04 September 2008

My Political Feelings

So I have gotten a little worked up this morning I was browsing on of my good friends blog and a few of his comments I didn't understand:

"If her belief about the war in Iraq being a task from God is any indicator, I KNOW that this is NOT someone I want a heartbeat away from the Presidency"

I responded with:

I don’t have time to get all fancy with words my one question is why does Palin’s belief in God scare you while Obamas religious/terrorist so-called friends and ties don’t? I am a firm believer that no matter what religion you are or whatever your beliefs might be they will always be tied into everything you do because you cannot ‘choose’ between the two they will always have an effect on one another. So you have Palin who believes that God has a plan for our country, which by the way our founding fathers did, or you have Obama who’s friend tried to destroy our country and his church hates America why not have a further look and investigation into his ideology and beliefs? I know you can bring up facts and supporting statements to generalize anything that might perhaps make Obama look bad and Palin look bad or visa versa but you can’t deny the fact that he is friends with him you can’t deny the fact that Palin believes in God and wants what’s best for our country even if it means being directed by what she feels is right by God. Personally I’d rather have someone in that’s a real person who has experience and won’t let people step on him. I still have yet to hear one thing out of Obamas mouth of what he supports that I agree with, yes I’ve read his Blueprint for change but to mean it’s meaningless. I wanted to make this decision on my own without my parents influence and waited for him to do/say anything that I agreed with all he talks about it change and hope for a better place, well why doesn’t he say what this better place consists of? I waited and waited and still haven’t heard anything from him and to me that is frightening. I know we don’t have the same political beliefs and that’s fine I just don’t understand why people support Obama and no one gives me a real answer as to why they just shove the Blueprint at me but that doesn’t tell me why they support him. Sorry to get carried away. I respect your opinion as I feel you have a pretty good head about your shoulders.

He posted the tax bracket for Obama vs. McCain and I responded with:

Who puts the most money into the economy? The wealthy. Why have them pay almost 12% more in taxes when they are the ones who are helping the economy stay stable? Now I don’t have a lot of experience or intelligence into the economy of the US but my common sense tells me that the more money you make the more you are spending, so why have them take away 12% of that away from the economy while it is hurting so bad? I think McCains tax cuts are better as it puts more money into the hands of Americans no matter what you make, which therefore increases the spending and hightens the economy, I feel it evens out better. Just because someone worked their way to the top doesn’t mean they should be ‘punished’ for it by taxing them greater if they earn it they should keep it, I personally think everyone should pay a set amount on whatever income you earn. I’m sick and fed up with the idea of the rich should take care of the poor when most of the poor choose to be poor. I agree some people can’t and do need help, but in Michelle’s words, “Some you will will have to give up your piece of the pie so others can have more.” Is just wrong. It upset me when kids have to buy their school supplies and give it to the kids in the class that “can’t afford it”. What happened to the money the parents get from the government for those kids? Yes I feel bad but people need to take responsibility and grow up, stop expecting handouts and stop expecting the government to take care of you, it will never happen. I believe our country is in the condition it is in because people haven’t been taught work, respect, and most of all caring. If the wealthy want to help out the poor that is their choice to make not the governments. Look at the countries that have “socialized/government” funded health care they are trying to get out, why are we trying so hard to get it? Personally I don’t want my choices to be limited, I want to pay my own insurance so I can have the best because I can afford it and have it, why do I want my choices limited just because some people can’t have them?

Of course I had just watched the following video of Governor Palins speech

I thought everything she threw out at the Democratic party was exactly what I have been saying, I felt like someone who was like me would be representing me. I started to cry about 5 minutes into it (although that could be because I'm exceptionally emotional lately) because I really felt that this is what our country needed 2 people who have common sense who say what they stand for and I actually feel they mean it not just trying to smooze people over. 2 leaders who represent me and who will try to put this country back on the path it needs to be on. The America that once was, before all the pansy politically correct crap. Someone who supports my rights to bear arms, someone who understands small business owners (which I'm aspiring to be) someone who has family values and children and loves them. Someone who makes their daughter take responsibility for her actions instead of treating it like a so-called mistake. Parents John McCain and Sarah Palin are like those that I had while growing up. I feel part of their family, unlike the other candidate I feel warm and happy and not cold, unsure, and scared. What exactly is Obamas plan for our country? From what I've read it's to make the government bigger, reduce the strength of our armies, and have the government give us more guidelines to follow. Not allowing us to govern ourselves and accept the consequences of those choices. How are we supposed to be better with higher taxes? How are we supposed to be better when our medical choices are limited because some people can't afford them? How are we supposed to grow and become better when those choices are taken out of our hands? I have asked several people how our government has gotten where it is, and I have learned it's because people who believe the government shouldn't be so strong or that the people should really have a say aren't standing up, we'll I'm tired of trying not to hurt someones feelings or not offending someone, this is what I believe and I believe it strongly, and I'm not going to back down to appease someone if you say something I disagree with I'm going to tell you why. It might not be with a lot of big words or in eloquent speeches but it will be what I feel and what I know for myself is right. The government needs to be on the side of the people. I'm not going to lie I love the shots she took at Obama because everyone that I know have wanted to say the same things I'm proud of her for standing up and saying how she felt. Listed below is a list of the shots I agreed with and what the AP has to say about it:

1. My opponent looks down on my experience as a small town mayor. I guess a small town mayor is sorta like a community organizer except you have responsibility.
No rebuttal from the AP

2. In small towns we don't quite know what to make of a canadite who lavishes praise on working people when they're listening then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.
o rebuttal from the AP

3. There is much to like about our opponent but listening to him speak it's easy to forget that this is a man who authored 2 memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform not even in the US Senate.
Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.
My Rebuttal: Working with is not passing or creatively thinking on your own, that's like taking all the credit from the group. No one will stand up to him, it's amazing. How does' Rep. Lugar fit into puzzle he doesn't, that isn't a real answer to what he has done, he has done nothing on his own, he has helped. How does that statement really get behind Obama and support him and defend him, it doesn't because they can't.

