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A Great Piece Regarding the Upcoming Election

July 1, 2008

I recently received this email from a mutual friend between my husband and the author. It’s regarding the upcoming election and the two candidates running for president. His opinion is so well written and his line of thinking so clear, that we immediately contacted him to ask his permission to post this up on my blog. He gladly has permitted us to do so and even said we could keep his name and email address in the piece. He stated he has gotten an overwhelming response from all over the country and all have been positive thus far. However, since starting my blog, I have been cyber stalked by a law student in California and have been inundated with nasty, unrepeatable assaults so I am purposely omitting the author’s name to spare him the same disrespect from people who disagree with his humble opinion. I would love to see comments so please post them but let’s be tactful in our words. This is a very emotional and passionate election on both sides of the aisle. Enjoy the read…

Dear Friends:

My name is ———–. I live in Illinois. I’m 46 years old, a born-again Christian, a husband, a father, a small business owner, a veteran, and a homeowner. I don’t consider myself to be either conservative or liberal, and I vote for the person, not Republican or Democrat. I don’t believe there are “two Americas” – but that every person in this country can be whomever and whatever they want to be if they’ll just work to get there – and nowhere else on earth can they find such opportunities. I believe our government should help those who are legitimately downtrodden, and should always put the interests of America first.

The purpose of this message is that I’m concerned about the future of this great nation. I’m worried that the silent majority of honest, hard-working, tax-paying people in this country have been passive for too long. Most folks I know choose not to involve themselves in politics. They go about their daily lives, paying their bills, raising their kids, and doing what they can to maintain the good life. They vote and consider doing so to be a sacred trust. They shake their heads at the political pundits and so-called “news”, thinking that what they hear is always spun by whomever is reporting it. They can’t understand how elected officials can regularly violate the public trust with pork barrel spending. They don’t want government handouts. They want the government to protect them, not raise their taxes for more government programs.

We are in the unique position in this country of electing our leaders. It’s a privilege to do so. I’ve never found a candidate in any election with whom I agreed on everything. I’ll wager that most of us don’t even agree with our families or spouses 100% of the time. So when I step into that voting booth, I always try to look at the big picture and cast my vote for the man or woman who is best qualified for the job. I’ve hired a lot of people in my lifetime, and essentially that’s what an election is – a hiring process. Who has the credentials? Whom do I want working for me? Whom can I trust to do the job right?

I’m concerned that a growing number of voters in this country simply don’t get it. They are caught up in a fervor they can’t explain, and calling it “change”.

Change what?, I ask.

Well, we’re going to change America, they say.

In what way?, I query.

We want someone new and fresh in the White House, they exclaim.

So, someone who’s not a politician?, I press.

Uh, well, no, we just want a lot of stuff changed, so we’re voting for Obama, they state.

So the current system, the system of freedom and democracy that has enabled a man to grow up in this great country, get a fine education, raise incredible amounts of money and dominate the news and win his party’s nomination for the White House – that system’s all wrong?

No, no, that part of the system’s okay – we just need a lot of change.

And so it goes. “Change we can believe in.” Quite frankly, I don’t believe that vague proclamations of change hold any promise for me. In recent months, I’ve been asking virtually everyone I encounter how they’re voting. I live in Illinois, so most folks tell me they’re voting for Barack Obama. But no one can really tell me why – only that he’s going to change a lot of stuff. Change, change, change. I have yet to find one single person who can tell me distinctly and convincingly why this man is qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful nation on earth – other than the fact that he claims he’s going to implement a lot of change.

We’ve all seen the emails about Obama’s genealogy, his upbringing, his Muslim background, and his church affiliations. Let’s ignore this for a moment. Put it all aside. Then ask yourself, what qualifies this man to be my president? That he’s a brilliant orator and talks about change?

CHANGE WHAT?

