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Promises, Promises, Still No Change

John McCain has some great ideas, with his willingness to remove much of the excess from government. I like many of his ideas, though I seriously disagree with where he stands on the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. That being said, it’s not what is driving my vote away from McCain…

I like Barack Obama’s maturity throughout his campaign. I see many of the attacks from McCain to Obama, including taking so many of Obama’s statements out of context. What’s worse, in my opinion, is the fact that McCain will not look at or hold a personal conversation with Obama. If he is not capable of doing so, then how can he effectively lead this country. This is a scenario that he would have to deal with from the Oval Office.

Haven’t we dealt with one person who has been too stubborn for the last eight years? In the most powerful office in the world, there is a time to be flexible and a time to be rigid. That person should never be both all of the time, yet it appears McCain is demonstrating a lack of flexibility…. already….

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30 Days of Composure

The clock is running with a little over a month until elections, while we watch or presidential (and vice) nominees.

 I don’t mind McCain or Obama, and no problems with Biden. I can’t say the same about Palin, as she seems to talk circles when asked a question, when she is running for an office that would have to replace the president if the need arises. We have a president in office that does that now.

My next concern lies in the smear campaign – which has always taken place – that politicians use. The interesting thing is that McCain seems to try to do most of the smearing. I’m not saying that Obama isn’t smearing McCain, but most of it is true, while so much of what McCain has been saying either is not true or is exaggerated.

However it turns out, this country needs good leadership to pull us back from the slump that the current administration put us in. Smearing is not going to help with that, for either party. The rest of us will have to be prepared for sacrifice.

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Who Do You Trust?

Yep, been a while since I last posted. A stupid video game has gotten me addicted to it….

 So where were we? Oh yeah, and experienced presidential candidate with an inexperienced running mate, and an inexperienced presidential candidate with an experienced running mate. Both are saying the same things over and over. Both are stating they are for change. Both are going to cost this country more money.

Will we come out on top? This is anybody’s guess now. It comes down to the need for candidates that are willing to actually do something about the economy, the war, fuel and alternatives and health care. Another issue they need to keep in mind – how to accomplish this without running this great nation further into debt.

 Election day is a couple of months away. Roll the dice and take your chances.

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The Death Penalty – How Inhumane!

Is the death penalty inhumane? Well, most likely. Is the reason that a criminal is getting the death penalty due to an inhumane act that they perpetrated on another human being?

Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment? Why would it be? Really, why shouldn’t it be? What makes it different from justice? Justice dictates that the punishment must fit the crime, in accordance with the will of society. If the community feels that capital punishment is warranted in certain circumstances, then it is the will of the people to make the law.

Now I realize that we wait such a long time for the appeals process before we execute them in order to prove innocence, but if we know that someone is straight-out guilty, why provide that service at the expense of tax payers? We pay for some of these people to live, when they have deprived someone else of life!

It’s time for someone to introduce a plan to execute those who are proven to be guilty, withou a doubt. At least the condemned get better treatment than the victims. Perhaps that should be reconsidered as well.

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Bankrupt in the U.S.A.

Look, if you are an American citizen, and you don’t know about the national debt you should be ashamed. Just as we rack up the credit on the credit cards, we make our payments to avoid fees and legal issues, right?

Right?

What if your debt was a 9 followed by twelve zeroes? Huh? OK, look at it this way – $9,000,000,000,000.

This is the fiscal irresponsibility of the United States government. It is helping to drag down the value of the dollar, which helps to fuel inflation (oil and food prices). The budget was balanced under President Bill Clinton, but was destroyed by George W. Bush.

If our budget does not get balanced, and our debts get paid, our children will be crushed. Crushed by inflation, by debt, by national bankruptcy. Visit http://www.concordcoalition.org/ for more information. If you really care – and you should – you might consider getting in touch with your representatives and ask them to make this one of their priorities.

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Oil and Economy – What the Hell?

First, this is just one perspective, with limited qualifications – not doctrine. Read for yourself, decide for yourself. I will add links where I can. If you drive, buy food or do anything beyond live in a cave, this affects you.

  • Is this an economic war?
  • Is it a conspiracy?
  • Are we runningout of oil?
  • Is this all caused by something else?
  • Can it be resolved? Can we do something?

The oil issue hits everyone. When oil goes up, so does gas. When fuel goes up so do prices for airplane tickets, food, cruises, deliveries, etc. This has been a global issue, though Americans are less accustomed to the higher prices. It has even created huge enough impacts on food on some countries to instigate riots.

Until the 1980s there were two economic super powers. Through the 90s the U.S was the primary economic super power, which took quite a bruising with the 9/11 attacks. It then devoted a vast amount of resources to the fight in Afganistan, and later in Iraq (both missions consume fuel on a large scale, by the way). All the while China and Europe (the euro) has been on the rise. Many countries would love to see the dollar fall, which could destabilize or devastate the U.S. economy, and this could be done by tying oil to another powerful currency, again – the euro. This is the conspiracy theory, or the economic war theory. Iran has established a trading facility to do just that.

