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You are known by the company you keep

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wandering down the lack-of-discipline trail, I read that a student who transferred from Sioux City East to LCHS commented, "Teachers at East let us eat in class and listen to music while testing." Both practices are essential to learning, right? Maybe they should be adopted statewide but it would be expensive -- taxpayers will be required to furnish food and I-pods for the less fortunate.

Am I just an old fuddy-duddy, or was the loss of respect for teachers accelerated when teachers dressed down?


Republicans should have made major gains in the US Senate in 2010, but didn't. A very good case can be made to blame the Tea Party. They ousted several mainstream candidates in primaries. Those TP candidates then lost winnable elections in the general election. The same scenario looms for next month.

The controversial Todd Akin (R-Missouri) appears to be the poster boy. He won a bitter primary but now runs about five points behind Democrat McCaskill. In other states nasty primaries left the TP winners battered and broke, only to face a Democrat who didn't have a primary opponent. It seems likely that once again, Repubs will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, courtesy of dissidents.


Ross Perot undoubtedly elected Bill Clinton in 1992. Will votes for disgruntled Republican candidate Gary Johnson (now a Libertarian) and write ins for former Libertarian (what irony!) candidate Ron Paul be enough to sink Mitt Romney this time around? The Constitution Party's candidate is Virgil Goode, and he, too, will garner a few votes.

Hypotheticaly, in a 101 vote election, with 33 Dems, 34 Repubs, and 34 No Party votes evenly split, just two Repubs voting for Johnson (for instance) would cost Romney the election. Your vote really does count! Don't waste it.

Or, how many votes will others on the ballot take from Obama? The Green Party has Jill Stein; Peta Lindsay is the Socialism & Liberation Party's candidate; Socialist Workers Party, James Harris; and, Ross C. Anderson is running for President on the Justice Party platform. Those Floridians who voted for Ralph Nader did cost Al Gore the presidency in 2000.


While Jobs and the Economy are the issues driving the election, a new Gallup Poll demonstrates why there is a gender gap. Thirty nine percent of women polled said that abortion is their #1 issue, while only 19% listed jobs, their #2 issue. For men, jobs are the #1 issue at 38%, with the economy second at 37%. The federal deficit, which came in third for men, isn't even on the radar with women!


Do you remember your mom, or others, telling you to be careful who you associated with, because, "You will be known by the company you keep?" No axiom is truer.

Which of these groups (not individuals) would you most want to be associated with? The ideology of Group "A" or "B" will rule the nation for at least the next four years. Pick one.

"A" consists of Youths (18 to 25), African Americans, Hispanics, Muslim Arab-Americans, National Education Association, Communist Party USA, Environment America, Fashion Designers, LGBT, Gay-Straight Alliance, Human Rights Campaign, League of Conservation Voters, National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, The AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Dictator Hugo Chavez, Cuban activist Mariela Castro, 156 Actors, 80 Musicians, Jewish registered voters, and 6 Porn Stars! These groups and individuals have expressed support for Obama.

Group "B" includes Veterans, Christians 'Senior Citizens, Small Business owners, Men, Women over 50, Mormon registered voters, Rural registered voters, 32 Actors (only 2 Porn Stars!), the NRA, 35 Musicians, 27 Athletes, National Organization for Marriage, Realtors, Home Owners, National Right to Life, Physicians, Susan B. Anthony List, (and just guessing, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu); These groups and individuals have expressed support for Romney.


Middle East expert Dr. James Zogby says that Arab-Americans who are Muslims now "overwhelmingly" support President Obama, as do Hispanics planning to vote for Obama by a 69 to 21% margin. 71% of LGBT Americans who are registered voters support Obama.

A stipulation -- not all of the numbers in this week's column are 'apples for apples,' since some are unofficial and they are spread over many months.


Don Paulin, 2carpenterdon@gmail.com, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236

By Don Paulin
Been There, Done That

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