Today in Politics

I haven’t posted for quite some time now due to personal issues plus the loss of my husband and trying to readjust but where we are today in politics has me very confused.

I understand that people wanted change and decided that in order to generate change there was the feeling we needed to go outside of the box and elect a non-politician.  Has that proved to be the right thing?  I have to question that as from what I’m seeing we now have someone in the White House who has no idea of how the system works.  There are procedures set by the writers of the constitution so let’s see what has happened so far:

  1. Healthcare – Trump ran on the platform that Obamacare could be replaced very easily, possibly in one or two days.  Did that happen, no, plus there was a committee of men deciding on what was the best healthcare for women.  That’s like a committee of women deciding that they would treat diabetes for women but for men there would be no treatment.
  2. Precondition health issues-let’s just toss that out as it would save money (of course it would as people wouldn’t be able to have health insurance continue so in certain circumstances that means death).
  3. Replace and repeal-that fell through and so they tried repealing first then replacing later, thus leaving people without insurance.  Smart, Not
  4. Promising to put coal miners back to work-that is a health hazard as it is proven that working in the coal mines subjects the miners to lung disease plus isn’t environmental friendly.

The point I’m trying to make is it takes a politician who knows how the system works and knows you just don’t go in as President and start saying this and this is going to be done and once they say it they think that’s all they have to do and it becomes a law.  Watching the debates should have clued the people the type of personality they would be voting for-either a politician or a name calling bully.  It has now become the “Celebrity Apprentice White House style”, firing someone each week.

I’m not saying we had a lot to choose from this past election but it obviously makes a difference as to the type of person we elect as president based on someone who knows how the system works as to someone who knows nothing about procedure.  A big difference between making real estate deals and making decisions regarding our country.

If the candidate isn’t willing to provide their income tax like everyone else sends up a red flag for me.

The things I mentioned are only a few but I listed them just as an example.  I’m hoping that everything gets under control for the good of our country.  We can have a lot to gain or an awful lot to lose and I hope it’s GAIN!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Presidential election-2008 My thoughts and rants !!!!!

Send in the clowns!!!  I really have to laugh at the Presidential election this year as it is one of the most screwed up election I have witnessed.  By the actions of the media you would think it a horrible thing for a woman, and a mother at that, to even consider running for an office, what, with children,?  What about a man as a father, I guess that is acceptable and nothing to take in consideration that his duties as a father might be interrupted or are they saying a father isn’t as important as a mother???? 

Let’s think back to when Bobby Kennedy was a father of 9-10 and running for President.  I guess it doesn’t matter how many children a man has to be responsible for to run for the office but let a woman run and my God she is choosing politics over her family. 

Has anyone noticed how many women commentators and anchors there are and you know what they have children too but let’s not point to the media it’s the media’s job to point to everyone else.  I particulary notice that Fox News has many segments with women anchors and also send women out in the fields to report on stories, tropical storms and hurricanes.  Are they considered a bad parent because of their occupation?????

I personally am sick of hearing about Sarah Palin and the fact that she is a mother and one with a special needs child.  Does that make her any less capable of doing a good job as VP.  I have seen quite a few VP’s who have done absolutely nothing.  I want to see an election that speaks to a platform of intentions I don’t want to hear a candidate say if I’m elected I will do this or that as they don’t always have the last word.  Show me a candidate who says if I’m elected I will TRY and not I will.  To me that makes more sense and I’d vote for that one in a heart beat. 

Let’s have an election not based on sex or race but based on what they will try to do for us, especially the middle and lower class plus senior citizens as they get the brunt of it.  As a senior citizen myself I see medicare being reduced each year and health benefits are almost zero.  Health benefits are for the rich and the big boys on the hill who don’t have to pay for any and have the sky as the limit on their medical care.  I’m sure not a one of them has to worry each month as to whether they eat or spend their medicare benefits on prescription drugs. 

OK, I have vented and could go on and on but for my sake and yours I’m going to end it here.  If anyone would like to share their thoughts I’d like to hear from  you……..flagranny2

Questions, not answers, highlight YouTube debate – Democratic Presidential

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN)
This past Monday night 8 Democratic Presidential hopefuls were at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina to participate in the most unusual debate ever.  For the first time they did not field questions compiled by journalists nor did they take questions from the audience.  This debate was hosted by CNN with questions submitted though YouTube, a web site that well known for making online videos. 

The following link is a link to a video, which I think you will enjoy,  that highlights 11 short segments of the debate some of which are quite humorous and, in my opinion,  probably pretty much sumed up as to how the whole debate went.  Actually it was just enough for me as I just feel that from now till the last hour all candidates will change their platforms many times over according to how they are running in the polls. 

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/23/debate.main/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

However if you missed the debate and are interested in watching it I’ve included the links for you and wish you good luck.   

