Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thank you for contacting me regarding the financial crisis facing our country. I appreciate you contacting me regarding this important issue.
I have heard from thousands of Floridians in recent days who are worried about this financial crisis and are concerned about the actions that Congress and the Administration may take in addressing it. I believe that our country is facing a very serious situation, and I share many Floridians’ concerns about the economic consequences to our country if we fail to act appropriately. We need to enact legislation that enables our economy to continue functioning while imposing new regulations and safeguards to ensure that this situation never occurs again.
The exact form that this legislation will take is not yet decided, but I assure you that I am working hard to ensure that your tax dollars will not be wasted on any plan that rewards irresponsible or illegal activities by investment bankers on Wall Street. There must be accountability in any plan approved, and those who have given rise to this crisis need to be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law for any wrong-doing that occurred.
I am enclosing a copy of remarks I made on the floor of the Senate regarding the current crisis and its origins in the housing market. I believe that this problem is far too complex and serious to be handled in the same ultra-partisan fashion that has unfortunately characterized much of the 110th Congress. I assure you that I am committed to working with all of my colleagues to address this crisis and enact meaningful reforms to protect homeowners and ensure the long-term economic prosperity of our country.
Again, thank you for contacting me regarding this important issue. If I may be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.
United States Senator
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? Allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy? Instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?
PALIN: That’s why I say, I like every American I’m speaking with were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the tax payers looking to bailout.
But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Helping the — Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. Shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americas.
And trade we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive scary thing. But 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation.
This bailout is a part of that.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
“We’re running a campaign to win. And we’re not too concerned about what the media filter tries to say about it.”
Monday, September 22, 2008
Now, Tecumseh was not happy. In fact, according to legend, he put a curse on Harrison and all future US presidents.
Maybe you are cynical about such things, as I am. But...
William Henry Harrison, the same guy, was elected president in 1840 running under the motto "Tippacanoe and Tyler, too." He died 30 days after taking office.
Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860. He died in office.
James Garfield was elected president in 1880. He died in office.
William McKinley was elected president in 1900. He died in office.
Warren Harding was elected president in 1920. He died in office.
Frankiln D. Roosevelt was re-elected president in 1940. He died in office.
John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960. He died in office.
Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, shot but survived.
George W. Bush elected (?) president in 2000. Brain dead in office.
What was the curse? All presidents elected in a year ending in zero would die in office. Maybe it's just a legend.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The British soldiers were imprisoned but no Boston lawyer would defend them.
Finally, stating, "If, by supporting the rights of mankind, and of invincible truth, I shall contribute to save from the agonies of death one unfortunate victim of tyranny, or of ignorance, equally fatal, his blessings and years of transport will be sufficient consolation to me for the contempt of all mankind."
These are the words of John Adams who was the lawyer defending the British soldiers present at the "Boston Massacre." This unpopular position did not stop Adams, who rightly believed that in a free country all people have the right to counsel and a fair trial.
Sarah Palin spoke these words at the Republican Convention:
"Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America." Referring to Barak Obama she stated, "He's worried that someone won't read them their rights."
I'm worried, too. We cannot as a nation devolve into thinking that if you are arrested you are guilty of anything.
If Sarah Palin believes what she said then those who are out to destroy us have already done so.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
"All through this period, the "gooks" were bombarding us with antiwar quotes from people in high places back in Washington. This was the most effective propaganda they had to use against us—speeches and statements by men who were generally respected in the United States."
"This was not too wild to the "gooks," because they're used to the bowing thing."
"A lot of them were homosexual, although never toward us. Some, who were pretty damned sadistic, seemed to get a big thrill out of the beatings."
I'm proud of the part Joe and my wife, Carol, played here at home. The temptation for the wives, as the years went by, was to say, "God, I want them home under any circumstances." When Carol was pressed to take this line, her answer was, "Just to get him home is not enough for me, and it's not enough for John—I want him to come home standing up."
Not so proud. He divorced her after she was crippled in a car accident.
