Monday, June 01, 2009

A Political Rant

I am getting called at least 2 or 3 times a day concerning the upcoming local primary election.

They are spending huge money to get elected to an office that pays almost nothing. Our Governor will be running later this year. Last time he spent like $60,000,000 of his own money to win an office that pays maybe (I'm too lazy to look it up) a quarter of a million.

Am I the only one who sees this as kind of screwed up?

I should run for office. It's not like I have much else to do.

That could be my campaign slogan. "Vote for Crotchety. He's got nothing better to do."


Phillipia said...

Count on my vote:)

HR Diva said...

hey joe, I got a couple of people in the good ole'garden state who would vote for you for govenor. If I can write my brother in for town council, I can vote for you. Go for it.

Unknown said...

I'll contact ACORN immediately, get you on the ballot and you have my vote. Just on your slogan alone!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Great slogan, I love it!

Mike said...

I'd vote for my crotch.


You said crotchety.

Never mind.

ReformingGeek said...

The world of politics is indeed a strange one. They are all a bunch of aliens anyway, just like the movie Men in Black. ;-)

I guess they have to start someone.

Winky Twinky said...

It's amazing, isn't it? I'd vote for ya DOM...Humor is so much more valuable than idiocy (which prevails in my city right now) ...I'm Just Sayin...

Crabby Blogging Lady said...

It's a great slogan, and I'd definitely vote for you, but I think a few New York politicans have already used that slogan... Incidentally, they won the elections.

I do hope you are serious about running. We definitely need better selections at the polls. Plus, I am part of a wild and crazy political groupies group, and we're looking for a new guy to sigh over.

Kirsten said...

I would vote for you, but if you win, you won't have time to blog, so nevermind!

Moooooog35 said...

I've spent $60,000,000 on worse.

shyne said...

You've got my vote, too. It looks like a landslide here, crotchety.

So, where do I sign up for your government bailouts????

Chris said...

To quote Montgomery Brewster, "Why would a guy spend 10 million dollars to get a 200,000 dollar a year job unless he was planning to steal it all back with interest?"

Unknown said...

Excellent slogan there. I can see that getting some good support, too.

What points would you try to tackle? Less corruption... more bacon... a cool looking toaster in every house?

Me-Me King said...

Wow, this is great news! Count on me to make calls in your community to "get out the vote". Then, of course, to be appointed at second in command because I, too, have nothing better to do.

Da Old Man said...

@ Phillipia: Cool. Thanks.

@ HR Diva: My campaign is gaining momentum

@ Dizz: Sounds great. Vote early, vote often.

@ Karen: The slogan is half the battle

@ Mike: Works either way

@ Reforming: May as well be me.

@ Winky: Politics is pretty funny, though they don't always mean it to be.

@ Crabby Blogging Lady: I'll be copying from the best money can buy, then.

@ Kirsten: I'd have more time to blog. I'd be a no show politician. That's the way to get ahead, I've heard.

@ Moooooog: 60 million doesn't go as far as it used to.

@ Shyne: I'll pass them out at election HQ.

@ Chris: Maybe he is just one of them altruistic types? LOL

@ Jenn: My basic platform is a bacon based one, with only one other aspect: I will eliminate left hand turns. They tie up traffic and cause accidents.

@ Me-Me: Cool, my first patronage job handed out.

Paul Eilers said...


The same thing happened in our district the last election.

Two men ran for the state senate seat in Little Rock, and spent over $800,000 during the campaign for a position that pays $18,000 a year.


Eat Well. Live Well.

Anonymous said...

We are still getting calls from the Virginia democratic party about voting in various primaries - doesn't matter that we don't live there any more! PITA Obviously no one checks area codes and how the heck did they get our number here anyway, that's what I want to know.

So what the hell, I'll vote for ya, I don't live in your state.

Sandee said...

It's all about getting reelected. Period. Career politicians.

I'd vote for you Crotchety. I won't give you any of my money though. Bwahahahahaha.

Have a terrific day. :)

Joel Klebanoff said...

I'd definitely vote for you if I could.

At the city level, when a very popular incumbent mayor runs for reelection, that seems to bring out the fringe candidates who are, despite the likelihood of losing their deposits, in it just for the laughs. Don't ask me why that is, it just seems to be the case. Some time ago, one ran on a slogan that might work for you (or anyone else for that matter): "This is no job for a politician."

nipsy said...

They were just talking about this thing on my local radio. Guys who spent loads of money on nothing. Hell, the actual job pays so little that you have to keep your real day job..

But you'd still have my vote

Unknown said...

Better yet, why not encourage the lovely Ms. Crotchety to run for something? For what can she not now handle after spending all of those wonderful years with you?

Lin said...

I'd vote for you--if not just to make the Old Lady your First Lady! Then she'd have a job!

Donnie said...

It's a damn joke and so are the politicians. Obiviously, it's all about ego and money grabbing or like you point out, what's the purpose of spending millions to get one tenth of that...If one ever claims he is doing it to "serve" the people, that's a lie to start with.

memphisdonna said...

Psst, Joe ~ I'm pretty sure that (if elected) you would be required to actually wear pants. *gasp*
Well, at least for public appearances.

Da Old Man said...

@ Paul: Crazy, isn't it? BTW, that 60 mil was his own money. He spent millions more from the Dem party. And this was only a couple years after spending as much to buy, I mean win, the U.S. Senate seat.

@ Grace: You are only one state over. Close enough.

@ Sandee: Thanks, anyway.
And I was all set to make you Humor Czar.

@ Joel: I like that.

@ Nipsy: Thanks. Most of them have multiple (no show) day jobs.

@ FishHawk: True.

@ Lin: And she does need a job. I have to let her know. BTW, the way politics works in our district, it takes almost no votes for her to get elected. May be a future blog post.

@ Memphis: If I have to wear pants that may be a deal breaker.