Worth Mentioning #13 – Election Edition

For those of you that have been living under a rock (or not in a swing state like the PoPs), it might have been easy to forget about the quadrennial ridiculousness that has become the U.S. Presidential election.  Yet, in a swing state like Florida where hundreds of millions of dollars – that’s eight zeros – have been spent in advertising, it’s difficult to miss.

A Duplex Divided 2012

Nowhere is this more evident than at our lovely duplex.  Mr. PoP went to go collect rent this week and found competing lawn signs for the presidential candidates.  For what it’s worth, the Romney tenants had yet to bring their garbage cans in from the morning, but then again the Obama tenants overslept and missed paying their rent on time by a day.  If we’re going to judge presidential candidates by those that advertise on their behalf, looks like both of the main candidates have their flaws in this case.

But I’m pretty sick of it all.  And so are a lot of people in swing states and horrible over-saturated ad markets.  A friend of mine in the DC area (which gets combined with the Virginia swing-state ad market) actually went so far as to say, “You know it’s bad when a catastrophic storm brings you relief, as it shifted the news away from the election.”

I wasn’t grateful for Hurricane Sandy, but I definitely sympathize with little 4-year-old Abby (in the video below) who has been so overwhelmed with listening to NPR coverage of the election that she broke down in tears because she’s just so “tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney.”  I know, Abby.  Me too.


Hopefully by this time next week it’ll all have faded into a distant memory and we can eagerly await the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaigns – whaddya think, the first 2016 presidential exploratory committees will be announced by January 2013?

But on to the important business of the weekend – PoP expressions of gratitude.


Love From Others

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read and link back this week!


Love For Others

On the outgoing side of the love this week, there were quite a few posts that I found insightful in one way or another, but here are just a few.

  • Pauline at Reach Financial Independence wrote about Breeding Cattle As An Investment.  Someone she knew in the cattle biz in Central America offered her a hundred or so head of cattle as an investment, and she went for it.  Looks like knowing an insider gave her a big leg up in this operation, but it’s interesting to consider even though I don’t think I could ever raise animals for slaughter.  (There was a reason I did the baking competitions in 4H and not the animal raising ones.)
  • Rebecca at Doggone Thrifty reminds us to Appreciate the Simple Life when she gives a quick update on their Hurricane Sandy experience and how you can talk the “simple life” talk, but when it comes right down to it, they like electricity – a lot.  We’re glad their family and their home are all fine and it sounds like they used the forced simplicity of multiple days without electricity to spend quality family time together.  Can’t think of a better way to use those days.
  • Ginna at My Pretty Pennies concluded her 31 Days to Financial Freedom Series.  She posted a new tip every day for 31 days and then organized them into one complete resource.  Posting that many days consecutively is an accomplishment.  Well done, Ginna!
  • In a guest post at 20s Finances, Dominique Brown of Insider Real Estate Tips writes about 6 Expensive Things Every Homeowner Should Prepare For.  He’s absolutely right on each one of them, though I would even go so far as to say he under-estimated costs on some depending what area of the country you live in.  The increases in RE taxes and insurance that we’ve faced and had to fight against have been bigger than the numbers he’s quoting and we live in a quite modest home in the grand scheme of things.
  • And the non-finance related item for the week goes to This American Life.  The episode this week is called Red State Blue State, and has nothing to do with the Dr. Seuss book (Red Fish Blue Fish) – but everything to do with how we talk to people who have different political beliefs than we do.  What I caught in between errands on Saturday intrigued me, made me a little sad, and also a little hopeful about the potential for future civilized discourse in our country.  I’ll be listening to the rest of this while I do my chores on Sunday.  What will you listen to?  
And for the shameless pitch of the week.  If you’re a regular here at Planting Our Pennies, why not consider subscribing to our RSS feed or for our emails?  Links are in the pretty graphic squares in the upper right hand corner of the home page.  =)
Just curious – has the election season been as painful in your neck of the woods as it has been in Florida?  What’s early voting been like?


13 comments to Worth Mentioning #13 – Election Edition

  • Colorado is a swing state, although we don’t have as many electoral votes as Florida by any means. By a geographical glitch, our area gets TV channels out of Albuquerque instead of Denver, so we don’t get nearly as many ads as folks on the Colorado feed. I guess the candidates have given up on New Mexico, so not so many President commercials, Yay! Have a great weekend!
    Kim@Eyesonthdollar recently posted..Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #12-Election EditionMy Profile

    • I think the little girl Abby in the video is from Colorado, but maybe in different area than you for it to bring her to tears. You guys have a great rest of the weekend, too!

  • Poor little girl! I haven’t followed much about the elections, just a few posts here and there, not big in politics. Thanks for the mention!
    Pauline recently posted..9 tips for UK expatsMy Profile

    • I know! Watching it reminded me so much of what I was like when I was upset as a kid! You’re welcome and hope the house is coming along down there =)

  • Good link on This American Life. The “story globe” feature on the website is a treat!!
    101 Centavos recently posted..Sunday Morning Fish Wrap: Revolving DoorsMy Profile

    • I had never noticed that feature before you pointed it out! I love TAL – it’s one of my favorite things to listen to when gardening or doing chores.

  • Michigan isn’t considered a swing state, thank god. Although I do think Romney could have made it one if he had used his father as leverage. Romney was born here and his father was a beloved governor.
    It’s still pretty terrible here though. We have 6 proposals that have taken nearly every single ad on local televion. It’s pretty bad when you have vote no on 6 followed directly with vote yes on 6.

    Good luck there in Florida, I can only imagine what the pres ads are like there. and thanks for the mention
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    • We have 12 constitutional amendments on the ballot. All told, the ballot is 4 pages front and back. It’s ridiculous. Lines for early voting were HOURS long because it was taking people 3-4x as long as normal just to fill out the ballot. I have a bad feeling it’s going to be messy in FL on election night.

  • Ivy

    New Jersey is not a swing state plus now everything got superseded by storm news. Or so they say, we haven’t had power since last Monday and don’t know if they went back to election coverage. The local radio is all about storm damage, which gas stations are open each day, etc – much more relevant:-)

    Also we can’t vote yet, actually out citizenship interview is tomorrow morning, so I guess next time we may be more interested in what the candidates have to say.

    • Wow – you guys are still without power? I’m sorry to hear that, but glad it sounds like you guys are okay!

      Good luck with the citizenship interview tomorrow. I’ve known a few people that went through the process as adults, and some stressed over it more than others, but so far everyone that I knew went on to get their citizenship.

  • It’s times like these that I’m glad to be an Australian. The money your candidates spend on the elections is staggering. I was reading about how most states are ignored in the race to the Whitehouse because they are already staunchly republican or democrat. It’s an odd system you guys have!
    James @ Free in Ten Years recently posted..Monthly report: October 2012My Profile

    • It is an odd system, and I think as polling gets more and more accurate, it’s making that system seem more and more anachronistic. Why bother holding campaign events where voters are decided? How about because if you win, you’ll be president of everyone! Our whole office was talking about it today and everyone can’t wait for it to be over.