My response to this article, and then some...
"It bothers me that we the people have no say. Who really wanted to bail out Wall Street with tax money? Oh but wait, we didn't do that... instead we PRINTED NEW MONEY to get these other companies out of debt. HELLO INFLATION!
It bothers me that Sarah Palin may be popular because a) she cares what she looks like b) can flip flop as much as the rest of them and c) is a soccer mom that moose hunts. She's young, egotistical, and self-serving... much like everyone else out there. She told the troops heading out to war from Alaska that now is the time to get "revenge" from the "Iraqis" that perpetrated 9/11. If you don't see what's wrong with that statement, you might as well go get euthanized.
It bothers me that McCain looks the exact same as he did 20 yrs ago during the Keating 5 scandal. Sure his views have flipped and flopped as well, but he is no maverick. 90% of his views align with anything Bush tried to get through congress... how is that maverick? He used to be what the people wanted/needed, then our sovereign Bush got into office through cheating and coincidence (or was it?) and he started to change all of his policies to copy Bush. Bush still advocates McCain strongly, though McCain tries to throw him away.
Biden may stick his foot in his mouth, but actually seems to mean well. If you want a man with family values, this is it! He commuted an hour and a half to work and an hour and a half to his home in order to take care of his two sons while they were hurt from the car accident that proved fatal to his wife and another child. He knows where it hurts and just how much. He might not be the best person for the job, but at least we know he's a real person.
Obama is well-spoken, has the typical set of democratic views, and wants to turn this country around (just like everybody else.) The difference is that Obama is young. What does that mean for us? Inexperience? I don't really think so - he taught congressional law for a decade plus. Sure he's going to go into presidency from only 2 years in the senate, if elected... but people fail to see how this may benefit them; he has less experience exploiting loopholes. He has had less time to be jaded by sitting in the senate every day it is in session, voting endlessly on masses of words that are totally meaningless to the average Joe. Do you really think he lacks the vocabulary to comprehend these? No, he doesn't. Do you really think he can't connect with other country leaders? Hell Kenya already applauds that he is running and an overwhelming 70 to 80 some percent of them want him to win.
To be honest, it doesn't matter what they say to get into office. They're not going to do what they promised to do for a multitude of reasons: 1) congress stops whatever changes are trying to be made, or 2) they weren't really going to do it in the first place, or 3) they get so caught up in the mire of the previous president that they don't have time to do anything but fix their mistakes, OR 4) They don't care, just like our current president, what their effects on the world are with the decisions they try to make.
Just remember this fundamental difference between a Repub and a Dem: Republicans are all for undertaxing, overspending, and screw the little people over. Democrats are for raising taxes (mostly as appropriate), underspending, and paying off the national debt.
Which one do you want in office come January? Someone who is going to try to fix our debt, much like Clinton had when he made all his changes (we would have been paid off by 2016 if not earlier), or do we want someone who is going to totally blow our f'ing economy to hell like it already has been (let's just look at the incumbent, shall we?)"
Â So my advice to anyone voting this year is: This is not a popularity contest. Ignore what the candidates promise and focus on whether your opinions of the major political issues align with one or the other. Focus on what each party, as a whole, has done since their schism in the early 20th century. Don't think that McCain OR Obama will get accomplished what they promise to do in four years, they will have toÂ clean upÂ the mess Bush will be leaving behind (Iraq, economy). In four years, when the next presidential election rolls around, maybe we can trust them to do at least one thing that they spew during their campaigning days.