Although I have certainly left hints here and there, I haven’t really come out and specified my exact thoughts on this year’s election. Honestly, I could probably write a 20-page paper on it, but I’ll try to be semi-short-and-sweet.
Actually, I’m still not sure who I’m voting for because I’m not all that impressed with our choices. As has become the status quo every election year, it’s a decision based upon the “lesser of two evils”.
Regarding the “messiah”, Mr. Barack Obama, of course, I can’t stand his ideas or policies. Does he have a great personality? Yes. Is he charming and convincing? Of course. But, I like to look beyond the glitz and the glamour and find the substance. If he isn’t “officially” a socialist, he borders quite close to that line. (Then again, the current government is hovering over that line, too, with all of the government bailouts they are approving or getting ready to approve.) Obama basically wants the government to take care of us from cradle to grave with all the “free” healthcare, education, and all the other stuff he wants to “give” us. (Which, by the way, I find particularly odd considering he and his wife have made something of themselves without much government assistance.) The problem is, as any sane person knows, nothing is ever free. Obama wants to tax the crap out of us in order to pay for everything.
Obama says he wants to tax the “rich” to pay for everything. Well, according to Obama the “rich” includes anyone who makes over $250,000/year. To me, yes, this is somewhat rich. However, people who make this much are often small business owners. Who works for small business owners? Well, how about roughly 80% of us. If business owners are taxed to death, you can bet your ass that they will lay people off and/or not hire new employees. Gee, I wonder how that will affect the economy?
Obama also says he will give a tax cut to 95% of us. I wonder if he realizes that 40% of us pay no taxes? I also wonder if he understands that it makes no sense to give tax money back to people who didn’t pay taxes in the first place? According to the Tax Foundation, the top 1% of wage earners pay 40% of the taxes in this country. That’s right, 1% of our citizens pretty much carry the rest of us. By the way, that percentage is 11% higher than in 1999 – when Clinton was in office. That’s right, Bush taxed the rich more than Clinton. Additionally, the top 10% of wage earners pay 70%of the total tax burden. So now we see that the top 10% is carrying almost everybody. Now here’s the kicker: the top 50% pays 96.4% of the total. The question you’re now asking yourself is, “Gee, what does the rest of the population pay? Nothing?” Well, you’re actually pretty close. I’m no math wiz, but I think that means that the next 10% pays a mere 3.6%. And, you remember my first stat – 40% pay NOTHING AT ALL. Are you still hell bent on taxing the “rich” some more?
Obama also wants to pay for his big programs by taxing the supposed “windfall profits” of oil companies. With gas prices the way they are, I understand why this sounds like a great idea – trust me. And, even Republican VP candidate, Sarah Palin, did this in her state of Alaska. However, who is the government to tell private companies what kind of profit is a “windfall”, or “too much”. The problem with this philosophy is that it can easily become a slippery slope. Where will it end? Whose business is next? Is it yours? Isn’t the whole point behind this country that you can be and do whatever you want and the government won’t get in your way? Where will the government cap you? How much excellence will they allow you to achieve?
So, these are my main arguments against electing Mr. Obama. Change can be great, but exactly what kind of change do we want? Is it truly Mr. Obama’s version of change which we are seeking? Not that I’m trying to go so low as to compare Obama to Mussolini, but the media and the people LOVED Mussolini before he was elected. Remember the words of Mark Twain, who said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”
Now, on to McCain. We all know about his service to this country and the extreme pain and suffering he endured in Vietnam. I will always be grateful for his service, as we all should be. However, this does not necessarily mean he should be President. I agree with him on some issues, yet I strongly disagree with him on others.
One thing McCain and I will never agree on is immigration. I am almost at a loss of words that he is so pro-illegal immigration when he has lived in Arizona for so many years. It is truly unfathomable. How he can live here and see all of the detrimental effects firsthand and be okay with even partial amnesty, I will never understand. It truly sickens me.
Another thing going against McCain is his world-renowned temper. Honestly, I haven’t personally witnessed much of it, but it’s a well-known fact that everyone (Dems and Republicans alike) acknowledges. I did witness one instance with a local conservative radio show host, Darrell Ankarlo. Honestly, I can’t even remember the exact exchange, but I know that McCain’s angry response was way out of line. Ankarlo asked McCain something about immigration, I think, and McCain blew up at him. It was ridiculous. Do we want this man in front of the button?
NEWS FLASH: JOHN MCCAIN IS OLD! The liberals like to harp on this fact just a little too much. While I understand the hesitancy in regards to his age, I think there are more important things to argue about. Anyways, have you seen McCain’s mother?! She is 96 and looks younger than he does! It’s amazing. I just think McCain didn’t age well, but he’s got good genes.
One of McCain’s biggest faults is the fact that he’s been in Congress FOREVER! While many point to the experience this gives him, I see it as a fault. When the Founding Fathers got together, their intention was not for government officials to make it their career. They were supposed to do it as a part time job; and once they were done, they were supposed to go back to their regular job – not stay for life! We’ve got it totally backwards. I could go on forever on this particular subject, but I won’t.
As far as the Veep’s go, I could care less about Biden. Yes, he brings experience to the table, but like I said before, I don’t necessarily see that as a good thing. The only things that I find odd are that Biden has praised McCain in the past and he’s made some pretty racist remarks – not sure that he’s the best choice for a Democratic candidate. In regards to Palin, no, she doesn’t have much experience. However, at least she’s had executive experience and she’s the second person on the ticket – not the first, like on the other side. I’m not completely convinced that she is ready for the VP position, but we’ll see. I do like that she actually is a regular person, which is exactly what the Founding Fathers intended. There are many rumors swirling about Palin which I could totally discredit right now, but I won’t go on any further than I already have. This is good enough for now.