Let’s just say that I am working my heart out for McCain…Our Economy can’t survive an Obama presidency.

October 16, 2008

I was clicking around and ended up here at post about a Sarah Palin rally. And I just love this comment:

Carl says:

Let’s just say that I am working my heart out for McCain…

Our Economy can’t survive an Obama presidency.

And I just wonder how this thinking works. Because eight years of a Republican presidency have gone so well for the economy? Because John McCain will be soooo different from a Bush administration that he will turn things around? Or because the economy is not that bad now but it will get bad with an Obama presidency? I would say it cracks me up, except that it is real and serious, which makes it much less funny.

Trade-offs in politics – On not having it all.

October 16, 2008

I’m not sure where it started (I’m sure there is a book or paper on it somewhere), but clearly U.S. Americans cannot make good decisions about trade-offs in politics, i.e. there is this sense that we can have it all. And we can’t.

Not to over-kill poor Joe the Plumber who has been unwittingly pulled into the debates and center of the action, but I thought his statement about Obama’s tax plan was the perfect example of this (from the NYTimes):

Obama said that under his proposal taxes on any revenue from $250,000 on down would stay the same, but that amounts above that level would be subject to a 39 percent tax, instead of the current 36 percent rate.

Wurzelbacher said Obama’s tax plan wouldn’t affect him right now, because he doesn’t make $250,000. ”But I hope someday I’ll make that,” he said.

”If you believed (Obama), I’d be receiving his tax cuts,” Wurzelbacher said. ”But I don’t look at it that way. He’d still be hurting others.”

So he doesn’t yet make $250,000 a year, but he doesn’t want tax increases for those who do because maybe someday he will make that much. Obama would “still be hurting others.” Yes, um, like those who make over $250,000 a year.

And the thing is, dear Joe, that our government just spends a lot of money. On saving the financial system. On wars. On military. And, hopefully, eventually, on making sure that people have health care. On debt payments. And on crazy things like building roads and such. And you have to tax someone for this. So we can’t have all the things we want, like wars, and schools, and health care and roads and such unless we tax people. And I would rather it be people making more than $250,000 than less. $250,000 is kind of a lot of money – it means you are living comfortable, able to take care of yourself and your family, and probably take vacations, live in a nice house, eat well, and do fun stuff. Since a lot of people can’t buy a house, pay rent, eat well, eat enough, or get health care so they don’t suffer and die, I’m just afriad that people who are better off – out of either hard work or luck – are just going to have to pony up a little more.

Maybe instead of complaining about tax plans that tax those over $250,000 a bit more, U.S. Americans might not want to elect leaders that get us into so many wars, deregulate the financial industry so that it can do whatever it wants, and give huge tax cuts to those who are the best-off in this country. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about things so much, ehh?

Not that this is anything new. But I felt obliged to say it. And, I always write more when I am procrastinating on work. As I am doing now…

Vegetarianism In the Unitarian Universalist Blogosphere

October 7, 2008

I have taken it upon myself to keep an eye on vegetarianism in the UU blogosphere. Two awesome new posts: one by Peacebang (aka Veggie Vicki) who writes about her first month as a vegetarian and one by Everyday Unitarian who blogs about October as vegetarian awareness month and has a little story about fishing as a child which I can relate to.

Happy Vegetarian Month!

A Festival of Non-Information

October 6, 2008

This is how Shark-Fu at Feministing described the vice-presidential debates and it was one of the best characterizations that I have heard of it. That anyone takes these seriously as somehow saying something about the candidates or their policies, is, in and of itself, annoying and depressing. Unless you consider the strategic and selective repetition of various sound bites and partial truths to be “saying something.” I know, I know. Get more excited about democracy, Elizabeth! But it is hard. And I am tired. I think we as a country are tired.

And I feel really very badly for people whose retirement accounts are plummeting right now. Everyone else’s will have time to recover, but not those who are retiring soon. Not to mention those who have lost houses. I wish there was more I could do in the short term other than feel bad for those folks and wish it would be different.

I am sure there are many more pressing things that should be said (like the Rev. Bill Sinkford meeting with the oppressive and ridiculous President of Iran, Ahmadinejad and then making this public as if it was a super-good thing). But sometimes I feel like I have run out of things to say. I know, I know. Speak truth to power. And I am not giving up. But just taking a break for a while.

On a happy note, some of our dear friends welcomed a new baby to the world this week – Ms. Josephine Katherine. So welcome Josephine!!!! We are so happy you arrived safe and sound, and that you are part of our world. We can’t wait to meet you!

On that happy note, off to class.

Peace, E