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Why I’m Voting For Barack Obama

April 13, 2012 3 comments

Now that Rick Santorum has officially dropped out of the race for President, we can finally focus on the race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in November.  (Yes, I’m aware that Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are still in the race but it’s been a long time since they’ve been considered contenders.)  Some elections are intriguing matchups between two good candidates that I’m torn between.  But this year is not one of them.  For me, the vote is easy – Barack Obama.

In some circles, Obama is villified.  His health care reform package, affectionately known as Obamacare, has drawn the ire of people who feel that the government shouldn’t force them to buy healthcare coverage (although in most cases it’s probably a good idea that they have at least some insurance coverage so the average taxpayer isn’t forced to foot the bill).  He’s taken a large chunk of the blame for the flailing economy (even though the table was already set for a recession when he took office) as well as for the bailouts of the auto and financial services industries.  OK, the auto bailout I can understand about being upset about but the bank bailout?  I know it was unpleasant but it was necessary.  Can you imagine what the economy would’ve been like had the whole financial sector completely collapsed?  Not nearly as pretty as it looks now.

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Here’s To A Great 2012!

January 1, 2012 11 comments

Just wanted to stop by quickly to wish everyone out there a happy and prosperous 2012!

We should have quite a year ahead of us with an election to name a (possibly) new President. That is, of course, provided that we’re able to survive the latest end of all mankind scheduled to arrive later this year!

Unfortunately, I spent the end of 2011 laying on the couch sick and will kick off 2012 in pretty much the same way. I suppose there are worse things that could happen than being forced to stay on the couch watching football today!

Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy new year!

Sarah Palin: It’s Not Too Late To Enter The Race For The Republican Nomination

December 20, 2011 23 comments

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Could the unthinkable be descending upon us?  Could Alaska’s favorite soccer mom, big game hunter and foreign policy expert be preparing to re-enter the spotlight?

(Gasp!)  Could Sarah Palin be considering a run for President in 2012?

Maybe.  Maybe not.  According to a Fox News Channel interview, Palin said that it’s not too late to enter the race for the GOP nomination.  She didn’t say if she was the candidate to enter the race but added that she didn’t feel any enthusiasm for the current GOP candidates and was withholding her endorsement.

She said before that she wasn’t going to run.  I seriously hope she hasn’t changed her mind.  I can’t imagine that a majority of Americans would find her fit to run the most powerful nation in the world but I’ve been surprised before.

As my grandmother loves to say, I’m going to get the whim whams just thinking about this.

Polling Shows That Americans Are Not Happy With Their Election Options

December 20, 2011 8 comments

Sorry about the brief hiatus and my failure to post anything at all yesterday.  I had a day off of work yesterday and decided to try to disconnect almost entirely and just take it easy for a change.  I was almost successful.  I stayed away from the laptop for the most part but instead got sucked into Teen Mom on MTV for some inexplicable reason.  I’m almost ashamed to even admit that to anyone reading this.

Anyway, on to more important business.

I came across a story in the news today that talked about how the majority of Americans are more dissatisfied with their political representation and the direction of their country than at almost any time in history.  It goes on to say that most believe the current election process isn’t working and that politicians are not coming up with any good ideas to solve the nation’s problems.

I think there’s a lot to digest here and a lot being said so let’s try to tackle these one by one.

Americans are dissatisfied with their political representation.

President Obama’s job approval rating notwithstanding, this statement speaks to the dissatisfaction at all levels of government – national to local.  Congressional job approval ratings are even lower than Obama’s.  We’re seeing governors like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker heading towards recall elections.  Plus, events like the state-waged battles over union rights and the federal budget squabbles are leading more and more people to wonder if Republicans and Democrats can truly agree on anything.

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