Why I’m Voting for Barack Obama

by Meghan on September 10, 2008

Let me start off by saying that I feel that I’ve made it clear before, but I’m going to say it again. With facts (updated to add that I’ve tried to use non-partisan websites/references). With back up.  Why I’m voting FOR Barack Obama.

Because my last post was taken completely out of context (in the comments) and I think that people who disagree with me politically missed the point.  So now I’m even more frustrated with the amount of mis-information floating around, and I’m tired of people falling back on labeling Liberals as “complainers” and implying we “blame everyone else for what’s wrong in our life.”  Apparently a lot of you are un (or mis) informed about what Barack Obama is REALLY proposing, I’ll lay it out for you here.  Taxes, health care, small business, etc…

You’re welcome to disagree. That’s what America is all about.

And I hope you’ve got a cup of coffee or tea in front of you, because this is going to be a long one.

TAXES:

(table copied from this article)

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS
Here’s how the average tax bill could change in 2009 if either John McCain’s or Barack Obama’s tax proposals were fully in place.


MCCAIN OBAMA
Income Avg. tax bill Avg. tax bill
Over $2.9M -$269,364 +$701,885
$603K and up -$45,361 +$115,974
$227K-$603K -$7,871 +$12
$161K-$227K -$4,380 -$2,789
$112K-$161K -$2,614 -$2,204
$66K-$112K -$1,009 -$1,290
$38K-$66K -$319 -$1,042
$19K-$38K -$113 -$892
Under $19K -$19 -$567
Obama’s plan: $3.5 trillion increase in National Debt by 2018
McCain’s plan: $5 trillion increase in National Debt by 2018

Health Care:

  • Employer Contribution: Employers that do not offer or make a meaningful contribution to the cost of quality health coverage for their employees will be required to contribute a percentage of payroll toward the costs of the national plan. Small businesses will be exempt from this requirement, and will receive a new Small Business Health Tax Credit that helps reduce health care costs for small businesses.
  • Support for Small Businesses: Barack Obama will create a Small Business Health Tax Credit to provide small businesses with a refundable tax credit of up to 50 percent on premiums paid by small businesses on behalf of their employees. This new credit will provide a strong incentive to small businesses to offer high quality health care to their workers and help improve the competitiveness of America’s small businesses.

Small Business:

As Factcheck.org has pointed out, McCain’s claim that Obama would raise taxes rates for 23 million small businesses owners is completely unfounded.

Corporate Taxes (from this article):
McCain wants to reduce the corporate income taxes to 25 percent from the 35 percent rate effectively paid by large corporations.
But corporations with taxable incomes under $75,000 already pay a 25 percent rate and those with taxable income under $50,000 pay 15 percent.
George Plesko, a professor of accounting at the University of Connecticut, said his analysis of Internal Revenue Service data indicates a minority of corporations are subject to the 35 percent rate.
In fact, many small business corporations may not pay any corporate taxes. In 2003, just more than 1.8 million corporations filed a Form 1120A with the IRS to report income below $500,000 and only half of them – 902,015 – had a positive net income subject to the corporate tax rate.
Obama has not made a specific proposal for lowering the corporate tax rate, but has indicated he would consider cutting the top rate during a larger overhaul of corporate taxes that eliminates the tax breaks given to companies that move operations overseas.
~Everything below, unless noted, is from Obama’s Blueprint for Change. In the interest of brevity (HA!) I didn’t include the details.  You can go read them yourselves if you have question~

Reproductive Choice

Obama has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving a women’s right to choose under Roe v. Wade a priority as president.  Obama also supports expanded access to contraception, health information and preventive services to reduce unintended pregnancies.

Reducing Unintended Pregnancy:
Obama will work to reduce unintended pregnancy by guaranteeing equity in contraceptive coverage, providing sex education, and offering rape victims accurate information about emergency contraception.

Immigration:

Reform the Immigration System:

Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.
Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally:
Obama will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

Bring People Out of the Shadows:
Obama supports a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens.

