Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Good Night for Voting

I'm a political junkie, so I love all election nights. Very happy to see Christie beat Corzine in NJ. I don't want to count the chickens before they hatch, but the AP and NBC are even calling it for Christie. Even spending 3x the money his competition had could not win Corzine another election. Corzine has spent $125 mil on 3 elections since 2000. He is a Goldman Sachs man, and only ran for office for personal glory. I am glad he is gone.

Virginia went very heavily for the GOP candidate McDonnell. It's not the victory that matters as much as the margin. It's a 17% beatdown, in a state Prez O carried 12 months ago. McDonnell was smart to focus on himself, his abilities, what he wants to do, and avoid mentioning the R word (republican). Let's hope the GOP runs more small government candidates and not more of the horrible assholes they have run in recent years. No horse in this race, but this has to make the moderate Dems think twice on voting for government run health care. The purple states are calling, and they will want your heads.

While those two races boil down to local concerns, it doesnt look good for Prez O to personally campaign for these two candidates and see them both lose. It's like the Olympic bid crap: smaller potatoes and another small loss. The magic is gone.

Anyone confused that Bloomberg won by only 4% after he spent over $110 mil? I am. Even if voter fatigue of Bloomberg has set in as he enters his 3rd term, he's got the cash and has not screwed up royally like Corzine (budget f-ups) or 2 term mayor of Indianapolis Peterson (property tax fiasco). I'm surprised by this.

Maine. Oh, how I don't believe that state at times and weep for it. I was just there and I love my home state, but they continuously shoot themselves in the foot. On Facebook, I would think question 1 is the only question voted on tonight. Surprisingly, the world does not revolve around homosexuals wanting the right to get divorced. I'm more interested in Maine voting down the taxpayer bill of rights, which would limit govt spending and maybe save some Mainers from having the highest tax burden in the nation. It is so bad that WMTW is already calling it defeated. Don't you worry, Mainers will bitch about taxes ASAP and collectively have amnesia over the chance they had to change things. Thanks SEIU attack ads.

Here is Mainer shoot your own foot voting....

TABOR is slowing down those big spenders in the state house and maybe pulling back on public union ee benefits and salaries... Do you want to change the existing formulas that limit state and local government spending and require voter approval by referendum for spending over those limits and for increases in state taxes? This was voted down. The SEIU did their job into scaring people about bad roads.

2 Fricking Questions later, the voters are voting for this.... Do you favor a $71,250,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges, airports, public transit facilities, ferry and port facilities, including port and harbor structures, as well as funds for the LifeFlight Foundation that will make the State eligible for over $148,000,000 in federal and other matching funds? This looks like it will pass. The 71.250 million will need to be paid back someday through taxes. It is impossible to reduce the Maine tax system when you pass referendums that issue bonds.

It is comical the doublethink that voters can pull off. The money is going to run out, it's just a matter of time. Wake up Maine.

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