Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Sixty-Four-Thousand Dollar Question

I have a few questions to ask, other than where the heck was John Edwards and what kind of deal has he struck with the Clinton campaign?

Why is it Obama can diss Bill Clinton? Can you imagine what would happen if Senator Clinton said a peep about Michelle Obama?

Doesn't matter though because the best line of the night was Clinton's "I've been taking it for 16 years..." She has. She's been investigated, maligned, scoffed at, humiliated... the list goes on and on.

And she's still standing. In fact, she's about to become the Democratic nominee.

I love the term "green collar jobs" but how many, realistically, can there be in a country where lobby money has kept green technology out of cars, out of houses, and out of industry for years and years? When are we going to address the oil industry's influence in Washington, DC?

We need a tax break, and we need it now. We are in a recession. Enough with the bullshit about inflation rates that don't include gas and food prices. How long can anyone live without heating oil? Or food? Give the middle class gets 600 dollars? They will spend it. It will go back into the economy. Give it to corporations or the wealthy? It does no good. Can we have a tax break that actually makes sense for once?

Why isn't anyone talking about George Bush's plan to make the tax breaks- that only help the wealthy and the corporations- permanent? Maybe Edwards can talk about that since he's clearly done running.

Who is keeping an eye on what those damn Republicans are up to?

And why did Obama play the political card- Ronald The Saint Reagan- and not expect to be hammered for it?

Slum Lords or Marian Wright Edelman? To all prospective political wanna be's graduating from law school? That corporate gig might look tempting now but when you can say you went to the Children's Defense Fund instead of defending the rights of scum living off the poor? It might not buy Armani but it will go a long way at the polls.

How many people are sick of the pandering to the audience? It's like a cheap wedding singer trick. “I am so glad to be here in (enter name).” “Thank you to the good people of (enter name.)” Quote Fredrick Douglass. Ask whom Martin Luther King would vote for. Enough already. Just get to the debate.

But now I'm going to jump ahead, assume that Clinton wins the nomination and Obama comes in second because clearly, Edwards is done.

The sixty-four-thousand dollar question?

Should Clinton have Obama be her running mate?

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Anonymous Laura said...


9:39 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

*grins* I don't know enough to comment however I'm keen - how much tax do Americans pay?

Aussies pay between 25%-50%(ish) depending on their income and 10% on goods and services (food, gas etc) :)

12:37 AM  
Blogger Ulla said...

I think you are really, really unfair to Obama about Ronald Reagan, but never mind. He won't be her running mate - he has come to loathe her.

3:15 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

oh, Ulla, loathing in American politics is choreographed and scripted.

don't be so sure.

7:15 AM  
Blogger MLC said...

Tag you're IT.

Mid-Life Clarity

8:36 AM  
Blogger Sue J said...

No. If Clinton does get the nomination (fingers crossed), you can be sure Obama will be planning for the next election. And although he'd have good odds historically of getting the nomination if he were already the VP, I don't think those two could get their egos in check enough to make it work.

I'd love if she picked Richardson because he has so much foreign policy experience and we need someone to start wiping up the mess Bush has gotten us into. But, I think she will pick someone off the radar. And I think it will be a white male.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Ulla said...

I agree with Sue - they couldn't possibly work together, and Obama can run again in four years if he is not nominated this time around, because there is NO way Clinton could win the general election.
I still hope for his nomination, however, and believe that if he is nominated, he has a great chance of winning.
On the electability issue the polls support me.
A propos, Sara: if feelings are generally scriptet in american politics, does that mean you are fine with anyone suggesting senator Clinton teared up on purpose?

11:34 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I'll take the fifth on that, Ulla.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Ulla said...

It's a darn fine ole thing, that constitution :-)

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, thats where I think you are wrong ulla. We are in serious trouble if Obama wins the nomination. I'm sorry, Hillary could actually win the nation now way in heck Obama can. He can't even win the Democrats... Someone with that amount of charisma and charm should be having the Dems in a parade behind him, but he doesn't. He is too inexperienced, and clearly an egotistical hothead. When the going has become hard he came out swinging and vindictive, not the kind of president I want.

...running for cover now....

11:38 AM  
Blogger Finn McVeigh said...

Low and middle income people actually don't tend to spend one-time checks from the government on goods and services, despite what we all think happens. People are actually pretty rationale and will use this money primarily to pay down debt. The last time Bush sent out rebate checks, only 20% of the money was spent on goods and services. The majority went to paying down debt.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Why, Finn, you are smart for a two year old!

Yes, only 20% went into the economy directly, but if that debt didn't start to get paid down, too, people would continue to feel the crunch and cut back on spending.

I think it's a psychological boost when you have extra room on the credit card.

But it's not going to effect spending on staples, like diapers, so don't worry, good man. You're covered.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Finn McVeigh said...

I am almost out of diapers and almost out of patience. If you want to impact the economy now in a positive way, don't talk to me about sending everyone a small check in 5 months. That's almost a quarter of my life. Who can wait? Sell some oil from the Stratetic Reserves, drive the price of oil down to $60 a barrel which would immediately start saving the country more than $30 billion per month and lead to lower food, heating, and all other costs. Plus rather than the government taking on debt, it raises money that can be used to pay for those rebate checks. Vote for me for President in 33 years.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

finn, you have my vote. I'll be at the polls holding your sign in my wheel chair.

well, no, not a wheel chair because the boomers are shifting the economic reality such that parts will be parts. I'll be able to ride a mountain bike till I'm 100!


getting Bush to release the strategic reserves would mean giving him carte blanche to drill in Alaska.

wait, we did that, didn't we?

you are right but it's not going to happen until a democrat is in office.

five months is perfect timing for the election and the republicans MUST have something to show.

a check in the mail right before everyone votes?

they have no shame, you know.

I'm sorry, but no oil, no matter how much sense it makes, will be released.

and what are you? some kind of liberal?

8:47 PM  

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