Friends, I’ll be forthright with you – it seems to me that the American voters who are supporting Barack Obama think of this election as a popularity contest. “I like him,” is a response I get often. And yet not one of them – NOT ONE of them I’ve spoken to can spell out his qualifications. Not even the most liberal media can explain why he should be elected. Political experience? Negligible. Foreign relations? Non-existent. Achievements? Name one. Someone who wants to unite the country? If you haven’t read his wife’s thesis from Princeton, look it up on the web. This is who’s lining up to be our next First Lady? The only thing I can glean from Obama’s constant harping about change is that we’re in for a lot of new taxes.

Eligible to run? Certainly. So am I. Qualified? Certainly not.

For me, the choice is clear. I’ve looked carefully at the two leading applicants for the job, and I’ve made my choice.

Here’s a question – where were you five and a half years ago? Around Christmas, 2002. You’ve had five or six birthdays in that time. My son has grown from a sixth grade child to a high school graduate. Five and a half years is a good chunk of time. About 2,000 days. 2,000 nights of sleep. 6,000 meals, give or take.

John McCain spent that amount of time, from 1967 to 1973, in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp.

When offered early release, he refused it. He considered this offer to be a public relations stunt by his captors, and insisted that those held longer than he should be released first. Did you get that part? He was offered his freedom, and he turned it down. A regimen of beatings and torture began.

Do you possess such strength of character? Locked in a filthy cell in a foreign country, would you turn down your own freedom in favor of your fellow man? I submit that’s a quality of character that is rarely found, and for me, this singular act defines John McCain.

Unlike several presidential candidates in recent years whose military service is questionable or non-existent, you will not find anyone to denigrate the integrity and moral courage of this man. A graduate of Annapolis, during his Naval service he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. His own son is now serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq. Barack Obama is fond of saying “We honor John McCain’s service…BUT…”, which to me is condescending and offensive – because what I hear is, “Let’s forget this man’s sacrifice for his country and his proven leadership abilities, and talk some more about change.”

I don’t agree with John McCain on everything – but I am utterly convinced that he is qualified to be our next President, and I trust him to do what’s right. I know in my heart that he has the best interests of our country in mind. He doesn’t simply want to be President – he wants to lead America, and there’s a huge difference. Factually, there is simply no comparison between the two candidates. A man of questionable background and motives who prattles on about change can’t hold a candle to a man who has devoted his life in public service to this nation, retiring from the Navy in 1981 and elected to Congress in 1982.

Perhaps Obama’s supporters are taking a stance between old and new. Maybe they don’t care about McCain’s service or his strength of character, or his unblemished qualifications to be President. Maybe “likeability” is a higher priority for them than “trust”. Being a prisoner of war is not what qualifies John McCain to be President of the United States of America – but his demonstrated leadership certainly DOES.

Dear friends, it is time for us to stand. It is time for thinking Americans to say, “Enough.” It is time for people of all parties to stop following the party line. It is time for anyone who wants to keep America first, who wants the right man leading their nation, to start a dialogue with all their friends and neighbors and ask who they’re voting for, and why.

There’s a lot of evil in this world. That should be readily apparent to all of us by now. It would be wonderful if we could all join hands and have a Coke and a smile; but that is simply not going to happen. And when faced with that evil as we are now, I want a man who knows the cost of war on his troops and on his citizens. I want a man who puts my family’s interests before any foreign country.

I want a President who’s qualified to lead.

I want my country back, and I’m voting for John McCain.

