Monday, September 29, 2008
I didn't watch the entire debate Friday night, just the last 30 minutes or so.
In that 30 minutes they mainly talked about foreign policy and how they would proceed with other countries like Iran, Russia, and North Korea.
Which to me is the most important part of a President's policy.
Because the President only has full control of one thing.....the military.
Think about it.....
Everything else like tax cuts, insurance, education, and policy making has to be at the very least approved by the Congress.
And most of the time Congress handles everything that is associated with any of those things.
Which is why people say that politicians lie all the time. Because they don't follow through on campaign promises.
Well they can't follow through because they DON'T have final say.
Every one gets a vote and things are amended and eliminated and added to bills and policies in order to get important things passed.
But the military.....well only ONE person controls them......
So when you look at everything else the candidates are talking about realize that none of it is going to happen the way they say it will.
Obama promises tax cuts and says he will get health insurance for every American......he intends to do those things but more than likely he won't be able to. Maybe he achieves them to a certain degree but not the way he is telling you now.
But look at what they are saying about our troops and how they will handle talks with other countries.
That is the one area where they are telling the truth and they will do what they want.
Here is a slight breakdown of what I got out of their foreign policy debate:
McCain is not going to relax his strong opinions and plans of force. He WILL keep our troops in Iraq for as long as it takes. He is willing to ignore some other areas of concern to finish the job in Iraq. Because he says that Iraq is key to the situation.
And honestly I kind of agree with him. If we pull out of Iraq it is likely that Iran or some other country that we don't agree with (pretty much all of them there) will come in and take over and turn into a huge power.
The area I don't agree with McCain on is his stance with talks and negotiations. He refuses to sit with a country like North Korea or Iran until that country does something for us like disband their nuclear programs.
Why? I don't understand.
This to me sounds like something from the Cold War. We aren't going to negotiate with you unless you do something for us.
But they don't want to negotiate or talk with us.....so why would they do something for us.
I agree with Obama that you have to some sort of preparation and initial talks with these countries but you don't need to make a hard stance and say we won't work with you until you work with us first.
But it is a tough call on which candidate presents more of a danger in my eyes....
Obama will (more than likely) pull out of Iraq as soon as possible. Not right away but there will be a schedule. But he will talk more with other countries.
McCain will NOT pull out of Iraq until the job is done. But he won't talk to other countries.
Typically, and in the past, McCain's stance could work. Because we were, and still kind of are, the strongest nation in the world. And we could pretty much bully people around.
But that was when we had everyone on our side....like France, Spain, and any other country there with any power.
But now that we have ignored the diplomatic route these countries aren't backing us.
They have no problem supporting us if we have REASON to be aggressive but we typically can't show a good reason lately.
If McCain gets elected this will continue to be a problem.
I said this to my mom the other day after arguing with her about why McCain is going to ruin this country (yes I have made up my mind on who to vote for)....
It is said that the world is possibly going to come to the end on December 21, 2012 and I said that if McCain is elected.....
.....I may start to believe it!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
"John McCain is a fine man. And a good manager. Sometimes I feel like he’s running to be America’s grandfather, and I’m embarrassed to think about his policy reversals. But like I said, he’s a good manager. He’s fundamentally running a campaign of reaction, he displays no clear vision of the future. Of course, the future is terrifying, and so people are drawn to him because they think he can handle whatever comes his way, even if he presents no real understanding of what’s coming.
George Bush, by the way, is also a manager. He’s a profoundly bad one, but fundamentally, his leadership style is one of reacting to the environment (just incorrectly).
Barack Obama is not a manager. He is clearly capable of management, his primary candidacy demonstrated that. But he is not a reactionary. He is a leader. He presents a vision of the future (commonly mocked by Republican pundits), and his campaign is one of looking forward to create change (commonly parodied by everyone: Hopechange cocktail, anyone?).
A manager keeps you stable when things are changing. A leader accepts that things are changing and moves you towards stability. It’s a fundamental difference in the assumptions that each candidate has on the role of a president."
I really couldn't agree with his post more.
Obama will make a great President because of his leadership skills.
You don't have to have a ton of experience to be great at something. All you have to have is the backing of supportive people and the confidence to do it.
If he is elected he will bring this country together like never before!
Please check out Carl's post. This is just a bit but it says what I think so I wanted to include it.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
But I just picked up a book that I bought the summer of 2000.
It's a very interesting book that you should all pick up and at least skim through.