John McCain was one of the "Keating Five." McCain had private meetings on Charles Keating's behalf while a senator with federal banking regulators who were investigating Keating's Lincoln Savings and Loan Association. When Lincoln collapsed it cost the US taxpayers $3.4 billion. McCain was reprimanded by the Senate. It gets worse. McCain took donations from Keating, free trips on Keating's jet, and the second Mrs. McCain invested in an Arizona shopping mall along with Keating. This is all a matter of public record.
John McCain the presidential candidate claims he never did favors for special interests. Oh really?
The McCain-Palin squad claims that Barak Obama favors sex-education for kindergarten kids. Is teaching them to avoid strangers, which is what he really said, sex-education?
Mrs. Palin claims she told Washington "NO!" on the bridge to nowhere. This is after it became a national issue and ALASKA still kept the money.Mrs. Palin sent lobbyists to Washington that secured $27 million in earmarked funding, not for all of Alaska mind you, but for Wasilla. Wasilla, a town of about 6,000 people. This outraged many in Washington and was cited by one senator in particular as a prime example of pork barrel spending. That Senator was John McCain!
The "lipstick on a pig" comment was NOT directed at Mrs. Palin, as the Republican candidates would have you believe. It was directed at McCain's economic package.
Friday, September 19, 2008
A couple of photos sent to me from the largest political rally in Anchorage history. Not one moose, but several hockey moms showed up. Maybe these folks know something about Mrs. Palin that John McCain doesn't.
John McCain seems to forget quite easily, maybe it's his age...
Just yesterday in Iowa he claimed that Barak Obama was, "Part of the problem in Washington."
Excuse me, John, but haven't you been in Washington for about the last hundred years?
He also stated he would fire Chris Cox, chairman of the SEC. His reasoning was that Cox created open season for short sellers. Now anyone with half a brain knows that it is just as legitimate a strategy to gamble that stocks will decrease in value as it is that stocks will increase. Cox has aimed to bring stocks to a more reasonable value level, and has even recently tried to curb short selling. McCain has ignored this, and the fact that Cox is a federal employee trying to do what he is paid to do. Pressure from McCain is pretty outrageous conduct.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I had to resort to TV!
The best part of the internet for me is the many friends I have made from all over the world. It truly has added to my life to get to chat with so many wonderful folks. Perhaps this spirit of communication and free speech will some day bring about a world of peace and harmony through the recognition of our common goals in life. We all want to live in a peaceful world where we can bring up our children in safety and guide them to a future world that will be far more harmonious than it is today.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
McCain criticized Obama for going to a $2,500 a plate Hollywood fundraiser given by Barbara Streisand. The night before McCain attended a Miami fundraiser which netted $5.1 million.
Obama blamed the crisis on the Republicans. No plan other than to be watchful of greedy Wall Street.
McCain's plan is to keep a watchful eye on greedy Wall Street.
Obama says McCain opposes government regulation.
Nice plan guys. Guys...
BTW, Al Gore invented the internet (2000 election) and John McCain is responsible for the Blackberry (2008 election). Vote for the one who lies less than the other one.
Phone calls to voters by Bush pollsters in South Carolina during the 2000 primaries asked if they would vote for John McCain if he had fathered a black child.
Phone calls to Jewish voters by McCain pollsters during the 2008 presidential asked if they would vote for Obama if he was a Muslim.
Michelle Obama's first cousin is a rabbi in Chicago. The congregation has 350 members.
Barak Obama has been criticized for his willingness to negotiate with Iran and Syria.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This is a basic misunderstanding of the difference between a democracy and a republic. A democracy, in simple terms, is rule by the majority. In an ideal democracy the majority sacrifices some of its rule to the rights of the minority. But, what happens when extremists are the majority, as in the case of Hamas? Democracy and intolerance exist in tandem. Thus democracy in this case did not overcome the ideology of hatred.
In a republic, a large population, spread over a large territory, elects representatives. Ideally, this representative, owing little or nothing to any one faction, is better able to judge what is best for all of the people. This is my basic understanding of James Madison's The Federalist #10.
Alexander Hamilton and James Madison wrote extensively in the Federalist Papers that there are evils inherent in any form of representative government. As Madison stated they, "...may forget their obligation to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trust."