Our Lives Are In Nine Hands

June 26, 2008

As these next few months get ugly with the nastiness that politicking entails, we need to remember one important fact:  who is going to nominate the Supreme Court Justices that align with your morals?!  As we see debates start in late summer between Barack Hussein Obama and John McCain, we will see their stance on issues such as abortion, economy, nuclear energy etc.  We will want to side with one or the other but in essence, it’s not actually the president who will have all the power…it’s the Supreme Court Justices.  Thank God Bush got in Alito and Roberts during his terms.  Case in point is today’s landmark hearing for the ban on guns in D.C.  That is our right to bear arms and our forefathers found it important enough to make it our 2nd amendment.  In an appalling 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court Justices found the ban on bearing arms unconstitutional.  Of course the appalling part is that 4 of the justices would think to deny us our right.  If we can get John McCain in office, you better believe that within four years, there will be at least one supreme court justice opening and if we can get one more judge in who has conservative values (you know like not killing babies who may be an inconvenience or considering marriage as between a woman and a man etc.) then we may be well on a path to restoring our value system in this wonderful country.  And I do mean wonderful country.  We live in an awesome, enduring, opportunistic and free land where people will take the chance of death to just get over here.  But we have been backsliding in morality 101.  The very thought of having to define marriage seems preponderous (not to mention what our brilliant forefathers would think of that issue), abortion, suing to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance because of one ignorant father who was offended his little girl had to recite “under God”.  The whole country could have suffered because of this one man.  You get my drift.  Billy Graham once said, “if God doesn’t judge America, he owes an apology to Sodom and Gomorah.”  This speaks volumes as to the state of our nation.  But it is never too late.  Pray for our leaders, pray for our communities and pray for our children for they will be our future leaders. 

To Gas Tax Or Not Gas Tax…That Is The Question

May 7, 2008

Gas prices are forefront on our minds on a daily basis anymore.  I know it definitely is for me as we fill up once a week at a cost of $80 each time for the past month or so (and that’s just for one of our cars).  So I am definitely all about some type of solution to this gas price crisis.  And you can thank your fellow democrats for this one.  Republicans have been pushing for YEARS to drill in Alaska.  Obviously, if we drilled in Alaska, we would not be as reliant on the Middle East as we are now.  One reason the democrats have blocked this is because of the porcupine caribou.  Yes, you read that correctly.  They say that drilling would disrupt the 130,000 or so of the caribou.  Are you kidding me?  We kill countless numbers of babies on a daily basis because they may be an inconvenience to the careless “mother” but we are afraid of what might happen to the porcupine caribou?  This is one of the most backwards things I’ve ever heard.  I am posting a smidgen of an interview between Rush Limbaugh and Senator Kay Hutchison (R-TX).  I think you will find it enlightening…especially what senator says lastly:

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Sen. Kay Bailey HutchisonIn a recent interview, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) discussed opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to responsible drilling. “ANWR is an area the size of the state of South Carolina.  The part that would be drilled is an area the size of JFK airport or Washington National Airport or Dallas Love Field,” said Sen. Hutchision.  “It’s an area the size of an airport because the new technology allows us to drill underground for just hundreds of yards and you don’t have to have a lot of wells to drill anymore.” Here is more of Sen. Hutchison’s interview with Rush Limbaugh:SEN. HUTCHISON: But they’re not acknowledging that.  The people of Alaska want this. They have had referenda. They want the jobs, they want the economic security, and they know it won’t hurt the environment.”Yet we cannot get a bill through Congress that would allow drilling in that small part of ANWR.  These are the kinds of things that just don’t make sense when the price of gasoline is so high.

RUSH:  Ah, sadly, they do make sense if you understand Democrats.  I know you do.  We’re talking, by the way, with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison from Texas.  Now, yesterday the president made a presentation on energy and said much of the same thing you just said here; and Senator Schumer from New York went out and responded to it and said, “If we started drilling in ANWR today we wouldn’t have a drop of oil for ten years.”  Well, of course, Bill Clinton vetoed the first time this came up in 1994. We could have been at this four years according to his ten-year plan.  He also said something that mathematically doesn’t make sense.  He said that this million barrels a day that ANWR would produce would reduce the price of gasoline or oil — I forget which one he specified — by a penny.  Well, that’s absurd, because when the price of oil… When we lose a million barrels in the supply, does the price only go up a penny?  They’re using scare tactics, here.  We need resources. We need our oil, and you got Schumer out there saying, “No, it wouldn’t matter,” and they’re misleading people thinking that there’s a substitute for it right around the corner when there’s not.

