Humble Rants 24 October 2012

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in Opinion

Humble Rants 24 October 2012

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

Why are there so many signs out by the roadside just before election time? Can anyone believe that it is possible to determine the best candidate by simply looking at some signs out by the road?

Why yes. Isn’t it evident?

If I earned over a million dollars a year, I’d be voting for the candidate whose name and face and Uncle Sam have been professionally painted on the side of a trailer truck. This candidate is obviously supported by wealthy people who know he will stand in line to vote for the most blatant anti-progressive legislation ALEC can write. With him in office, I might easily double my million in income by next year.

Lacking a trailer truck to guide me, I’d vote for the candidate with the biggest, most expensive and numerous signs. At every intersection he crowds out all other contenders just by his imposing size. He’s the same man I mentioned before whose campaign financing, thanks to the Supreme Court, might also have come from any number of Third World dictators. But who would know until after the election when we see our expensive war machinery heading that way?

Because they won’t tax the rich who send kids who can’t afford college to fight their very lucrative little wars, we call this first crowd “the Borrow and Bomb” candidates.

On the other hand, if I had four bald tires on my 20-year-old pickup and was able to buy food but not much more, I’d be voting for any fuzzy name sprayed through a template onto a piece of plywood. These are the candidates who run on a shoestring budget and if elected will probably vote to fix the roads, help poor kids go to college and provide for homeless shell-shocked veterans. They are ridiculed as “the Tax and Spend” candidates because they know that the cost of roads and education and health care is the price of living in a civilized society.  

So think about this the next time you drive up to an intersection and see all the signs. Now, without even reading the names, can't you pretty well tell which candidates will eagerly postpone the day of economic reckoning and will continue to borrow and bomb? And which candidates realize that the soundest economies in the world are in countries where legislators are not afraid to tax the rich and spend?

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