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How the Europeans Feel About U.S. Politics October 16, 2008

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I have officially heard it more than once now….The rest of the world is unhappy with our current political situation.  The upcoming elections are causing anxiety for everyone else, too.  

Collectively it seems that they want Barack Obama to become the next leader of our country.  They are ready for a change… not necessarily all the change he speaks of, but the hope that something will change after the past eight years of disappointing leadership.

Education Isn’t Everything October 9, 2008

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This was forwarded to me this morning….

“Educational  Background:

Barack Obama:

  • Columbia  University – B.A. Political Science with a  Specialization in International  Relations.
  • Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum  Laude

Joseph Biden:

  • University of Delaware –  B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
  • Syracuse University College of Law – Juris  Doctor (J.D.)

John McCain:

  • United  States Naval Academy – Class rank: 894 of  899

Sarah Palin:

  • Hawaii Pacific University –  1 semester
  • North Idaho College – 2 semesters –  general study
  • University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
  • Matanuska-Susitna College – 1  semester
  • University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A.  in Journalism

Education isn’t everything, but  this is about the two highest offices in the land  as well as our standing in the world. You make the  call.”

The Biggest Job Interview – The Presidential Election September 26, 2008

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40 days until the biggest decision the country will have to make for a while.  Basically the candidates are interviewing for a very important job: The President of the United States of America.  The employer: The American public.  They have a series of opportunities to tell us about themselves and why they are the best applicant for the job throughout the campaign.

Who do you want to hire?  Barack Obama and Joe Biden or John McCain and Sarah Palin?  What factors are really the important ones to consider?  Does it matter what religion they practice?  Does it matter what their family values are?  Or does it matter how they want to handle the situation in Iraq? Or how they propose to fix the economic policies within the United States?

We are at a point where the bigger picture is far more important than the minor details.  Who will do the best job of easing the concerns of American’s about the war?  Who will look out for the American public as they continue to lose jobs to outsourcing?  Who will make the United States better tomorrow than it is today?

Presidential Debates September 24, 2008

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Election time is near.  Time for those debates.  Though McCain would like to postpone due to our economic crisis, Obama rejected his request.

I’m always interested to see how the candidates perform.  I feel that any candidate running for these offices needs to be able to handle a traditional debate.  It is a test.  One of many that they need to pass to demonstrate their qualifications to hold the office.  I know that the answers are very rehearsed but it shows a lot about their ability to handle pressure and a little bit of the unknown with the opposing response.  The debate has the power to win or lose an election for a candidate.  It is one of very few opportunities for our country to compare and contrast both major candidates.

As much as I look forward to John McCain and Barack Obama, I am more excited to see how Joe Biden and Sarah Palin handle their VP debate.

The Problem with Taxes & the Economy September 18, 2008

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It appears the gap between the rich and the poor is expanding every second.  Some people seem to think that by giving corporations tax breaks the extra money corporations are saving will trickle down through the ranks and the people at the bottom of the ladder will be the recipients.  On the other hand, some people think that in giving these corporations tax breaks, they are putting more money into the pockets of those at the top of the ladder.

I for one, agree with the second school of thought.  It seems as though this might be helping to increase the gap between the rich and the poor.

I doesn’t seem to make sense to give more money to the rich in an effort to stimulate the economy.  Those are the people that already have money and won’t necessarily spend any additional money.  Putting money into the hands of the middle class seems like it would be spent.  This is a social class that is struggling to make ends meet and if they had the extra money, they would spend it in turn, stimulating the economy.

Barack Obama has a tax plan to give all of those in the middle class a $1000 tax break.  By my theory, this plan to stimulate the economy from the bottom up will be far more effective than giving those tax breaks to the top in hopes of it trickling down.