Tuesday, September 30, 2008

John Boehner is a whiney little bitch!! Hmmm....This turned into quite the little rant!

Had to include that clip because he cries! There's no crying on the House Floor!!!!!!!!

I am sick of hearing that partisan politics (Wikipedia defines: Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause.) has ruined things in Congress. In the US government this IS THE STANDARD! If an agreement on a particular bill can't be reached, then the presenting faction is to blame for not having compromised in favor of the other party's interests. In the case that the executive branch hands down a bill to congress, it must take both parties' needs into account in order to pass it. These are the fundamentals of our government's system of checks and balances!

If Nancy Pelosi's speech today changed any representative's vote on the economic bailout proposal, then those who changed their minds should not hold the positions they do! A responsible politician should leave his/her feelings at the door, and focus on the situation at-hand. However scathing and ill-advised that speech may have been, it had nothing to do with what was written into the bailout proposal! Either these representatives were looking for some excuse not to vote for it, or they didn't understand its importance. Get it together you fucking crybabies!!

I would like to note that I do not support any "bailout" of these failing finance companies by American tax-payers this includes Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearn, etc... I think the market will correct itself regardless of any funding by the federal government. The bailout will only prolongue the inevitable bottoming-out of the finance and housing markets. The lesson to be learned is that risky lending is exactly what it sounds like. Lenders have created this crisis by lending to high-risk borrowers whose credit ratings were such that the FHA deemed them uninsurable. Now, these already over-extended borrowers are having trouble paying their bills, and in turn the lenders' credit scores have begun to drop as premiums fail to be paid. All the while, housing prices have continued to inflate to the point where the average person can't possibly afford a home without entering into a high-risk, adjustable-rate, piece-of-crap loan. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true! The lesson: Don't live beyond your means!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Before I make judgments on the debate further, I would like to mention that the involvement of either candidate in the investment "bailout" had no effect!!! This was, as I said, a political stunt!! The president, of course, was involved; and no one can possibly rule out Karl Rove's foul stench! Misdirection has been the desired effect, and it has been straying the public eye from the point.


Barack Obama was masterful in this debate, and he had McCain on the defensive all the while!!! There were fundamental disagreements without opportunities to rebut, but I appreciate the fact that there were, at least, retorts allowed between candidates over policy differences. The mediator allowed the candidates to prove their points without having to adhere to a time frame. This should be the way of all presidential debates.
I need to see this on youtube before I comment further!!! Tooo much wine and beer for now!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Someone please tell McCain about the communication age!

The move by the McCain campaign to postpone Friday's debate is purely political. It is meant to induce a miss-step by the Obama campaign, and make McCain look like he is instrumental in saving Wall Street. I didn't think John McCain believed in any kind of government regulation on the free-market, anyway. He is flopping around like a fish-out-of-water!!
A US president is required to be in two or more places at once on a daily basis. There are many communications channels that can allow a person to participate in a negotiation in Washington while preparing for a debate in Mississippi! Someone should tell John McCain about the internet!!!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A true political conservative's views on the American religious lobbies

In the search for representation in the current government, I am forced to look far in the past for any sign of true conservatism. I have always considered myself to be of conservative mind, but am hard-pressed to find someone with the courage to speak truth to power...a Maverick, if you will. Conservatives should be fighting for the individual, while being checked and balanced by the Liberals. This is how our government is supposed to work! For the lack of current, like-minded officials I have been forced to look into our nation's past. Barry Goldwater seems to have been the last Republican (possibly the last elected official) to fit the bill. He was a senator from Arizona, of all places, whom I believe to have truly believed in the right of the people to govern themselves (i.e. small government and a free market). Below are a couple of excerpts from speeches the senator made while he was involved in US politics. I admire him very much for his candor.

"Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism."
Acceptance Speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate.

Some say that the above speech lost him the party nomination for president. Now those are BALLS!! John McCain is a pussy!

"On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.
I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism'."

Speech in the US Senate (16 September 1981)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Socialism in America

I thought that Republicans believed in a free market. In the past three months three behemoth corporations that had apparently worn out their welcomes in the American market have been bailed out by our "Republican" executive administration. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and now AIG have been allotted billions in tax-payer dollars so as to remain players in a market which is weakened; arguably by those companies own unfair and greed driven lending. Aren't these the times when only the strong should survive? Shouldn't the market be able to take apart and absorb these corporations debts and return itself to normalcy? What is a REPUBLICAN administration doing meddling with the so-called "free market" in the first place? If this is going to be a socialist government, then I want it to admit it!! Maybe voters can then choose the person most qualified to preside over such a system. One can't claim to believe in a free-market system, and then use executive power to control the market.