Nov 1, 2008

My thoughts on the Election

I bet I have written a dozen posts for my blog about what's going on in our country's political scene. But every time I write it, I think to myself -- "Who is going to care how I feel?" and talk myself out of posting it. But today is the day. If I can get ONE voter to stop and think about what they're voting for, it's worth it. I don't think there's anyone who won't agree that this country needs "change". But you must realize that ALL change is NOT good. Changing our country to a socialist country is NOT good. Obama not only has a socialist philosophy, he has actively chosen to endorse a socialist candidate OVER a democratic candidate in state of Vermont. (See: Here, and if you still don't believe it, watch it for yourself on YouTube) Honestly, much to my surprise, I wanted to like Obama. And I don't dislike the man, I just don't like his politics, I don't like the way he tries to portray himself as a "common man" and I don't like the way he plays the race card. I believe a majority our country's Afro-American population is going to vote for Obama simply because he is Black. And he has played this up to the hilt. But people -- he's half white. And because he's biracial, he missed an opportunity to say "Look at me. I am YOU, whether you are white or whether you're black." He had a golden opportunity to knock down many racial barriers, but instead he uses those very same barriers to say to the Black voters - vote for me because I'm black. Shame on him. But this may not be important to a lot of voters, and I understand that. So let's move on. First, let's take a close look at the definition of Socialism: "A political system where the means of production are controlled by the workers and all things are shared evenly. Socialist policies provide for government funding of many basic needs such as food, shelter, and medical care." Sound familiar? Now think about Obama's political goals for our country. Increase taxes to companies and corporations and pass it out to those who make less. And as of today's news reports, he has dropped "middle class" from those making $250,000 or more down to those making $120,000 or more. Take from the "rich" to give to the "poor" (except he's calling them the "have's" and the "have not's". ) Now - please think this through. What are companies and corporations that make $175,000 a year going to do when their taxes are increased? Obviously, they're going to cut expenses -- they're going to lay people off or look for ways to cut you benefits. They have no choice! And we're not talking about multi-billion dollar corporations here, folks -- those guys have the mega-lawyers that are going to find the loop holes that enable them to not pay more taxes. We're talking about the landscape companies and the guy that owns the plumbing business or the guy that you hire to lay carpet. So first, they're going to increase their prices (to you) and second they are going to lay people off (which also may be you). And why? To give to the have-not's. So those of us who work hard for a living and have earned our right to HAVE finally, will now be hit and hit hard -- to "share the wealth". Those who work hard are going to be penalized for it where it hurts most -- in the wallet. Does it not make MORE sense to SUPPORT companies and corporations so they can hire more employees, give employees raises, increase benefits? Or does it make sense to you to tax companies and corporations so they cut back on employees and benefits?? Which makes more sense to you? I KNOW you want change. We ALL want change. But let's take a look at the change we have already gotten. If you're voting Democrat, you are ignoring these FACTS: President Bush has been in office for almost eight years. During THE FIRST SIX, the economy was fine. Two years ago:
  1. Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high
  2. Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon
  3. The unemployment rate was 4.5%
  4. The Dow Jones hit a record high -- 14,000+
  5. Americans were buying new cars, taking cruises, vacations overseas and generally living large!
But - Americans wanted CHANGE. So in 2006, they voted in a DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS and we got change. In the past year:
  1. Consumer confidence has plummeted, and as of last week, is at all-time low.
  2. Gasoline went up over $4 a gallon
  3. Unemployment has increased to 6.1%
  4. Americans have seen their home equity drop by $12 TRILLION dollars and prices continue to drop.
  5. Home foreclosures are up more than 100.1%!!! More than a half-million hard-working U.S. citizens' homes are being foreclosed.
  6. The Dow Jones has hit several record breaking drops.
  7. $2.5 TRILLION dollars has evaporated from stocks, bonds, mutual funds -- our retirement funds!
Remember - the President has NO CONTROL over any of this! It is entirely up to Congress! And you have to ask yourself -- what has our Democratic Congress done to prevent this?? Absolutely NOTHING. This is getting way too long and by now, you're probably on to the fact that I don't know poop about politics. But I know what I don't like -- and I don't like Obama and his Socialistic views, and I don't like the way he plays the race card, and I don't like the fact that people are being swayed because he shouts "Change" when in fact, it's the Democrats that got us into this mess in the first place (and yes, I believe Bush and his quick trigger-finger has also got a whole lotta 'splainin' to do.) We ALL want change. But PLEASE do some common sense thinking before you just blindly vote for the person screaming CHANGE the loudest. Look into the facts. Think think think about how raising taxes is going to effect you personally and the company you work for. THINK THINK THINK it through. Remind yourself that Congress is responsible for the political decisions that go on in this country -- and think about what has happened to this country in the past two years. I'm begging you -- make an INFORMED vote, not a "fashionable" vote. Only YOU will know what button you push when you get to the voting booth. I RECEIVED THIS COMMENT FROM "ANONYMOUS"
Don't forget the socialist bail out of the banks - or shall we just call it what it really is - corporate welfare. Good enough for the rich good ol' boys - but not good enough for those that have to stand in the free food lines - or who don't have enough money to buy a house - or even rent a decent apt, or get health care for their sick children - but McCain owns 9 houses and didn't even know how many he had. Guess corporate welfare and socialism is good for the republicans but not for those who NEED it.
Umm... you do know it was a Democratic Congress that passed that Bail Out Bill, correct? Democrats control the Congress and that bill wouldn't have passed if they didn't vote for it... and oh yes, Saint Obama supported it as well! And I don't think there's many of us, Republican or Democrat, that agree that those companies should be funded by $800 billion of our tax money. But you just wait and see what happens when taxes go up even more under Obama. You think houses aren't affordable now? They will be -- because the foreclosures will get worse as people lose their jobs as middle-road companies have to deal with Obama's tax increase. And there's no one here saying our children don't need access to decent medical care. But once companies are taxed more, those benefits we already have are going to cost even more. Some people who can afford medical coverage NOW aren't going to be able to afford it next year. By the way, I don't usually accept "Anonymous" comments... but I felt you made a point worth discussing.

