Here in the sunny state of Florida we have a not only a four way race going on for the U.S. Senate, but also an election going on for Governor in this election year of 2010.
The U.S. Senate race is split between four contenders. Charlie Crist is the current Governor of Florida and Republican turned lately independent running for the U.S. Senate. Kendrick Meek is the Democratic candidate. Marco Rubio is the Big Business Republican darling. In a first ever attempt, Alex Snitker, who is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and small government minded salesman, is running on the Libertarian Ticket. The Senate race is shaping up to be interesting to say the least. Meek, Crist, and Rubio; the three major candidates, are ignoring the real issues of the election. Mr. Snitker is trying to bring attention to the real issues of too much government bickering between the major parties and not enough action on the economy while the other candidates are fighting over typical partisan issues.
The Governor’s race is split three ways. Alex Sink, the capable current Chief Financial Officer of the state, is the Democrat. Rick Scott is a Big Business Republican with a fortune from the healthcare business. Also the least is John Wayne Smith, who is a U.S. Army veteran and advocate of small government running as the Libertarian. Of these candidates, John Wayne Smith is getting the least attention with the media but is raising the most attention in the grassroots level with his focus that the major parties are bickering over issues like homosexual marriage and such while the economy continues to falter.
In this writer’s opinion, the major parties involved in this year’s election seem to forget is what is needed for the little guy. Whether Republican or Democrat, it seems that the major parties are more concerned over fighting over who did what scandal and over who is to blame for the current economic mess. The thing they forget in all of their partisan bickering and bailouts for Big Business and Wall Street Bankers is that the people are suffering.
We have parts of Florida and other parts of the country with an unemployment rate over 15%. While the little guy faces this, there is no action by the major parties in the government other than to pass ever larger bailouts for Big Business and to ignore the plight of the masses. Just today, the writer was discussing this with common people.
On the street today, the writer encountered someone who is working part-time as a cook, but is a former Civil Engineer and hasn’t been able to find an engineering job in over a year. The writer himself is a school teacher but has been unemployed for over 3 months. Also the writer met another person who is facing homelessness because of the fact that their landlord has skipped town and not been paying the mortgage on the rented home of this person.
These are the everyday issues people are facing and they’re needing not more government but proper government action. Something along the lines of the New Deal with massive work programs and things of this sort is needed to get the economy going again. Certainly the crumbling infrastructure of this country could use such a program and it would help provide the masses work also. Let’s hope that the people will realize what a waste voting for the major parties is this year. Let’s get some people into office who won’t bicker of partisan issues but act to make things better.
Street Interviews with people
Libertarian Party of Florida – www.lpf.org
Florida Times Union Online – www.jacksonville.com