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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Dec. 16th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
Re: ummm no
You have to start cutting somewhere and earmarks are a good place to start. I am conservative, border line libertarian and would fully endorse cutting the spending for the military. I think it's important our military remains a super power in the world but I don't think we should be policing the world either. Like everything else in the government it has become bloated.
I have no problem paying my fair share of taxes to live in this great country but I do have a problem paying more in taxes when the government spends my money without considering how hard I had to work to give them that money. Here are a few examples from that stimulus bill,
• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film
$248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security h
$600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
• $75 million for “smoking cessation activities"
• $850 million for Amtrak.
I mean is this the best way they could be spending our hard earned money?
As for the Sarah Palin comments, as a regular person I relate to her and like her but as for her being our next president, I don't see it happening. As for her intelligence, Obama is clearly a smart man but does that make him a great leader? A great leader doesn't have to be the smartest person in the room just the person who has the courage to make the tough decisions. Presidents surround themselves with intelligent people and use their input to make the tough choices.
And last but not least, here is a Quote from Ben Franklin on poverty that I think sums up things nicely. If Franklin is in your mind a liberal, than I guess you've converted me to a liberal :)
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” – Ben Franklin


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