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Reality Check

  Today’s cover story in The Orlando Weekly

Last night, my running mate, Al Krulick, and I watched the debate between Alex Sink and Rick Scott. Both during and after the debate we conducted our own “alternative debate.” The first part of the debate, between the two millionaire, corporatist candidates, could not be heard because of technical difficulties. We could see the candidates but could not hear them. This was an unintended metaphor of our electoral process, which is all about putting up a smokescreen of appearances, while hiding anything of substance.

Speaking of reality, the Orlando Weekly just today published a front page article about me titled Reality Check, which outlines the sad realities of our electoral system in relation to my gubernatorial run. The paper is also expected to endorse me for governor in the next issue. Please read the article and contribute your comments.

We still have one more debate designed to induce you to “choose the lesser of two evils.” I will be attending the “Debate Watch Party” to discuss the evil of such a system as well talk about real issues. Please join us:

Monday, 25 October 2010 at the South Florida Tampa Campus. 6:30 to 8:30. (actual debate from 7 to 8)
University of South Florida
 Marshall Student Center, in the center of campus
The general address of the school is
4202 E. Flower Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33620

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I will also be here:

Saturday, 23 October 2010, The SCPA Progressive Fest, 11-5 PM, at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne, FL. Link to more information.

Many of you have asked how you can help. The best way, other then sending much needed donations, is to spread the word through your email lists and through your social media, as well as through actual word of mouth, about my campaign.

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New TV Ad and the “Alternative Debates”

Dear supporters,

I would like you to know about my new campaign ad, which you can watch at TBO.com.

I also want you know about upcoming events during the 24 days we have until the November 2nd general election.

1. Tomorrow,  I will be speaking at the Electoral Forum on how we can fix our electoral system.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Society, 11648 McCulloch Rd. Orlando, FL 32817 MAP
What: Electoral Forum (Michael E. Arth and others)
When: Saturday 9 Oct 2010, 1-4 PM

2. Sunday, 10 October, I will be at Lake Eola Park in Orlando from 12-6 as a straight ally supporting GLBT rights in the “Come Out With Pride” event and parade.
You can see the flier for this event and read the Stand Up Florida endorsement for my campaign at the same link.

An excerpt: “There IS another choice and his name is Michael E. Arth. Michael is the Best-Kept Secret in Florida, and be assured that Alex Sink and Rick Scott hope to keep him that way by refusing to debate him and freezing him out of our democratic process. But with your help Michael, his dedicated team, and Stand Up Florida plan to break through the barriers set up to silence his voice for true change by his putting Principles Above Party!”

3. DEBATES: I was kept out of the official debates between Alex Sink and Rick Scott, but I will still debate their cardboard cutout effigies outside of the debate halls. Please mark your candidate come and support me on these dates (times to be announced soon) Please write me at michaelearth@michaelearth.org to let me know if you can make one of these alternative debates, so we can rendezvous.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 at Nova S.E. University in Davie, FL (near Ft. Lauderdale)

Monday, 25 October 2010 at the South Florida Tampa Campus.

4. Saturday, 23 October 2010, The SCPA Progressive Fest, 11-5 PM, at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne, FL. Link to more information.

Many of you have asked how you can help. The best way, other then sending donations, is to spread the word through your email lists and through your social media, as well as through actual word of mouth, about my campaign. 

10:19 pm: michaelearth

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MICHAEL’S E.ARTH: This is how things would be on my planet

E.arth is the honesty planet. Government is open and honest so it creates a more perfect union, and builds trust among people and nations.

On E.arth, the Earth is sacred. This is true for me even I though I follow no religion, and I take all dogmas metaphorically. We protect the land, the forests and the sea for current and future generations.

On E.arth, principles are above party and that is why I belong to no party.

On E.arth, we have a representative democracy so that government can be of, by, and for the people. We have ranked choice voting and proportional representation so there are no spoilers, no gerrymanders, and no vote strategizing. Elections are fair, and they cannot be bought because there are no paid lobbyists, no private campaign financing, and no campaign ads. There are no 527s or PACs. All candidates on E.arth get an informational website where candidates are required to put all the information that voters need to know. Debates are required of all candidates. Votes are publicly counted. Because of these things, the system attracts good leaders, instead of scoundrels, and we can trust them with our government.