In our republic, the rights of the minority are protected in many ways, not the least of which is the Bill of Rights. However, as Alexander Hamilton stated, even freedom loving people such as Americans may at times be willing to sacrifice their liberties as a response to "the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger." Furthermore the people may, "...have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free."
No Amendment has been under more attack since 9/11/2001 than Article IV:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
So the next time you are searched at an airport think about Madison and Hamilton and realize that when we surrender our rights the "terrorists" have won.
Thus, Madison and Hamilton foresaw America circa 2008.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Theodore Roosevelt was governor of New York for less than two years when he became Vice President of the US.
He was 42 years old when he became president, the youngest person to do so.
He had five children with his second wife.
He was a Republican.
During his expedition to Africa after leaving the presidency in 1909 he did not shoot a single moose. They did, however, kill (sung to the tune of "Twelve Days of Christmas): 12 topi, 11 gazelle, 10 oryx, 9 lions, 8 elephants, 7 hippopotamus, 6 buffalo, 5 zebra, 4 roan, 3 python, 2 bushbucks, 1 crocodile, and a partridge in a pear tree (and anything else that moved). BULLY GOOD SHOW!!!
TR seemed to have a thing for guns. There's lots of pictures with him holding a gun. A BIG gun.
His most famous quote: "Speak softly but carry a big stick."
In 1903 TR appointed Senator Henry Cabot Lodge to take part in a dispute and settlement with Britain over the exact location of Alaska's boundary with Canada.
Lodge defeated John Fitzgerald, JFK's grandfather, for the Massachusetts senatorial seat in 1916.
Lodge's grandson, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr, ran for VP with Nixon against JFK in 1960.
Lodge was US Ambassador to South Vietnam at the time when John McCain was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese.
Later Lodge's son lost to Ted Kennedy for the same senate seat in 1962. Kennedy and his niece Caroline, daughter of JFK, both support Barak Obama.
March 7, 2006 speech by Barak Obama during the opening of a Senate Ethics Committee hearing in which he refers to TR..."What no one could have expected is that soon after the election, when President William McKinley was assassinated, the greatest fears of the corrupt machine bosses and powerbrokers came true when that former governor became President of the United States and went on to bust trusts, break up monopolies, and return the government to its people."
July 13, 2008...“I count myself as a conservative Republican, yet I view it to a large degree in the Theodore Roosevelt mold,” Mr. McCain said.
Does some of this sound vaguely familiar?
Every word of this is true. I researched every word...
Good grief, history is spooky.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We all remember the flak about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Obama's attending his sermons.
Well, people in glass houses...
From The Atlantic Magazine website:
From a sermon attended by Sarah Palin at her church on August 17, 2008:
"What we see in Israel, the conflict that has spilled out throughout the Middle East, really which is all about Jerusalem, is an ongoing reflection of the fact that there is judgment," David Brickner told an audience at Wasilla Baptist Church that included Palin. He added that when his son visited Jerusalem, “He was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment -- you can't miss it."
The judgment he speaks of is God's judgment of the Jews, the "non-believers." Jews for Jesus exist for one purpose, convert Jews to Christianity. I bet there weren't many Jews in the audience that day in Wasilla.
So it's okay for her but not for Obama. BTW, if you criticize Obama for belonging to Rev. Wright's church, how can you, at the same time, claim he is a Muslim.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
"Under the new plan, agents pursuing national security leads could employ physical surveillance, deploy informants and engage in "pretext" interviews with their identities hidden to assess the danger posed by a subject. Such threat assessments could be initiated even without a particular fact or concrete lead that a person had engaged in wrongdoing."
Compare the above to:
The Alien Friends Act (officially An Act Concerning Aliens) authorized the president to deport any resident alien considered "dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States."
The Sedition Act (officially An Act for the Punishment of Certain Crimes against the United States) made it a crime to publish "false, scandalous, and malicious writing" against the government or its officials.
The above are #2 & #4 of the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts. These were aimed at French immigrants living in the United States. The Acts were deemed so repulsive by many Americans that they probably resulted in the election of Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800. He had been in opposition to the Acts based on the Bill of Rights.
