With the Republican nomination long ago buttoned up by Mitt (heave) Romney, and the winding down of Ron Paul’s campaign, a little attention thrown the other candidates can’t hurt.
Dan Carlin recently interviewed both the Independent and the Libertarian candidates on his podcast Common Sense. Both interviews are well worth a listen.
Buddy Roemer, the Independent candidate, I admit I hadn’t heard of. Frankly, his campaign’s landing page could use a better slogan than “Roementum across the nation”. Let’s ask Joe Lieberman how well this uniquely witty catchphrase worked for him in ’04. In the interview however, he comes across as very believable in his focus on his number one issue, campaign finance reform. Acknowledging that the political process is bought and paid for by PACs and moneyed special interests, Gov. Roemer pledges to not accept any donation larger than $100. True to his word, OpenSecrets.org shows 82% of his finances as originating from small donors (shouldn’t it be 100%?). Another takeaway from the interview is how Roemer has been shut out from the debates. It’s a bit disgusting what machinations that the media and debate organizers will engage in to keep viable alternative candidates out the limelight.
Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, won the Libertarian party’s nomination for President earlier this month. For my taste, Johnson is a bit too infatuated with the “Fair Tax”, which in and of itself is a gigantic oxymoron. But he makes some good points on cutting back on overseas involvements, fixing the nation’s balance sheet, and restoring civil liberties through the repeal of the Patriot Act.
Gary Johnson needs to pick up his web game, though. Google results for “Buddy Roemer Independent” brings up Roemer’s campaign site at the #1 slot. Do the same for “Gary Johnson Libertarian”, and his campaign page can only manage ninth position. I’d give better odds to Roemer over Johnson on appearing on a nationally televised debate. The fact that Johnson is an extreme athlete is interesting, but no qualification for a national leader. Also, why can’t he get Ron Paul to endorse him?
In any event, recent news that the Ron Paul campaign is winding down as its cash money dwindles (but no debt! — take that, Gingrich, you fraud!), makes it worthwhile to give these two alternates a second look. Not that either of these two have a snowball’s chance in hell, but perhaps hearing other ideas may lead to incremental change down the road.
(More election sweepstakes at Financial God, with Betting On The Future President)
What say you readers, how likely are you to even consider a third party vote? Sound off in the comments…
Right then, on to some interesting links in the PF sphere from last week. WiFi access is sometimes spotty when on the road, but I had some limited time to log on and peruse last week.
Investing and Money
Jim @ JLCollinsNH has the latest in long series on stocks, investing and retirement: Stocks, Part VII – Can Everyone Really Retire a Millionaire
Dividend Ninja: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Facebook: Part-1. Go read it, and stay tuned for part 2.
PK @ Don’t Quit Your Day Job starts off with a good article on the eternal optimism of Wall Street analysts. Sure, who likes a Negative Nellie anyways? Who Will Rate the Raters: The Analyst Crisis on Wall Street
Another PF Blogger who’s not buying into the hype. Kurt @ Money Counselor, with Facebook IPO: Not For Me
The Biz of Life with The Income Potential of MLPs
Average Joe @ Free Financial Advisor posted a while back on the Passive Income Lie.
Money Cone, with the Five Minute Retirement Plan. A good financial advice tool that is also free. Not developed by Average Joe.
Roshawn @ Watson’s Inc. is back with another killer post, Is Money Real?
Liquid @ FreedomThirtyFive blog, with Euro-ver Indebted
More excellent oil and gas analysis from Mich @ Beating the Index, with The Viking Oil Play in Alberta
Because no Good Eats section would be complete with out a tried-and-true recipe from Mike and Molly, here’s THE Chocolate Cupcake of Chocolate Cupcakes.
Agatha K writes eloquently on the hazards of yo-yo and fad dieting… and how the costs of compliance can add up, in The High Cost of Dieting
Personal Finance & Lyfestile (*)
Not your usual PF article, from Aloysa @ My Broken Coin: The Financial Dangers of Being a Mail-Order Bride
Joe @ Retire By 40 defines his blog’s mission, with The Retire By 40 Value Proposition
Is your house way too large? First Gen American with Useless and Beloved Living Spaces
Jacq @ Single Mom, Rich Mom with What If Higher Education Was Like Shark Tank…. Entertaining as always.
Health is a number one priority in retirement. Squirrelers lays it out in The Staggering Costs of Health Care in Retirement
(*) the domain’s already taken for Lyfestile.com. I checked.
Carnivals and Roundups
The following carnivals and roundups were kind enough to include some of my scribblings…
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #33, hosted by My University Money
Carnival of Financial Planning #237, hosted by The Skilled Investor
Festival of Frugality #337, hosted by Money Wise Pastor
Financial Carnival for Young Adults, 12th Edition, hosted by 20′s Finances
Financial Carnival for Young Adults, 13th Edition, hosted by 20′s Finances
Midweek Reading, Exorbitant Privilege Edition, over @ Financial God
Round Up: Dave Ramsey On The FaceBook IPO, over @ Money Mamba.
Yakezie Carnival, Will Smith Slap Edition, hosted by Young Adult Finances