On E.arth, there is zero or negative population growth, instead of 225,000 more people being added every day and contributing to immigration problems, pollution and struggles over dwindling resources. An ever-expanding base of consumers is not desirable on E.arth, because our economy is sustainable.

On E.arth, the thin layer of atmosphere that envelopes the Earth is kept sweet and clean. We don’t overheat the air with greenhouse gases and spoil it with noxious gases and chemicals.

On E.arth, there are incentives for hard work and creativity, but there is also greater equality. People are not given equal opportunities because of nature, nurture and circumstances, we share the bounty so that everyone at least receives the essentials in life. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or creed (or lack thereof). Consenting adults can marry whomever they like, with all the rights and privileges that go with it.

On E.arth, everyone has a birthright to a share of the common wealth, so that there is a guaranteed minimum income, national health care, and education is provided through college. Because of these things, we don’t have welfare, social security, government handouts, homelessness, unemployment, or health care designed for profit instead of health.

On E.arth, we would have a full-reserve banking system. Money would be created by the government, for the benefit of the people, instead of being lent into existence by banks for private profit, growing debt, and ruinous boom/bust cycles. The taxpayers would not pay interest on Treasury bills and securities. There would be no national debt, no recessions, no depressions, and no unemployment. This debt-free economy would create wealth that would  reduce the economic burden on over 90% of us, and the quality of life for all. 

On E.arth, health, home, and many other kinds of insurance would be almost free, and paid for by spending money into existence by the Treasury. When money is created for productive or restorative activities, such as occurs when properties are rebuilt following damage or destruction, it is non-inflationary, and it creates jobs. 

On E.arth, people are more important than corporations.

On E.arth, there is no military-industrial-congressional complex.

On E.arth, there is no prison-industrial-congressional complex, and prisons are used for rehabilitation, education, and to protect others, but not used for punishment.

On E.arth, there is no drug war, because drugs are legalized, taxed and regulated, and all public advertising is banned for drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

On E.arth, there are no chronically homeless because we have villages for the adult homeless who cannot fit into society, or who need specialized care.

On E.arth, we are moving toward replacing the world’s 800 million motor vehicles with about one-eighth as many self-driving, shared-use, electric vehicles. This switchover will expand our choices because we will get the kind of vehicle we want, when we want it, for a fraction of the cost. It will also prevent 30 million casualties a year, vastly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and get rid of most of the parking lots, garages, and other headaches associated with car ownership.

On E.arth, all new towns and neighborhoods are compact pedestrian villages.

On E.arth, the goal of politics is bring the greatest good to the greatest number, in the most efficient manner, to this and future generations. Following this goal would ensure the Earth becomes better place for everyone.

For more on this, watch my campaign video: "I am the Very Model of a Pragmatic Humanitarian."

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Mason-Dixon Poll - Urgent Action Required

"Michael E. Arth is one of our generation’s Thomas Jeffersons in many ways. In addition to his work as a policy analyst, he went into a crack-infested community that was scheduled for demolition and not only saved it, but turned it into a prosperous, happy, healthy place to raise children.  If he can do that on a small scale, what can he do in the whole state of Florida? This is the kind of visionary thinker and problem-solver we need.  I’m convinced that if Michael were simply heard by Floridians, he would be elected governor of Florida. I fully support him as the only reasonable choice. If all our leaders were like Michael, we would be living in Utopia."

  —David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential Candidate, Principal with Program on Corporations Law & Democracy and spokesperson for MovetoAmend.org.


Whatever your political beliefs are, you will surely agree that the public has the right to hear me debate the two-party candidates. If we had a level playing field, I would probably win this race. However, because the system is rigged in many ways, most Floridians have not even heard about me.

Here is your chance to put me on stage with Alex Sink and Rick Scott so the voters can make their own side-by-side comparisons.

A Mason-Dixon poll, starting today and continuing for several days, will ask voters who they would vote for if the election were held today. No matter who you would vote for in the general election on November 2nd, please choose Michael E. Arth in order to ensure that I poll at least 11%. If I’m over the threshold, I’ll be in the debates. If not, I won’t and we will all lose a valuable opportunity to enjoy a small taste of democracy.