SEN. HUTCHISON:  You’re right.  When President Clinton vetoed ANWR, we would have been producing. But I totally disagree and reject the argument that it would be ten years.  We could start drilling in ANWR, and I think within a couple of years you would start seeing the results. But more important, if we were drilling there and people in the market, in OPEC — if the people who are hedging in the market for futures in this oil industry. If we were drilling in ANWR — do you think the price would stay up?  No. People would know that there would be an availability.  They would know that there was going to be a real difference in what we could produce.  The one million barrels a day is the amount we import from Saudi Arabia every day.  That’s what we would be getting from our own resources and control it; and that doesn’t count what we could do if we were drilling off the Atlantic and the Pacific, in environmental safe ways.  That’s the key.  If we took control of our own destiny, we could become energy independent and self-sufficient and not depend on places that don’t like us very much like Venezuela.

RUSH:  All this makes so much sense that we out here don’t understand why it isn’t done.  We understand the politics of liberalism and the Democrats trying to create as much chaos as they can for reelection purposes in November, but they consistently oppose this kind of independence; despite the fact they’re the ones claiming and whining and moaning how dependent we are. But they’re the ones that always stand in the way of becoming energy independent, and there has to be more to it than just their own desire for electability.  I think it’s a little bit more hideous than that.  I know you wouldn’t want to comment on that.  But this is really serious stuff to all of us.  The price of everything going up all based on the price of oil and energy. It’s all related.  There’s an ideological group out there, the environmentalists, who are get… They’re the only ones that are happy with this. They’re getting everything they want out of this.  Of course, the people they donate to and vote for are thus happy about it, too; and the country, in the meantime, suffers.

SEN. HUTCHISON:  Well, Rush, if we would do this — if the Democrats and if the people understand this issue enough to force them. If we could open refineries, make it easier to do so; open nuclear power plants, which is the cleanest form of energy at the best, most efficient prices that we could possibly produce it; and drill in ANWR, the Outer Continental Shelf and deep drilling in the Gulf Coast, we could be a country that doesn’t have to rely on anyone else.  I think we need to make this an issue in this election.

RUSH:  I couldn’t agree more.

SEN. HUTCHISON:  Don’t let the Democrats get by with saying, “Oh, it’s just terrible that the price of gasoline is high, and it’s the president’s fault.”  It is not the president’s fault.  It’s the Democrats in Congress who continue to keep us from drilling in ANWR. We had almost enough, 60 votes, to pass that last time.  We were one vote short, couldn’t get it, and so here we are again.

 

So this gets me back to my original question…gas tax or no gas tax for the summer.  Senator John McCain is the one who first introduced this idea several weeks ago which no one really responded to.  Now all of the sudden, Senator Hillary Clinton is on board for suspending the gas tax for a few months but she is giving no credit to John McCain for the idea.  And, if you listen to Barack Hussein Obama, he blows off the idea of eliminating the gas tax for the summer because he says it would come to a total of $30 savings for the year.  He says that is not what the American people are looking for.  Well excuse me Barack Hussein Obama, but you never asked me if it’s what I wanted.  What Obama just doesn’t get is that yeah, maybe thirty bucks isn’t a lot of money (although to some it is deemed a fortune), but it’s the principle.  I would be much more content knowing my government was doing something, rather than nothing.  So I may save only a few cents each fill up (according to Obama), but at least I know my elected government is working on it.  And I think John McCain and Hillary Clinton “get it”.  So Jo Jo says…don’t be fooled when Mr. Obama says “you’re only saving $30″…remember, we want to see a step forward even if it’s a baby step, what we don’t want is to be standing idle which is apparently Obama’s solution.

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March 31, 2008

Operation Chaos

March 31, 2008

If you are an avid Rush Limbaugh listener as I am, you know what “Operation Chaos” is all about.  For those of you who don’t know what that means, here it is in a nutshell:  Rush Limbaugh has been urging his listeners who have primaries coming up to vote for Hillary Clinton.  Why?  Because Barack Hussein Obama has been winning so many primaries and is fooling so many people with his word “change” that for a while it looked like it would be an easy in for Obama as the Democratic nominee.  However, the Limbaugh listeners have taken Rush’s words to heart and are in action. 

“…in March, in Texas, Ohio, and Mississippi, Republicans have been 8% of the voters in the Democratic primary, and now they heavily support Hillary Clinton. This is definite proof of the ‘Limbaugh Effect’ coming through.” (courtesy of Rush Limbaugh show transcript). 