Poverty:

Make Work Pay for All Americans:
Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit:  Obama will increase the number of working parents eligible for

EITC benefits, increase the benefits available to parents who support their children through child support payments, increase benefts for families with three or more children, and reduce the EITC marriage penalty which hurts low-income families.
Create a Living Wage:  Obama will raise the minimum wage and index it to inflation to make sure that full time workers can earn a living wage that allows them to raise their families and pay for basic needs such as
food, transportation, and housing.
Provide Tax Relief:  Obama will provide all low and middle-income workers a $500 Making Work Pay tax credit to offset the payroll tax those workers pay in every paycheck.  Obama will also eliminate taxes for seniors making under $50,000 per year.

Iraq War/Terrorism/Rogue Nations/Nuclear Weapons:

The War in Iraq:
Obama is the only major candidate who had the judgment to oppose the Iraq War from the beginning. He will end the war responsibly by bringing our troops home within 16 months, pressing for a political solution to Iraq’s civil war, and launching the diplomatic and humanitarian initiatives that are needed to bring
stability to Iraq.
Terrorism:
Obama will fght terrorism and protect America with a comprehensive strategy that fnishes the fight in Afghanistan, cracks down on the al Qaeda safe-haven in Pakistan, develops new capabilities and international partnerships, engages the world to dry up support for extremism, and reaffirms American values.
Iran:
Obama has stood up against going to war with Iran, and called for a new approach. He will lead tough diplomacy with the Iranian regime, and ofer Iran the choice of increased international pressure or
incentives if it stops its disturbing behavior.
Renewing American Diplomacy:
Obama will turn the page on the Bush-Cheney diplomacy of not talking to countries that we don’t like. He will talk to our foes as well as our friends, and he will restore American leadership and alliances abroad.

Nuclear Weapons:
Obama has a bold agenda to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation. He will secure loose nuclear materials from terrorists, and lead the world toward the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons.

21st Century Military:
Obama will give the fnest military in the world the support it needs to face the threats of the 21st century. He will expand our ground forces, develop new capabilities, and restore the trust between the commander in
chief and those who serve.

Fiscal

Restore Fiscal Discipline to Washington:
Reinstate PAYGO Rules:  Obama believes that a critical step in restoring fscal discipline is enforcing pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budgeting rules which require new spending commitments or tax changes to be paid for by
cuts to other programs or new revenue.

Reverse Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy: Obama will protect tax cuts for poor and middle class families, but he will reverse most of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers.

Cut Pork Barrel Spending:  Obama introduced and passed bipartisan legislation that would require more disclosure and transparency for special-interest earmarks.  Obama believes that spending that cannot withstand
public scrutiny cannot be justifed.  Obama will slash earmarks to no greater than what they were in 2001 and ensure all spending decisions are open to the public.

Make Government Spending More Accountable and Efcient:  Obama will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.  Obama will also increase the efciency of government programs through better use of technology, stronger management that demands accountability and by leveraging the government’s high-volume purchasing power to get lower prices.

End Wasteful Government Spending:  Obama will stop funding wasteful, obsolete federal government programs that make no financial sense.  Obama has called for an end to subsidies for oil and gas companies that are enjoying record profits, as well as the elimination of subsidies to the private student loan industry which has repeatedly used unethical business practices.  Obama will also tackle wasteful spending in the Medicare program.

Make the Tax System More Fair and Effcient
End Tax Haven Abuse:  Building on his bipartisan work in the Senate, Obama will give the Treasury Department the tools it needs to stop the abuse of tax shelters and ofshore tax havens and help close the $350
billion tax gap between taxes owed and taxes paid.

Close Special Interest Corporate Loopholes:  Obama will level the playing feld for all businesses by eliminating special-interest loopholes and deductions, such as those for the oil and gas industry.

Education:

High-Quality Zero to Five Early Education:
Obama will launch a Children’s First Agenda that provides care, learning and support to families with children from birth up to fve years old.

Reform No Child Left Behind:
Obama believes that the goal of No Child Left Behind was the right one, but that it was written and implemented poorly and it has demoralized our educators and broken its promise to our children. Obama
will fund No Child Left Behind and improve its assessments and accountability systems.

