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VOICE: And now, another scenario in which common sense was clearly not applied.
GLENN: Let's go to Brian Wilson from WSPD in Toledo, Ohio. Brian Wilson, what is happening in Toledo?
CALLER: Glenn, if I knew the answer to that, I'd be God.
GLENN: Or Barack Obama.
CALLER: Well, you are right, there is a synonymous thing there. You have become the actual Johnny Appleseed of freedom up there. You've morphed from deejay when I knew you the first time to talk show host to writing books like Common Sense and scattering them all around the country, maybe little seedlings of inspiration will grow in the minds of citizens.
GLENN: I hope to God you're right. I hope to God you're right. So Brian, I'm watching TV yesterday and I see that you're now enforcing a law in Toledo, Ohio that if you have a gravel driveway, you can get a ticket for parking on it.
CALLER: That is correct, sir. Well, as Judge Napolitano pointed out the other day, it's about a 50 year old law, might have extreme difficulty in actually getting it enforced, but when you're dealing with a guy our mayor here is kind of like Obama Light, no pun intended. He's an unvarnished version. He is a narcissist, he is a megalomaniac, he just doesn't have that Harvard training and community organizing polish that the president has.
GLENN: Sure, sure.
CALLER: That's the way it works. He's managed through his own fiscal irresponsibility the kind of axis of evil that we have here is kind of a Trifecta between the owner of the newspaper, the politicians, the union thugs to spend us into a 12, somewhere between $12 and $21 million deficit for the year, and his desperation for money is to send out his henchmen and try and make up the difference 25 bucks at a time.
GLENN: How exactly, Brian, does this guy keep getting reelected?
CALLER: Well, that's a great, that's a great question. It would probably take a whole segment to explain it to you the way Rust Belt cities have had drain brains and general economic depression, the people who said back, you know, stayed in town generally were the people who were being subsidized by the city at one end. The older people who lived here have their families here, retired here, own their homes here at the other end, and this big chasm in the middle of people from 18 to 55 years of age who all said, I've got to get out of here and find a place where I can make a living and have some fun and raise a family and, you know, in a great environment. And as a consequence the people who are left behind are totally dependent on the government, easy to scare, easy to encourage. They will vote for the guy who says I'll make the gravy train run on time, and there it is.
GLENN: How much trouble is Toledo in?
CALLER: Well, I think we reached the tipping point. You know, they have got an election coming up here. The radio station, WSPD, was successful in leading a recall effort against this guy. It's a little Draconian, but we were successful. Not as successful as we wanted to be as far as getting the problem immediately resolved but nevertheless it's on the record. It's there. I think this fall when the city council is up for election and the mayor's up for election and so on, we have an opportunity to actually change the direction 180 degrees and start realizing some of the potential that the area really has, which is bodacious. I mean, we've got a river, a lake, a port, we've got highways, we've got the crossroads of America with interstates and turn pikes, we've got airports, we've got truck lines. We've got everything we need to be an economic colossus. But the politicians stand in the way because they can't figure out a way to get the credit or to get in the pipeline for the money to make it all happen. That can change the fall.
GLENN: How do you think it's going to change in Ohio itself? I mean, you have a Republican Party that was just a nightmare.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, Ohio, Ohio has its own problems from the standpoint of not being a right to work state. You know, it's not business friendly. We've got a Democratic governor who is talking about education reform on one hand while attacking all of the positive aspects of charter schools, for example, that are doing great jobs here. Why would you want to move? Why would you want to move here? There are a lot of reasons you want to move here until you get to that boulder in the middle of the crossroads that is government regulation and idiots in office and things along that order. It's a difficult situation.
GLENN: Do you see anything changing? I mean, when the guy got busted in his own driveway for parking his car, who was it? Do you know?
CALLER: I don't know his name off the top of my head but he had been there for 45 years, when he bought that place, you know, that part wasn't even part of the city. They ingested, that they annexed that over the years.
GLENN: And he's always parked his car there?
GLENN: And somebody had to go through the record books to see what laws they could enforce because that hasn't been enforced for 45 years. It actually came from a time when the gravel would hurt tires and so they didn't want you parking on the gravel because then it would make your car unsafe. So it's a completely outdated law. Somebody had to go through and try to find laws that they could enforce that nobody would know and basically entrap people. What happened when they started to enforce that? What's been the ramification of that?
CALLER: Well, the interesting part is one of our council folks that has a spine, a guy by the name of Michael Collins, it's in his district predominantly, he tried to get it resolved. He said, you know, this is a misapplication of a law that was in effect way back when. This is out of jurisdiction of the individual who wrote the citation; why don't we just go ahead and put this off to the side until the city council can reconsider the regulation and modify it so to bring it up into the 21st century. No. No, they are going to do that. Typical bureaucratic morass. But that's what happens when you get into a narco tyranny. Nevertheless he's tried to move the ball down field, constantly meeting resistance, mayor holds a press conference, got all the national headlines where's going to take behind this little Mermadon he's got working for him and stand by these citations, et cetera, et cetera.
CALLER: It's just the way it is when you've got a petty tyrant on the second floor.
GLENN: Brian, great to talk to you, Brian Wilson, afternoons and program director at WSPD, great radio station in Toledo, Ohio that I think all of our listeners are outside the city limits of Toledo, Ohio. We'll talk to you again, my friend.
VOICE: Next time try applying some common sense directly to the forehead and if that fails to solve the problem, read Glenn Beck's new problem, Common Sense: The Case Against an Out of Control Government. Get the details at GlennBeck.com.