Politics At The Office

Talk about pushing the limits! I got this email from one of the directors at the office where I currently work. Below it you can read my response.

Michael there is no hope for you. Obama will get into office and you along with the rest of us will reap the wonderful rewards of no checks and balances in the congress/senate/presidency. We will “share the wealth” by increasing all kinds of money to welfare because that is what sharing the wealth is. I was always taught growing up that the sky is the limit, life will be what I make of it and I have lived by that motto all of my life. I work hard for everything I have and I want to chose how I spend my money. I do not want the government to spend my money on how they want to give money to people who think they are “initialed” to it verses working for it and give to those people who currently do not pay any taxes as all.

My brother and his wife own their own business. They took the risk, put their home up as collateral and have worked 24hours a day 7 days a week building that business up. I have admired and am very proud of what they have accomplished. Their pay their fair share of taxes now (higher income folks in the US currently pay the 2nd highest tax rate in the world). They have earned everything they have made and I am very proud of them. It’s the American dream and the American way. The government does not deserve any more $ then they currently get from them. Neil & Rausa provide jobs for people and insurance and retirement. I have talked with my brother and he had plans of expansion and is now not proceeding because of the fear of higher taxes because he will not be able to now afford to hire additional people for growth. Ask him what he thinks of Mr Obama.

And fellow readers, here is what I wrote back…

#1 You are believing the fallacy that Obama will raise all taxes.
#2 You can see now where the current Bush and McCain style of leadership is getting us – recession and unemployment
#3 McCain fought for no regulation – this is what caused our current problems and the exact no checks and balances you are talking about
#4 Under McCain you get a $5000 taxable credit for health insurance that right now costs $12,000 plus per year – and that also doesn’t help when you are unemployed.
#5 I agree that I would rather not have the government spend my money. That is why I elect who is in the government.
#6 On the other hand, more important than my money, I do not want the government interfering in my marriage, my wife and daughter’s biology, or sending my son to a false war that had the real design of making the rich guys richer while their sons and daughters don’t fight in the war.

Finally – I agree, there is no hope for me if your hope is that I change to look down on the poor and those who need my help. I have lived my life so as to help others, protect the innocent and stand up for the rights of those who have no voice. I will continue to do so – no matter who is the president.

So, here is my question. Was I out of line in responding? I am just getting very tired of the constant attacks. Plus I only have two more weeks in the office anyway!

Top Five Reasons Why Sarah Palin Is Dangerous

There, I said it. Sarah Palin is dangerous. And dangerous to more than just moose and caribou. For all that I like Obama and what he stands for, I will also be voting this November against Sarah Palin. Note, that is not against John McCain (although he did pick her), it is a solid vote against Sarah Palin. Why you might ask? Well here, let me list my top five reasons why Sara Palin is dangerous.

  1. She is rabidly against abortion. Now this doesn’t necessarily hit me directly since I am a male who isn’t going to have any more kids, but it does affect my daughter and others like her. After years of women and girls struggling for their rights, I can’t stand idly by why those rights are stripped away.
  2. She thinks being near a foreign country gives you foreign policy experience. If that is the case, then I am a banker because my office is right over a bank.
  3. She is dishonest. I am not talking about Trooper-gate or the Bridge To Nowhere. I am talking about accusing Barack Obama of being a terrorist because he sat on a board with Bill Ayers. What does she think about the Republicans who sat on that same board? What about the college he serves as a distinguished professor? She knows the accusations are false, but she doesn’t care. She just wants to plant the idea in people’s minds. She would rather trash a man’s reputation than be honest.
  4. She believes the wars we are fighting now are a mission from God. That makes her as dangerous as the terrorists. It is that kind of bravado and zealotry and “win at all costs” attitude that plunges countries into darkness.
  5. She just isn’t up to it. Honestly, after watching her speeches and her debate performance, can you see her representing our country, brokering peace deals, and trying to get the Democrats and Republicans to come together in the Senate, or performing any of the other duties of the Vice President?

So there you have my main reasons. There are others, but they are just tangential and floating around. But I want to hear from you – especially if you like her! As someone who doesn’t care for her, maybe I am just blind to her good qualities. So I challenge you, tell me what you think of Tina Fey… er, I mean Sarah Palin.

Update: And now the legislative report is in. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is guilty of abuse of power, according to a probe by the state legislature. Why am I not surprised?

OK, So That Was Boring

There were no fireworks, no major gaffs, and no great revelations. We Obama supporters are still Obama supporters, the McCain supporters are still McCain supporters, and according to my daughter, Sarah Palin is still a “moose killer.” It is interesting to me how the two sides can watch the same debate and each come out thinking that their candidate slam dunked it. Yes, both side are delusional – myself included.

Here are my few observances from last night’s debate. Yawn Bush is boring First, if John McCain says “my friends” one more time, I am going to go postal. I counted nineteen times last night alone! It is a stupid phrase and sorry, most of us are not your friends.

Second, Obama needs to use people’s names more. When asked questions by the audience he only referred back to that person by name a few times. Bad form.

And speaking of bad form, thirdly, John McCain needs to shake Obama’s hand! He dissed Obama again last night after the debate when they were in the audience. Cindy McCain ended up shaking Obama’s hand, but John McCain turned away. Rude – just as he was rude by walking around trying to distract people while Obama was talking.

Fourth, Barack knows his ears are big. When the “wet behind the ears” comment was made, he should have gone for it and joked about how much water could be behind there! It would have been funny and maybe put everyone at ease a little more.

Fifth and finally, poor Tom Browkaw was powerless. Heck, they even stood in front of the poor man’s teleprompter at the end of the show. For goodness sakes guys, show the guy some love. Or at least a little respect.

So, what are your thoughts? What were your impressions? Did you rip a bumper sticker off your car last night? Or did you stick a new one on? Me? I stuck a new one on . . . . my wife’s car.

Up For Debate

Tonight is another big night. Probably not as big as last Thursday, but it should still be interesting. I am referring of course to the Obama – McCain debate from Nashville this evening. The community forum style is supposed to be McCain’s strong point, but I really have to wonder about that. If he show the same sort of smugness and aloofness that he exhibited during the first debate then he could have real problems.

Barack Obama and John BidenIt seems to me that McCain, and certainly Sarah Palin, tend to respond to questions with pre-packaged stump speeches. They do this instead of actually answering the questions. If John McCain does this tonight with people who are going to ask pointed and hard-hitting questions, then he is going to have real problems. He must be sincere, answer the questions, and not be belligerent or his campaign will sink farther down than it already his.

For his part, Barack Obama needs to open up a bit, be less academic, and come across as not only smart but someone who cares about all people. He needs to strongly make his case that the middle class has been footing the bill for big business for far too long, and that it is the sons and daughters of that same middle class that are being sent off to fight and die in foreign lands. Fight and die primarily for the failed policies of the Bush administration and for oil that goes to profit the big business that are robbing us blind. If he can make that case in a sincere and straightforward manner, then he could wrap up the race tonight.

Here is hoping that the latter is what happens. We need change and change of the right sort. We need to put the concerns of the middle and lower classes back in the White House, and Barack Obama is the candidate to do that.

Palin Is Falin

This would be funny if it wasn’t true or if she wasn’t a major contender for Vice President of the United States. As it is, this is scary. And the fact that she was chosen, and that she still keeps up this misguided argument, forces you to call into question the judgment of the man who chose her — John McCain. No wonder he wants to postpone the debate!

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Someone, please tell me this is a joke. I get it! Maybe this is really Tina Fey!