You ever do something dumb? Well, I did. I mailed in my voter registration form the day before it was due, and just got it back because after filling the whole thing out, I forget to sign it before I mailed it, so now I can’t vote in Pennsylvania’s second district. As far as national politics goes, I’m not worried about The House; I think Chakah Fattah‘s position is safe until he dies or gets bored, whichever comes first. But I am worried about the open senate seat in Pennsylvania, and since I can’t vote, I’m going to try and encourage some of you to vote the way I would have.
The two candidates are Joe Sestak (D) and Pat Toomey (R). If you go on the internet and are from Pennsylvania, you’ve probably seen a few Toomey ads, since he has been a lot more aggressive in internet advertising at least (I don’t have cable so I haven’t seen any of the attack ads that I’ve been hearing about). I think the web pages of both candidates are sort of funny. Here’s Sestak:
And here’s Toomey:
Notice anything? That’s right, they’re both about Sestak! Toomey would rather demonize Sestak than talk about what he actually believes. And the sad thing is that might work better for him. Republicans generally respond better to attack adds than Democrats, which is probably why I think Toomey is being stupid and evasive, while someone form the Alabama part of Pennsylvania would think that Sestak is a socialist and probably Kenyan.
A little bit about backgrounds. Sestak served in the Navy for 31 years and reached the rank of three-star general before being elected to the House of Representatives. He has served our country and has been given a distinguished rank for his service. Toomey was in the financial sector when he finished college at Harvard (where Sestak also went), and after doing a short stint in the House switched to the more lucrative position of being a small-government, free-enterprise lobbyist. He’s basically been a money-grubbing, selfish jerk his entire life.
The most important issue to the nation right now, as almost anyone can tell you, is jobs. Sestak, who has worked on the Small Business and Education and Labor Committees in The House, focuses on stabilizing volatile institutions, investing in small business and working families, support new industries and public-private partnerships, and enforce fiscal discipline. Toomey is a broken Republican record, saying cut taxes and decrease regulation. That’s what got us here in the first place, and the last time we were in a crisis like this we got out of it by Keynesian pump priming. We need to spend federal dollars so that we can actually get some dollars into the economy, not pull back.
Of course, the most important issues to me are urban issues. Toomey doesn’t even mention them. Sestak specifically addresses our failing infrastructure and how we need a major overhaul. In congress, he actually was able to get money to support SEPTA, and in the senate, he could do more to help public transportation elsewhere. Failing infrastructure is one of America’s greatest problems, a problem that could be addressed by creating a WPA-like body that could put thousands of Americans to work, and give them the money they need to spend in the private economy. This is crucial, and Toomey doesn’t even address it.
For me, the choice is easy. Toomey is the type of person that we can blame for most of the problems in America – a financial goon, a government lobbyist, and someone that doesn’t care at all about cities. Sestak is someone who has been a public servant his entire life, who addresses real issues with intellect, and who should be the next senator from Pennsylvania.