I was having a conversation with a friend a couple of weeks ago when he asked my thoughts on Herman Cain. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but my initial reaction was, “Who the hell is Herman Cain?”
His response? “The Godfather’s Pizza guy.”
Which made me feel marginally better, considering the guy’s all over the news and I’d barely noticed his existence.
It did get me thinking, though, about how bizarre it is that a presidential candidate can pretty much rise out of the middle of nowhere and somehow become fairly popular. It also made me realize that I knew virtually nothing about Cain’s positions, and I have to tell you, the research has been pretty interesting on that one.
Their M.O. is to make themselves sound like an average citizen struggling to get by, and John Q. Minimum Wage has no idea that most of the Tea Partiers are extremely wealthy. They collect the votes of people with legitimate financial struggles in order to put plans in place that will protect their fortunes, often at the cost of us low or middle class citizens.
Which is why I’m always kind of excited when Tea Partiers are caught with their financial pants down. It gives me hope that the misguided people following them in droves will see the light.
Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois, he who has accused Barack Obama of “spending like a drunken sailor”, allegedly owes well over $100,000 in back child support.
Sadly, a lot of parents don’t … and sometimes those that do find themselves between the proverbial rock and hard place, as is the case with Ohio’s Kelly Williams-Bolar, a single mom recently sentenced to 10 days in jail for lying about her residency so her daughters could attend a well-regarded school instead of where they should have been going based on their living situation in public housing.
As I’m sure many of you have gathered, I am an animal lover. I don’t eat them, I own a pile of them, and I like most of them better than people. Except centipedes. Those need to stay the hell away from me (and even then, when I come across one of them in the house, I put a cup on it, and then get my partner to take them outside. I figure it’s not fair to kill something just because it’s horrifying ugly. Unless it tries to get in my mouth. Then it’s game on).
I have 3 animals licensed with the City of Toronto- a process which required me to send in a whopping $55 (that’s sarcasm- $55 is less than it costs me to register my car with the City for a year). For licensing my pets, I get a metal tag displaying a registration number and the phone number of Toronto’s Animal Services department, so should one of my animals go missing they can be returned to me. The fee goes directly towards the cost of running Toronto’s public animal shelters.
Now, like most government instituted fees, the licensing fee is not optional. Pet owners caught without a licensed pet can be given a $240 ticket, and can be fined up to $5,000 in court (although I have never spoken to anyone who has been given a ticket for having an unlicensed pet, and I come across a fair amount of dog owners in out local dog park who have dogs that aren’t wearing their licensing tag). When this required licensing fee was introduced, the City hired a bunch of high school kids and sent them around knocking on doors and looking in windows for signs of pets, asking residents to get their pets licensed. Of course people were none …