Think about this in today's terms and it is not far fetched to see parallels in our attempt to sanction foreign nations deemed enemies of "Democracy" and spy on alleged terrorists merely because their neighbor calls the FBI.
Deja vu all over again.
PS The third Alien and Sedition Act, passed in 1798, is still in effect:
The Alien Enemies Act (officially An Act Respecting Alien Enemies) authorized the president to apprehend and deport resident aliens if their home countries were at war with the United States.
Friday, September 12, 2008
This seems to be more and more true as we get closer to the November election.
Why can't these people just stand up and say, "Here is my plan." It always comes back to, "Here is my plan. The other guy is an idiot, and a liar." Personally I think in this election the idiot and liar part is probably true, but to paraphrase Isaac Newton, "for every lie there is an equal and opposite lie." And who really believes anything these people say. Just take a look at the 2006 election that the Democrats claimed would be 100 days of radical change. Oh yes, been there. And Bush claiming in 2000 that he was against "nation building." Oh yes, been there.
So I don't really care that much that one says a "pig with lipstick (which the other candidate has also said and which he conveniently forgets)" and the other goes on about the "bridge to nowhere." That's all history and these are the two candidates we are stuck with.
Now what they need to tell us is not how awful the other guy is, but what they will do for all Americans. Not this, "Change" deal that they spout, but a real honest to goodness plan. Like saving the housing market, stop the leaking US dollar, reduce the horrific deficit, get us out of foreign conflicts, and on and on. But will we believe anything they say when they base their candidacy on bad mouthing the opposition and distorting their own political record and just outright "falseifitoods?"
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Now that it's over, how is it that Osama bin Laden is still on the run? I mean Sadam Hussain was found hiding underground in the forsaken desert but we can't find this guy who needs kidney dialysis and is reported to be taller than the average palm tree. But he can't be found.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Mrs. Palin asked her pastor for some guidance after she was elected governor of Alaska. She needed a good biblical role model. Her meshugener pastor, and this comes supposedly directly from him, suggested Esther (Hebrew name Hadassah). Esther was, of course, Queen of the Jews. And like Sarah Palin she too was a beauty queen, though unlike Sarah she finished first in her contest. As you may know, Esther is credited with persuading the Persian king to save the Jews from annihilation. The Jewish people celebrate Purim in her honor.
Ancient Persia is today called...IRAN! Oy vey.
Esther is also considered by Jewish scholars to be one of the most beautiful women EVER! Even more beautiful than Joan Rivers or Sophie Tucker! A real looker you should know. And such a nice girl, and smart, too. Kept Kosher. Great personality. A shayna ponem.
I suppose some folks will see this as the coming of a Queen to save the Israelites from the Persian Iranians. I hope you don't take this too seriously Mrs. Palin, should you indeed become VP. You know, because the Jews wound up slaughtering the Persians. I mean like 75,000-0. But thank you for noting the beauty and majesty of the Story of Esther.
And what's with the moose? Esther probably never saw a moose. Or snow. Or nosh a nice bisele ham sandwich for lunch.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Now this brings me to a book my little daughter Anna read for school. The name of the book is No Talking. To summarize, a fifth grader named Dave reads a few words about how Mahatma Gandhi did not speak one day each week. Why? To clear his mind. So Dave challenges the female fifth graders to a contest where they would not speak for two days. This is very upsetting to the teachers at the school who cannot deal with this sudden silence. And most of all it upsets the principal who feels it usurps her power. But clearly the teachers are unable to think outside the box. They cannot clear their minds, or think in non-traditional ways. But Dave, through the power of thinking without speaking saves the day. Adults could learn a thing or two from this book. My hat is off to the author.
AMM thinks of music in non-traditional ways. They challenge you to go along with them.
You can find more information about them here: http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/
No Talking is by Andrew Clements
Monday, September 8, 2008
So, Mrs Palin, I do apologize and if you are ever in Sebastian be sure to stop by and have some delicious Chinese food!
Oh, and I have some books on Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and a couple by Al Gore that you might like to read, since they were all VPs.