Improve K-12:
Obama will improve our schools by recruiting well-qualifed teachers to every classroom in America.  Obama will improve teacher compensation by rewarding expert, accomplished teachers for taking on challenging
assignments and helping teachers succeed.  Obama also will reduce the high school dropout rate and close the achievement gap by investing in proven intervention strategies in the middle grades and in summer
learning and afterschool opportunities.

Make Community College and College Education Affordable:
Obama will create a new American Opportunity Tax Credit that will make tuition at the nation’s community colleges completely free and will cover up to two-thirds the cost of tuition at the nation’s public colleges and
universities.  This $4,000 tax credit will be fully refundable and available at the time of enrollment in college – when families need the money.

Energy:

Tackle Climate Change: Obama will implement a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the level recommended by top scientists.

Create Millions of Green Jobs: Obama will invest $150 billion over ten years to deploy clean technologies, protect our existing manufacturing base and create millions of new jobs.

Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil: Obama will reduce oil consumption overall by at least 35 percent, or 10 million barrels of oil, by 2030

More Reasons I’m Voting for Barack Obama:

(Taken from On The Issues)

  • Proponent of Stem Cell Research
  • Support Gay Rights (although he opposes Gay Marriage, which is a negative against him in my book)
  • Supports the Death Penalty
  • Supports a ban of semi-automatic weapons
  • Favors separation of Church & State

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And there you have it. Agree or disagree. It doesn’t matter to me. You’re entitled to your opinion, as I’m entitled to mine. If you’re going to comment, I ask that you don’t levy any personal attacks, and stay away from the usual rhetoric. It’s not getting us anywhere. And I’d like to point out that my ONLY mention of the other candidate was so that I could compare their tax plans.

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Domestic Extraordinaire September 10, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Well said and I am glad you said it.

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Jess September 10, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Very well written and well organized. I think you took the reasons I am voting for Obama and were able to put them perfectly into words.

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Nissa September 10, 2008 at 12:18 pm

*Applause* People really need to educate themselves on the candidates; not just listen to talking points and tv ads.

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Marinka September 10, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Thank you. I especially appreciate the tax breakdown that shows what the projections are for each income level. Is there a typo for Obama that says $12. Because I can live with that!
;)

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Meghan September 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Marinka-

I just cut & pasted the chart, so if it IS a typo no one’s caught it since June 11th. Which makes me think it’s not a typo. But if I find out otherwise, I’ll certainly change it!

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followthatdog September 10, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Awesome job! The best way to deflate the lies and misrepresentations is to expose the real facts. they speak so clearly.
Thanks for this post!

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Amy in Ohio September 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm

I heart you – pucker up and use plenty of chapstick for DC.

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WonderSpot September 10, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Great post, and thanks for taking the time to put together all these sources. I’m with you – SO SICK of the lies and misrepresentations about what Obama really says and stands for. It’s one thing to disagree with what he stands for, it’s a comletely separate thing to falsify information to get more people to agree with you.

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PsychMamma September 10, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Fantastic! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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Cassie September 10, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I really like his education plan.

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But Why Mommy / Renee September 10, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Thanks for putting this together. We really need to focus on the issues not the extraneous stuff that has been going on lately.

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Angie @ Keep Believing September 10, 2008 at 1:16 pm

I actually DID write in my comments that if anyone made a similar comment about him (referring to Obama) then they should apologize as well. It is uncalled for. Regardless. That is why both conventions made me want to puke. They are opponent-bashing pep rallies. Gag!

Yes, I agree that we are blessed with Brian’s job and our insurance. HOWEVER, shouldn’t there be some rewards for pursuing higher education and studying Engineering and other extremely difficult subjects and working your ass off to get the job and to keep the job?

The thing that bugs me about all this is Obama’s lack of making it equal. There is no motivation to get yourself financially better if it is always to help one class of citizen more. The estate tax of 45% he wants to reinstate on top of the higher taxes on those who have more pay seems extremely unfair to me. They already paid more taxes on it to begin with. Those that inherit it are going to pay more taxes on it, too. Why tax it as it gets passed on? The wealthiest 10% of all Americans are already paying nearly 65% of all the taxes. Believe me, we do not make CLOSE to the amount that Obama wants to omit from the breaks, but as an American who works hard and pursued higher education and came from parents that worked even harder and pursued higher education, I believe it should be more fair to incent those that want to get there. It is already very top heavy. This just makes it top HEAVIER.

