At the time of this writing Dante Acosta was in third place for 25th congressional district race with 12.9% of the vote. Though 12.9% doesnâ€™t seem like a lot, consider when and where he started and it really is rather remarkable. This is a guy who, after losing his son in Afghanistan, led a charge to get accurate information regarding the circumstances of his death. Discovering the bureaucratic mess he walked into during that experience and during the course of sharing that with people, he was encouraged to run. And run he did. Starting very late in the process and up against a household name in these parts, Acosta plowed ahead, even while some of the pundits thought he was crazy. Meeting the â€œcommon folkâ€ at their level whenever and wherever he could, he gained a reputation among many as down to earth, approachable, with a lot of common sense. This is the type of person we need in Washington to replace the embedded incumbent who I feel has lost touch with his constituency. Reliable sources have told me that he is already raring to go for the election two years from now…so look out, Buck! The Gazette endorsed Acosta and we already endorse him for 2014.
Most experts will tell you employment is the foundation of our economy. Well, you know where we are with that, and our economic foundation is cracked and unstable. Many a coach in college and professional sports has been fired because their teams did not win enough games. Most were good people and even good coaches, but they just could not, for whatever reason, get the job done that they were hired for. Most on their way out said as much, realizing it was for the betterment of the team. Our economy is more important than a team winning games, and the gentleman in charge is not getting the job done. I could write all day as to why, butâ€¦
Here is one example why so many folks are frustrated with the President. In the past, Mr. Obama criticized private jet owners, saying they were environmentally irresponsible and if they have enough money to own or lease a private jet they should be paying higher taxes. Well, the industry ran into problems after that, as folks took to heart what he had said. Last week the President proposed a $1 Billion subsidy for the private jet industry to help them get back on their feet. Huh?!
Last Saturday morning the traffic lights went out at Soledad Canyon & Galeton/River Circle. The City was quick to get out and put up temporary stop signs, but as of Monday morningâ€™s rush hour, the lights were still out. Why canâ€™t we be a â€œbig boyâ€ city and at least get someone out there early to do the repair on the first work day to avoid the back-up? If schools were still in session it would have been a huge mess!
Recent headlines catching my attention, along with opinionated Rantsâ€¦â€¦..
â€œOil prices dropping fastâ€: In my hometown of Tucson folks are paying $3.47 per gallon. Whatâ€™s wrong with this picture?
â€Dodgers fading fastâ€: How much can a guy take?
â€œMark Zuckerberg suedâ€ and â€œFacebook stock hits new lowâ€: Dude had a rough week!
â€œGold & Dow flash same warning signalâ€: That canâ€™t be good.
â€œ21-year-old female to become youngest M.D.â€ and â€œ19-year-old mom leaves baby on top of car and drives offâ€: What a country â€“ we have such great contrasts!
â€œOne busted for DUI at Friday night check-pointâ€: Wow, thatâ€™s about 4 in the last four weeks. What if we put that money towards education? Nawâ€¦that makes too much sense!
Quotes I ran across this week:
â€œWhy do Smart Cars look so dumbâ€ (Doug Sutton)
â€œHypocrisy has become a national pastime and weâ€™re all the worse for itâ€ (David Hegg)
â€œI was going to have few comments about John Edwards, but you have to go into rehab if you say the word faggotâ€ (Ann Coulter)
â€œEach proposal is rooted in the premise that government cannot create jobsâ€ (Mitt Romney)
â€œSure, the lion is king of the jungle, but airdrop him into Antarctica and heâ€™s just a penguinâ€™s bitchâ€ (Dennis Miller)
Nicely said, Doug, as proud past president of the chamber I agree with you 100 percent regarding Terri Crain and SC Valley Chamber of Commerceâ€¦(Mike Berger)
Hi Doug, looking forward to your next issue! Dougâ€™s Rants always makes me smileâ€¦(Christina)
Doug, I thought I might help you out and identify the 50 percent below average Americans by offering these multiple choice questions!
Which of these Americans are in the lower 50th percentile?
-Those who are educated in our public (government) schools?
-Those who do not pay any federal income tax?
-Those who accept entitlements?
-Those who voted for Obama?
-All of the above? ! â€¦â€¦â€¦ Kenâ€™s Rant!!!!!!
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