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things, by Barry Glassner.
It is pretty much about the facts behind the media's scare tactics.
For instance when you hear about how many people have this or how many times this happens, aren't you curious where they get their numbers?
Glassner basically looks into all of that and tells you about it.
He looks at different things that scare us and than makes reasonable explanations.
Here is an example:
"In 1996, Bob Garfield, a magazine writer, reviewed articles about serious diseases published over the course of a year in the Washington Post, The New York Times, and USA Today. He learned that, in addition to 59 million Americans with heart disease, 53 million with migraines, 25 million with osteoporosis, 16 million with obesity, and 3 million with cancer, many Americans suffer from more obscure ailments such as temporomandibular joint disorders (10 million) and brain injuries (2 million). Adding up the estimates, Garfield determined that 543 million Americans are seriously sick - a shocking number in a nation of 266 million inhabitants. Either as a society we are doomed, or someone is seriously double-dipping, he suggested."
Ridiculous. I bet you never even really thought about the figures you read in newspapers and hear on the news.
All you think about is how bad it sounds.
But you don't consider anything behind it.
People are so sure of their information that they ignore common sense.
Instead of just getting up and going to the doctor they delay because there is no way anything can get better so why go.
Isn't that ridiculous?
I just picked up the book this morning and started reading it again and I read both of those parts today.
The rest of the book should be just as good.
It's something that this country needs to realize....there isn't as much to be afraid of as people think!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Is it the political posts?
Is it the lack of posts?
Do people just not like me?
Okay it isn't the last one because I think it is obvious that everyone likes me so it must be one of the first two.
To challenge the first one I won't say anything. I may still post about politics but it isn't a burning desire to do right now so you can come back if that is keeping you away.
The second one is a little harder. I started a new blog/website with Verb called Jumping Offsides. It is all about sports which I love. It also includes a podcast (episode 1 is up, check it out) which takes a lot of time. And if you have noticed I have already posted MANY posts over there.
But I am going to try to post a few times a week here too. Last week I was out of town from Tuesday through Friday so I wasn't available to post much and when I was the new sports site took priority.
I am going to try to stay on a schedule over here but I am not going to divulge my thoughts until I try it for a while because I don't want to let anyone down.
Other than that everything is good here.
The puppies are getting bigger and getting better at listening and whatnot.
I haven't really done much else other than watch football and read for a while now so I hope you are all doing well and while I may not post, I do still read!
In fact my google reader is over 300 and I am slowly catching up.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Verb and I have started our own blog and will be posting daily about things going on in the sports world.
And soon we will be conducting podcasts and putting them up on the page.
So please come by and check us out.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
By this I mean how do you feel about proudly sharing your achievements with EVERYONE in the office?
My co-worker recently passed a test to get some letters put after his name.
I am sure it wasn't easy and I am sure he worked and studied really hard to do it.
But when he came in this morning (his first in the office this since he received his passing score) he went around to EVERYONE and told each person that he passed his test.
Now personally I would never do this.
I might go and tell one or two people and then I would let the normal conversation and gossip carry it to everyone else.
But actually I don't think I would tell anyone unless someone asked me about it.
I am not saying I am right or anything but that is what I would do. But I also know that I am a very private person and don't want to have a conversation with anyone about my personal life or accomplishments.
But it does bother me when someone comes around and flaunts their achievements.
And then he sends out an email to more parts of the office telling everyone that he passed. And asking if anyone wanted to go CELEBRATE HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT next week.
Now maybe it is just me but I don't want to have to throw myself a party. But I can see why he would do this.
Now like I said I am not saying that I am right on this. Maybe most of you would do the same thing.
But it does bother me.
Monday, September 8, 2008
In my personal opinion the office of President of the USA is little more than a figurehead position.
Meaning they don't make decisions based on their own history, experience, or thoughts. But they take advice from a panel of advisers and then make a decision. Basically they get all the credit for great decisions and all the blame if something goes wrong.
I personally feel that the key to the office is the people they put around themselves. And then it comes down to how well they take advice and how stuck in their ways they are.
All of the candidates promise multiple things like tax cuts, health care, or education.
But what everyone has to remember is that they can't do any of those things without Congress.
Everything they are proposing has to be agreed upon by so many people that it will never happen.
What will end up happening is that no matter what is promised it will be watered down and will barely make an impact when it is finally accepted and made official.