The “chaos” comes in to effect because if his strategy works, it will be a shoe in for John McCain in November and here is why.  With Republicans crossing over and voting for Hillary Clinton who is lacking in delegate votes, it gives her a chance to stay in the race.  It will be so close between these two that they will have to go all the way to the convention date which is in August which gives them very little time to campaign against McCain.  Then at the convention, they will have the superdelegates votes and that will be the deciding factor for who will be the Democratic nominee.  All of the bickering, fighting and nastiness between these two democrats has truly affected their supporters.  These supporters that are getting fed up with the politicking are already pledging their vote for John McCain.  Understand now???  Chaos!!!

The question I have been asking myself is do I agree with this.  I know if the tables were turned and it was two Republicans fighting this way, I wouldn’t want a liberal radio personality like Al Franken (ugh…gag, gag!) urging his listeners to baiscally manipulate the system just to make their own party win.  But on the other hands, politics is politics.  It’s been a nasty process from almost the beginning.  But I know my conscience is clear.  I voted for who I would have liked to be the Republican nominee.  I know I could not have voted for Hillary Clinton no matter what the reason without possible dry heaving at my voting booth. 

I voted for Mitt Romney (who bowed out just a couple days after my vote).  I am still praying that John McCain will choose Romney as his running mate as I think that would be a balanced and tough ticket to beat.  So whether Operation Chaos has success at the end or not, I pray that the right person is voted in by what I am hoping are intelligent, not so foolish Americans!!

Obama Didn’t Know?…….Give Me A Break!!!!

March 18, 2008

This morning Barack Hussein Obama will be giving a speech about race.  No doubt it will be a warm and fuzzy speech.  Hope for this, hope for that, change this, change that.  He will remind us all of a young Martin Luther King Jr.  He will try to convince us that he never knew his pastor to give those kinds of speeches of hate and anti-America.  Barack Hussein Obama is going to plead ignorance and assure us when he was at church this was not the way his pastor behaved.  This has all been a new revelation to him….wrong.  And here is the proof.  Last year when Barack Hussein Obama was to announce his candidacy for president of the United States of America, he was to do so down in Springfield, Illinois with his pastor at his side and good old Pastor Jeremiah Wright was suppose to give a speech.  But he didn’t.  Here is an excerpt of an article from the National Review:

 Top Obama adviser David Axelrod just told reporters that the weather was one of the reasons Rev. Jeremiah Wright did not speak at Obama’s presidential candidacy announcement last year in Springfield, Illinois. When asked on a conference call why Wright did not speak, as had been planned, Axelrod said, “Part of what happened was that it was seven degrees in Springfield that day, and we truncated the program, and that was certainly a major part of the motivation there.”

When a reporter followed up, asking, “So you’re saying that Rev. Wright did not speak because it was too cold?” Axelrod broadened his answer. “That was part of the decision,” he said. “There was no doubt that there was controversy surrounding him, and we didn’t want to make him a target and a distraction on a day when Sen. Obama was going to announce his candidacy.”

The words are…there is no doubt that there was controversy surrounding him.  Hmmmm…I wonder for what.  So even if we were dumb enough to believe that after attending the same black church for twenty years he had no idea his preacher could get so passionate about the disadvantaged blacks, the conspiracies of America, whites are horrendous and Jesus is black.  Sorry folks, I just don’t buy it.  I can tell you that I have been attending the same church for the better part of twelve years.  I would know in a mili-second if my pastor was spreading hate like this.  Even if I missed a sermon here or there, you better believe there would be buzz amongst the churchgoers, my friends, etc about the pastor’s message.  Even if his congregants agree with his speeches, they would be talking about it with fellow church goers about how awesome Pastor Jeremiah Wright was and how on target his thinking is.  But somehow, Barack Hussein Obama completely missed everything his pastor stood for and believed.  No one ever talked with him about it, he never heard a peep of negativity about his mentor of twenty years.

