Those familiar with the "players" in Hamilton and Bradley County politics know that this race was never supposed to happen. Like the Kennedys in Massachussetts, the local repubs viewed this to be Zach's seat along with the right to annoint the successor, Robin Smith. The bullying with which her campaign treats all other contenders illustrates that she believes this as well.
This is anything but a two way race. The two candidates Congressman Wamp mentioned by name may be the two largest money-raisers, but ironically, they are two of the weaker ones in conveying substance to the voters. Van Irion, for those who aren't yet aware, is the fast-rising star of this campaign. While the Tea Party is beginning to prove that winning elections will no longer be just a function of raising and spending money Van is attracting thousands of dollars per week in individual contributions. Much better than that, though, Van Irion has a message of constitutional substance that frustrated voters want to hear but aren't hearing from the "leading candidates."
Eddie Brooker isn't getting "into the black on the back of the federal government," he is getting there on the backs of pre-school aged children who must someday pay back the debt with interest. I view it this way: My every time he sells a car on the program my five children inherit a future debt of $900 each ($4500/5 = $900). I hope he and the rest of these thieving dealers go out of business!
"Consumers will benefit as falling used-car prices stabilize."
When is the last time the public benefited from rising prices?
But more to the point, this program is just another corporate welfare program. The latest welfare recipients include names like Tim Kelly, Marshal Mize, Edd Kirby, Herb Adcox, Nelson Bowers, the whole McKamey and Watson gangs and every other franchise dealer once involved in only private business. After this, I care little whether these local dealerships never sell another new car. After all, they are celebrating tonight on money which my children will be required to repay tomorrow. In fact, with that in mind I hope they all fail.