Entries Tagged as 'Elections'

Voting Advice With Your Paycheck

A Canton, Ohio McDonald’s franchisee (Paul Siegfried) took it on himself to include an insert in his employee’s paychecks suggesting that his employees vote for three Republican candidates, also on the note was:

If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected we will not.

Sounds a little intimidating / threatening… I guess this business owner didn’t feel that election laws applied to him.

It’s really a travesty that any American wouldn’t know that it’s illegal for an employer to in any way try and influence his employees to vote for or against a given candidate or measure in an election… and even if you didn’t know it’s illegal, it’s certainly immoral.

Personally I hope Mr Siegfried finds himself in jail as an example to others who simply do not feel the law applies to them… and if I were McDonald’s I think a little more than a statement saying that their franchisee doesn’t speak for them is in order, particularly since it was on a piece of stationary bearing the McDonald’s logo.

Originally posted 2010-11-01 02:00:29.

Angry Voters

Hey, I’m at the front of the line of people thinking it’s time for a change — and it’s time to throw out everyone we’ve elected and try someone and something new…


Someone needs to be the voice of reason here… just because we’re pissed (or as it was put)

…made as hell and not going to take it any longer…

That doesn’t mean we should be looking to angry leaders to solve our problems.

Yes, we should be looking for people who are fed up with those who have come before them; but leaders need a level head, they need to lead with reason not wrath.

Say yes to the growing anti-incumbent fervor that’s growing; but be very careful about aligning yourself with angry people who want power.

Originally posted 2010-05-29 02:00:31.

Joke Day USA

That’s the best name I can think of for elections in the US… it really has become a joke.

But I have a few ideas that “we the people” need to push for:

  • No elected official will serve more than two terms (if it’s good for the president, it’s good for all offices);
  • All elected officials will receive pay at the rate of minimum wage for forty hours per week (and won’t be eligible for overtime);
  • All elected officials will receive the same health care coverage as do Americans who work hourly jobs (ie, they will have to deal with insurance provided at the national level); and they will pay for that insurance out of their pocket;
  • All elected officials will receive the same retire plan as do Americans who work hourly jobs (ie, Social Security);
  • All elected officials will have to publish their complete tax returns (including all supporting documents);
  • All elected officials will have to publish their complete calendar;
  • It will be a felony punishable by a minimum of fifty years in prison should any elected official use their office for personal gain or fail to provide “transparent” access to their activities;

I personally think we’ve given our elected officials too long in the candy store without parental supervision — this crap where congress get’s a raise unless they vote against it is just wrong; congress should only get a raise when the average American get’s a raise — too long has this country catered to the elite; it’s time now for this country to recognize that America’s strength is in it’s masses.

US National Debt Clock: Real Time


Originally posted 2010-11-02 02:00:18.

Political Change

I’ve seen a few articles about voters sending a signal of change this last Tuesday with an “anti-establishment” vote… the headlines sound great (along the lines of my “no incumbent” philosophy), but looking at the primary results makes me feel like the declaration of change is more comparable to ice melting in Antarctica in the Spring than anything truly significant…

Real change requires that Americans understand that we are where we are because of the short sightedness and the self-servings of  those we elect — though that said, each and ever American needs to shoulder responsibility for supporting our political leaders and our frenzied consumerism.

Simply put, there’s no such thing as a free lunch — and along with that, you can’t have everything right now.

If we American are to effect real political change, and put this country back on a track that insures our children a safe and prosperous future we need to commit to begin making changes now and pass on to each generation the responsibility and understanding of living in the present while planning for the future.

It’s not going to be an easy path, and we Americans will likely continue to have to address social ills and internal and external detractors; but we must move forward with our economy, society, and environment in a sustainable way with open hands and hearts to help the rest of the world do the same.

Originally posted 2010-05-21 02:00:42.

Washington beyond ridiculous

There’s a funny interview with Senator Ted Cruz (Republican Texas) on CNN in which he calls for Kathleen Sebelius to resign because what he says her failure with the “Obamacare” health care exchange is causing the American people great harm; and he pontificates that that would be unconscionable for any official to do.

Excuse the #`(% out of me… but isn’t that just what he and his cronies did in the Senate and House for over two weeks???  Cause the American people great harm by not doing the job that the American people elected them to do???

While we all expect that people like Cruz depend on the American people having a short memory of their failures, but he really thinks that the average American is so dim-witted that they can’t remember the government shutdown that he was a major cause of four days later???

It’s really sad to think he ever got elected — and what’s even sadder is he probably will be re-elected because those in his district are so blinded by their hatred of a single issue that they will not look at the record and realize that people like Cruz aren’t moving this country forward, they’re helping to destroy it.

Now don’t get me wrong… I think the HealthCare.gov is a f’ing failure (and the individual mandate should probably be delayed because of the government’s failure to deliver a reasonably functional health care insurance exchange by 1-Oct-2013), but it’s exactly what everyone should have expected to come out of Washington.  It’s far more an example of what’s wrong with Washington than what’s wrong with the Obama administration (though there’s lots wrong with the Obama administration to be sure).

 People like Cruz just need to take a long hard look in the mirror to see where the problem startes… and the best possible thing everyone can do is vote the incumbents out — none of them have any clue how to get this country back on track.

CNN: Obama to address health care website glitches

Register to Vote

For those of you who missed voting yesterday because you weren’t registered, do yourself a favor and register NOW.

If you don’t exercise your duty, you’ve got no right to complain — and you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.


Originally posted 2010-11-03 02:00:50.

Early Vote

Today was the first day of Florida’s Early Vote, and I exercised my right and duty to make a difference.

It wasn’t so much that I voted for candidates I felt would do the best job; but rather I voted against candidates who had proved that they couldn’t do a descent job.




Originally posted 2010-10-18 14:00:30.