 Barack Hussein Obama is in panic mode right now.  According to poll data yesterday, 54% of white voters who previously voted for him in their primary, will likely not vote for him in November.  Chances are he will get the nod as the democratic candidate because the numbers (including superdelegates ) are his.  But come November, John McCain will sweep the vote.  He is probably thanking God for this controversy as it makes his victory into the White House that much easier.   

I urge you to not be fooled by Barack Hussein Obama.  He is going to use every trick he knows this morning during his speech to appeal to all.  He has lied about his knowledge of his pastor (as shown in the above article).  He has been endorsed by Louis Farakhan (another white-hater, anti-America everything, and claims to be Jesus Christ), he has been endorsed by his pastor (who hates anything that is not black).  These are just two very vocal supporters.  These types of supporters are frightening.  This means they strongly align themselves with Barack Hussein Obama.  This means they applaud his beliefs and what he stands for.  Yet in the public eye, these are two polar opposites of beliefs.  Which leads me to conclude that Barack Hussein Obama has privately talked with these men about his true beliefs and what he truly stands for and this is why they are so adamantly and obnoxiously standing alongside Barack Hussein Obama! 

Romney’s Out…Or Is He In????

February 7, 2008

Well, I voted for Mitt Romney on Super Tuesday.  And I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I didn’t care for this candidate at all up until the last few debates.  He impressed me very much with his statesman-like presence.  I was very interested in his ideas and past record as MA governor.  I must say I’m very sorry to see that he has dropped out of the race.  My wish would have been for Huckabee to withdraw and have a two man showdown between McCain and Romney.  But that was until I heard the speech Romney gave today when withdrawing his candidacy.  This was probably one of the best speeches I’ve heard.  And once he was done, it made total sense for him to do what he did.  Here is a video byte with a small portion of his speech…

His withdraw comes so suddenly that it’s making me wonder (after all, first thing this morning his camp was saying they would never give up). John McCain would be a pure genius if this whole plan was devised. Here’s what I mean. John McCain’s biggest criticism is that he is not conservative enough. On Super Tuesday, CNN exit polled across the nation this question to Republicans…”Who did you vote for and do you consider yourself a conservative?” Here’s what they found nationally. 80% of Mitt Romney voters stated they were true conservatives, 75% of Mike Huckabee voters stated they were true conservatives, and only 45% of John McCain voters declared themselves true conservatives. Concluding that most moderates to liberals voted for John McCain. That is a destructive statistic among the GOP. The GOP feels it has lost its core foundation with the candidate John McCain. Meanwhile, John McCain is campaigning everywhere he goes that he is truly a conservative. And now he has hired advisers to show him how to come across as more conservative. If you Republicans want a guarantee of a Republican in the White House come January 2009, the magic key will be John McCain as President and Mitt Romney as Vice President. As stated up above, most true conservatives voted Romney. That would solve McCain’s problem of not being conservative enough and I think Republicans would be a lot less irate about the current situation.  And let’s look at the big picture here which my generation in particular have a hard time doing.  The bottom line is this…say McCain gets in and has an 8 year run, first off, if something catastrophic should happen to McCain and he can not physically act as sitting president any more, Romney would be the acting president.  Or secondly, at the end of McCain’s 8 year term, the republican running for president would then be the current Vice President…Mitt Romney.  Win win situation!!!

So if John McCain were to ever ask Jo Jo’s humble opinion…eat a piece of humble pie and ask Mitt Romney to be your running mate and just watch how the world will be at your fingertips!

Presidential Candidates 2008

January 27, 2008

Well I haven’t written about the republican or democrat candidates in quite a while because things are a changin’ every time I turn the tube on.  But I thought I’d take a few minutes now and comment on what is happening thus far.  Remember these are only my opinions people so you loyal Ron Paul followers…take a deep breath here.

