Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Talking Politics: The Iowa Conundrum and New Jersey Politics

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement...

Normally I wouldn't talk politics or the like here... but, somethings caught my attention, namely the state senate runs out in Iowa, because it appears to be a very interesting split on things thanks decisions and plans of the the governor Terry Branstad

As far as I can tell, the big issues are the state mental health facilities, two of which Branstad closed down a year ago in a very controversial decision, not to mention being open to closing the remaining two, in addition to just closing them due to a personal bias feeling the mental health care is an out dated concept... this coming from a guy who is on the board of a school that openly denies the existence of transgendered people, which of course is another can of worms.Then there is the irony of him serving on the board of a school... and making huge cuts to education, because 'spending more money doesn't matter', even though some of his opposition in the state senate opposes him heavily on these issues.

Which leads to the question of how folks running for the state legislature are choosing to position themselves to either get re-elected or get voted into office, and the divide is so black and white it's amazing when one considers how things are out here in New Jersey.

Sure out state legislature opposes Governor Chris Christie on a number of fronts, but we have seen both side of the aisle work with him, and over the years there has been a lot of those running for office who seem to have a mix-bag of things they are for and against, making having a biased, vote along political party lines here damn near improbable and exceedingly stupid to do... and that's not just because in some parts of the state. Of course all the usual stuff comes up, like Planned Parenthood funding, Gun Control, Education, Government Spending, Employment, and so forth... but somehow it's not as cut and dry as I see it out in Iowa.... where the apparent grade the NRA gives someone carries a lot of weight.

Which is why Iowa is just fascinating to me at the moment, and though I don't live there, I'm very interested to see how things play out come November.

If you're an Iowan and come across this pokey little blog, I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions on what's happening in your state, to see if it is as split as it seems.

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