The real voting fraud in America

About two months ago, my 20-year old daughter needed to get a replacement driver’s license. I didn’t ask why because she came home, very excited and told me “I registered to vote. Now I can vote against SB-5.”

A few weeks later, she received her voter registration confirmation card letting her know where to vote and her specific precinct. All set, right? That was all she needed.

Not really.

About a week later, she gets this letter in the mail from the Montgomery Country Board of Elections.

This almost went unnoticed by her and me. Apparently, they could not verify her last name by her Ohio BMV records. The same BMV that issued her a driver’s license and maintained her identity for the past six years could not verify her last name which means she would not have been allowed to vote when she showed up at the polls in November unless she returned the “card.”

Seriously?

While I would not go as far as accusing the Montgomery County Board of Elections with purposely stalling adding a young, first-time voter to the rolls because she is likely to vote Democratic in a very Republican county, this sort of thing gives me pause.

A lot of pause.

Add to the fact that the letter was sent in a non-descript, non-official looking envelope, the letter looked like it was run through a copy machine several times and the “card” that needed to be sent back was just printed on the bottom of the letter, without perforation.

They are either trying to frustrate my daughter from voting or the State of Ohio is staffed with some incredibly inept employees. Either way, as a taxpayer of this state, I’ve got some serious questions.

And I need answers.

GenY, get off your a** and vote, you jackwagon!

Yeah, that’s the old geezer me yelling at you to go vote. Does a blog post from a geezer voter make a really bad motivational speech to go vote?

Probably, but I’m doing it anyway.

This is not the first time I’ve read about GenY pouting about being ignored and protesting by not voting. The five reasons listed sound more like excuses than reasons. Did you all not overcome these obstacles for the 2008 election? Did you do it for yourself or for Barack Obama?

And now you are not voting as some sort of protest? Who pays attention to people who don’t speak up?

Nobody, that’s who.

Not speaking up is the same as agreeing.

If you don’t vote, you are just giving the folks who win a reason to ignore you and take advantage of you. Will you look back at your 24-year-old self from your 36-year-old self and ask why you didn’t care enough to get involved? Do you really want people in power to ignore your point of view, even when you’ve taken the time to write a letter, find a stamp and mail it?

People we vote into Congress have very real power. Congress is not like some Facebook protest group or Twitterstorm. A vote cast in Congress affects millions of actual lives. A vote in Congress puts people back to work or puts them out of work; decides whether they get health care or dies in an ER from a treatable condition; takes away their home or stops banks from foreclosing. While it may not seem like much, one vote begets another and another and another. Just like you may only be able to whisper as one person, when gathered together, you are deafening.

WIll you be proud of you or will you still be pouting?

Manup. Vote.

NOTE: The voice in my head while writing this was R. Lee Ermey in the Geico commercial. Click here to view in YouTube if you have not seen it.

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The difference between the Left and the Right in America

While listening to John Boehner’s interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on his description of the Tea Party protests, the following occurs to me. Even if not entirely true, it is the perception that is most prevalent.

The RIGHT shows up with guns and signs, backed by the Second Amendment and attempts to force others to their will.

The LEFT shows up with pens and blogs, backed by the First Amendment and attempts to convince others of their position.

Guns and force win in the short term. Thought and conversation is tenacious.

Thoughts?

What Barack Obama is teaching brands and media about young consumers’ brand loyalty

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The news media is all abuzz about explanations as to why Barack Obama voters did not come out to elect Jon Corzine in New Jersey and Creigh Deeds in Virginia. It must be the Obama effect or a referendum on the Obama administration spending, health care, etc. And they seem genuinely surprised!

It’s just not that complicated.

The voters are loyal to Barack Obama, not the DNC brand. Nor are viewers loyal to NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox etc. In fact, the generation of voters is almost brand-blind within categories of products, services and yes, even political candidates. It doesn’t matter to them that someone has an (R) or a (D) after their name. That is so pre-Obama.

They care what the message is. They care if the candidate is speaking to them about issues they are passionate about.

And brands can no longer count on a generation of consumer to buy new products based on their brand reputation. This generation easily mixes iPods and Dell computers, Adidas shirts and Nike shoes, McDonald’s fries with Wendy’s frosties, Big Bang Theory (CBS) with The Hills (MTV).

But, the media continues to roll out the pundits who keep talking until they start believing their own spin. The scarier part is I think Sarah Palin and the GOP understand the issue. Sarah Palin is spinning herself as a product without a big brand label. Watch this for 2012 and see how right I am.

Brand loyalty is dead. Function and style is it.

Sarah Palin is a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Wannabee


In the 1968 film adaptation of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, there is a scene where the Baron of Vulgaria steals Chitty, kidnaps Grandpa and assembles all the smart guys of the kingdom to make the car fly. It is reasoned that if they just kinda disassemble the car, examine every piece of hardware, then glue a life preserver on another car, put a wing here and there, their car will also float and fly.

And, to sweeten the deal, the Baron will execute anyone who can’t make his car fly by his birthday party, a few days hence.

The truth of why Chitty Chitty Bang Bang can fly is because it is in her soul, it is who she is. It is becasue she has a great spirit of having once been great on the race track and once again, has a “family” (the Potts) who adore and cherish her, enabling her to soar. The “smart guys” fail because they start by asking “what” instead of “why.”

