Sunday, September 21, 2008

Underneath it all

The current Wall St. state of affairs is pretty heinous. People saw it coming, saw it coming since the deregulation. Then the government said "Y'all are too important to fail," and while that may or may not be true, I personally resent those billions of dollars not only on behalf of human rights efforts being underfunded all over the world, but on behalf of solar research, on behalf of victims of disease, natural disaster and war, and most personally on behalf of someone who is trying to get invited to the Peace Corps in the face of increasingly frightening budget cuts. I mean, couldn't we be spending that money somewhere else? Somewhere better? Somewhere, oh, I don't know, like maybe reducing our national debt, or on the falling-apart public schools across the nation. Or maybe double the Teach For America corps.

We have a vice-presidential candidate who seems to have actively tried to miscarry her Down's Syndrome child (chose to go on a two-day airplane trip after her water broke, heading away from top hospitals--which Down's babies very often require--towards her sticksville hospital to give birth...and also, she's pro-life, but she had amnio done, so she knew it was a Down's baby...you tell me, is that suspicious?) and who believes that the Endangered Species Act is a conspiracy to keep the oil barons poor and their children hungry. She thinks it's appropriate to spend 2M of taxpayer dollars to mount a campaign to legalize something Alaskans had voted down twice--the aerial bounty hunting of wolves and bears. It's not necessarily relevant, but she got her passport less than two years ago, and has been out of the country twice. But, you know, you can see Russia from her state.

We have a presidential candidate who has lost what honor and upstanding-ness he had left when he chose a VP in a clear bid for minority (female) votes. (Why he didn't pick a more competent woman--like, oh, I don't know, someone who knows the head of her party's foreign policy doctrine from a dead horse--from a battleground state with more electoral votes is beyond me, but Obama's good luck, honestly.) Smear campaigns galore, and Drill, baby Drill. Distancing himself from Bush, but with enough of the same policies that he's pretty much More of the Same.

And we have a close race between these two terrifying clowns and Obama/Biden. I'm strongly prObama, but I do wonder what is wrong with the Democrats. This election was locked. It was LOCKED until they decided to try to go for an historic election and run only minorities. It's like they can't bear to flat-out try to take office. I mean, last time, they nominated Kerry, for crying out loud. Mr. I-have-no-facial-expressions. I'm enough positive-Obama, though, that I'll be sad when he demonstrates himself publically to be Just Another Politician. If he becomes president and starts being one of those, I will take it personally. But honestly, Democrats, even if you'd run Kerry this time...having a close race (especially with McPalin) is indicative not of their prowess, but of your lack of it.

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