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Endorsing open negotiation, not taking a lobbyist's pledge

Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 12:01 am

It is November in a year divisible by four. That means everyone with a typewriter or microphone seems obligated to endorse a presidential candidate ... except me.

I am not going to do that because, frankly, you shouldn't give a hoot what I think. Just as it shouldn't matter whom George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Beyonce, Ted Nugent or any other celebrity supports. For that matter, you also shouldn't care what The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, West Podunk County Times or any other newspaper, magazine or website thinks either.

Here's a novel idea: Make up your own mind!

Most of us probably listened to the debates and, hopefully, switched the channel as soon as the two candidates stopped talking. You heard what they said. You don't need one of their well-paid spin doctors or a biased, ratings-driven talk-show host to tell you what they meant to say.

If you are not sure whether they told the truth, do your own research. (Shockingly, candidates have been known to stretch the truth and play with the numbers to suit their own agendas.)

I will, however, give you my two cents on congressional races. If any of the representatives in my district signed that ridiculous Grover Norquist pledge to never raise taxes, no matter the situation, I will vote for his or her opponent. Since when does a lobbyist exert that much control over our legislative body?

How can we expect our elected officials to get us out of our economic doldrums when nearly half of them refuse to budge one cent? Raising taxes on anyone, millionaires included, is not the most desirable option, but it needs to remain an option nonetheless.

Anyone who refuses to negotiate in good faith does not belong at the bargaining table.

Good luck to us all.

Mike Marin is a cranky curmudgeon who, when he's not yelling at kids to get off his lawn, likes to complain about the sad state of popular culture, especially as seen through a TV screen. His email address is This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.