Healthcare – there needs to be an alternative for those with no insurance. I personally think they should increase the salary maximum for Medicaid. It is too low. I have a sister whose husband lost his job and they lost their insurance. They were paying a fortune for Cobra and sought other plans. They were denied for many privately purchased plans due to pre-existing conditions. The thing is, the cost of healthcare at facilities is so high that this is a HUGE undertaking and not one easily solved. I agree there should be an alternative for those with no coverage, but as long as insurance companies are publicly traded or privately owned, there is this thing called profit. No one wants to be in business and not make money. Even with what Obama wants to offer, he will up against more obstacles than he can imagine. This debate is probably the one I most mixed over because I lived in a country with socialized medicine and I DO NOT THINK IT IS A GOOD SOLUTION. However, I do not know the best way to go about this without the government taking on a large money-losing insurance business for those that don’t have coverage. I don’t have a good solution to this one, but I do not believe Obama does yet either. The businesses that are not making a significant contribution currently are not the large companies. They are the smaller companies. This will not solve anything.

Immigration – I say make them pay back taxes. That is what is fair. It is totally unfair to those that did it the right way. It gives those that did it illegally a slap on the hand and we don’t do that with other criminals. They broke a law. Treat them as such. I had a friend in school whose dad went to jail for underbidding and price fixing. He broke a law and had to be punished. It is part of the consequence. And I say to those companies and smaller owners using them and not reporting their income, you pay your portion of the employment taxes, too. It is illegal and it is not right.

On Obama’s plan, I don’t have any incentive in America to make over $200K. Not that we are anywhere close to that, as I said, but why would I or anyone else want to? Unless you are a multi-millionaire like liberal Hollywood and you have millions to spend on whatever and these tax hikes still don’t phase your rock star life-style, I don’t know what incentive there is in Obama’s plan to work hard, build a business, be successful. I would think with your inlaws business you will hopefully someday inherit (with a 45% tax on your inheritance under Obama’s plan), you would want more rewards for such hard work instead of being taxed to death.

By the way, in the end, WE as a people, have demanded the high profits companies are making. We as Americans have created what appears to be corporate greed. We demand it through Wall Street. When Wall Street is not doing well, any of us that have money outside of a savings and loan are watching closely and are affected. Even if you don’t have money outside of a savings and loan and have no investments, the big corporations you are supporting do – your insurance company has some of their assets in investments. When it goes bad, they have to have so much liquid assets on hand and your rates go up to balance that cash deficit. It affects the housing market and how much your salary is impacted. It affects how much you can afford to pay for a car and groceries. And so, since the American people keep demanding that THEIR investments do well or THEIR salaries go up and THEIR groceries stay affordable, corporations will keep pumping out the same profits. To tax them more, will simply cause more inflation, squelch start ups, reduce jobs and drive up costs all around to keep making the buck we have required from them. Having worked in two Fortune 500 companies, I can tell you MOST of what they do is driven by Wall Streets’ expectation on them.

Anyway, as you know, we don’t agree and I won’t go into the whole pro-life and other moral issues because those we will NEVER agree on, but there is more to think about than a lot of words and promises that he has no idea how to execute within the budget he thinks he can keep.

Thanks for the debate, though, Meg. It is always interesting to hear what you have to rant about.

KEEP BELIEVING
Angie

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Issa September 10, 2008 at 1:32 pm

I fully agree. I’ve been an Obama supporter for a while now. After I saw McCain’s speech last week (the week before?) I wrote Obama a big fat check. I just so want him to win so badly.

I love the way you organized this and said it all.

