Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I just don't know

I have been thinking, and reading, trying to come up with something to write about. I was actually going to post something last night, but, I truly didn't know what else I could have said before the polls opened today.

Just some things to remember about how important this election is (let's set aside the fact that no matter which side wins, it will be history. On one side, the first Black President. On the other side, the first female Vice-President).

First, let's look at the different views the candidates have. I have pretty much made it clear how I feel about Obama's views. He is a socialist in his thinking. He will not come right out and say that because it would have totally cost him this election. He wants to expand the government so that people will become even more dependent on government. He wants to "nationalize" health care. He wants to expand Social Security and Medicare. He wants to give a tax break to people who don't pay taxes. He wants to raise taxes on people who make too much money to pay for all of this. He has said himself that he wants to spread the wealth. McCain wants to keep the tax cuts that have been put into place by Bush and make them permanent. A little known fact, is that while Obama may give you a credit now, when the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010, EVERYONE'S taxes will go up. McCain also supports less regulation by the federal government. He has almost always supported this. There are times when he has felt that we needed to have more regulation (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2005). McCain wants US to be able to do the things that we do to make this economy grow and continue to make this country great.

Second, let's look at the contradictory remarks that have been made by the Democratic ticket. Biden has said himself, that Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice for Vice-President than he himself was. Between him and Obama, the level of money that one has to make to ensure that their hard work is punished by higher taxes is somewhere between $150,000 and $250,000. They have actually used three different figures, the lowest being $150,000 and the highest $250,000. Which is it?

Lastly, let's look at something else Biden has said. He guaranteed that within the first six months of his presidency, some international crisis will happen that will test the mettle of Obama. If that statement alone doesn't scare you, here are a few things that I have read in the news that might put this into perspective. Iran (you know, that little country that isn't a threat, according to Obama, even though they continue to pursue nuclear weapons) is putting naval bases along their southern border. This is right at the mouth of the Straits of Hormuz, the only passage into Arabian Gulf. And, if that isn't scary enough, remember Libya and Moammar Gadhafi? Remember Russia? Russia invaded the country of Georgia during the Olympics. Now, Gadhafi is in Russia trying to negotiate deals for weapons. He is actually going to allow the Russians to build a naval base in Libya. Also, the report says, that he is interested in buying air defense systems, combat aircraft and warships from Russia. There are some serious things going on in this world. I truly don't want someone in the White House that people around the globe feel the need to "TEST".

The election that is happening today is extremely important. Not only for the near future, but for generations to come. My wife and I have voted. I encourage everyone who can, to vote. Don't sit this one out. Even though it is NOT a Constitutional right to vote, it is our obligation, as citizens of this great country, to do so, but, to do so with knowledge about what we are voting for. I am sure I will prayers just about every waking moment of the day concerning this election. I know what I believe, and in whom I believe. What about you?


Margaret said...

I agree whole heartedly and I voted about three weeks ago. McCain, of course.
Love, Mom

Geri said...

Hey Man, i always enjoy reading you wife's blog and yours too when I can stop by. Thanks so much for reminding people to seriously look at the issues, I am amazed at how many people mistake a well written speech for substance. We started a blog to encourage people to educate themselves and get involved in the political process. Feel free to stop by when you get a few moments. We'd love to have you do a guest post sometime!

Anonymous said...

JD & I have both voted and now we're praying -- harder than we ever have over any election. God watch over us all!