McCain

Last year, I really enjoyed sharing my random thoughts as I watched the state of the union speech so I decided to do it again.

I love the state of the union speech.  It is such a time capsule, capturing the political landscape and always full of interesting moments.  I am always curious what the President has to say, whether I agree with some or all or none of it is really irrelevant.  Well, other than the amount of wine I need to consume to keep my blood pressure stabilized.

Please keep in mind that this is my random train of thought.  There are summarizations of what was said as well as my own opinion and commentary and it may not be clear what’s what. There may even be some grammatical and spelling errors, I didn’t do much proofreading.

Take it for what it is and watch the speech yourself. I encourage you to create your own running commentary and share it with the group. That would be really cool.

Oh yeah, I am so not interested in being yelled at for my opinions.  That’s what they are, my opinions.  Feel free to share yours, but disrespect will not be tolerated.

So here we go.  “Mr. Speaker,  The President of The United States ” …

I guess we should first note that many democrats and republicans are sitting intermixed next to each other.  This seems to be in a statement of good will during this time of strife, with the shooting and all.  I think everyone realizes that more civility is needed and that the violent rhetoric was a little out of line.  I would think they would feel this way personally, even if they won’t say it out loud.  Of course, there is a group of republicans that are refusing to participate.

It makes me sad that some people refuse to see the value of working together toward best solutions for the common good.

Let us all take a moment to send good thought out to Sen. Giffords and her family.  Tragedy.

Wow, I teared up just looking at that little girls father.

I always love that the vice president and the speaker have to sit up there and try to keep a straight face the whole time.

Governing is a shared responsibility.  Please please please can we start to work together and stop all this insane fighting.

Funny, all the corporations are making money again, but people and small businesses are suffering and my house just lost another 15%.  Your right Mr. President, I would like you to work together to fix this.

This is a changing world.  Other countries are kicking our butts. It is time to come to terms with the fact that there is no going back. It is time to embrace change and move forward folks.

I am so tired of hearing about how great we are.  Stop fluffing everybody’s feathers and start telling me what you are going to do to fix this and how you are going to get bipartisan support for that.

Out educate, Out innovate and Out build the rest of the world.

Winning the future…

1st step.  Encourage innovation.

It doesn’t just change our lives it is how we make our living.  Invest in research.  biomedical, information technology and green energy.

It’s like a good rock band, we have to constantly reinvent ourselves.

Hmm, I like that.  Take the money we subsidise the oil companies and give that money to people doing research and building clean energy technology. 2035, 80% electricity from clean energy.

What kind doesn’t really matter, let’s work together to get it done.

2nd step.  Education

Over half the jobs require more than a college education, while over a quarter of kids aren’t even graduating from high school.

Calling out to parents to take responsibility for their kids education.  Make sure your child does their homework, give accolades to those who do well in academic ventures, not just sports and entertainment.   Set a good example and instill a love of learning in your kids.  Be encouraging and supportive.

Success in not a function of fame, but of hard work and discipline.

Expectations should be high in school.  Must reform our school systems not throw more money at a bad system.  Here Here!!!!

Get rid of no child left behind and replace it with a better program.  Yay!!!!

Reform is a bottom up process, not a top down.  We must empower each child to acheive.  Tell them that they are smart and can accomplish whatever they put their minds to and guess what?  They will.

Give teachers some respect, would you.  And, guess what?  Being a bad teacher isn’t going to cut it any more.

Become a teacher, you country needs you.  But how are you going to make sure that being a teacher doesn’t require having a second job?

Boehner looks annoyed.

The goal.  The highest percentage of college graduates in the world.

Illigal imigration.  Needs adressing.  Difficult debate.  Let’s have it.

Step 3. What is step three? I don’t know but it starts about here.

Infrastructure.   We got a D in the quality of our infrastructure.  Sad really.

Re-double the efforts of the last two years and put americans to work.  Pick projects based on the economy, not the politicians.  Good luck with that.

Hee Hee.  He made a funny.

Oh dude, wake up.  You almost got caught with your finger up your nose.

Rigging the tax code to benefit the few.  Must change it.

It disgusts me that there are so many loop holes that a few corporations pay no taxes while other pay through the nose.

Boehner is not being very successful controlling his grimace.

Regulation is not the problem.  Protecting people is necessary, but I agree that we shouldn’t put undo burden on business.  But no rules is simply not an option.  You can not avoid that some people are greedy and selfish and will exploit people to make a profit.

Is that booing over the health care law?  tacky.