Click on the following links to watch segments of the entire debate.

Watch Part 1 of the debate Video
Candidates weigh in on what makes them different, what exactly is “liberal,” race and its influence on the response to Hurricane Katrina and same-sex marriage.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

Watch Part 2 of the debate Video
Candidates discuss Darfur, Iraq withdrawal, women registering for selective service and meeting with leaders of other countries.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

Watch Part 3 of the debate Video
Questions via YouTube cover issues ranging from their favorite teacher, No Child Left Behind, public vs. private schools, sex education, Al Gore, global warming and alternative energy.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

Watch Part 4 of the debate Video
Candidates tackles issues including minimum wage, Social Security, taxes, health care and religion.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

Politics: Then and Now from my point of view

Presidential candidates – Millionaires, Billionaires and Jokers, Oh My!!

What a year this is for a presidential election.  I wish we could enlist several more to run and maybe there would be one worthy of my vote.  So far I am finding it hard to endorse any candidate.  When it comes to the presidential election I’m one who will endorse and vote for the candidate who I feel best represents me and the issues I support. 
I remember the first year I was old enough to vote in a presidential election. Wow, to me I felt like I had truly reached a milestone, an even bigger one than when I reached the age of 16 and got my driver’s license. 

I mean there I was, actually standing in line holding a copy of the sample ballot that I had pre-marked.  I remember feeling the closer I got to the voting booth the more anxious I became, but in a good way.  I was going to cast a vote for my choice for our next president and my vote would actually count, at least in my mind I thought it would.  Our next president would be either Richard M. Nixon or John F. Kennedy.  We know the outcome of that election.

That year prior to the election I had watched all debates, read as many articles I could and looked up as much information I could find about each candidate.  This was serious business and I don’t think on that day you could have found anyone as proud as I was. 

That was then but that has all changed now. 

It seems like each election year from then on has been a disaster.  Each year the cost to even become a candidate has become so outrageous that the possibility of the one person who would or could be a great president can’t afford to even toss their hat in the ring.  To me, that is wrong.  –A president should not be allowed to buy their way into the White House.  -A president should be one who knows what it is like to face the day to day issues that people other than millionaires face.  -They should know what it is like not to be able to afford everything and possibly know how it feels to be told you need surgery but don’t have enough insurance to pay for it.  -To know what it is like being a citizen and go to the health department and be denied a service only to see immigrants being approved.  -They should be aware of the struggles of being a senior citizen.

Every candidate running this year is a billionaire/millionaire.  I’m not a journalist so I can only write from my heart and tell how I feel.

As a millionaire, can a candidate relate to the majority of the people who are living in what I would say is the low to poverty income level.  It used to be middle America but to me that has changed.  I see too many who are struggling from day to day not to just make ends meet but to stay afloat to keep from drowning. 

As a millionaire, can a candidate relate to being told you have cancer and need surgery but the surgery has to be put off as you don’t have enough insurance and the doctor won’t touch you unless you have X amt of money.   

As a millionaire can a candidate relate to waiting for the surgery as they had to apply for state aide and while sitting and waiting to be called in the office you see immigrants go in and come out and head right over to the health department.  It’s your turn, you go in and apply and are told it will take a month for the approval to come through.  Can a candidate relate?

As a millionaire, can a candidate relate to the senior citizens who are struggling to live on a monthly budget of social security and pensions.  Their SS and pensions do not adjust to the increase of the cost of living so their 3% increase is barely a drop in the bucket when you consider once they become a senior citizen they become government dependant.  It isn’t a choice, it’s mandatory. 

As a millionaire can they relate to relinquinishing their health insurance to the government’s mandatory Medicare Insurance which causes many to give up the doctor they have been going to for years and having to choose one who takes Medicare and those are becoming less and less. 

As a millionaire, can they relate to having to go on Medicare which does not cover medications so then they have to find a prescription D drug plan.  The premiums for these plans are outrageous.  If your monthly premiums aren’t bad enough you do get a brief discount on your drugs until you reach an out of pocket expense of $2100 then you pay FULL RETAIL until you reach an out of pocket expense of $3600.  This is when, as a senior citizen, you will at some point most likely have to decide whether to spend money for food or medications.  Can a millionaire relate to that? 

I could go on forever but there has to be a stopping point so I will do just that.  I am not against those who have money, I am against the fact that there is a price to pay for running for the highest office and I don’t feel that a millionaire/billionaire sitting in the oval office can relate to important issues.  Just like a priest, I could never understand how they could be considered a marriage counselor.

If you have read this I appreciate your sticking it out.  If I have made any sense, again I appreciate that too.  If you have any comments I welcome them as well as discussions.  I haven’t decided who I will cast my vote for but I am going to follow them all very close.