Courtesy of Political GraffitiI was sitting on my deck watching the tide as it rolled in past the shoreline and into the marshes alongside the walkway leading out to the dock. It's so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. Earlier, I watched as two lines of birds headed south - one line forming the infamous V pattern flying high, then the second lower near the shoreline and in a straight line.
One wonders why some birds chose the higher road to travel and others chose the lower, closer to the shoreline. I'm not a bird expert by no means, but it does ground you in the fact that not everyone flies the same route or walks the same walk. And that's what makes America the beautiful place it is - our right to be ourselves and express our opinions and differences and not be condemned about it.
That is, unless you're a politician running for office and your opponent is out for blood.
If you're a politician running for office, you better have a thick hide and have a plan of attack because your opponents - colleagues even - are going to stick it below the belt whenever and wherever they can.
One thing that's popping up all over the Internet was a comment Obama made to a guy they're calling Joe the Plumber. Joe mentioned his business falls into that 5% that Obama is going to raise taxes to help the middle class and the poor. Joe didn't like it one bit and, of course, McCaine used this in his strategy to persuade undecided voters last night to vote for him.
I, like a lot of Americans, am tired of hearing these back and forth attacks. It's not going to make me vote for the one doing the attacking but only make my approval meter slink lower than a blue-tailed skunk.
The subject of these attacking ads came up and I think both candidates handled it pretty well. "It's just the way these things go," was sorta the opinion I got after listening to both. Reminds me of a movie I once saw of two grammar school kids - one boy one girl - who was running for office and each was determined to convince the voters to not vote for the other by bribing them with treats, etc. Did it work?
Not in the end because in the end, the blue tailed skunk finally shows its true colors. We can only hope the American people sees through this when they go to the voting polls in November.
I have watched all three debates, plus the one debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin and I am not undecided. I know full well what candidate I want to represent us in the White House and I decided this before the name smearing campaigns began. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who would be for the middle class (as I am) and who would try to be but wouldn't do as well a job, in my opinion. I did listen to the issues from both sides and at one point my vote did sway toward the other side and that was when there was a documentary on one of them and I got to see their personal side, something I never saw before, but I straightened back up and said, "Boomer Chick, vote for the one who represents you, the middle class majority, and who will do the best for you."
I have nothing against the upper class and I do not wish more taxes on them (I don't think that's the answer either), but Barack Obama made a good point. He said something to the effect of "No one likes taxes. I don't like taxes, but it's a part of life." My grandmother once said there's two things we can be certain - death and taxes - and even though we don't want our taxes raised, the money has to come from somewhere to help change America and put it on the right path.
So, with that said, if Boomer Chick was president, I would go through Washington and find every single politician who is making the big bucks by lobbyists' contributions and make them pay for these new reforms that Barack Obama will put in forth once he gets in the White House. Make them pay for new forms of energy to help us rid of our dependency on oil from foreign countries, make them pay for new jobs so that families can afford to heat their house this winter and send their kids to school on a full stomach, make them pay to bail out home owners who are losing their houses because of mortgage institutions foreclosing because they can't pay, but more importantly, make it so that it never happens again. That's a pretty tough bill to follow, but it's time Washington got a Fall cleaning in November and time for the American middle class people to finally have a voice.
And that's the only system I know that will work.
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