Let’s start with the democrats.  I personally have a very strong dislike for each of these candidates.  We are polar opposites on every issue at hand.  All three want to pull out of Iraq without considering the consequences.  All three will ultimately raise taxes to pay for universal health care which is a big no no!  Actually, Obama’s health care plan does not call for universal as does Hillary’s and John Edwards’.  There’s not much more to say about the 3 candidates that isn’t already obvious to everyone (at least it’s so obvious to me…am I assuming here?).  Hillary’s on a major power trip (and Bill is doing her no favors by campaigning for her).  I think she will be in shell shock soon as it seems Obama is taking the lead with delegates.  The thought of any of these three candidates running the most powerful country in the world is frightening to me.  Obama has hardly any experience in his FIRST term as senator let alone running a country….oye vey!  John Edwards said several months ago to a group that he does not want the United States to be known as a “Christian country” by the rest of the world.  That statement is just so wrong on a multitude of levels that I fear if I start tearing into it, I may break out in hives in sheer agitation.  So let’s move on to the Republicans.

Fred Thompson withdrew this past week and he has 8 delegates to throw toward another candidate.  As the campaigning has progressed and the debates are well under way, I have to say I get more and more irritated with Mike Huckabee.  Which has surprised me because he is very vocal about his Christian faith which I love.  But religion aside…I’m just annoyed.  I think his fair tax plan is interesting and I’ve been calculating numbers to see if I would have more money in my pocket under his plan.  But I haven’t come up with a definitive answer on that.  Of course paychecks would be much bigger.  But you make up for that with a flat tax on every single thing purchased.  The interesting thing about this is that drug dealers, gamblers, pimps and prostitutes would finally have to pay tax.  How it works is the IRS would be abolished so no federal tax would be withheld from your paycheck.  So you also wouldn’t get that great rebate check every year.  However, you would be taxed a flat rate everywhere you go…the gas station, the grocery store, the barber etc.  This is why I say drug dealers, gamblers, pimps and prostitutes would finally have to pay tax…because they would be taxed this high rate on their normal daily purchases.  As a family of 5 (four of whom are males with hearty appetites), my weekly grocery bill is already nauseating, throw on 20% more tax to my total and I would probably start hyperventilating at each check out.  But in the same breath, you have the higher paycheck so if you balance your budget correctly, it should all work out in the end.  Back to Huckabee, I fear for us if he was leading our country and he has zilch experience with foreign policy.  I understand that is what advisers are for but the head honcho has to have a thorough understanding at least of the policies.  Republicans in general have stayed away from the issue of health care during the debates.  Because they no that is a death trap.  If you want my humble opinion…put a cap on these frivolous lawsuits (hello tort reform) and you’ll see diminished premiums for our doctors who in turn will lower their costs as will the hospitals.  It’s a trickle down effect that would take years to get the desired goal of low cost insurance.  But it’s a great ideology that is completely workable if Americans weren’t so greedy and me, me, me when it comes to $$$$.  A friend of mine’s husband is a very well-known and respected ob/gyn in our city.  He’s been delivering babies for thirty years.  But the premiums these doctors have to pay in Illinois are so high, even he couldn’t afford them.  So he opened up practice in North Carolina where there is a cap on litigation damages so premiums are very reasonable for him to pay there.  He flies home every weekend to be with his wife and kids.  Isn’t that a kicker????  Duncan Hunter also had a very fascinating and realistic solution to these insurance premiums.  As it stands right now, if you live in Illinois you have to get Illinois HMO, PPO etc.  And that’s how it is for each state.  Duncan Hunter suggested that if they open the states up so that people could shop for insurance in whichever state offered the cheapest premiums but could use the insurance in whichever state they resided, the laws of supply and demand (and good old fashioned competition) would automatically lower rates on a continuous basis to stay alive in the market.  On to Rudy Guiliani, I think Rudy will be done after Tuesday.  He put all his eggs in one basket by campaigning exclusively in Florida.  He did campaign really well there but he is not leading in the polls.  If he does not win the primary on Tuesday, I am betting that he will bow out.  I believe it comes down to John McCain and Mitt Romney…sorry Ron Paul, but did you ever really have a chance???  Mitt Romney is growing on me.  He definitely did nothing for me until just recently.  His forte is economics and with talk of the big bad R word (recession), he has been a shining star.  But John McCain has 20+ years military experience and 20+ years congressional experience and I think those two things alone are priceless.  In one debate he vowed with vehemence that if he became president, he knows how to get Bin Laden and I think we should hold him to that.  So as of today (but like I said, things keep a changin’) I am now torn between John McCain and Mitt Romney.  I encourage all of you to look into all of the candidates and make educated, informed decisions come voting day!

