All of three groups of Trick or Treaters knocked on our door yesterday. Three. The neighborhood was subdued as Kendrick Meek’s campaign office.
Guido had the radio on a good part of yesterday afternoon while she washed windows, something she does in preparation for Thanksgiving’s festivities. I heard the ad where Rick Scott’s mother pimps her son’s candidacy a dozen times at least. Not that I would ever vote for an inexperienced arrogant corporate corruptocrat anyway, but if I were on the fence, these Vote For My Son He’s So Wonderful ads would drive me to the other side.
I am thoroughly over-saturated with election news, and I don’t even watch teevee. Election Day will be positively liberating.
Guido and I also reviewed the ballot this weekend. There’s some terribly-worded Amendment issue about the number of kids in classrooms. Evidently schools are getting around maximum requirements by sawing children in half, and distributing the parts in different grade levels. This amendment reportedly puts an end to that practice.
You might wonder why in hell classroom capacity is (a) a constitutional issue for which amendments are needed, and (b) why the citizens with zero direct interest and even less expertise get to vote on the matter. It’s just wrong, a perfect example of what happens when leadership fails, people mistrust their government, and loudmouths prevail over cooler heads.
Furthermore, the premise of the issue – that smaller classes are a better venue for education than larger ones – isn’t even established. It sounds like common sense, but there are studies around with contrasting conclusions. I have a gnawing suspicion that this brouhaha is a ruse by teachers unions to maximize employment opportunities.
All that aside, I’ll probably vote for it anyway.
The other puzzler is Amendment 4, a poorly-thought-out knee-jerk reaction to a long-lasting serious problem that is the rape of the land that is Florida. Even people who recognize the problem and sympathize with the amendment’s intended outcome have doubts about its method and impact. They say the only ones who will benefit are the developers, banking industries, real estate moguls, and lobbyists at whom the amendment is aimed.
And yet, it this cadre of Florida infestation that has poured zillions of dollars into the amendment’s defeat. They’re screaming about killing any chance of financial recovery, unemployment, strangled government, higher taxes, etc. – every fear-inspiring thought they can cook up and throw.
I suspect Amendment 4 – and why, again, is this a constitutional matter? – is the classic Bad Idea Whose Time Is Come. I’ll vote Yes.
Remind me again – is Ralph Nader running this time? No? Okay, then I’m done.