When I arrived 10 a.m on Tuesday, August 29th at the Evergreen State Fair, Chairman Rick Bligh had already set up the Democratic Party booth for the day. Rich explained about a half dozen simple things for me to do. As I stood in the booth that day, it was obvious that not everyone was interested in politics, but we did attract a variety of people. A small group of men gathered around Chairman Ray Miller for an animated discussion about what Democrats were going to do to increase employment. I was busy with other visitors so I only heard the end of the conversation. Ray's organization has posted a strong platform on Economic Justice and Development. Among the 22 items listed in that section of the platform are three directed specifically at job development:
- Support for small businesses, including tax credits, low interest loans, and non-profit micro-lending.
- Targeted economic development incentives to businesses that provide verifiable, immediate, and lasting benefits to our communities.
- opposing tax advantages to companies that outsource American jobs.
Meanwhile I was busy registering voters. I decided to take Tom Sawyer's approach to painting fences. When people asked if they could register to vote, I told them we don't allow just anyone to vote. I required that they count up the goats and roosters at the fair and report an accurate census to me. About a dozen people pushed pass me and filled out the forms. My request didn't stop anyone.