Favorite Palin Quotes from the night:

This is a man who can give an entire speech about wars America is fighting and never use the word victory unless he is talking about his own campaign.

Al Quieda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America and he's worried that someone won't read them their rights.

There are those who use change to promote their careers and there are those who use their careers to promote change.

The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.

I very much enjoyed her speech and will be voting for McCain/Palin in 2008.

1 comment:

Joel McDonald said...


According to a 2003 speech by President Bush, "consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of our economy." It's highly doubtful that the 3% of American households who would face between a 9% and 12% tax increase account for a major portion of that 70%. Let's face it, the Walmarts and used car lots of the nation are not frequented by the top 3% who face those tax increases. The wealthy don't put the most money into the economy. General consumers do. As far as taxation and the economy go, it seems to make more sense to put more money into the pockets of 87% of the nation to be spent on the economy, rather than just 3%.

However, conservative economics generally view the flow of money in the nation using a top-down approach. Additional economic flexibility for the wealthy should, in their view, translate to additional opportunities for those the wealthy employ. To keep things simple, I'll lump large corporations in when I say "wealthy". The problem is, and we saw this during the Reagan administration, this trickle down approach really didn't trickle as far as was needed. Additional economic flexibility groups with limited economic controls caused many to be without much opportunity at all. The theory is good. However, corporate and individual greed often blocked the flow of money, and opportunity, to those who needed it most.

When talking about the wealthy and taxes, we should keep in mind that the wealthy know how to, and have the resources to, protect their money via a complex tax code. For example, Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world, paid only 17.7% on $46 Million he made in 2006 while his secretary paid 30% of the $60,000 she made in the same year. Buffet favors the wealthy paying a larger share in taxes than those who make less. In fact, he believes it is the patriotic responsibility of the well off to pay more. He says, "If you’re in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent."

I actually am in agreement about a flat tax system. I don't think the tax code should be any more complex than a 1 printed page, double spaced, 12 point font, document. Eliminate the complexities, and institute fair a tax policy based on the shifting needs of the nation. However, until this happens, I favor a more liberal view of taxation.

I am also tired of those who choose to be poor and expect the government to provide for them. There is definitely a culture of entitlement which socially denies opportunities for each generation in those cultures to rise above poverty and welfare. I also feel very strongly that welfare is necessary. The problem isn't welfare itself, it's the lack of responsibility placed upon the shoulders of those requiring welfare to rise above that need. Welfare should be more robust. Job training should be required, job placement procedures should be in place. Welfare should be a hand up and not a hand out. I highly recommend reading Rudy Giuliani's book "Leadership". He explains the changes he made to the NYC welfare system, and the positive outcomes of those changes.

Poverty doesn't just affect the poor. It touches the lives of everyone in one degree or another. Poverty without the safety nets we have in place will cause your life to be less enjoyable. People without homes will sleep on your streets. People without food will beg on your corners. People desperate to survive will break into your homes and your places of business. Those in need cannot be swept under a rug and forgotten about. Let's also remember those who are affected by poverty, not by their choices, but the choices of others. Children are innocent victims in this. If nothing else, a robust welfare system should focus on giving those children every possible opportunity to succeed and be good citizens.

I can't pretend to understand the difficulties families have when trying to provide for their needs. I'm single. I have a decent job with good benefits. For so many of our fellow citizens, this is not the case. Just providing housing and food for themselves and their families is an ongoing struggle. Any attempt to pay hundreds of dollars a month to provide health insurance for their families is only a dream for so many.

As I've said before, I am willing to sacrifice a bit more in order to help those who are in need. However, I also want there to be accountability for those who accept such help and programs available to ensure that they are not "in need" forever.


Obama's associations with questionable people can, and should be questioned. In one way or another, there are justifications for some of those associations. Nothing has ever been found of Obama's agreement with their actions, ideologies, or beliefs. While Obama's church membership has been the most questionable, I'm not convinced he approved of the more radical preaching of Wright.

Palin believing that the war in Iraq is part of God's plan is not really a concern for me. How many people accept that events as they are must be within God's plan because they refuse to believe otherwise? It's a comforting statement, especially when things go wrong. Believing that the war in Iraq is part of God's plan is not the issue. The issue is with Palin believing that the war is a "task" from God, as if the course of action was revealed to President Bush. These kinds of statements are dangerous on many levels.

Palin's beliefs don't just instruct her ideas on the war in Iraq. They lead her push for the teaching of Creationism in public classrooms. Her conservatism, no doubt fueled by her religious leanings, causes her to deny global warming. Science doesn't seem to have a place in her ideology, making it highly double that she would be effective in an administration that must combat issues relating to global warming.

Obama has never condoned or contributed to the questionable actions or rhetoric of those associated with him. Palin not only condones the actions of Bush, which included a scheme to use the emotions of 9/11 along with faulty intelligence information to push for a war in a nation that was not directly connected to the attacks on our soil, but believes Bush was led by God to do so. There is a difference.

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