How Are You Voting, Dad?

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Two of my sons also live in Missouri and asked me how I’m going to vote tomorrow.  I thought I would share my reply to them with my fellow bloggers, so here it is:

Blunt/Carnahan (Senate):  Close call.  The GOP got us into the unnecessary Iraq war and completely mismanaged its aftermath, and then along with previous administrations, some Democratic, failed to adequately regulate the banks thus leading to the Great Recession.  In their Pledge to America the GOP say they learned their lesson and will be good from now on.  (They said that once before.)  The Dems under Obama have been spending money like there’s no bottom to the purse, but there’s no question that some bailouts were absolutely required to prevent a depression.  Also, a surprising amount of money has already been paid back.  The bailouts actually started under Bush.  Also, Obamacare is not the bugaboo that the GOP makes it out to be – 40 million people were uninsured and were using the nation’s ER’s instead of buying health insurance.  That was simply unsustainable, as both you guys should understand.  Under the new plan the 40% at least have to contribute something, and today’s Globe has a good article on other advantages to the average citizen.  Also, under the old system, tolerated by the GOP which has no decent plan of its own, family-care doctors like ours are becoming nearly extinct.  (Is that the kind of society we want to live in?)  Blunt was absolutely central to George W. Bush’s mismanagement and way before him.  Nobody epitomizes the establishment more than he does.  I’m holding my nose and voting for Carnahan.
Long/Eckersley (Congress):    Eckersley was a whistle-blower, so he has some courage.  While none of the
mud being slung about Long has been proven, and there’s a lot of it, his history and general demeanor seem to fit his good-ole-boy image.  I’m going for Eckersley.
Bartosh/Teed (County Commissioner):  Bartosh has not been controversial and has experience.  Teed has little financial experience.  Bartosh.
Montee/Schweich (State Auditor):  Montee has a good reputation and seems to have done a good job so far.
Amendment 1 (Elect Assessors?):  There is no reasonable way for voters to objectively judge an assessor’s performance and there is a tendency for them to react to forces beyond the assessor’s control.  I think this job is better left as an appointee of someone who sets policy and is therefore responsible for it.  No.
Amendment 2 (Exempt disabled POW’s from property taxes):  Yes.
Amendment 3 (Prohibit local/state governments from imposing sales or transfer taxes on real estate):  A blanket prohibition on this makes no sense to me.  If the state or city needs revenue and wants to raise it this way, why shouldn’t they have the right to put it to a vote (which they would have to do)?  The Missouri realtors have a profession that lacks serious competition.  They simply want to swing their weight on this to protect a bottom line for themselves that is already large (6-8% commissions).  No.
Prop A (Repeal earnings taxes in St Louis and KC):  These taxes were passed by voters previously and now are opposed by a St. Louis billionaire for his own interests.  The cities say they have no backup plan for needed revenue if this passes.  No.
Prop B (Requires dog breeders to have minimal standards).  The Joplin SPCA had to kill 6,000 dogs last year because of overpopulation.  At the same time, MO is notorious as one of the worst puppy-mill states in the country.  Even if some breeders are doing it right, do we want to encourage this kind of business when so many good dogs and cats have to be euthanized at taxpayer-subsidized expense?  I don’t think so.  Yes.

About Jim Wheeler

U. S. Naval Academy, BS, Engineering, 1959; Naval line officer and submariner, 1959 -1981, Commander, USN; The George Washington U., MSA, Management Eng.; Aerospace Engineer, 1981-1999; Resident Gadfly, 1999 - present. Political affiliation: Democratic.
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3 Responses to How Are You Voting, Dad?

  1. If I lived in MO, I’d give your recommendations great weight.

    Here on the left, coast I voted mostly Democratic, for the third time in my life.

    As a navy, guy and then Aerospace engineer, I’m a little surprise you aren’t on the left or other US coast today.


    • Jim Wheeler says:

      Thanks, Bruce. Our location here on the rim of the Ozarks is entirely due to family obligations back in 1981, and once planted, we put down roots. It is an uncomplicated place and the more we see of the rest of the country the more we like it that way.



  2. I’d encourage you to come visit Oregon sometime. I think it is a truly beautiful state, with interesting little quirks.


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