Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Ed Thompson for Governor

Ed Thompson spent $20 in his successful bid for the mayor's office of Tomah, Wisconsin.
Thompson spent $10 for black and white paint to make appropriate changes to the highway signs. He said, “I paid my handyman, Terry Waddell, another $10 to clean up and paint the signs.”
Tomah isn't the big city of, say, Neenah, but it's not a whistle-stop either - 8,419 people per the 2000 census.
Thompson referred to his frugal $20 campaign as a metaphor for how government should be run. In his previous term as mayor he cut city expenses by 13% while improving services to the community.

Thompson says that large expenditures should be decided in referendum by the people, not by a handful of city council members. “The people have been left out of the political process at all levels,” he said. “I want to change that.”

He went on to say, “We’re going to change government at the grassroots level. I want to show that libertarian values are American values, that we, the people, don’t want government bureaucracies meddling in our private lives.”

Why the hell didn't we elect this guy to the governor's office back in 2002?

Because Libertarians have a lot of good ideas but can't win elections. Phhhht.
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