Election Commentary: Jim HarpenWritten by Jim Harpen | | email@example.com
It’s election day, and I voted early. Not early as in “early voting that began three weeks ago”. I voted as in “show up at the polls when they open at 6:30 am on November fourth.”
I have to laugh at the people who stood in line for hours at each of Ohio’s counties’ single early voting locations, proudly boasting that they were avoiding the long lines expected on November fourth. Sort of like people who wait in lines at gas stations to save five cents a gallon, meanwhile idling away their savings, to say nothing of their precious time. This morning I was in an out of my usual polling place at St. Matthews Episcopal on Talmadge in 35 minutes. Had I waited half an hour, my wait would have been about five minutes.
I don’t like early voting of the “weeks ahead” variety. It encourages people to cast their ballots before all of the information is in. It’s not unlike a jury entering deliberations after the state rests its case but before the defense has even presented any evidence.
“Don’t bother me with any more evidence! I’ve made up my mind!”
And some of the evidence in this election came in at the eleventh hour.
It didn’t get much traction, but yesterday an audio recording of Obama’s interview with the San Francisco Chronicle last January came out in which he said his environmental policy would bankrupt any company that decided to build another coal-fired plant. There was nothing ambiguous about what he said. Here it is, word for word:
“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
Someone please explain to me how bankrupting an industry that the American economy was built on, and still so heavily depends on, is good for an America that has been bleeding tens of thousands of jobs each week the last couple of months. Not just coal, but any industry. I just opened one of my morning email newsletters and read this:
Circuit City to Close 155 Stores, Cut Jobs
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – As the lights go out at about 20 percent of Circuit City’s stores, the company is hoping that by closing hundreds of stores and cutting thousands of jobs it can survive consumers who are reluctant to spend and vendors less eager to give it credit.
But analysts say the moves announced Monday renewed the specter of bankruptcy hanging over the nation’s No. 2 consumer electronics retailer heading into a holiday shopping season that could determine its future.
Once thriving businesses are already facing bankruptcy without governmental interference.
And here in Toledo, how does a proposal like Obama’s bode for the much touted FDS Coke Plant in Oregon? (FYI, the way you make coke is by burning coal – very slowly). Still, Obama has been endorsed by the Building & Construction Trades (Union) Department (June 18, 2008) and the Ironworkers Union (June 25, 2008.)
It would seem the Illinois Senator’s environmental proposals would cost those unions a lot of work. But it’s a little late for the unions to reconsider their endorsements.
Besides, a lot of people were encouraged to vote three weeks ago.