Monday, April 16, 2012

Back to 1983

So I came across a political video that leaves me a bit speechless, but I have to say it has a certain mesmerizing effect on me as well. Economics, history, charts (yes, charts. Data. Real charts. Plural) and more in the campaign video of Joe Vodvarka for Senate (below).  US Senate if you are not aware.  In the Democratic primary if you are confused though you have to wonder why he didn't file as an independent or in whatever party Lyndon Larouch currently is affiliated with.  This all probably comes closer to the positions of Ron Paul than any other politician these days. Ron Paul? That would be the R who has not dropped out, but that nobody is talking about no matter.

Joe makes clear that he is a manufacturer of springs.  A vital and large part of industrial tchotchke. How large? You know there is a Spring Manufacturers Institute out there. He has some cool video from his spring making machines, but I hate to say there may be some other reasons there is a growing spring gap. 

Given that the Republican primary for US Senate is so wide open (quick, can you name the 5 candidates running) I really thought this guy would have a decent chance of a plurality if he was running as an R... and I thought that before reading this AP story from yesterday that sure seems to confirm the thought.  For the record I'm not casting any aspersions one way or the other with that.  It's more a comment on how conflicted statewide election returns are in Pennsylvania.  This again being the state that in the same exact election once voted overwhelmingly for Al Gore in one race and Rick Santorum in another.  Its not a comment on whether you supported one of the two, or the other, but to split your vote and vote for both of them must just cause pain to the pollsters. Yet the deciding voters in the state did just that.  So it's not uncommon in Pennsylvania to have candidates confuse party labels and party support. 

Anyway, check out the video. It's so omni-political. You have to watch to the very end.  Trust me.



update.. I worry about how Joe is going to do next week.  If you look at the youtube stats for this video... well, you'll see

6 Comments:

Blogger JRoth said...

I signed this guy's petition in the Strip. Struck me as nuts, but in a way that we could stand to have more of in the public sphere.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger Tube City said...

I'm pretty sure Lyndon LaRouche has run as a Democrat since the early 1980s. Which just goes to prove the old saw that if you go far enough to the right, you meet the people who have gone far enough to the left (and vice versa).

By the way, I just heard what seems to be Joe's first (and only) radio commercial on Q-92.9.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:58:00 PM  
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:03:00 PM  
Blogger Tube City said...

Also, I love the shots of the spring-making machines. Not joking. I'd love to visit Joe's factory: http://www.vodvarkasprings.com/index.html

He's right on a lot of things, but overly simplistic. The issue doesn't seem to be free trade, but fair trade --- we're taking imports from a lot of countries that either have no need to import our products or have effectively closed their borders to our exports. We're also exporting raw material but importing finished goods. And we allow our currency to fluctuate while China still restricts the movement of the yuan.

Anyway, I liked the video.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:05:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

The thing is that his spring making machines sure look an awful lot different from the Chinese made spring making machines I linked to there.

Almost makes Joe's machines seem a bit Steampunk'ish.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 9:52:00 PM  
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