Wednesday November 14, 2012

Can I put this out there: What is wrong with Florida? Seriously people, it’s our problemed state. I get it’s divided and I’m OK with that, I’m mean at least folks are marching to the polls and doing their civic duty. But come on, in a day and age where I can make a phone call at 65 miles per hour while receiving a business proposal on a hand held device, why is it that it takes so long to get election results? Again, I’m cool with things being close, but there was still a 74,000 vote difference, unlike 2000 when a Supreme Court and a scooch over 500 votes decided the election. Next election cycle I want Florida to start a week earlier so by the time the rest of the adults are done talking we’ll know where the state stands. That being said, I’m a huge fan of their Gulf Coast (not that it has any bearing on an election, I just wanted you to know).

So here we go, four more years of Democratic rule. Things are still tough out there, and while we all like to blame the president, he’s not the only one to blame. What I said last week now should come into play this week: We need to get some stuff done here. We live in this instant gratification society that loves to shift blame to the broadest shoulders. Well I’m not sure that’s an option anymore -- there’s too much at stake. Instead, states like Texas want to consider seceding from the Union. So let me offer this: Instead, why not stick around and help.


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Hold your government accountable, be active, write letters (and that doesn’t mean sending a tweet or updating your Facebook status), talk to your Congressman and Senators offices. Because at the end of the day becoming your own state won’t end well. No other state in the Union has received more federal disaster money than Texas. Instead of making irrational statements, take that energy and put it into something positive and come up with ways that will make you proud to be an American and not want to exit the lower 48.

I know we’re still a country divided and we’ll always have differing ideas of how to best run the country, as long as we’re all able to keep this idea that we want this country to succeed we’ll be fine. I honestly believe that everyone should pay their fair share. If I get taxed at 30 percent then everyone should be taxed at 30 percent. Do you have any idea how quickly things would get resolved (financially speaking) if we could put that into play? Trickle-down economics is an antiquated way of thinking; it needs to go by way of the cassette player, the rotary phone, the 8-track tape. It’s a dead way of thinking, in large part because it solely relied on people to honestly execute it, and let’s face it -- in a me, me, me, I, I, I society that was never going to happen. If it could have, it would have worked brilliantly. But it has proven to be a failure so time to level the playing field.

If you voted for Obama now is not the time to get lazy and think everything will be fine. If you voted for Romney you most likely already believe nothing will be fine. I implore all of you, instead of retreating to your corner of the world and sticking your head in the sand, take a moment to write your Congressman and tell them how you feel. There is power in numbers. It took 62,149,499 to vote Obama into office for another term; it took another 58,789,815 to basically say we’ve got different ideas. I don’t know about you, but both are numbers that need some attention paid to them and in the end I would hope that all 120,939,314 voters could agree to get more done that will bring relief to their neighbors and themselves.

We’ll see Š

On a completely different note, did anyone else notice that Romney captured 47 percent of the vote? What the hell is up with that?

Fish is the morning talent on Classic Hits 92.7 FM. He also offers up his opinion on-line at www.whatda hell.net. E-mail him at fish@wk vt.com.