Christine O'Donnell Can Win in November

You heard it here first.

Christine O’Donnell will be portrayed by the media and by liberal interest groups (wait, aren’t they one in the same?) as a monster. But, in reality, voters face a stark choice in November- one that has been set in stone electorally. They can either choose the candidate who will vote the Obama line or they can choose the candidate that will stand up to Obama’s government power grab.
Plain and simple.

Democrats have no right lambasting the Republican nominee. Didn’t they just re-nominate Mr. Corruption himself, Charlie Rangel? Bet you haven’t seen much of that on the news.

O’Donnell’s ability to remind voters of this will determine her chances of being elected over the next seven weeks. From what I’ve read, she did an impressive job defending herself against RINO (Republican In Name Only) Mike Castle, whom she defeated on Tuesday in the Republican primary. I’ve lost the quote, but at one point when he challenged her on her alleged financial difficulties, she quickly took control of the conversation and accused him of running away from the issues that matter in the election, like a European cap and trade system he so strongly favors.

I don’t care how many people say that Delaware is a blue state, so it won’t elect her. Guess what? Massachusetts is even more blue and since Scott Brown, things are looking pretty good up here for conservatives. People are unhappy with the direction of government everywhere, from the reddest of red states to the bluest of blues. These people are the electoral force that will take hold in November.

Pack of Wild Turkys Takes Over Meeting House Lane Cemetery

Spotted this scene on my way home from the harbor yesterday.

PS- who else knew the plural of turkey is turkeys? Had to look it up.

I Voted


What's in Store for Today's College Grads

Customers at work constantly ask me about the job market faced by recent college graduates, probably because they’re confused why I’m still working at the summer job (for now) that I’ve held since eighth grade. Fair question.

Here’s what I’ve come to realize:

If you graduated from a high ranking school or have a specialized degree and weren’t a sloppy drunk for the past four years, you’re very likely to have a respectable entry-level job at a big corporation. For example, Wall Street seems to love Georgetown McDonough School of Business students with Finance degrees and recruits them heavily. So, most of my peers are gainfully employed in America’s worst city. The same goes for students with engineering degrees from schools like University of Maryland, University of Michigan, etc.

If you have an English degree or an Art History degree from an Ivy or near-Ivy school, you’re unemployed and living at home. Get used to it. You probably think you’re “above” any of the other jobs that you might be able to find involving manual labor or seemingly-menial work. Until you gain some hard skills, unlike the ones you gained in those thought-provoking classes, you’re unlikely to find work in this economy.

But, if you’re an average student with an average degree who went to an average college, you’re most likely back home working the same job you’ve been working summers throughout high school and college. It’s tough getting recognized from the big firms that don’t recruit at these schools, so you’re left with what you’re familiar with.

This isn’t all that bad, though it’s not what most graduates entered college thinking they’d do afterwards.

From the point of view of the local company, these graduates have specialized knowledge of the business and market gained through years of lower-level summer work. Additionally, given the job market, companies can retain or rehire these graduates at below market rates (often with no benefits), paying small change for now-skilled college graduates. This stinks for the employee, but it’s better than being unemployed like more than 10% of America (forget the BS official unemployment numbers, real unemployment is much higher than stated).

One might argue that this situation isn’t good for these graduates at all. Relatively low level work, low wages, etc. Not to mention the fact that the market for summer hiring might be thrown off next season with graduated workers hanging on the payrolls.

Long term, though, I’m convinced it will be a positive experience for these workers. Small businesses are the heart of America. Here, graduates get to experience every aspect of these small businesses, from first-year hire to manager and so on. They see the ups and the downs, the struggles and successes, the efficiencies and the inefficiencies. If the economy doesn’t improve any time soon (I’m not holding my breath), they’ll continue to move up the ladder instead of moving on to other fields of work they might have experienced pre-recession. Who knows? They might eventually be offered to take part in ownership of the business. Or, someday they could use their now-specialized skills to open up their own small business in that field, or any other for that matter, already having the invaluable experience of small business management.

I have one friend in mind who particularly fits well into this category. He’s worked as a stocker and clerk at a local liquor store forever. Recently, he moved up to a manager position, which means he plays a role in examining and forecasting sales, ordering products, suggesting sales strategies, dealing with distributors, etc. The raise they gave him for this position is pretty lame, but these are skills that will make him a far more attractive job candidate or small business owner in the future. Certainly more so than a paper pusher constrained to a cubicle post-graduation.

Just goes to show that a crummy economy isn’t the end all for motivated, driven workers.


Welcome to Fall Boating


Massachusetts 10th

Politico recently compiled a list of House seats that are up for grabs this November and could lead the path to a Republican takeover of Congress. In the article they designate three types of races for Republicans to take control: must-wins, majority-makers, and landsliders.

My Massachusetts district (10th) shows up on the list as a landslider, meaning “a tough climb for GOP candidates, because of either the strength of the Democratic incumbent or the partisan tilt of the seat”. It goes on to say, “If the Democrats in this category start to fall on election night, a wave election is unfolding”.

The 10th district is the only competitive Congressional district in Massachusetts, both because the current hack-incumbent Delahunt decided to retire rather than face this unfriendly political environment and because it is the most conservative district in the state according to the Cook PVI (Partisan Voting Index). Additionally, Senator Scott Brown won his highest percentage of the vote here, 60%.

At first I was surprised by the “landslide” district label. Based on conversations with people in the area (customers at work, family, friends, people at the gym, overheard conversations around town, etc. etc.), yard signs, bumper stickers and the like, I would think that the Republican candidate would definitely be favored to win, thus at least deserving a “majority-maker” tag from Politico. However, the Republican ticket is more complicated this year than it ought to be, endangering what should be a relatively easy pick-up for Republicans. The leading candidates all come with significant baggage, which threatens to distract from the real issues in the race.

Jeff Perry, who has raised the most money and picked up endorsements from Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, was involved in a strip-search scandal of a teenager when he was a police officer earlier in his career. Additionally, he posted credit for a degree from a non-existent online university on his website during his race for state congress a few years ago, thus calling into question his honesty and credibility. Joe Malone, who is from Scituate, was Massachusetts’ Auditor in the 1990s. While he enacted successful changes during his tenure, an employee stole $10 million in state money on his watch, which he claims to have had no knowledge of. The other two candidates, Ray Kaspercowicz and Robert Hayden, have raised almost nothing and don’t really have a chance in the September 14th primary.

All of this is a shame, since their likely Democratic opponent Norfolk County DA William Keating should be a relatively easy target given the current anti-incumbent mood and Keating’s long political career and now-unpopular political positions.

The Republican candidates have sharply criticized each other leading up to the primary and have spent valuable campaign cash. This, and voters’ understandable uneasiness with the history of whichever candidate wins in the primary next week, threatens the vote. Dismayed voters will doom the GOP’s chances of success. If this is the case, Keating and his cronies will gather up their union minions and sweep the polls.

Given this situation, I understand Politico’s assessment of the race. Deep down though, I’m confident that conservative and independent voters will look at their Democratic alternative, move on from the primary and vote for the political values they want sent to Washington. In that case, I can’t wait to see that “election wave” roll on through the country.

Who is Guy Glodis?

Who is Guy Glodis?

I can tell you this much: he’s a Democrat running for Auditor in Massachusetts. He also seems to be the ultimate political insider based on his website “credentials”.

But, I don’t understand why his lawn signs show up on so many conservative lawns.

Yards chock full of signs for Republican candidates often have Glodis signs as well instead of the sign of Republican candidate and CPA Mary Connaughton.