Fox News Republican Debate In New Hampshire

January 6, 2008

It is so fascinating to see how different Americans are from one state to the next.  In Iowa a few short days ago, Mike Huckabee won the caucus with a huge margin.  Tonight during the debate, he faltered big time.  He couldn’t respond to one of Mitt Romney’s questions regarding taxes and he actually looked rather foolish sing songing around the question.  He knew it too because next time Mitt Romney asked him a question he responded that he would only answer the commentator’s questions (Chris Wallace) who in turn asked him the same question Mitt Romney had asked him.  So I believe Mike Huckabee did not fare well tonight.  I was watching an undecided group of New Hampshire voters after the debate and with all of them being undecided before the debate started, I’d say about 95% of them decided their vote on Tuesday would go to Mitt Romney based on tonight’s debate.  My jaw actually fell open upon hearing this.  What I saw from Mitt Romney tonight was major lack of experience regarding foreign policy, arrogance, cockiness, lots of ego and despite his governorship of MA, to me he comes across inexperienced in many aspects.  I will say that I am with him 100% on immigration though.  Fred Thompson got an unfair shake by the control group of undecided voters.  They thought he looked sleepy and unmotivated when in essence, he and Guiliani were just rarely called upon by the commentator.  When they were asked questions though, both Guiliani and Thompson came across very well.  And in fact, Thompson is the only candidate that brought up the issue of Social Security and also threw out a plan to help save it for my generation.  He claimed he was the only one with a solution and the other candidates agreed that they did not have any solutions regarding social security.  As a matter of fact, tonight is the first night that I’ve heard about the Social Security issue in a very long time.  After President Bush was re-elected in 2004, he vigorously attacked this issue but to no avail.  John McCain in my opinion did the best tonight.  I was quite pleased with his responses and I can’t even begin to express how much I respect this man.  He did not just have a two or four year stint in the military.  He was in the military for 22 years with 5 1/2 of those years being a captured (and tortured) POW in Vietnam when his plane was shot down.  Then he served this country as a senator for 21 years now.  I think he has great experience in leading in the Navy for decades and for leading the people in congress for decades.  I think this kind of experience is priceless. 

As the days go by and primaries are upon us, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.  All the candidates bring something to the table.  There’s not one that I just can’t stand (well, maybe Ron Paul).  I urge each of you to inform yourselves on where these candidates stand on issues that are important to you…protection from extremists, economy, immigration, taxation, healthcare etc.  There are plenty of resources out there for each of us to look into and these debates are extremely informative when you can look past the politicking and focus on their ideas and more importantly solutions.

It’s Getting Closer

January 6, 2008

The New Hampshire debates last night were quite entertaining.  The republicans seemed to all have the same idea on attacking Mitt Romney.  Mitt was on the defensive for most of the debate, as well he should be.  Would have like to have seen more of John McCain talking.  Rudy and Fred did great.  Considering these are my two top candidates, I was very interested in what they had to say last night.  Ron Paul does not belong on that stage.  There was a classic moment last night when Ron Paul was speaking and the camera spanned over to John McCain.  John McCain had a look on his face like he was looking at a guy with ten heads.  Mike Huckabee came across very well also.  Very eloquent actually in his thoughts.  I was a bit more impressed than previously.  Tonight, the republicans debate on the Fox News Channel.  They are holding a forum that is sure to be fascinating.  With only a couple of days left until the first primary, there will be no holds barred.  I encourage all of you to partake in watching the debates.  They are very informative.

On a side note…to my cyberstalker who keeps creating new email accounts just to get a message through to me…you are coming across as quite obsessed and quite unintelligent.  I think you should consider getting professional help!  That’s what JoJo says!!!