Browsing Tag: politics

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    Obama is scaring me

    March 18, 2011

    Dear President Obama,

    Can you please explain how you’ve managed to get 29 of your 32 picks correct so far in the NCAA men’s tournament?

    Like, do you watch that much college basketball every weekend? Don’t you have other, ummmm … Presidential things to keep you busy?

    As a college hoops fan, I should be really impressed and even proud of your performance so far (you’re kicking my 22-for-32 arse, that’s for sure), but it’s actually kinda scary.

    Focus, dude. On your job. Kthxbai.

    Your constituent,
    Matt

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    I Can Identify With This

    April 20, 2010

    Interesting article on CNN tonight:

    Angry at government, voters may revolt in November, survey shows

    I’m not sure on the word “angry,” because that has all kinds of connotations, but I’m certainly somewhere between frustrated and angry. And definitely planning to vote, although I’m not at all optimistic that either major party is going to put forth candidates that I really want to get behind.

    The leads sort of says it all:

    The party in power often suffers in midterm elections, but a recent survey suggests that “epic” discontent has created an angry and energized electorate.

    And while things might look bleak for Democrats who control Congress, some Republicans tied to the establishment might also suffer the consequences.

    I certainly hope the bad politicians on both sides feel the consequences. We really need a legitimate third party, or at least better candidates no matter what party they’re in.

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    Health Care Reform & Leadership

    March 22, 2010

    July 4, 2006: Independence DayTwitter has been a waste for the past 18 hours or so. Republicans are crying and Democrats are gloating, but to me both sides come out looking bad because politics and government shouldn’t be about one side winning and the other side losing.

    It seems to me that politics in the US has become just another sport. It’s us vs. them. One side tries to “push through” its bills and pet projects, just like an NFL team tries to push through at the goal line and score a TD. The other side tries delay tactics, like an NFL team calling time out right before a game-deciding kick or a baseball manager going out to the mound to slow down an opponent’s rally. Both sides use the media to advance their own agendas and spin things for their own good. And the public laps it all up on their cable TV channel of choice, like rabid animals desperate for confirmation that they’re rooting for the Good Guys and the other team is Pure, Unadulterated Evil.

    Meanwhile, there’s not a whole lot of leadership and governing going on, is there?

    If it were up to me, we’d toss out the president and every member of both houses of Congress. Tomorrow. And we’d start from scratch with people who want to lead a country, not people who want to win an election. We’d limit the amount of time they’re allowed to spend on TV, radio, and talking to the press. We’d limit how much time they can spend trying to get re-elected. We’d require them to vote against their own party at least 25% of the time. We’d force them to focus on being leaders, and do whatever it takes to get them to stop being politicians.

    I don’t know if the Health Care Reform bill is Good or Bad, but like everything else that comes from government, I suspect it’s got some of both. I was just reading this article, and I like this part here about the changes that are coming in 2014:

    • Insurers will be required to take all applicants. They won’t be able to turn down people in poor health, or charge them more.
    • States will set up new insurance supermarkets for small businesses and people buying their own coverage, pooling together to get the kind of purchasing clout government workers have now.

    In the two years that I’ve been buying health insurance on my own for the McGee family, our premium has gone up 24.4%. That’s ridiculous. I love the idea of being able to pool together with other individuals to get better rates.

    On the other hand, back to the real topic of this post: leadership. I understand that this bill doesn’t cover the president or members of Congress, all of whom will continue to enjoy an apparently much better health plan than the one they just voted for the rest of us to get. What does that say about how great the bill is? More than that, what does it say about how broken our system of government is that the people deciding things like this aren’t affected by their decisions?

    obama

    No. Reform and change will only happen when we have more leaders in Washington, DC, and fewer politicians.

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    Ron Paul on Obama winning the Peace Prize

    October 13, 2009

    Ron Paul makes the case that liberals supporting Obama’s position on Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan is like conversatives supporting Bush’s expansion of government spending.

    “Sometimes we have to stand up for what is right and not be so narrow-minded in our partisanship.”

    Amen.

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    Please make it go away…

    January 19, 2009

    One of the crosses you carry as a U2 fan is the fact that, at any moment in time, Bono might do something really, really, really embarrassing. Like this, from today’s Oprah show:

    I really wish someone would tell him “no” once in a while. Or maybe just say, “Hey. Y’know, this thing bleeds syrup and is just a really bad song. If you do this, it’ll sit right next to that ‘New Day’ thing you did in ’99 with Wyclef as the low point of your career.”

    And jeez, did we elect a man, or did we elect a messiah? Goodness. Just watch — 3 years from now when we still have a gazillion-dollar national debt, the disciples will start in about how the expectations were unrealistic, and too much. And I’ll just point out this video and say, Who’s fault was that?

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    Second thoughts on pomp & circumstance

    January 18, 2009

    I’m a fan of presidential inaugurations. I think the pageantry is a great part of our heritage, and even asked at home last week why the kids didn’t have a day off from school on Tuesday so they could watch how our country operates on TV. No matter who’s taking office, I think that’s the kind of thing kids oughtta be able to see.

    Then just now, I was reading this article on Politico, and started having second thoughts. Not about the pageantry and the value for kids to see an inauguration, but about the timing and circumstance of this particular inauguration. Consider:

    If Obama were “serious” about changing Washington, DeLay said, “He would announce to the world: ‘We are in crisis, we are at war, people are losing jobs; we are not going to have this party. Instead, I’m going to get sworn in at the White House. I’m going to have a nice little chicken dinner, and we’ll save the $125 million.'”

    Frankly, he has a point. Do we need all the excess at this point?