The key to making the 11% is for you to copy this message and email it NOW to everyone on your email list, no matter where they live, and ask them to forward it NOW to everyone they know. Within one day we could reach enough Florida voters to make a difference.

Michael E. Arth for Florida Governor website.


The three candidates

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11:58 am: michaelearth

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Scott and Sink are frightened bullies not just because they won’t debate me. Debates should be a condition of running for office.

Rick Scott and Alex Sink are frightened bullies who are running from a fair fight. Unfortunately in our corrupt system, that’s how politics is played, and as a result, we are all the losers. Alex Sink, in collusion with the Florida Democratic Party, blatantly rigged the primary to prevent all but the barest hint of an election. Almost a quarter of the registered Democrats who did not sit out the primary in disgust saw through the charade and, in protest, voted for the only candidate still left in the primary, an unknown socialist.



Rick Scott, giving me an answer worthy of Sarah Palin


If the U.S. were ranked number one in terms of governance, instead of 18th (after Hong Kong) on the Worldwide Governance Indicator and first in equality, instead of 91st (after Mexico) Rick Scott would be in jail, if indeed he could have ever gotten as far as he got. Scott personally took $300 million for overcharging for health care after being fired, and the company he founded was fined $1.7 billion for fraud. Self-serving thieves like this run many of our most rapacious corporations, which in turn run our country. Sometimes, as in Scott’s case, he intends to buy government influence more directly by becoming governor. The greediest of these people, like billionaires David and Charles Koch of Koch Industries, endow propaganda mills, like Americans for Prosperity, which in turn fund the Tea Party and the hate mongers it attracts. Their aim is to cut their own taxes and escape various regulations designed to protect the public, so they can become even richer. Rupert Murdock and other media moguls own the media, which dumbs down and polarizes what little debate is left, and encourages elections to be bought with advertising and emotional appeals.  With a system based on money and skewered toward those who have excess income, the 1% who own 90% of the wealth in this county have control over public policy through various forms of influence buying.

Scott was able to buy himself the Republican primary without having to subject himself to any serious public debate, and he ducked the third of three short debates with McCollum to get ambushed by me instead. Alex Sink, who got her own multi-million dollar golden parachute from B of A, has challenged Scott to five debates, and he has thus far ignored her. Sink knows that, even in a mud slinging fest, she will probably edge out Scott as the lesser of two evils. However, Sink is also nervous because the biggest skeleton in her closet has thus far stayed deep, dark and dusty because it equally implicates both Republicans and Democrats. For ignoring 19 audits that contributed to a near meltdown of Florida’s $138 billion public nest egg, the Florida State Board of Administration, Sink and the other trustees (Crist and McCollum) can only be accused of incompetence and not outright theft. While not giving the public even the slightest whisper of an explanation of why she made risky investments against the advice of the auditors, that lost billions of dollars, she brags about how she saved 402,419 paper clips.


Alex Sink ducking yet another debate challenge


But their character and competence aside, the most important questions that concern us should be the issues. Neither one of these two corporatist candidates, who are being forced down the throats of a docile electorate, have any serious plan for dealing with the corrupt electoral system, the economy, employment, poverty, crime, the drug war, homelessness, health care, energy, the environment, the cities, transportation, education, or the looming challenges of the Information Age. Instead the candidates are busy dialing for dollars, working on campaign strategies, and trying to avoid public scrutiny, like virtually all politicians.

Alex Sink has refused to attend scheduled debates with me twice and has evaded the question numerous other times, including recently when I asked her face-to-face. I’ve asked Rick Scott twice, and I had to engage in subterfuge just to ask him one single question, which he danced around in a manner worthy of Sarah Palin. The media and the public should demand that we all appear side-by-side so that we can engage each other on the real issues in a series of live, televised debates. There should be a drumbeat to require public debates among all candidates as a condition for running for public office, and to partially offset the fact that our elections are rigged in various other ways. Candidates who refuse to participate should be disqualified from running. This would be a small but important step toward creating a representative democracy.

Go to the Facebook pages of Alex Sink and Rick Scott, and to other public forums, and demand they show themselves and be held accountable in a live debate with the only candidate who will ask the hard questions, Michael E. Arth.

10:20 pm: michaelearth