible woes that he inherited...letting George Bush finally off the hook.  If Candidate B wins....he'll find that the President has zero interest in fixing sequestration for the remainder of the year, and wants it as a nuke for the new incoming guy.  Amazingly enough....no one has ever asked Senator Harry Reid where this sequestration idea came from (Harry admits, he put it into the system....but he just isn't smart enough to create things like this).

We probably deserve better than this.