If you haven't made up your mind on who to vote for, please read on. If your mind is already made up, it won't hurt you to read on. If you are like many and figure you'll flip a coin at the poll before casting your vote, please definitely read on.
All five of us drunk rednecks are in agreement; in general, there really isn't much difference between a Republican candidate and a Democrat candidate in most races. For most voters, the decision of which candidate to vote for comes down to who comes across as more likable or who stands on most social issues that come closest in alignment to the individual voter's stance. Social issues are one place where the differences between the candidates are as clear as night and day.
When it comes to economic issues, the differences between two candidates are about as clear as the new moon on a cloudy night. Both want to create jobs, but are they creating quality jobs? Both want to help improve the average voter's quality of life, but how do they propose to accomplish that goal? Rarely do candidates come along and answer such questions in clear, concise terms.
|Rob Arlett (R) for Sussex County Council|
He's the guy back, left.
|Bob Wheatley (D) for Sussex County Council|
He's the only guy pictured.
- when you talk about creating new jobs like the pickle plant, do you know how many of the new jobs will pay above $15/hour, the poverty level for a family of four, and how many of the ten percent of top paying jobs will go to local residents as opposed to the national company bringing in a management team from elsewhere or do you throw the numbers around because it sounds good on your political résumé and
- what would you do or attempt to do to promote and support local entrepreneurship and locally owned small busineses?
- Mr. Wheatley responded that the questions of pay was asked by others, but didn't know the answers off the top of his head. He would gladly get back with me with the answers off-air. I inferred that Mr. Wheatley had heard the answers and felt comfortable throwing the 700 new jobs number around as a positive for Sussex County. Mr. Arlett responded that it isn't the government's business to know what a company will pay its employees. New jobs are new jobs. Mr. Arlett answered that he would not want to get involved with what kind of pay a company would bring to Sussex County as he does not believe that is any of the government's business. Let the free market handle the quality of jobs issue. I inferred that Mr. Arlett isn't concerned with the quality of jobs being attracted to Sussex County, jobs that could raise the quality of life for residents and the county in general. He's only concerned with creating jobs to make his political résumé look good.
- Mr. Wheatley responded to the question of supporting locally owned and operated businesses and entrepreneurs very concisely with a need for Sussex County to cut and trim the licensing process and regulations. For many residents who may want to start a business, the licensing process and regulations puts an applicant through unnecessary hoops and hurdles that can become a barrier. He added that he would rather see ten businesses that employ 70 people rather than one business that employs 700 people. I inferred Mr. Wheatley's answer to mean that he looks at more than the number of jobs created and would probably be very pro small business. As for supporting the locally owned and operated businesses, Mr. Arlett was in agreement with reducing the licensing and regulation requirements, but his main focus was to utilize the retirees living in the county to form a mentoring group to help the locally owned and operated businesses succeed. I inferred his answer to be a non-answer. He agreed with his opponent in one sentence with regards to licensing and regulation and then spent the rest of his answer re-inventing the wheel. Sussex county has a small business mentoring program that offers tons of free services to prospective and existing business owners. The organization is called the Small Business Administration (SBA).
On second thought, current county councilman, Sam Wilson (R), thinks it's ok to break election rules on rainy days. If it's raining on election day, maybe he'll let us vote!
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Really? Too long? I reckon that's why the government mints coins. They come in as a handy tool during Election Day.
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