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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Wordless Wednesday

I was totally going to do a Wordless Wednesday post, just ilke my friend Karen, the shamalamamama.

However….

1. I don’t think I can even come close to that beautiful picture she posted, and

2. I can’t go wordless. That’s like naked to a writer. And with the whole election thing still on my mind, and on my fingertips, well, Wordless Wednesday Will Wait.

So I cruised over to the KPBS Citizen Voices blog (yeah, I’m a glutton for punishment, I know) and there is a great post, Sporting the Red, White and Blue Beads by Charles Hartley. He kinda puts the whole “polarization” issue into perspective:

…. While I agree that the polarization is unfortunate and a bit unseemly, sometimes we take our problems a bit too seriously. To borrow and adapt a line from the film Dogma, “I have issues with anyone who treats democracy as a burden instead of a blessing. You people don’t celebrate your freedom; you mourn it.”
…. read the rest of the post

It is an honor to vote, a responsibility, and one I cherish. Heck I was absolutely giddy getting those “I voted” stickers. My only regret was that I voted AFTER work, and no one saw my awesome collection.

And if you believe our troops are fighting “for our freedom” then you should be voting and celebrating that freedom. If you don’t believe that, then all the more reason to vote.

So if you missed out, there’s still time to register for the next election (in California).

–Now we can try WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS next week—

Third Time’s a Charm

My friend Aaryn B. put up this great post about voting… and turned me onto this great essay, In Support of Hillary Rodham Clinton: Good-bye to All That, Part II, by Robin Morgan.

I scanned it, got a little gut reaction and posted a comment over on Aaryn’s blog.

Then my friend Nancy sent an email, quoting the same essay.

And then I voted. (see previous post, and note that I only voted once but asked for extra stickers… I only voted once)

As I stood in the styrofoam voting booth I stared at the names on the Democratic Party ticket… most of which are no longer in the running… and I thought I had made up my mind. But as I stood there, much of what Robin Morgan wrote ran through my mind, especially excerpts like these:

Goodbye to the double standard . . .

Hillary is too ballsy but too womanly, a Snow Maiden who’s emotional, and so much a politician as to be unfit for politics.
She’s “ambitious” but he shows “fire in the belly.” (Ever had labor pains? )

….

Goodbye to the toxic viciousness . . .

Carl Bernstein’s disgust at Hillary’s “thick ankles.”
Nixon-trickster Roger Stone’s new Hillary-hating 527 group, “Citizens United Not Timid” (check the capital letters).
John McCain answering “How do we beat the bitch?” with “Excellent question!” Would he have dared reply similarly to “How do we beat the black bastard?” For shame

….

This is not “Clinton hating,” not “Hillary hating.” This is sociopathic woman-hating. If it were about Jews, we would recognize it instantly as anti-Semitic propaganda; if about race, as KKK poison. Hell, PETA would go ballistic if such vomitous spew were directed at animals. Where is our sense of outrage—as citizens, voters, Americans?

….

Goodbye to the phrase “polarizing figure” to describe someone who embodies the transitions women have made in the last century and are poised to make in this one. It was the women’s movement that quipped, “We are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” She heard us, and she has.

….

Me, I’m voting for Hillary not because she’s a woman–but because I am.

—Link to Robin Morgan’s website

When did being a feminist become a dirty word? Why is it ok that we call Senator Clinton “Hillary” but we call Senator McCain/Kennedy/Obama just that? or by their last name. Why do we judge Senator Clinton by her looks more so than the men?

I won’t say that Robin Morgan’s essay swayed me but it made me think. More than anything, it sparked that feminist fire in my belly.

Bottom line, I’ll be happy with whoever goes up against the Spend And Spend Republicans come November.

Vote California!

This from the Barak Obama Campaign folks… a little primer on voting:

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to at least 8:00 p.m. Anyone in line at the time the polls close is allowed to vote.

Voters have the right to cast a provisional ballot even if their name is not listed on the voting rolls. If a voter is at the wrong polling location and has time to get to the correct polling location before polls close at 8:00 p.m., they should go to the correct one and vote with a regular ballot instead of voting with a provisional ballot at the wrong location.

If you declined to select a political party when you registered to vote, you can still vote for Barack Obama if you request a Democratic ballot from the poll worker. Make sure you mark “Democratic” in the appropriate space or the vote might not be counted.

Voters have the right to return a completed vote-by-mail ballot to any precinct in their county.

If you have any difficulties, you can call the California Obama Election Protection Hotline:
o LOS ANGELES: (310) 801-9546 or (310) 779-0816
o SAN FRANCISCO/BAY AREA: (510) 520-5025
o OAKLAND/EAST BAY: (415) 606-6043
o SAN DIEGO: (619) 770-7105

Citizen Voices Blog Launches Without Me!

KPBS has just launched the Citizen Voices Blog today.

Without me.

They had the opportunity to talk about the project, partisanship and politics and the upcoming election on the KPBS These Days program, hosted by Tom Fudge.

I must say, it looks like an interesting lineup of political bloggers. And of course in hindsight, it’s probably just as well I’m not in the thick of it. Now, I can focus on my other writing projects. So instead, I look forward to reading the blogs, commenting, and adding my own spin here on my own blog, on my schedule.

Have fun everyone.

And if you’re in one of the Super Tuesday States– DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!
And if you’re not registered to vote, you’ll miss out on the primaries, but don’t let the general election get by without your vote!

PS: it couldn’t be any easier to register to vote in California. Not sure about the rest of the US.

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!