3 comments:

Dixie's Whimsey said...

Joan - great RANT! ;)...

Truly my biggest concern isn't the 4-years that Obama would hold office (I doubt he'd get a second term once even our kids figure out he's a socialist)- my biggest concern is the next 25-years after he's appointed extreme left wing judges on the federal level, including the Supreme Court. We'll have a fillabuster-proof congress who will allow his liberal judical appointments to fly through without contest - and we're stuck with those justices for life. Those judges will form the scheme of our US constitutional landscape for decades to come. That world will be the world we'll leave behind for our grandchildren - and that scares me more than any other part. Let's hope somebody out there in blogger land is listening to the rantings of two old ladies... well.. not that old. Thanks for a wonderful post.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the socialist bail out of the banks - or shall we just call it what it really is - corporate welfare. Good enough for the rich good ol' boys - but not good enough for those that have to stand in the free food lines - or who don't have enough money to buy a house - or even rent a decent apt, or get health care for their sick children - but McCain owns 9 houses and didn't even know how many he had. Guess corporate welfare and socialism is good for the republicans but not for those who NEED it.

Lisa said...

I agree.

However, I'm not sure that Obama has really played the "race card." Maybe I'm not listening to the same news, but I haven't really heard a recurrent theme of "vote for me because I'm black." In fact, I think the campaign mostly tries to keep that out of it. And during the DNC, he spoke a lot to how he is "just like us" because of his grandparents, who were farmers in Nebraska, I believe. Much of what he described about his family (which was his mother and mother's side as the father apparently wasn't around) seemed geared toward that farmer or small-town demographic, which would certainly not be aimed toward the black population, who tend to be more in the urban centers. So, I have heard him try to make that connection without really using race per se. Anyway, I think he left that out because race is irrelevant and should be. It is historic that an African-American was nominated, but it should be left at that.