Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Round 2 - Obama

The 1970s called, they want their crappy Presidential candidate back.

Apart from not actually offering any legitimate idea, and despite the obvious attempt to turn everything to the economy (just like a Family guy episode where everything erupts in applause when someone says...... "NINE ELEVEN"), but at least one innovative idea beyond vague hums and hahs would've been nice.

Obama took this one, and if the Republicans continue making incredulous statements like rape = the will of God, or binders of women, well there's no chance on this one, or at least I hope. America can be pretty backwards at time, and the extent voter intimidation goes on in poor areas could sway this one the wrong way. (Or is there even a right way?)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Round 1: Point Romney

Presidential debates do little to alter election results, but my oh my they are entertaining. The sheer number of billions of dollars that go into elections these days boggles the mind (in excess of 6 billion). In the very least it provides exceptional entertainment for those who chose to tune in.

The final run up to November's election has an exciting preamble with the Presidential debates. Everyone was wondering whether the speaking power of relatable Obama would run rough shod over prim and proper Romney.

Round one was a bit of a shocker, and for the sake of all those involved, a bit of a welcome addition to what was once perceived as a one horse raise.

Mitt handedly took round one in the Presidential debates asserting himself as a viable candidate by charming his way to a win. Over a seemingly lacklustre and perhaps tired President, Romney lead with confidence and seemed to be in his element on the offensive.

WE can expect a very focused and better showing by the Democrat camp in Round 2. But for now we've been thrown a curve ball. Whether that's a good thing or not, or whether it even matters at thi spoint, that remains to be determined.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Labor Law for the 1%

to vote republican = less government. that much is so true, and heck, they're doing a good job sticking to their guns (at the expense of many others of course). but now we have more labor laws rolling out that, it seems, benefit a very select bunch of folks (and it's not the blue collar worker I'm talking about).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

One quick benefit of two party system

The USA will never really have a federal party outside of the Democrats and Republicans. It's just too hard for someone to emerge. But there are pros to the problem. Take for example, Canada and their political system. On any given federal election there could be 6 parties in the running. The right-wing Conservatives, the central Liberals, the left-wing NDP, the Green Party, and any independent (if in Quebec then the Bloq). Usually it's only 4. Regardless, the Greens don't fair well, but between the two left leaning parties (NDP & Liberals) They split the left vote. The left would always win in Canada if it wasn't for this split. Although in america the party lines are really iterations of centralist parties, at least you can make a clear decision (or least the options are severely limiting thus forcing you to chose).

Friday, September 23, 2011

Double Dip Recession

Maybe not double dip, but there's certainly another period of downturn in our economy.

The problems that have lead to this point have to do with issues of wealth distribution. I don't believe anything illegal is going on at wall Street btw. I would rather say that Wall Street is inherently greedy, and they're inherently good at making money. Two and two together and you have a system that rewards short term gains. That system was one predicated by politicians on both spectrums over the periods since Reagan.

We permitted this by electing these officials. If you don't vote then shut up. If you do vote vote for change. But when I see everyone getting upset about losing their money and this and that, steal from the rich, I say, well you want to be the 1%. Maybe we need to adjust the way we look at things ourselves. The American dream can't lead to everyone getting rich, maybe we're after the wrong things. Personal choices need to adjust.

Sure, fine, increase regulations on some industries. Evidently we can't trust private enterprise to pass along wealth and act for anybody's best interests except their own. But is giving government that cash better? Doubt it.

Rant over.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lower Taxes! Republican Fail Yet Again

Obama wants to balance the books and so far has received ZERO help from REpublicans. Keep that in mind, the Republicans don't want to work to save America, they only want to make the rich richer. Now, it's not just them, Obama was supposed to be the impetus to change in the US but he lost most opportunities to stamp out status quo. Regardless, when it comes to increasing taxes on the very very rich, only the top 5%, ALL Republicans are up in arms. I get the fact Republicans are all about less govt and more business (personal wealth), but is that sustainable? Can we really support a country that relies on China for debt obligations? Can we really support 50% of GDP going to military (maybe it's not that high)? I get the idea that taxing those who are creating jobs doesn't help things, but you have to get the money from somewhere. Is the govt' better? Probably not. But last I checked there's no new jobs being created, but financial execs are getting their hundreds of millions for short term profts and not long term sustainability. the question will Joe Schmoe give a damn and vote? Republicans seem to be spinning their position largely based on, get this, fear. Either fear of terrorism or more than likely the fear of economy. Forget the fact the mess is mostly a Republican problem and their interest in helping only the wealthy (every meet a REpublican politician who gave a damn about the poor more than the rich? it's been a while), they'll leverage the economic problem for political gain. Uninformed Americans will flock to polls in an effort to save their country at the hands of the socialists/fascists/liberals/communists. (FYI, if you're Republican, first come up with a coherent argument, and then come up with just one label, of which none of the aforementioned ones apply.)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Anybody Else Bothered By Republican Lies?

If Obama wants to make taxes a bit more equitable (after 20 years of Republican roll backs for the exceptionally wealthy) is that a bad thing? Yes, the govt is a waste of space when it comes to handling taxes, but that doesn't mean the wealthy shouldn't pay. Here's some hilarity. The Republicans hear about tax increases and claim 'class wars that will split America'. Really? 5% of the population make 1 million and more. Last I checked 5% v 95% is not 50% v 50% I hope people will make informed decisions and not jump on the fear bandwagon which seems to be the only (And effective) ploy Republicans have.