With the 2010 midterm elections approaching, the media and social networks are abuzz with intense and exciting debate and speculation. Among the usual incumbents and up-and-comers are the off-the-wall candidates who cause ripples in the political waters, and perhaps the occasional cheer of confidence or chuckle from the casual observer.
Running for governor of New York this year is a particularly interesting candidate by the name of Jimmy McMillan. Part of “The Rent Is Too Damn High” party, he argues the point that teens and citizens in general are barely able to live because the cost of living in even simple amenities is far too high.
Michele M. Newman of Colorado is a self labeled “autistic savant.” A graduate of Arizona State University, she has served in numerous high-profile positions and has earned a multitude of awards and honors – some including serving as chairperson and then president of the Civic Action Program for ARCO Exploration’s Denver office, serving on the Board of Directors for Rocky Mountain Energy Drafters and completing the White House project “Go, Run” Leadership Training.
Newman, though being a slight underdog, expresses a genuine and sincere concern for the people over whom she hopes to govern. She has plans and goals which she feels surpass those of her opponents – going as far to say they may legitimately initiate changes in our personal, social and economic lives.
Her views on healthcare are focused entirely on the people and the professionals serving the people. She feels as if current healthcare is a joke, saying the current convulsion and unnecessary measures currently being given to public healthcare are all worthless, believing that requiring a citizen to have healthcare is unconstitutional. Though her personal views prevent her from embracing the concept of pro-choice, she still believes forcing a person to accept a certain way of life is above the authority of the government and believes everyone should be able to utilize their gift of free will, should they so desire.
A proponent of public education, Newman considers the current system to be inadequate at best. She believes students should be taught more fiscal responsibility and be given more means and opportunities to learn how to manage real-world financial situations, such as credit, loans, retirement, investments, saving and budgeting.
Though some candidates may seem absolutely unorthodox or outrageous, Newman is mild-mannered and determined. While she may be a fringe candidate, her sincerity and her ambition may one day lead her into a senator’s comfy leather chair.
Chris Good, Jimmy McMillan: The Rent Is Too Damn High, TheAtlantic.com
Michele Newman for U.S. Senate, Newman-Senate-Co.com