dennisgorelik: (2009)
My 8-years old son would have voted for Hillary today (if he was old enough for that).
He is definite about it.
His reasoning:
1) First woman President.
2) Care for the environment.

His source of information: YouTube ads.

Hillary raised 64% more funds for her campaign than Trump:
Hillary Clinton campaign:
$1.3 B

Donald Trump campaign:
$795 M

$486.7 million
Party and joint fundraising committees
$60.1 million
Super PACs

These money went to political ads and probably significantly influenced the outcome of this Presidential election.

My vote is not as easy to buy though. I voted for Gary Johnson - to send a message to whoever would win this race in what direction they should adjust their political positions.
dennisgorelik: (2009)
I side with Rand Paul on 88% of issues
Rick Santorum - 72%
Jeb Bush - 72%
Carly Fiorina - 70%
Donald Trump - 69%
Hillary Clinton - 67%
Bernie Sanders - 67%
Ted Cruz - 63%
Ben Carson - 57%

1) Realistically, my choice at the actual election would be Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton.
69% match vs 67% match.

2) It's funny, but I have a pretty strong positive match even with Bernie Sanders.

You side extremely towards “Small Government”, meaning you very strongly believe the government is overly bureaucratic, inefficient, and wasteful. This theme is somewhat important to you.

You side strongly towards “Liberty”, meaning you strongly support free market policies that create opportunity for personal liberty and success. This theme is somewhat important to you.

You side moderately towards “Capitalism”, meaning you support an economic system that features private ownership of wealth. This theme is somewhat important to you.
dennisgorelik: (2009)
I just got a sample of the ballot for Florida elections (November 4 2014).
The ballot looks like list of exam questions:
There are 23(!) multiple choice questions.

Who do I like to see as representatives and senators to Florida and US congresses?
Attorney General and CFO for Florida State?
Retain judge X for district court of appeal? (7 sits/questions).
Airport authority board members (2 sits).
Mosquito control commissioners (2 sits).

I spent few hours preparing for the test elections.

There are some good (smart) candidates.
There are some weak candidates.

I chose some republican candidates, couple of libertarians and one independent (Rebecca S. Sharp who's calling herself "old republican").

Democrats would not get my votes this election.

Got 3 "constitutional amendments" questions.
No - to increase in spending [on Water and Land Conservation].
Yes - to medical marijuana.
No - to giving Florida governor some extra power to assign judges in some obscure situations.
dennisgorelik: (Default)
US Presidential and Congress/Senate elections would happen in a few days (November 4 2008).

What would happen
Most likely Obama would win.
It seems Democrats would gain couple more seats in Senate and 10-20 more seats in Congress.

What would I like to happen
- Presidential election:
I'd like to see Obama elected. The reason -- the war in Iraq and other terrible spendings by Republican administration went way too far. Republican administration is too corrupt at this point and needs to take a pause to clean itself.
If McCain is elected (which is, fortunately, unlikely) -- Republican administration will get spoiled even more, and that's not good.

- Parliamentary elections:
In ideal world I wouldn't like to see Libertarians in the Senate and Congress.
But in the real world it's not about to happen anyway.
So, I would like to see Republicans in the Senate/Congress.
The reason -- Republicans would limit Obama's spendings, and Obama would limit Republican Parliament's spendings.
When government is busy fighting with itself then economy is booming. Here's nice quote from 4 years ago (2004):
The two parties essentially represent opposing, rapacious gangs who fight at election time for the right to pillage the taxpayers. The worst thing that can happen is if one gang gains undisputed control of the entire apparatus. If this occurs, the victorious gang gorges itself on America’s wallets like hyenas at a zebra carcass. When Clinton was Emperor and the Republicans controlled Congress, they fought so much that hardly anything got done and relatively few new spending programs were enacted. As a result, the deficit shrank and a small surplus arose (though this surplus was largely illusory due to accounting gimmicks).

But when Bush II came to town, the Republicans went on a spending bender. Even discounting the war on terror, non-security spending has mushroomed. Bush failed to veto a single bill, apparently agreeing with every spending outlay sent his way. Consequently, our deficit has exploded and our nation is plunging towards bankruptcy.
Unfortunately this time gridlock won't happen, and Democrats would control Presidential and Legislative branches for at least couple of years. I hope that would change in 2010 parliamentary elections.


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