Barack Obama is a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He is able to inspire, speak with ease and eloquence, think through complex issues quickly and articulate a plan that is at once detailed, yet understandable. Faced with this “Chitty,” the Republicans immediately race to “disassemble” Obama, identify those things that make him soar and attempt to make a flying car of their own – Sarah Palin.

Palin is young, she is attractive, she is daring, she has executive experience (minimal, but we can spin that.) She is all those things that Barack Obama is; until she starts talking. Then, it becomes painfully clear that she can’t motivate a country to action, that she has not found that “soul” to inspire a nation. That she is divisive and that she just is not very bright. (ahem, sorry, intellectually curious)

But, since the smart guys assembled her and they wish not to be executed, they start yelling at the top of their lungs, “She can fly, she can.. I’ve seen it with my own eyes!” And, the people around them who have clearly seen Palin not fly repeat the chant because they too, do not want to die. They so desperately believe their own dream that they fail to see the facts in front of them.

In the end, the common folk (children) rescues Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, she spreads her wings, repels the baron and his smart guys, Grandpa is rescued and the Baron (and Baroness) are seen for what they really are. But, in an ironic twist, the Baron never understands why his car did not fly. I suspect — if the Baron were a GOP leader — he would still be trying to make a flying car from Chitty parts.

Perhaps if he tried harder. Perhaps if his smart guys were able to analyze the magic coat of paint three more layers deep. Perhaps if he believed more. Perhaps if he put on lipstick one more time and winked one more wink, he too could have a flying car.

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Put up before Halloween and remains in the front of the house.
Put up before Halloween and remains in the front of the house.
The family down the street flies the flag every day, even puts a light on it at night and takes it in during the rain. At Christmas time, they decorate their house with a large Nativity star, a manger set and a large sign that reads “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”

It makes me sad that they chose to put up a ghost in a sheet, with a large sign that reads “BOObama” to show their displeasure with Barack Obama. While their intent might have been merely to illustrate the “scariness” of Mr. Obama’s political policies, the ghost is just a tad more than racist. I will think better of them and choose to believe that they might just be merely ignorant of this nations’ cultural history.

Showing support for your candidate is always ok. Tearing down the other candidate just doesn’t seem like the Christian thing to do.

The $5,000 health insurance question

I am a self-employed dog who buys his own health insurance. I’ve been listening to all these pundits and political candidates talking about government “getting out of the way” so individuals can buy their own health insurance. “Let the free market do it’s thing” is the cry from most of them.

I have come to the very firm conclusion that those who advocate most strongly for individuals buying their own plan have never actually had to buy health insurance for themselves or their family. If they had, they would be too aghast and shocked to get any punditry out.

Here are the “facts” of getting your own health insurance:

Free Market Economy
If there is a big pot of money out there to get for the asking, health insurance companies will belly up to the bar and stick their snouts in it. If every American family was given $5,000 to buy their own health insurance, that same insurance will now be $5,000 more expensive to get. They really don’t want to sell individual plans because there is no economy of scale. Individuals call the insurance office whereas employer-based plans get calls get pushed to the company HR department.

Your BMI will never be good enough
Neither will your lifestyle, health history or FICO Score. In Ohio, if you have driven or ridden on a 2-wheel motorized vehicle in the past 24 months or have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license, your premiums are automatically adjusted 20% higher. Left to its own devices, health insurance companies will only insure healthy, low-risk people who can afford to pay the premiums. Insurance companies are pro-profit organizations whose only goal is to collect more in premiums than they pay out in claims.

What you NEED insurance for, they won’t cover
Really, don’t get cancer or a heart-attack. Don’t have a genetic disease or any respiratory condition. All of these will be excluded from coverage. You can’t even buy coverage for a pre-existing condition; nobody will sell it to you for any price.

Your rates will go up regardless of activity
Year to year, your rates will go up about 12%-30% each year if you don’t use the plan; more if you do. You are forced to shop deals every year like cell phone plans. Every company will entice new buyers (well, the healthy ones) into a policy while jacking up the rates on their existing customers. I don’t know why they do this as it makes more sense that costs would be lower to care for customers you have than to find and convince customers you don’t.

So, McCain and Palin, the $5,000 for Americans to buy their own insurance is just crap and campaign talk. Just for grins, I went out to a few places and priced out Palin’s family, not mentioning the minor-aged pregnancy and the Down’s syndrome child. For a PPO plan with a $2,500 deductible and 20% co-pay plans were at $800-$1,106 a month, depending on whether you wanted a Blue Cross class or a no-name brand. That is $9,600-$13,272 a year NOT including the doctor visit costs or the deductible of $2,500 you will pay before benefits kick in. Forget about the no-deductible plans; they just don’t have them.

$5,000 isn’t so much money any more. In fact, it is almost nothing when buying health insurance.

Helping Americans with health insurance costs is not the answer. Helping Americans get health care that they need is. The difference is not inconsequential. When the Federal Government makes assistance money available to help pay for things like drugs, education and health care, the only thing that happens is the cost of these things goes up.

We should all understand that public health, education and welfare affects us all. When individuals are increasingly delaying medical care because they can’t afford to go to the doctor, eventually we all pay in higher public health costs. The same goes for education, but that is an entirely different post.

When we agree that what affects me affects you, we will start moving forward together as a healthy nation with a strong infrastructure. The richest country in the world should not have its citizens wondering how close to bankruptcy a heart attack or accident will bring them.