"why Americans who have so little join forces against me with those who have way too much"
No one joined forces against Obama, nor did Americans who have so little join forces with those who have way too much. Some Americans who have so little joined forces against other Americans who have so little. Why? So yet other Americans could continue to have way too much. That's it, all of it. No other reason. The economy, health care reform, socialism, capitalism, free markets, etc, etc...those are just the brightly colored bits of paper and ribbon that they wrapped it in this time.
PS If you want to know who are these people who have way too much, you can start here:
What a shame.
Sadly, coloring a story with subjective terms like "mansion" and "opulent" isn't sensational and slimey reporting, it's journalism standard these days. I don't think of Independent Weekly as a newspaper, but as an A&E weekly that carries some journalism type articles. It's journalism is no worse, and sometimes better, than you will find in a newpaper.
I have always thought that the practice of artists entrusting their work with distant galleries without any apparent way of monitoring their sales was a rather risky way of doing business. I'm surprised this sort of thing doesn't happen more often. Or maybe it does, and the artists just don't find out about it unless the gallery files for bankruptcy.
I think a lot of it comes down to the simple fact that you can float a bond to build a building, but you cannot float a bond to deliver services. Bus service is a special category, because Americans generally have no clue when it comes to providing bus service. Every bus schedule is a testimony to that.
This is our second presidential election with the option to vote early. By now the Independent Weekly should be routinely publishing its endorsements the Wednesday before early voting starts. They have known who all the candidates would be for nearly 5 months; if they haven't been able to figure out who to endorse by now, there is something seriously wrong with their endorsement process. If they see democracy mostly as a marketing opportunity and are intentionally dragging out the publication of their endorsements to increase readership and sell ads in more than one issue, they can start publishing their endorsements earlier. As it is, Independent Weekly is undercutting all efforts to get people out to vote early, reduce long lines, minimize errors made by overloaded election officials, and make participating in our democracy a more pleasant and satisfying experience for everyone involved.
In Durham, turnout for the first few days of the May primary exceeded the margin of victory in many of the primary races. By the time the polls close today, over 10% of Durham voters will have already cast their votes. An endorsing entity that is incapable of getting its endorsements into the hands of voters in time for the first day of voting is largely useless when it comes to having a meaningful impact on election outcomes.
I am going to vote before the Independent Weekly publishes the rest of its endorsements.
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