From the Playground to the Polls


I'm a political junkie. I Tweet, blog, and Facebook politics. I watch MSNBC in the morning and Fox News at night. CSPAN is on all day at my house. I guess you could say I'm addicted. So I have a confession to make. I'm tired of politics, at least for now. I'm tired of the ads on television slinging mud, lawsuits, phone calls, door knocks, and emails asking me for money I don't have to pay for the very things I loathe. I'm ready for a break.

A long time ago when I was in elementary school I was bullied. This one person, who I'll call Sam, called me names, tripped me in the hall, took my lunch and/or lunch money, shoved me in my locker and wrote nasty things on the bathroom wall. Most of it was misspelled but it still hurt. Going to school was hard and I didn't want to be there because of Sam.

One day, while I was minding my own business on the swings during recess, I could see Sam coming towards me. I knew I was going to be in trouble and I didn't know what to do. I decided I would just take what was coming to me like always. But this day was different because as Sam was making his way to pummel me I saw a different bully, who I'll also call Doug, walking towards me as well. This day, I thought I was doubly doomed. I was going to die.

What transpired though was something very different because Doug picked a fight with Sam. You see, he was tired of seeing me get picked on, kicked, harassed, extorted and stuffed in my locker all the time. Doug kicked the crap out of Sam and Sam never bothered me again. What I thought would be my last day on earth turned out to be a really great day at school. I didn't have to worry anymore and I could finally eat lunch instead of going hungry. Doug doesn't know this, but I'm always thankful for him standing up to Sam.

In order to balance the state's budget Governor Beshear had to be creative in cutting spending. Everything was on the table, but "furloughing state employees was the last thing I wanted to do" he recently said. However, what he said and what he did are two different things. Gov. Beshear vetoed a part of the budget put in by David Williams and the Republicans who wanted to keep state workers from being furloughed and put in the budget that furloughing state workers wouldn't happen. Gov. Beshear veritably "stole your lunch money".

We all know the impact that has had on our budgets, our economy, and our way of life here in Franklin County. Not only are we in a recession, but we've also had to forfeit needed dollars to pay our bills, keep our homes, and put food on the table for our families. Our businesses have suffered on those days when people were not working. When I'm not making money I'm not going to spend it. It's hurt local businesses who try to make payroll and keep the lights on.

This year Franklin County, Frankfort, and every state worker out there face a dilemma. Do you vote the way you always do because you fear for your jobs, your businesses, and your station in this city if you don't vote for a certain way? Or, do you vote to make a change in the leadership of this state and protect your interests? In one sense this year's election is about which bully you'll choose. Will you chose the one that hasn't done what he's promised to do or will you chose the one who may not be the likable guy you hope for, but the one who will at least stand up for your interests and your pocket book? I would urge you to think about the fact that Steve Beshear is the bully you can't afford to have in Frankfort.

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