BTW, I could easily have deleted the blog, but hey, when you are wrong it's healthy and liberating to admit it. I feel much better now!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
There was a very long list of books here which I have now removed. I did not do so when I first discovered that the list was not directly attributed to Mrs. Palin. In fairness, now that I have had time to research this a bit, I have indeed removed the book titles. Please don't think of this as censorship. All I have done is censored my own poorly researched material. I did not want to delete the entire blog because I felt that some people may have read the previous version and thought it was accurate, only to come back and find it was gone and wondered why.
So the Treasury Department plans to bail the two companies out, costing perhaps $20 BILLION.
So, the two CEOs of course have done a terrible job. I don't think there is any doubt when losses mount to totals we are looking at for both companies.
Now you might want to know how much salary each was paid for the terrible job they did.
Daniel Mudd, CEO of Fannie Mae, made $11.8 million in 2007. Richard Syron, CEO of Freddie Mac made $18.3 million plus perks like paid travel for his wife.
I ask this: Why should or would these huge companies worry about bleeding money when the Fed is bound to come along to bail them out. It happens over and over again and who pays for it? You and I. Hey, how about giving that money back to the tax payers to help them get out of debt? No, we'll give it to the crooks who created this mess to begin with. The banks and other lenders were greedy and lent money irresponsibly. Now many Americans cannot afford their mortgage payments. Does the Fed help them out? Nope, they bail out the crooks. Nice!
Message to the next president: How about REAL change. How about making the irresponsible RESPONSIBLE!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
My problem is, as I think it is with many Americans, who do I vote for in this election?
There are so many rumors about Palin that I've come to discount all of them.
There are so many rumors about Obama that I've come to discount all of them.
Same for McCain, mostly.
What I do know is that, whoever wins, it will just be more of the same Washington politics running this country.
Only one candidate spoke for real change...Ron Paul. And we know where that got him.
Want to learn from some REAL reformers? Read about James Madison, James Wilson, and Alexander Hamilton. Those Founding Fathers R-O-C-K!!!
Now I was really surprised to learn that Georgia had about 2500 troops in Iraq. But about half of them were redeployed back to Georgia when the confrontation with Russia escalated. Oh, we are giving the 5 million people in Georgia a nice round figure...ONE BILLION DOLLARS!!!
In the 2007 US Budget for Education, $380 million was earmarked to strengthen the capacity of our schools to improve elementary and secondary instruction in mathematics and science.
Friday, September 5, 2008
If I was going to make a movie about the 2000 election, here is the cast...
Bush - Jack Nicholson (heh, heh)
Cheney - Robert DeNiro (you talkin' to me?)
Gore - George Clooney (the perfect storm!)
Edwards - David Duchovny (sorry for the joke)
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And also keep in mind that their president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was elected by the people of Iran. But he is mostly a figurehead and the country, a theocracy, is ruled by the Supreme Leader. The president shares some degree of power with the Supreme Leader, but does not have the range of influence that presidents have in more democratic societies. So when Ahmadinejad shoots off his mouth, take it with a grain of salt.
That doesn't mean that Iran is any less of a threat, especially when it comes to influencing neighboring countries like Iraq.
But I certainly don't think threatening Iran serves them or us or the world any good. We should learn a lesson from the Iraq fiasco.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Biden: reel to reel
Biden: Gerald Ford
Palin: Dan Quayle
Obama: Porsche Cayenne
Obama: Hot dog
McCain: Steak and eggs
Biden: Liver and onions
Palin: Lean Cuisine
Obama: Colbert Report
McCain: Fox News
Biden: Meet the Press
Palin: Today Show
Obama: Stevie Wonder
McCain: Three Dog Night
Biden: The Beatles
Palin: Spice Girls
Obama: Alexander Hamilton
McCain: Benjamin Franklin
Biden: James Madison
Palin: Dolly Madison
Obama: Hank Aaron
McCain: Babe Ruth
Biden: Bobby Riggs
Palin: Billie Jean King
Obama: Prince Charming
Biden: Lord Farquaard
Obama: Iron Man
McCain: Captain America
Biden: Mr. Myxaplx
Palin: Wonder Woman
Obama: Sponge Bob
McCain: Patrick Star
Biden: Mr. Eugene Q. Crabs
Got some of your own? Comments welcome!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
But, pro-life vs. pro-choice is not really about abortion vs. anything. Pro-lifers would have us believe that if you are against "pro-life" you are for abortion. But that is not true. What if Bristol Palin had been a victim of rape? Should she not have the choice to terminate that unwelcome pregnancy? What if Bristol Palin had been a victim of incest? Should she not have the choice to terminate that unwelcome pregnancy? What if the pregnancy threatened her life? No choice there either? Are 17 year old girls and 18 year old boys prepared for what it means to be a parent? This isn't ice hockey or cheer leading. This is 24/7.
