Monday, 1 August 2016

The Debate Argument

So, we have sparks upon the presidential debates now.....with deep discussion and criticism by the NFL and Trump.....over the debates being scheduled on game nights.

I know.....it's a lousy topic but it's apparently gotten stirred up.

So the fact, there is an independent commission which handles the planning for the debates.  They have the first two debate scheduled for 26 Sep (Falcons versus Saints on a Monday night game) and 9 Oct (Giants versus Packers on a Sunday night game).

The third debate is scheduled for 19 October and the VP debates up for the 4th of Oct (a Tuesday night).

Me personally?  Let's be honest, unless you live in Atlanta or New Orleans on that 26th Sep date.....that's about the only folks who will be dedicated to watching the game instead of the debate.  Nationally, the Giants and Packers game might be interesting to watch.

But let's look at the other options.  Probably five-percent of the public will watch this via YouTube later (like me).

At least twenty-percent of the public doesn't care and won't watch a single minute of any of this debate business.

My brother would likely say it interferes with cattle business, deworming the dog, lawn mowing or four-hundred other priorities off the farm itself.  He'd rather they do this at 6AM, but that just ain't going to happen.

Might the NFL dedicated folks miss the debates entirely?  Well....yeah.  That might occur.

Course, it really doesn't matter because there's always something going on.....NCAA wrestling, bass tournament news, pumpkin competitions, the neighbor's house on fire, or some neighbor mowing her grass in a bikini.  So, I don't think it really matters.

How to become an Alabama Recognized Lobbyist

Most guys in Alabama aspire to get a hunting/fishing license, and maybe get registered up with the Cattlemen's Association.  After that, there are probably forty other "clubs" that guys might want to join or pretend to be a member of.

So I did research today and came to the area of Alabama law, which would make you a recognized lobbyist in the state.  It means you can have a business card.....make up a fake but realistic lobby group.....and pretend to entice Alabama political folks into doing stupid things beyond the norm of stupidity.

So, first, it costs $100.  I know....that is a fair sum of money for a regular Alabama guy.....amounting to five cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, or six dinners at the Catfish Cabin with all the trimmings.

So you fill out the form....your full name and business address.  No fake names....although you can have a nickname like "Winky" or "Low-Ball" or "Bear".

You will require a business address, but it's safe to use your house address, or the last trailer-park address where your mistress was accepting mail for you.

Then you have to list all the categories of subject matter which you will be lobbying for.  For example....if it's gambling, you can just say gambling.  Or you could say 'school revenue generation' instead of gambling if it bothers your morals so much.

Now, if you are working for a group or corporation, you need to state this.  For example, if you are lobbying for Buddy's Fish Fry or Uncle Tip's Beverage Shack.....just state it in simple language.

Then finally, you need a letter from each player in this group stating they understand who you are and that you are working in their interest.

At that point, you get back a form, and for the next year.....you are a recognized lobbyist in Alabama.

Several hundred folks are listed and you have to sit there and wonder.....just how much state and local money is being tossed around and part of some lobbying effort in the state.  A gambling lobby versus a anti-gambling lobby?  Well, yeah.  A hunting lobby group versus a anti-hunting lobby group?  Yep.

So, if you were looking for something to bulk up your business card and had a hundred bucks just sitting there.....this might be a decent way to get a reputation in the local area.