Friday, October 31, 2008

More random thoughts

Alright. I just thought that this was interesting when my wife got it e-mailed to her. It explains an awful lot. I would say funny, but, it is actually sad.

Remember back when Obama was a long shot? He actually signed an agreement to take public financing for his campaign. Well, as we all know, that never happened. He figured out that he could make more money if he relied on private funding. And he sure did. That's how he is able to afford making 30 minute info-mercials. How he can afford to have an entire advertising channel on satellite.
Well, here are a few other random thoughts for you.
First, concerning both his info-mercial the other night and his acceptance speech (this part was played again during the info-mercial). He actually said, "It is that fundamental belief -- I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper -- that makes this country work." Well, in case you haven't heard, he has a brother (half brother actually) that is living in a one room hut in Kenya making about $12 a year. He also has an aunt that was found living in a slum in Boston. She walks around with a metal stick. If he truly believes that this belief is what makes this country work, then how can he have so much money while relatives are living in poverty? If you haven't heard about this, it's probably because both were found by the media in the United Kingdom. That's right. English newspapers found this stuff out. The media here will not even think about playing stories like this.
Maybe the following will let you know a little about why.
What I am referring to here is something that was found on a blog called HillBuzz. I highly encourage you to click on the link and read the comment left on this blog. The person says that she is working for the Obama campaign. In it, she describes all of the things that have been going on in the Obama campaign concerning manipulation of the polls, attacks on Sarah Palin and John McCain, and just a whole other number of things that are designed to cause us to vote Obama. I knew that they were trying to buy this campaign. I knew that the media was trying to shove him down our throats. But, the actual audacity of these people actually makes me sick. The fact that they are actually controlling the media, both on and off the internet, is what really gets me. We need to send the message that we can not be bought.
Thoughts on the economy. Exxon Mobile reported record profits for the 3rd quarter, $14.8billion. That's $14,830,000,000. While this is amazing to me, what I find even more amazing is the fact that they paid $32,510,000,000 in taxes before they came to this number. $11,327,000,000 of that was INCOME TAX. That's right, approximately 67% taxes. Why are we so worried about how much money Exxon Mobile makes? They are NOT the bad guys. They are only doing what the stockholders pay them to do.
Last thing. There are several stories out there about how we are in a recession. Base on what? Through all my reading, I have found out that a recession is usually called if there is a decrease in the GDP for TWO CONSECUTIVE quarters. The GDP for the third quarter was just reported on Wednesday. It did go down, but, it didn't in the second quarter. This means, that by everything that has been used, we are NOT in a recession. Are we in difficult times, absolutely. But, this country is not in a recession right now. And as far as the Bush economic policies, the GDP has grown just about every quarter since the second year Bush was in office. If the GDP has grown, then, the economy has done very well.
Just some food for Friday thought.