Why have some Americans decided that such a private life altering decision be left to the politics of those sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States? Why should a sitting president have the power to decide that his choice for a vacant Supreme Court seat could possibly influence a woman's life for years to come? Why would anyone in their right mind leave such a decision to John McCain? And Sarah Palin.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
But expect to hear plenty from the opposition in reference to Bristol Palin. But it will not come from Obama.
My question is this: Why would the mother of a special needs infant want to be VP and basically spend the child's infant years away from him? Why would the mother of a pregnant 17 year old daughter basically spend the next years away from her daughter and her grandchild? Is this the family values that the neocons scream about? What values did she teach her daughter? And now we are getting the really outlandish excuse that the daughter told her mother that she would feel terribly guilty if her mother gave up the possibility of becoming VP just because her daughter is pregnant. Excuse me? What about deciding on your own, Mrs. Palin, that your family needs you and that being VP was a distant second to being a mother. Now the question will be, "If she was a man she wouldn't have to make this decision." No, in this case I would expect the father to make the exact same decision. We aren't talking here about a mother or father working eight hours a day at the office. We are talking about being a heartbeat from the presidency. We are talking stress, world affairs, 24/7.
I have no idea what type of person Mrs. Palin is. I'm sure she is a fine woman. She just was a bad choice, one of many by McCain who was undoubtedly pressured into this by the extreme right of the Republican Party. His choice was Lieberman from the start. But Mrs. Palin brings the donations from the extremists that Joe would be unable to do.
I doubt we'll hear much about family values from here on in. Let's remember this about McCain. He cheated on his first wife (a former model from Philadelphia), a woman who suffered serious injuries in a car crash, and was left permanently disfigured. She actually lost four inches of height from the accident. They had three children before he divorced her. Then he married Cindy McCain a month after his divorce. The second wife's family was quite wealthy, and in fact started McCain on his political trail. John and Cindy are worth in excess of $25 million. He stated that you are "rich" if you have more than, oh, $5 million. WHAT!
I wonder how much of a "hero" he is to his first wife. His campaign centers on two things: Being a war hero (remember wife #1) and American values ($25 million worth).
Monday, September 1, 2008
Think of all Americans as your family. Your job as head of the family is to ensure their health and safety. How does the head of this family take care of their health? Think of this. If you have four kids and two are sick, that is quite a burden mentally and financially on the family. It becomes the focus point of the family. So taking care of our children should be a high priority for the next president. Free or low cost medical for every child under the age of 18 should be a priority, not just a dream. Be sure our children, the future, are healthy. A healthy body and a healthy mind makes for a healthy nation.
Next, the land. Everyone needs to recycle. Make it mandatory. Make it a high priority and not just a voluntary afterthought.
We need to think as Americans, as one people. What is good for one should be good for all. A fair tax system, a first class public education system, alternative energy sources, all of which are very easy to do if we have the leadership that wants it to get done. Is there money? Yes...
Let's stop sending our money around the world. First of all, we can't afford it any more. Foreign aide should be totally cut unless there is a disaster that calls for help. Second, giving aide promotes dependence. Dependence promotes intervention. Intervention equals imperialism. Stop all aide. Again, we can no longer afford it other than on humanitarian grounds. I don't know about anyone else, but I've never gotten a thank you card from any country that my tax money has gone to for supporting their US "friendly" government. They want our dollars but not our intervention. So just STOP! NOW!