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PsychMamma September 10, 2008 at 1:33 pm

To Angie –

Did you read what Obama proposes under Healthcare in his Blueprint for Change?? http://www.barackobama.com/issues/healthcare/

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Maura September 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Well, it was kind of short post…! ;-) But seriously, you offer a very sound and rational look at why you support him and it was well said. I don’t completely understand the nuances of the tax proposals — but then, I think few really do — and it’s possible that there are inconsistencies with them versus potential reality.

But what I haven’t heard anyone say is that the newly elected Presidents NEVER end up doing exactly what the tax platforms they run on promise. Republican, Democrat, it doesn’t matter, it JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN THAT WAY. How do we manage to forget this time after time after time? Is it like some collective national amnesia? Because we hear all these same claims and arguments and rejoinders and dismissals from both parties every single election, and everyone gets so caught up in them (“Well, HE is going to lower my taxes, and all HE wants to do it raise them and spend them on welfare babies,” or “The wealthy aren’t paying their share so we need to tax them more more more and MY guy will do it,” etc.) and it’s all such bullshit.

No President can make it happen exactly like their platform; the system doesn’t work that way. CONGRESS doesn’t work that way.

I think people should stop focusing on these details — because, really, have you ever looked at your paycheck after a new President comes on board and say, “Oh my gosh, my taxes did “X” since last month” one day? No. Life is more gradual than that and you can’t know today how it’s going to turn out next year for us under either of them — and look at the big picture about DIRECTION.

I you think the direction our country has headed over the last eight years is the direction in which it should continue to head, then go vote for McCain. You should be very happy if he wins. If you think we have headed in a direction completely opposite from the way you think our country should be moving, then go vote for Obama. That’s what I plan to do, because regardless of whether there are more pennies in my paycheck next year, I care about where we’re going more than what I can or can’t buy.

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Lu September 10, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Well written. Well said.

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Quart September 10, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Love you!!

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Insta-Mom September 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Meghan–Thanks for the post. Very interesting and informative.

I want to address one thing that Angie said…
If McCain is elected rather than Obama, I will actually see a larger tax break. And yet, I’m voting for Obama. Like Angie and hehusband, my husband and I have worked incredibly hard to get ahead. I have been in school for all but six months of the last four years trying to get ahead (this is all post-BA and post-teaching credential). My husband works what is essentially a second job (for almost nothing) to preserve the family business so someday we can inherit it (taxes and all) and be further ahead. We labor and sacrifice and do what we feel we have to do. And I’m still voting for Obama. Because if my privilege and my higher taxes means that one less child dies without healthcare, one more child goes to college because his inner-city school finally got textbooks, or the family at my children’s daycare who can’t afford to feed and clothe their kids finally has a full pantry, then so be it. Tax away. Because my family is fine. We will be fine, even with a few thousand dollars less in our pocket. We work hard to be fine. But we also work hard so things are fine when my kids are my age, too. All I’m sacrificing is money–so many others with less privilege have to sacrifice so much more.

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Insta-Mom September 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm

OH…and I love that you changed your tagline. Cracked me up.

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Gudrun of Kitchen Gadget Girl September 10, 2008 at 4:07 pm

hey Moose Hunter – thanks for taking the time to write this out. I know why I am voting for Obama, but it is certainly easier to tell folks when I can back it up with real facts. Appreciate you taking the time to pull all this information together.

Cheers!

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Andrea's Sweet Life September 10, 2008 at 4:19 pm

As someone who has had income in the higher tax brackets, but ALSO supports Obama, I do cringe a little at how much we have to pay in taxes. However, with the right kind of help (a financial planner and a great accountant) we feel like we’ve taken all possible steps to make the most of our money. It’s BECAUSE of that push that we’ve made wonderful choices about our financial future. Yes, we still paid SIX FIGURES in taxes last year, but we know that we squeezed every last dime we could before we let that money go. We also know that paying taxes is IMPORTANT. We worked hard for every penny we’ve ever made, but we understand that it’s part of our duty as Americans to pay taxes. This year, with quite a change in our situation, it looks like we won’t be owing any taxes come April (other than coporate taxes for our business). We still have all our assets, though – so it all works out to a wash in my eyes.