If you have better ideas, bring it.  Let’s here em.

Disagreeing and pointing out flaws is not even close to coming up with solutions.  Help solve the problems and stop you bitching.

Like so many people have stated in the past.  Are you going to be part of the problem or part of solution.  Really it is that simple.  Nothing comes of all this negativity, it just doesn’t.

Finally.  Live within our means.

Freeze domestic annual spending for 5 years?  Let’s cut what we can do without, but not on the back of our most vulnerable citizens.

Let’s stop pretending that cutting annual spending alone will be enough.  It won’t.  Cut excessive spending anywhere we find it.

Did you hear that?  Repealing the health care bill will increase the deficit by more than 250 billion dollars.

Malpractice reform is back on the table.

strenthen Social Security without slashing benefits or putting it at the hands of the stock market.

Say by by to the tax cuts.

Simplify the tax code, best for everyone.  Good plan.  Don’t repeal or extend anything.  Reform the whole damn thing.

I love the scale of his vision.  Go big or go home.  Think bigger

More competent government, imagine that?

Hey, it’s Gary Locke.

Ooh, another funny.  Hee hee.

Wow, re-org the federal government.  Well now, that is a current concept.  I think I was re-orged six times during my five years at a software company.  Can’t say whether it was good strategy or not.

He will veto any bill with earmarks.  Look at the grin on McCains face.

The Iraq war is coming to an end.  Over 100,000 troops home so far.

A little rose colored on the Afghan war, I think.  Gonna start bringing the troops home next year though and that is good.   Enough war please.

Oh god, here comes the stand up sit down portion of our program.  There should be rules about standing ovations and applause.  Let the man speak.

Well hello Patty.  Looks like people are starting to get tired.  Me too.  That can’t be a good sign.

Wow, those old generals look pissed about gay people serving in the military.

Get over yourselves people.  Stop being threatened by things and people you don’t understand.  Different than you does not mean evil or scary, just different.  You might be surprised how much you can learn from someone who feels, speaks, dresses or lives differently than you.

Solar roofing shingles.  Now that’s cool.

We Do Big Things.  We are country of ordinary people who dare to dream.

Well, not left teary eyed with inspiration, but a good speech none the less.  Big ideas, big arguments, big reforms.  I like that.

I agree that the first half of the speech was better than the second half.

Watch the speech now!

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Poor Joe Biden has quite the dilemma tonight. His job is to take Sarah Palin out, but he also risks sounding pompous and elitist if he goes after her too aggressively.

It’s almost too easy to make Sarah Palin sound incompetent, she doesn’t even know which newspapers she reads, or should I say that the party would want her to read. “All of em’, any of em’ “, really. Or what about the supreme court. The only decision she was able to name that she disagreed with was Roe vs. Wade. Not one other came to mind. It’s like she is frozen when asked a question that hasn’t been covered by her handlers.

Is she really as unknowledgeable as she appears to be or is she just frozen by all the media training she getting right now. I’m not sure, but you have to feel for her a little. This must be just the most overwhelming thing she has ever had to deal with. I don’t envy her.

But with that said, I don’t want to see someone so overwhelmed or in need of training or completely unknowledgeable about our government to be so close to the office of the president. This is one of the many reasons that I don’t support McCain or this middle American notion that the president should be someone you want to have a beer with and that someone who is contemplative and educated is unable to relate and elitist. I want my president to be the smartest, most educated, natural leader, charismatic, persuasive and knowledgeable person in the room, and I would love nothing more than to have a beer with Barack Obama. What a great conversation that would be.

I think it would be very easy for Biden to wipe the floor with Palin, but he must be careful, especially since he is known for not being able to keep his mouth shut and I, as someone with the same affliction, know that I would have a hard time not saying something snide to her. “Are you kidding me?” and “What the…” are common beginnings to my own personal commentary, when I listen to Palin speak.

I also want to put it right out there that he should not be easy on her because he is afraid of upsetting women. I know that there are women out there that will make a big chauvinist to do if he attacks her at all, but most women don’t feel that way. I have heard more and more women, as Palin has been increasingly available publicly and more is known about her, who are offended that the republican party would think that just because she is a woman that she would automatically appeal to us, especially mothers.

But I am also hearing socially conservative people talking about how they too are not fooled by her social views that they find so appealing. They too want someone who is capable of handling the responsibilities of the white house, running this country and representing us abroad. I hope that more and more conservatives will begin to see it this way, but I don’t hold my hopes up.