Could it be that we are running out of oil? Absolutely! Or maybe we there are other resources that we haven’t tapped yet because it hasn’t been economical, which tends to be the case. Oil sands locations have been known about for some time, and we have not made use of them until know. There are vast quantities of oil remaining in the U.S. and Canada, it’s just harder to get to and refine. 

Anytime there is a conflict oil prices tend to rise to some degree, but the larger the campaing, the larger the rise. In the Middle East it only gets worse. There are a number of ‘triggers’ for high oils prices. There is even a good possibility now that many investors are investing in oil while the Dollar is down. This increases inflation. The dollar and oil often travel in different directions on the stock market. If and when the Fed starts to increase interest rates (increasing the value of the dollar), there is a good chance that the price of oil will decline, at least some.

If you’re asking if there is anything that can be done, quit supporting foreign oil. When you buy a new vehicle take pride in the gas mileage, not the horsepower and slow down. Ride the bus or a bike. Make less trips to the store. Use clean energy.

Think. That’s what ‘s important. Check out these sites:

Energy Independance

Oil and the Dollar

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Spare the Rod…

What’s the scoop with so many students in so many schools these days? There is a huge respect problem in the school system, mainly because the schools have become too lax, and also because they are being forced to retain students that would rather not be there (the No Child Left Behind act).

 An example is the Baltimore Lewis HS teacher who was attacked by a student. A teacher tells a student to back out of her personal space. The student threatens the teacher, and the teacher states that she will defend herself. The student starts in on the teacher.

The lack of respect is appauling, and is being bread by laws that prevent proper discipline, and is endorsed by schools, such as the one mentioned, who refuse to properly back their faculty in a confrontation. People keep asking what is happening to our country, look here…

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Staying Steady – What’s Important

The time is near where we will elect a new president, hopefully one that will listen to the people, rather than follow his own, sole agenda. The question then becomes what is important, and right now that is changing quickly. Inflation is causing our priorities to migrate rapidly, so what was important 6 months ago isn’t as much now.

The economy, while in a slump now, will get better, so will we regret not focusing on other issues when our next president is elected. Currently some of the biggest topics to most people are:

  • The Economy
  • The Iraq War
  • Health Insurance
  • Energy Independance
  • The Environment
  • Government Spending and Waste
  • Immigration
  • Liberty vs Security

These are just some of the issues, but our candidates need to have a planto deal with these.

In many cases Bush has put us into a situation of a need for repair, at home and globally. The person we choose to lead us and represent us must be able to undo what has been done and put us back on track to resolve our debts and make us self-sufficient, as well as improve our status with our allies and the world.

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Replacing the American Devil

There are a number of reasons to dislike George Bush, and in many cases it may be a struggle to find something positive about him, but here’s one: He’s almost out of office. The big question is ‘how much more damage can he do in another year?’ Probably a lot, unfortunately.

In the meantime we have a number of contenders running for the big chair. Have you learned your lesson by actually studying the candidates, or are you going on first impressions? Most of these people – democrat and republican – are good speakers, but who haven’t you heard that IS running.

I keep looking at the polls, and there is one Democrat and one Republican who would be those that I favor, and neither of their names are on the polls. The two least phony and most down-to-Earth candidates seem to be Democratic Chris Dodd and Republican Ron Paul. Both are concerned about ending the war in Iraq, health care and most views that I share. Not all, of course, but I wouldn’t expect that.

If you haven’t researched your candidates, it’s about time you start. Look here if you’re curious. It’s a brief overview, but is not in depth. Keep in mind that the most unpopular president in U.S. history was re-elected, in part, by those who vote strictly Republican. Many others didn’t look at the rest of their options, and went only with the candidates they had heard of. If we get another president that the majority of us despise, and you voted for them, you have no one to blame but yourself.

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Oil at $200 per Barrel!

Is it possible that oil could hit $200 a barrel? Hugo Chavez said it is, if the U.S. attacks Venezuela or Iran.

1st - I know Bush has a big mouth, himself, but when has the U.S. government talked about going to war with Venezuela? If Bush had a third term, who knows who we would go to war with, but obviously it won’t happen. If anything our next president is more likely to engage in talks with Iran. Talks with Venezuela’s Chavez – doubtful.

2nd – Why hasn’t our government done something to promote less reliance on the likes of such an arrogant dictator, who is no better than Russia. Given enough time, he will demonstrate his power over his oil supplies, just as Putin did with the natural gas supplies. These men like their power, and power corrupts.

This is where idiots  like Chavez know where to hit us. The problem is, we continue to put up with it, and we continue to buy from Hugo. Doesn’t that make us the idiots? We are, afterall, letting this wannabe threaten us.

It is because of threats like this that we NEED to become energy independant. Chavez is of the paranoid personality that will turn the oil revenue (that we pay him) to use it against us.

This problem isn’t going to go away. Keep in mind when you buy a new car, home or appliance. Consider conservation, or fuels supplied at home.

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