Busy week… A story about the campaign ran in the Bluffton News (circ. 2,000) yesterday. Well if you don’t carry Bluffton, you’re not going to carry the country. The story noted that I was being billed as “average Joe the painter” who lives on, of all streets, Main Street (literally). “It doesn’t get much more populist than that,” was my quote. Oh, and “Joe the Plumber” just won his Republican Primary bid yesterday — so there’s hope for us populist kinda guys… With the Super Tuesday Primary dust settling yesterday, I went to Ottawa, Ohio, to campaign. While passing out campaign cards downtown there, a woman approached and asked if I was on the same page as Ron Paul. I said I was when it came to simplifying government and getting back to the basics of the Constitution. I mean, common sense says the federal government has gotten way too complex. For instance, the recent Financial Reform Bill of 2010 was: 907 pages long. The whole Social Security Act of 1935 was: 28 pages long. C’mmon… Another thing that’s getting out of hand? Pets in America. While in Ottawa, I saw a “Pampered Pets” van go by. This week the AP carried a story explaining in 2011 we passed the $50 billion (that’s b, as in baboon) mark for: pet care. I’m sorry, but a good deal of countries in the world don’t have a GDP that high for a year… Note: Downtown Ottawa also has a “Lord’s Park.” There is a stone cross in the middle that says this is “…dedicated to Jesus who died for our sins.” Near the front of the park is a historic marker that explains that at one time the Tawa Indians inhabited the land here. In 1833 they were forceably removed to a Reservation in Kansas and the land was auctioned off to white settlers. The village was then called: “Ottawa.” I couldn’t help but think this was one of those ‘sins’ Jesus died for — but the marker doesn’t exactly say that. Maybe it should.