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Josh, the advocate
Virginia has been a battleground state in the past couple of presidential elections, and with another one on the horizon, the Obama campaign has already started registering voters, both in the Obama campaign headquarters on the Downtown Mall and in other places, such as the Charlottesville City Market. Josh was one of the volunteers working at the registration both at the Market today, and when I asked him why he was willing to stand out in the blistering heat and wilting humidity to register voters, he told me that he thinks that it’s important to do something to help bring about some changes in how things are done in Washington. He specifically mentioned that he’d like to see the tax code reformed to be more equitable, so that those who have great wealth would pay higher taxes and those who are struggling would pay less of their income to the government. He was also against the high level of defense spending that diverted funds that could have been spent on social programs and the educational system in order to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whether or not you agree with his politics, you have to admire people like Josh who don’t simply sit around complaining about things they don’t like but actually get out and actively participate in changing them.
Charlottesville City Market in Charlottesville, VA