On top of that, all Presidents have a bunch of advisers for everything they need to know. There are speech writers/advisers, combat advisers, scheduling advisers, and everything else.
So the real key to a successful President is one that is open-minded (as much as politician's can be) and one that chooses the right people around them.
And I am not referring to the VP position because that is even more useless than the President position and is really only there in case something happens to the President.
The best Presidents take the information that they are given from their advisers and take the interest of the American people and decide on the best course of action.
This is the reason why I don't blame Bush for the war in Iraq. I am pretty sure that everyone in his circle wanted to go into Iraq and get Saddam out of there. So he took every one's opinion and decided that they all couldn't be wrong. But they were!
And I think any President would have done the same thing unless they refuse to fight in which case they shouldn't be in office.
Even most of the American people wanted Bush to respond with military action. And yes maybe a lot of us didn't think Iraq was the right way to go but we didn't have access to the reports and information that was being given to Bush and his staff.
But Bush isn't a very open-minded President in my opinion. I think he has a plan in his head and he is following it completely. He is not straying from it and won't.
I think the first George Bush and Bill Clinton were much more open-minded and weren't set in their ways or ideas.
But this year I think we have a candidate that is perfect for doing what he needs to do. And that is Obama.
I think he will always listen to his advisers BECAUSE of his lack of experience. Where as McCain is very stubborn and stuck in his way. Just look at how he is handling the Iraq war issue! He will not waver in his theory and decision.
And a person like that can NOT run this country right now.
But it really all depends on who is appointed to adviser positions.
Does the new President put in people along party lines or do they branch out and create a diverse staff.
I think a diverse staff that crosses party lines is KEY to the Presidency.
And I have more faith in Obama to appoint the advisers necessary than McCain.
I read somewhere that people are confused by the "Change and Hope" campaign by Obama. They don't understand what that means.
I think it means exactly what I am saying.
Instead of the same thing from the same people like the last 8 years we are going to get a different perspective on things from here on.
He is going to be more open to listening to other opinions and take everything into account prior to making a decision.
And that is what we need right now. Someone that we can trust!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I am going to tell you right now that I intend to and will be posting my thoughts and views on what is going on.
I am not going to tell you who to vote for. And I am not going to exaggerate or make stuff up about someone to sway your opinion.
All I want to do is argue some things that are coming out and argue people's reasoning in their arguments.
Everyone needs to take a step back and look at the candidates and their interests before making a decision.
This will not turn into a political blog or anything close to it.
The only reason I am saying all of this is because most of the other political posts I have read have begun with someone saying that this is only a one time thing or something like it.
And I don't agree with it. This is the one most influential and important elections ever. Think about it......a black man for President and now a woman for Vice President!!!
I never thought I would see it in my lifetime and I am very excited about it.
The reason I bring this up today is that there have been serious debates in my office lately about the candidates.
And today's really bothered me.
A guy I work with said he likes Palin and that he thinks McCain is going to win in the elections. And that Obama is going to get crushed in any debate they have.
Okay, so I asked him, "did you watch any of the debates prior to the primaries?"
His response....."no, but Obama is only good reading from a teleprompter, he can't come up with things off the top of his head."
Oh really. Interesting opinion considering YOU DIDN'T WATCH THE DEBATES!
I did watch them. I actually recorded one cause I wasn't going to be able to watch it live.
I am not going to say that Obama is better than McCain at debates cause the two haven't faced off against each other yet.
But I remember listening to McCain and watching him back himself into a corner time and time again because he speaks to freely about his ideas and interests. Is that bad? No, I like that he is willing to put himself out there. But by putting yourself out there you are setting yourself up for IMMEDIATE ridicule if your opponent is competent.
The best politicians do one thing better than anything else.....they say a lot while saying NOTHING!!
And Obama is much better at that than McCain. McCain is a lot of times saying something meaningful. He is telling you what his intentions are and how he would do it.
The problem with that is that people instantly form opinions based on what you said and if someone doesn't understand what you meant than you may lose a supporter.
But Obama says very little but he talks all the time. And that is a huge advantage in debates in my opinion. He offers his ideas and interests without getting too deep into the planning of them.
Now like I said before I think McCain should be respected and admired for stating his intentions whenever he is asked.
But if you think McCain is going to destroy Obama in a debate than you obviously haven't watched them debate.
If anyone wishes to comment or debate, please do!!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
These are the few that have been removed from the camera already.