May 15th, 2012
As per Granderson on CNN, the general election 2012 is going to cost upwards of $1.5 Billion. Is that going to help us get a little bit less broke?
Why not force the candidates to just post their opinions online? They can debate on TV – that doesn’t cost them anything.
PS: Web hosting is not free either, but Google (through Blogger), Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and other companies provide enough free channels that and recoup through advertising.)
September 19th, 2009
On one hand I oppose Joe Wilson and other neo conservatives who try to block the health care reform by obfuscating the debate using irrelevant issues such as immigration, but in the same breath I also do not support racism witch hunts which surface every time two people argue.
Peace guys – hear no evil, see no evil. People disagree for reasons more than one.
September 11th, 2009
The polarization of our society and the twisting of each argument into unnecessary, irrelevant complications are the hallmark features of our times. If you say something (like DC needs voting rights) and you need me to agree with it, then you will need to agree with something I say (like gun control is illegal). It isn’t really required that the two things be related – any two things can be intertwined if required. The current focus on the alleged benefits that will be reaped by illegal immigrants (and that is reason enough not to do any health care reform) is a case in point. Obviously these two things are so closely related that congressman Wilson had to shout out! I don’t really know what is worse – Joe Wilson simply being an emotional fella, with no clear judgment on the appropriate ways to bring up his point, or Joe Wilson being a determined Republican who will not go along with the president no matter what? (I get the sense he is proud on both the counts.)
Does Joe Wilson not realize that illegal immigrants (and legal visitors, too) can go to the emergency health institutions at any time anyway (even in the current system)?
Or as we say it inside the beltway – I don’t need to answer your questions, I simply need to question your answers!
November 3rd, 2008
It is a day before the Nov 4th election day, and whatever I write here today will be utterly meaningless and out of date tomorrow – either as obvious understatement, or as an obvious lack of understanding by a politics neophyte; still, I must document what I saw yesterday.
For the record, I was a Hillary supporter. When she lost, I went to center, between Obama and McCain. Then came Palin. I ran and ran and ran and ran. Towards Obama. It turns out that I was not alone (though I certainly did not see other people running with me). As I talked yesterday with friends and other members of the community, this effect was very common. Some people were simply angry that McCain would try to win female votes using any woman. Others were aghast at this gambling behavior, picking someone he just met 18 hrs ago (thats what I hear – seems unlikely, at least to me).
Still, there are more things upsetting about Palin than simply the fact that she does not have significant experience. For one, her rhetoric conveys a lack of depth in many things. As an example, her labeling the troop withdrawl as a “white flag of surrender” shows that she simply does not realize that the Iraqi people now want the US forces out of there – indeed even the Iraqi govt (that the US itself helped form) is now asking for a 2011 troop withdrawl guarantee. Then, on what basis is the war that Palin wants to keep fighting till infinity?
Now, it seems that Palin is really helping Obama, and it is also possible that this “close” race finishes with well over 300 votes for Obama. Till tomorrow.