I think, if we didn’t have quite such a push, we wouldn’t have created the type of financial plan that we have for ourselves as well as for our children. We have investments that are taken before as well as after taxes (so we won’t end up having to pay all the tax in our golden years, when who knows what the tax rate will be). Also, did you know that the current tax rate is the lowest it’s been in 30 years? And that there used to be more brackets? So for one, cyclically it’s destined to go up. And for two, we are sitting pretty compared to the tax rates our parents (and grandparents) were paying 30 years ago.

As far as the inheritance tax, did you know that if you put your assets into a trust, you don’t have to deal with inheritance tax? Because technically, it doesn’t change hands, only executors. I know that seems like a lot of work – but if you have the right person helping you (for a fee of about $1200, which in the long run isn’t all that much) he or she will get everything ready for you and all you have to do is supply the information on your assets and sign some papers.

With the right motivation and the right people helping, you can make the most of your money no matter WHAT tax bracket you’re in. And then, you can do charitable contributions and get MORE tax breaks.

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List Mama September 10, 2008 at 5:07 pm

I know I’m voting for Obama, I just would never be able to lay it all out like you’ve done. I don’t follow news and politics, even though I’m interested, so I never feel qualified to comment on such topics. Nice to read it so simply put! Great job!!

Jen
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Quart September 10, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Insta-Mom and Andrea – I love you two, too!

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Grandma Pam September 10, 2008 at 6:27 pm

There has been a lot of investigating being done. It all sounds great. But I don’t think that there has ever been a president in office who followed his “plan” 100%. Situations come up and things change. I don’t hold that against anyone. My view is that we back whomever is in office for his/her entire term, no bad mouthing and calling names. People make mistakes and most try to make them right. If we have to pull in our belt buckles, then we do it and if we have the opportunity to prosper then we do it while we can. Trying to dig up dirt on every candidate is ugly and a turn off in my eyes. Let the candidates talk about their platforms and then the public will make the final decision. Angie, you said it all.

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Fiesty Charlie September 10, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Excellent!

He has my vote for the very same reasons!

The only way Politics will ever REALLY change will be when there are TERM limits imposed on Congress and the Senate!

I am all for a limit of five 4 year terms for a total of 20 years. Until that happens it will not matter who wins, because their hands will be tied on most of it.

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Mike from the Newborn Identity September 10, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Grandma Pam,

I admire your faith in our leaders, but I think it is our scrutiny that keeps them in check. If no one was watching Nixon he never would have been caught. Just sayin’.

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Denise@EatPlayLove September 10, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Your preaching to the choir. Obama has my vote. Tomorrow stop by my blog, I have a bit of a satirical post about Palin in my queue.

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JCK September 10, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Barack Obama.

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A Mama's Blog (Heather) September 10, 2008 at 10:10 pm

NIce post- you did a great job explaining your reasons why you support Obama, without doing any bashing. I wish more political posts were like this.

We may not all have the same politics, but we can debate, and express our viewpoints in a respectful way. :-)

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Terri September 11, 2008 at 4:38 am

Well said! Thanks for putting that together!

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Z September 11, 2008 at 6:38 am

WOW that’s a lotta info … :)

I’ve noticed that for most people, it’s one (or two) issues that really make the difference – either that, or no issues and they just fall under the sway of blind rhetoric. This election, the taxes thing is really jumping out (as, really, it does most elections – seems people care about money. Huh.) For me, yes, this is important.

But my other “big” issue? Seems to often be ignored. You’ve mentioned it (YAY you!) but – education. Science education. AND, importantly, funding for scientific research. Not just the whole stem cell issue, but funding in general. Because? We are hurting. The NIH budget has been cut, and cut, and cut again. It is actually pretty dire out here in the land of science academia, and something needs to change. And soon. Because we are already losing people – to other countries, to other industries – and we can’t afford that if we want to retain our status as a world leader. Because it’s NOT all about military power – it is also about the intellectual, innovative power of academia and research. And we are losing that. We are losing the top researchers we already have, and we are not educating the ones that are to come. And that is the reason I’m for Obama (well, that and I’m a bleeding heart liberal, but, you know…)

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Gina September 11, 2008 at 8:31 am

