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9/5/2008
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I work for you

He says. He says.
I loathe politicians. I’ve always suspected that you have to be a bit mental to want to run for office and talk with all that pompous posturing and shake hands and be friendly and all that.
Can you imagine we spoke ‘politician speech’ normally?

Bob: Hi Joe. Have a good weekend?

Joe: Yes, I did Bob. This weekend I was Smith Town in Iowa and met the Rutgers family. Joe and Barbara Rutgers are feeling the pinch of the economy as the price of heating oil rises and they are concerned about making it through the winter with enough heating oil – which, by the way, is caused by you, Bob, and your Washington cronies.


Palin
On one hand the picking of Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate was a brilliant move. It made him all maverick-y and unpredictable and she is female and young.
On the other hand she reminds me of those creepy pro-Clinton/anti-Obama women who got airtime during the DNC and just come off as racist, hate-filled… freaks.

Experience
The great thing with Palin (and Obama to a lesser extent) is that her short resume makes it so much easier to condense her personality and beliefs. What makes me nervous is her tendency to throw her political weight around.
That thing with the librarian and the book banning.
That alleged thing with the firing of the highway patrol man who was her sister’s ex-husband.
Isn’t that just politics as usual?
Other than the scale, what makes her any different from Bush/Cheney/Rove and their political appointments and firings?
Is that how hockey moms roll?



McCain’s speech
I had the same issue with McCain’s speech (which I didn’t watch, but have read) that I had with Obama’s speech.
They are going to cut taxes and increase the quality of services. How does that happen?
A lot of times it just seems like they are shifting money from one bucket to another and I will still at the end of the day pay the same amount of taxes and some services will suffer while others will get more money. This is probably just the problem you have when you generalize such a monumentally complex subject like our economy.



Health Care
My health care plan will make it easier for more Americans to find and keep good health care insurance. His plan will force small businesses to cut jobs, reduce wages, and force families into a government run health care system where a bureaucrat stands between you and your doctor.

I mean, there’s another monumentally complex subject. What the f-ck does any of that mean? I like how everyone just knee-jerk complains about getting the government involved in health care – as if the current system is doing anyone any good other than the actual health insurance company (they apparently sleep on piles of money with many beautiful women every night).
Who knows if getting the government involved will change things – but don’t we need to actually try and do something major?



Education
Senator Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucracies. I want schools to answer to parents and students. And when I’m President, they will.

WTF does that mean? Answer to students? Great idea. The school day will consist of gym and pizza parties.
Parents? Aren’t PTA meetings already notoriously under attended?



Works for me?
You know, I’ve been called a maverick; someone who marches to the beat of his own drum. Sometimes it’s meant as a compliment and sometimes it’s not. What it really means is I understand who I work for. I don’t work for a party. I don’t work for a special interest. I don’t work for myself. I work for you.

See, I thought that was a high point in McCain’s speech. He and his people love that maverick tag, and for good reason. It’s an attractive quality for a politician. I just thought that last sentence was awkward. He works us? Er, I mean, ‘me’? But, doesn’t “you” also include the party? And lobbyists? They are people, too?

I think “I work for you” doesn’t work.
How about “I work for America” or “I work for freedom”?
“I work for the American Dream”.
But, “you”? Vague.



Who I work for
You.
The weekend.
The ladies.
Salami.
Aged bottles of Riesling.
Handsome trousers.
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Let's never fight again





I love that picture of Bush and McCain. It's not as good as the one sharing birthday cake while New Orleans drowns, meaning-wise, but McCain looks so...content. So "George, you complete me. Let's never part again." in the image.
»stu ||  9/5/2008 ||  12:30:10 PM
rich, i agree with what you - i am often found pacing the living room floor asking "but what does it me for ME?!?!?"
»lisa ||  9/8/2008 ||  8:35:13 PM
I am still waiting to cool down before I post about this. But this whole bullshit about her daughter's pregnancy being off limits is absurd. She campaigns against choice and believes that abstinence education works. And then her teen daughter gets knocked up. That's like saying its a non issue that your kid drowned while campaigning against swimming lessons.
»pony ||  9/8/2008 ||  11:56:17 PM



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