Bwahahahah! That would certainly liven things up!! But I want you all to remain friends so--no.
I'm totally voting for Bob Barr.
I have absolutely no idea of who to vote for! I don't like any of them. So...do I vote for someone I don't like? Not vote, like I don't care about the democratic process? Or just write someone in--can you still do that? Maybe I'll start looking into the independents? So...sway me if you think you have some compelling reason to vote for any of them.
I don't like either, so I'll just stick my head in the sand...
I think everyone knows who gets my vote, but if you really want to talk about why I'm voting for Obama, I'm happy to do it over email. Can we have a civil political discussion on the family blog? Maybe out of respect for Mom, we shouldn't even attempt it.
I'm up for a civil discussion. No emotions involved. An academic, inter-family discussion of why you're voting for who you're voting for. I'd like to hear your reasons.
I'm voting for McCain. Though I would have rather had Romney as a choice. McCain did make a wise choice in choosing as his VP Sarah Palin, who was next on my list after Romney. So, he's earned my vote. I will not vote for Obama as he simply doesn't have the experience to be President. I also think it is just as bad to vote for someone based soley on the color of their skin as it would be to vote against them for the same reason. Sadly, I think that is just what a lot of people are doing. Identity politics is really sketchy, IMO. Jackie
The reason I'm voting for Barack is that his energy policies make a lot of sense to me. Cutting our dependence on oil, not just foreign oil, will be good for our country.I like that he has pledged to get us out of this crazy war in Iraq that's costing us millions of dollars every month, and that we have no hope of winning.I like that he plans to cut taxes on the middle class--a class I believe most, if not all of us, are a part of. If you'd like to see how your taxes will shape up under his plan, in comparison to McCain's, you can go here: http://taxcut.barackobama.com/Obama has good plans to fix our nearly 10 trillion dollar deficit and our nearly bankrupt Social Securty program.Anyone who has had to do without health insurance (as Jeff and I had to do when he got out of college) can appreciate that Obama will offer affordable health insurance for every American. He even offers a tax credit for small businesses that offer health insurance to their employees.Our next President will have to devote a great deal of his time to our current economic situation, making the role of Vice President more important than ever before. Joe Biden's 38 years of experience with foreign and domestic policies will prove invaluable.Beyond all of that, I think Obama is a man of integrity. When he graduated in the top 10% of his class at Harvard Law, he could have named his price at any Wall Street law firm and instead, chose to continue to serve his community. He's still married to his first wife and has remained faithful to her and their daughters.Lastly, I, nor anyone I know, am not voting for Obama because he's black. If people truly voted that way, Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton would have been elected by now. Frankly, the people who will vote against him because he's black outnumber anyone who will vote for him for the same reason. I certainly don't think anyone voting for McCain/Palin would appreciate being told they were only voting for them because Palin is a woman.
OBAMA. For Jerilyn's reasons and my own. Plus, when he wins I can wear a shirt that says "Obama Mama".Until Kevin sees it. I think he's writing in Mitt Romney. Or Ben Folds.In 2000 I wore a shirt that said "Lloyd Dobler for President".
Yeah, I wanted Romney too and maybe I just don't like McCain because he's not Romney...but Jerilyn's list of pros for Obama is good. I don't know much about him. Pretty sad I haven't actually researched this stuff myself...I appreciate all the research you all have put into it.
I don't like any of the candidates, but I certainly like Obama the least. Here's why:Taxes - Obama claims he'll only raise taxes on corporation & the wealthy, not the middle class. The problem with that is most of the middle class are employed by corporations and the wealthy, and when you take money from the check writer it certainly doesn't help the check casher. We also buy goods & services from corporations & they just pass those taxes on to us. Obama also openly acknowledged that raising the capital gains tax brings in less tax revenue, but said he'd do it anyway because it's "fair."Health care: socialized health care has failed everywhere it's been tried, but even if it were a success elsewhere, do we seriously want to trust something as important as our heath to the same organization that has bankrupted medicare & social security? Both sides of the aisle in Washington are inept when it comes to money and I'd rather keep it and make my own decisions. I know I can still have my own health insurance, but then I'm paying for two programs. No thanks.Energy - I agree we should decrease our dependance on oil - foreign & domestic - but while we're researching new methods we should be tapping all the resources we have. New technology is out there, but right now oil is our main source and we need to keep brining it in in the most inexpensive way possible and not from countries that hate us.Beause of where most of us live it doesn't really matter who we vote for because Oregon would never go Republican & Utah would never go Democrat. I'm still voting though (basically for Palin), even though I fully expect Obama to win. Oh well, Carter begat Reagan.This is just my opinion - I know a lot of you struggle to take me seriously since I'm the youngest, but there you have it.
Thank you for explaining your reasons in a reasonable and respectful manner. Zach, I especially appreciate your discussion of the issues. It's clear you have studied both sides of the issues, which both candidates hope would be the case with any voter. Also, check your email. See, Mom? So far, so good, right?
Why I am voting for Barack Obama-I'd be repeating most of what Jerilyn said, so I'll just add a few things.Technology policy-Obama supports net neutrality, McCain expressly does not. Net neutrality is a complex issue, but I'm willing to risk some slight over-simplification. Net neutrality calls for the Internet to be free of restrictions and regulation on the types of content, communication, and devices that can use its bandwidth. Part of what makes the Internet so diverse has been the ability of anyone to dream up new ideas for the internet. Several of these homegrown ideas include YouTube, BitTorrent, Skype, Napster, and eBay. When telecom companies are allowed to decide what will and will not be on their networks, we all lose. "Letting the market decide" works when you have multiple options available, but for most people, they have two: The phone company and the cable company. Both sectors have recently shown a willingness to limit traffic of emerging technologies.Civil Rights-I can't say I agree with either candidate on one topic that is the most important to me. McCain has come out in full support of Prop 8 in California. Barack opposes it, but he also has indicated in the past that same sex couples should have civil unions, not marriage. In my opinion, that smacks of segregation. "Separate but equal" didn't work in the past, and it has no place in a country that is looking toward the future. Whatever your personal feelings on homosexuality, restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens should never be on the agenda.
Zach, I am so glad you are my brother-in-law. I am proud of you for researching the issues on your own, standing up for your beliefs, and having the courage to express your opinion, which you did very eloquently, by the way. I just wish you'd hold out some hope that Obama won't succeed in purchasing his victory in this election or stealing it through rampant voter fraud...
Oh, good call with the FactCheck.org site, Derek. That's like snopes for politics and it's completely non-partisan.
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