That- Was- Awesome!!!! I am so impressed that you put that all together. I am so excited about this guy. I agree with all of it. I just wanted to add, I think the incentive to earning over $250K would be obvious, ummm, having more money? I have found one of the biggest ideological differences between the parties, and the two candidates, is how you feel about money and your fellow man. There are those that think “I worked hard, I earned this money, and I deserve to keep it. You can’t make me give it away. If you want more money, work harder! If I decide I want to help, I will.” which has some merit. but has an underlying belief that those who are less fortunate either deserve it, or it’s just too bad. Sorry, life isn’t fair. And there are those who think “Everyone citizen of this country deserves a certain minimum amount of support, especially those that have strikes against them for whatever reason. I am blessed with more, therefore I am willing to pay more taxes to help my fellow American. It’s the right thing to do.” Obviously, I’m in the second camp. People in less wealthy countries, like Costa Rica for instance, are much happier, even though their standard of living is much lower. It is because they have decided that every citizen of their country is important, so a basic minimum standard of living is guaranteed by the government. Are there wealthy people in Costa Rica? You bet. Can you become rich there if you work hard. Certainly. But everyone is guaranteed basic healthcare, and a well funded school to send their kids too. Even if they are lazy and choose not to work. Because they are a HUMAN BEING. And that counts for something to me. And it does to Barack Obama as well, which is why I am voting FOR OBAMA!!!

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Amy in Ohio September 11, 2008 at 8:37 am

I don’t believe in backing the president blindly – I’m not proposing anarchy by any means. But there is a reason they are servants of the people – period. It’s not a dictatorship, they work for ME and YOU and YOU OVER THERE. And the ONLY way to make things better is to leave the passive-aggressive at the door and TELL THEM WHAT YOU WANT FROM THEM.

Bush made more than a few innocent slip ups. I won’t get started but as far as I’m concerned he lied to the American people to meet his own intentions. He didn’t respect me, therefore I don’t respect him. It’s a give and take. McCain plans to continue down this flawed path and this is unacceptable in my opinion.

Certainly, we’re stuck with whomever wins – but know that my complaints will flow just as easily whether it’s a donkey or an elephant in that room come January. I’ll bitch just as loudly (probably more so) if Obama takes us in the wrong direction. That’s MY DUTY as a citizen of this nation – PERIOD.

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Tootsie Farklepants September 11, 2008 at 12:05 pm

After reading through the comments, it’s official. I’m in love with Insta-Mom.

Tootsie Farklepantss last blog post..If There is One More Meeting About It I Might Get Snarky. In Public.

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Christy September 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm

I’m new here (I actually came over via Newborn Indentity.) I love that you laid this all out for people to see & understand. I’ve been an Obama supporter since the summer of last year, when everyone said “someone with a name like that will never get elected.” I think there’s a lot of mudslinging and a lot of misrepresentation of the facts, so it’s nice to see it all laid out with sources to check.
I agree with your position and that of so many of your commenters…it gives me hope that we just might have a better future to look forward to. :)

Love your blog, BTW

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Alison-Mountain Momma September 11, 2008 at 5:39 pm

This is a great post. Thank you.

I am voting Barack, no question. I appreciate you putting it into words and presenting it so well!!

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jen September 11, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I wanna kiss you square on the mouth for this post! ;) THANK YOU!!!! I’m saving this post for my next rantish post and may very likely send it to my lovely inlaws! LOL

jens last blog post..Where are my fireworks?

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HRH September 12, 2008 at 11:52 am

I love that you did this. The more information the better. I totally agree with Fiesty Charlie about term limits. I think people are in Washington way too long and become part of the problem.

As a Libertarian, I am in a bad situation where I disagree with both candidates on most of the issues. It is frustrating to live in a free country where the major parties don’t represent my views. BUT I love my country and know we have it better here then anywhere else. I always vote. But usually do so in major elections while holding my breath…

HRHs last blog post..Some movement with shaking

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Jennifer September 12, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Very well done. So glad I stumbled over here! Gotta love twitter.

Jennifers last blog post..Textbook

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