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One Month to Go and things are looking grim for McCain

The debate did not go as I expected and Sarah Palin actually sounded coherent and somewhat intelligent, but still could not answer a question that was not on her cheat sheet or drilled into her brain over the last few weeks. We all know that she was in debate school and learning about the world outside of Alaska. This is pretty sad, but not surprising. Palin is a joke, and we all know it. We all know that she was a last ditch effort to shore up the extreme right winged conservatives and gain female votes. That said I think she has had an opposite effect and was a huge political mistake. This shows me that these guys running for office look at this as a game. Who can make the right move? I don’t think it is a game at all. These guys play with our lives. They raise and lower taxes when it is good politically not when it is good for me. They send troops to war when it is good for lobbyists or popular but not when thousands of people are dying in Darfur. One thing that was not brought up in the debate was 9/11. This was a relief.

 

Biden seemed to draw upon experience and not regurgitate propaganda that was drilled into his head like Palin. He was reserved, and only focused his attacks on McCain and Bush. I am sure he was told not to attack her because women would be offended. Although this might have looked bad, I think that he should have attacked her and exposed her to the world for what she is: a gimmick. Biden also did what Obama did; he was cordial enough to compliment their debate opponent. Biden gave her a tongue in cheek compliment when he gave her credit for passing a windfall profits tax on the oil companies in Alaska. The fact is that John McCain does not support windfall profit taxes. So Biden was able to gain ground out of his compliment. On the other side, the Republicans would not dare to give a “Liberal” credit and they continue to attack at all costs.

 

McCain conceded Michigan this week. He pulled TV ads and suspended his campaign. All along they said how important Michigan was to the race. I live in Michigan and I could not see how he had a chance. People who have voted GOP in the past that I know, plan on voting for Obama just for a change. Times are tough here. We have the highest unemployment rate and we are losing jobs very quickly. Our foreclosure rate is one of the highest in the nation. All of this after 8 years of the GOP in office. How can we expect that McCain will bring anything different to the table? He has been in “Warshington” for over 20 years and is surrounded by lobbyists as advisors. This guy is a joke. I agree with Clay that he seemed more moderate and a “Maverick” in 2000, but now I wonder if it was sincere and we would be the same economically. I agree though with Clay that he would have reacted to 9/11 better than George W. Bush, but we would still have the sub-prime issue because McCain believes in deregulation and thinks that free market capitalism can regulate itself.

 

So let’s see how the next debate plays out, especially after they both voted for the same bailout plan for Wallstreet.

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4 October, 2008 10:54 AM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

Common ground?

Since the Democrats took control of Congress, all I hear is about “finding common ground” and “working together”. All of a sudden the kids on the playground want to play nice because they are outnumbered. The problem is the Democrats will fall for it and give in to the Republicans and concede in order to look like they are being productive. The President can and will veto bills in order to propagate the Republican agenda. He already has threatened to veto several bills if passed through both houses, such as federal funding for stemcell research. Now the Democrats are threatening to use their power to stop funding for the troop increase. Both sides have ways to check each other and in the end there is no balance. They talk common ground but they are diametrically opposed sides who fight with the fury of a sibling rivalry. I believe most “regular folk” in this country are moderate and fall on both sides depending on the subject. A lot of people usually only care about one big subject, especially if it effects them directly. Americans don’t care about HIV/AIDS in Africa, because it is in Africa! Someone in Iowa might not have a big opinion on immigration.
While Americans are generally moderate, they are constantly being pushed one way or the other by people such as Rush Limbaugh. You can get another view by listening to Air America and Al Frankin. Rush was interviewed on NPR

One of his quotes “I always say my real purpose is to attract the largest audience I can, and hold it for as long as I can, so I can charge confiscatory advertising rates,” the talk show host says.

Americans who listen to this guy and Sean Hannity are fired up by their extreme rhetoric and end up using “liberal” in a derogatory way. Yet these same people say they fight for “liberty” and reference our gun toting, slave owning, wealthy founding fathers who created the most successful “liberal” society and country ever!

In 2008 I wonder if we will see a woman president with a black vice president or will the bipartisanship and common ground disappear from the political rhetoric in order to drive their constituents to the polls?

25 January, 2007 11:07 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 6 Comments

State of the Union….

Good evening my fellow Americans. Our economy is strong, we are shrinking the middle class and we have increased our total minimum wage jobs to a record high. We are making alternative fuel sources out of Kryton pieces from Superman’s home planet. We are working on a very confusing semi-universal healthcare system that will allow tax breaks to people who make $15,000 and we will tax the employers who provide health benefits so they will eventually stop providing it and we will watch the health system spiral downward. We are not winning in Iraq but we are not losing. We are going to send more troops to Iraq so we can follow the footsteps of the politicians who ran the Vietnam War. The war on terrorism continues, so be afraid. We have CTU and Jack Bauer on the case so don’t worry. We want to find a common ground with the Democrats and work together to get some work done, because when we had control of Congress we didn’t give a shit what they had to say. So I say to you tonight, live long and prosper, and by the way, get ready for a draft and a civilian reserve corps…good night!

24 January, 2007 11:12 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

Bush is a little slow…

I watched Saturday Night Live this weekend and there was a parody of Bush’s speech to increase the troop levels in Iraq. Even though the character was totally outrageous, I couldn’t help to think of how true it was. The skit went on to say that they were going to increase the troop levels from 21,500 to ALL uniformed people and so on. This is how I believe he really is. He doesn’t think for himself. He just listens to the people around him who are afraid to say how they feel and tell him things that they think he wants to hear. These people are intimidated by George W. I guess anyone should be a bit intimidated by the POTUS, but by doing so people are dying. Bush seems behind on every decision. We went in without the right amount of troops to secure and maintain security in Baghdad, even though there were advisors who claimed to have advised to go in with as many as 500,000 troops. There was an argument that we did not want to appear to be taking over the country, but so what as long as the job gets finished and we get the hell out of there. Now GW calls for more troops and this might be the time when more troops just means an escalation of violence and more dead Americans coming home in secret flag draped coffins. I wish I had a better solution, but I am not surrounded by “top notch” politcal analysts. Bush will ride out his presidency and, just like Vietnam and LBJ, he will hand off a mess for another President to clean up or end their career.

14 January, 2007 6:49 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 1 Comment

Racism in the Workplace

In a time when racism seems to be in the headlines I have recently heard some overt racism in my office.  The ironic twist is that it came from an African American Female.  She categorically is one of the most disenfranchised persons in America.  A co-worker in the office mentioned that we were delivering gifts to people in a town called “Whitelake”.  The woman replied by stating that she wouldn’t go anywhere that had the word “white” in the title and if she did “she might get lynched”.  I couldn’t help but be offended, but I kept my mouth shut.  I couldn’t believe that she had prejudged the people in this town to be racists and a lynch mob!  I went home very angry and thought about it deeply.  What I realized is that every race is racist and that everyone see’s colors and has stereotypes.  Michael Richards and this woman have a lot in common.  Their true feelings happened to come out at the wrong place at the wrong time.  I took the experience and learned from it.  I know how people might feel when they hear jokes about their race, but deep down it might really hurt them.  The reality is, racism has not gone away from our society and those who think it is gone are gravely mistaken.  It has been suppressed and people covertly practice racism.  I never really think that racism will ever leave the world.  The only thing I can do about it is not perpetuate it. 

21 December, 2006 11:38 PM Posted by | Angry rant | 3 Comments