Random Thoughts about Politics

What is the difference between Tax and Spend Liberals and Tax Cut and Spend Republicans?

Is it just a better spin machine?  I honestly don’t understand this one….  as if Republicans don’t spend money.

Why is pork barrel spending only bad when it is money going to someone else’s district?  Most citizens are thrilled when their legislator brings money home.  They all do it. It’s a job requirement.  If it weren’t they wouldn’t be re-elected.

And while we’re on the topic of spending money…  why is it that we can fund the War in Iraq to the tune of some 400 million dollars a day and we can find 700 BILLION dollars to bail out financial institutions (who in my opinion are failing due to greed) and we can’t seem to fund HEALTHCARE for everyone?

And while we’re on the topic of healthcare….  so what if Obama’s health plan would cost $80 billion dollars. Again, we can fund war and find bailout money to save the financial system, but we can’t provide healthcare coverage to save individual lives?

And while we’re talking politics…  make sure you’re registered to vote!  For information about registering to vote in New Mexico, check the Secretary of State’s office.  For information about registering in California, check with that Secretary of State.  Deadlines are coming up!

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Women in Politics


It’s been a while since I posted anything political… what with the move, and being more concerned with my own self and not with the world around me…. but I finally registered to vote here in New Mexico (Bernalillo County to be specific). And I discovered my local farmer’s market too!

Things are heating up here in New Mexico. First off, its chili time. What that means is the harvest is coming in and the chiles are roasting all over town. More on that later….

Secondly, we’re a swing state. Which means that there’s presidential politics all over the place. Obama just opened an election office in the South Valley (his sixth in the city, 34th in the state. Note McCain only seems to have 6 offices statewide not sure what that means). I’ve yet to explore the South Valley, and even though its only like 10 minutes away from downtown Albuquerque it’s much more rural.

Michelle Obama spoke at the University of New Mexico about a week ago… I would have liked to have seen her, but I heard that the free tickets were “sold” out. Later my friend Cassie told me that she was on campus and was able to attend– apparently at some point they just let people in. McCain and his beauty queen sidekick were here too. I hear Obama will be here again before election day… and I’m sure McCain will be as well, and their respective running mates….

Which brings me to the purpose of my post. The funniest damn thing I’ve seen in a long time– thanks Stack!

http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/48cd3b64ddb82bd0/48cd0cf97d529c95/be940ef3

Black and White and Read All Over

Call me naive, but why does it have to be about race at all? Why is Barak Obama called a black man? Isn’t he equally a white man?

One of the things I find so motivating about Obama is the fact that he is every man. He is a smart man. He is inspiring, and what I find appealing about him has less to do with the color of his skin and more about his message of uniting us.

We hold him to a different standard in regards to tolerance of friends and family. I don’t know about you, but I have plenty of friends and relatives who I would consider either racist or clueless…. Sometimes I speak up, and sometimes I say nothing.

Hear/read what Obama has to say about race in his own words.

Happy Valentines Day

While I don’t agree politically with Ben Stein (he’s a little conservative) I do think he is well intentioned and honorable, not to mention a damn good writer. This commentary and the one Stein wrote for mother’s day brought tears to my eyes.

Just goes to show you, we (liberals and conservatives) are not as far apart as the current political climate (or the media’s portrayal of the climate) might suggest. We all want the same things out of life. And we all rank as important the people in our lives. Not the stuff, not the laws, not the budget, nor the primaries but the people.

So this Valentine’s Day I’m taking the opportunity to show a little love for one of my favorite conservatives, Ben Stein.

http://www.cbs.com/thunder/swf/rcpHolderCbs-prod.swf

Is it Change?

Watching this video literally brought tears to my eyes. First off, its Oprah. Even if you don’t like her politics, her show, her hair do, or whatever, you have got to respect her as a business woman. Seriously. She produces and distributes her own show, rather than just being on-air talent– which means she maintains full artistic control. There’s also her magazine… and her angel network and her reading club. OK so now you know, even though I never watch her show, and I don’t even tape it, I am a fan. She’s awe-some and inspiring. And I am a sap.

Then you have Barak Obama. He’s pretty inspiring too. Watch for yourself.

But all this made me think. Did you know that only 56% of Americans who are eligible vote? That is an embarassing statistic. I realize it is a right, not an obligation, but how disrespectful is it to let our troops fight for us, to encourage our government to preach democracy, and then not even exercise or own rights?

We have free and fair elections (usually, unless you’re in Chicago, in the old neighborhood, where your landlord’s son is the block captain….) Polls are usually conveniently located in your own neighborhood, open from 7 am until 7 pm or so. Plenty of time before or after work to drop in and cast a vote. And there’s even mail in voting. Yes, I realize it takes some time to study up on the issues. And believe you me, here in California there are plenty of issues! But in my opinion, that is part of the deal. If you don’t like it… well there plenty of countries out there where the government makes all the decisions for you. I won’t suggest you move, rather I would suggest you take a minute to think about that, and get thee to a voter registration booth!