So, Mr. Biden, please crush her tonight. Show the world they can have confidence in Obama and show off all that foreign policy experience you have. I have a feeling that she will bury herself. But, don’t be soft on her because your afraid of the consequences, be tough, be yourself and take her down. Just be nice about it.

When I learned of McCain’s VP choice, all I could do was repeat “The governor of Alaska?” over and over again. Who the hell is that? What is he thinking? I have hashed this over and over today. My take?

Of course he wants a woman to say ‘see, we can be historical too’ and try to play to women. I was surprised to hear today that the large majority of mothers vote republican. This blows my mind. How do they possibly think that the republicans are looking out for them and their children? I guess if your only concern is making sure that everyone in the country thinks the exact same way as you, then maybe you can overlook the rest. I don’t claim to understand it at all.

I would hope though that the Hillary supporters can see further than this woman’s gender. Would I love to see a woman in the white house? Of course. Do I want my daughter to know that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to and have opportunities available to her that were not available to past generations. Absolutely. But, not like this. This choice, this woman, has nothing to do with any of that.

McCain also needs to make sure that the conservative right doesn’t stay home and I think this is what this is really about. If this group doesn’t care about experience or ability to rule, but only care about their own social agenda then this is a great match for them.

Another interesting point I just learned about her is that she (as are almost all Alaskans) is pro drilling in ANWR. She has stated clearly (see the article discussed below) that she will push the Alaskan agenda if elected VP. Just another notch in McCain drill drill drill belt. Hasn’t he been touting his environmental prowesses? HA!

Although I could rant for another hour about all of this, the author of Mudflats (an Alaskan political blogger) has written an elegant and entertaining article about the lovely Palin (she is quite pretty, right?). You must read this, It’s great.

What is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective

I have heard several discussions on the radio over the last couple of weeks that had a member of Just Say No Deal on the panel. After hearing the third separate member shock me with their bitterness and delusions, I just had to say something.

They say some of the most outlandish things I have ever heard. The last panel I was listening to, one member of there organization used the words “borderline fascist” when referring to the democratic party and the presidential nomination process.

They are so angry that their candidate didn’t win that they are willing to aggressively sabotage the election process. Would they really rather have McCain and every scary thing that that entails, such as the continuation of bush’s policies, appointment of more very conservative supreme court judges, more war, no addressing of the severely flawed and failing education in this country and a misguided approach to helping the economy recover, rather than have Obama in the White house, simply because Hillary didn’t win the primary fair and square.

Hillary ran a great race and although I truly believe that Obama is the better candidate and that he is better for America than Hillary would be, if Hillary had won the primary by following the existing rules (not the ones she made up), I would have been upset for a little while, but I would have gotten squarely behind Hillary, because she is certainly better than McCain or any other republican they could put out there.

Let’s get real here folks. I am glad that Hillary will get her roll call at the convention. It was close enough that this is clearly the right thing to do. But, why all the anger. Obama won fair and square, following the rules to a tee.

I like to use a football example (don’t ask why, I hate football). Just because the losing team makes a great and triumphant comeback in the second half and gets within one point at the end of the game, doesn’t mean that they deserved to win and the the win should be stripped from the winning team. That’s just absurd. Hillary made some major mistakes at the beginning of her campaign and just because she finally got it together at the end, but not enough to overtake Obama, doesn’t mean that she should win. She didn’t win. Get over it. There is nothing about Hillary Clinton that makes her more entitled to the nomination than anyone else.

Are the rules a little messed up? Maybe. That doesn’t mean you can change them to suit your purposes, it just doesn’t.  It is time to rally and get a democrat elected so that we can start fixing the atrocities that have happened over the last eight years.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I get that, I have mine too obviously. But, why is this organization getting so much traction in the press? Why are so many people listening to such extreme views and obvious sour grapes? You got me.

I am glad to know that Hillary’s organization is denouncing this kind of behavior, although I think it should be done a little more directly.  If it were me, I would be a little more direct with addressing this organization because the sheer number of people that are falling for this crap.

Here are a couple of references…

Hillary tells Puma ‘NO DEAL’

Here is an article with Hillary denouncing Ricki Liebermann, but not PUMA directly.

I would think there would be more about this, but not too much was easily found.

I will not bless Puma or Just Say No Deal with a link from this site. If you are interested they are easily found on the internet.

Instead, I will post links to the blog portions of both the Clinton and Obama websites. I feel the blog sections are the most informative, and of course you can easily access the rest of their sites from their.

Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton