Buckeye Back Roads Tour cont… Stopped at the Spring Street Coffee House in St. Marys, Ohio. Owner Roger Beckett said he was a “moderate” when it came to politics. That is, he said he was basically a realist who believed in well-considered, “incremental fixes over time.” And one thing he said he wanted to see ‘fixed’ is: Congress. He said a good number of countries have a parliament with a certain percentage of seats for various political parties (often reflective of percentages of the populace who are involved with these various parties). Mr. Beckett said he’d like to see the same here. For instance, there would be seats for Green Party politicians, Constitution Party politicians, Libertarian Party politicians… He said as opposed to a sort of “winner take all” mentality, this would be a fairer, more balanced, approach in the U.S. I thanked him for the idea, put up a campaign card on the coffee house bulletin board (our answer to the SuperPac multi-million dollar TV ad strategies), and headed on… Or rather, back. I’d left some campaign material in Wapakoneta, so I headed the 12 miles back on Rte. 33, past, among other landmarks, Rte. 33 Brews & Blues Tavern. And it was Wapakoneta’s Joe Alexander who had the ‘blues,’ (sorry). He told me he was a retired Goodyear factory worker who had just found out some of his pension had been summarily cut. He said at the same time he found this out, a news service reported on the new list of the: “400 Richest Americans.” Mr. Alexander said the most astonishing part of the latter for him was that the accumulated wealth of these 400 people represented: 1/8th of the entire U.S. economy. Mr. Alexander added that with figures like this, it’s not hard to see why the middle class ranks are becoming smaller, and smaller… Note: To continue along these lines… the Economist Magazine recently reported that the top 20% of the country (socio-economically) owned 84% of the wealth; while the bottom 20% owned 0.1% of the wealth. In our touring, we have looked at this abject poverty in, say, the rural Black Belt Region of the South, in the inner cities of Chicago, LA, Cleveland… It is in these places that little kids are daily trying to dodge hunger, drugs and bullets. Shifting this around would be one of our administration’s top priorities.