I Want to Marry Joe Six Pack When I Grow Up
My friend wanted me to comment on the debates. I don't really even know where to begin and don't claim to be an expert in politics. I definitely enjoyed watching it with a bunch of college students, my mom and sister instead of angrily yelling at the T.V. by myself. Palin did better than I thought. Aside from her annoying maverick reference and embarrassing attempts to connect with the average joe, I felt she sounded more coherent than expected. BUT it was obvious that she had memorized this script on a handful of issues and couldn't debate or defend her point of view on those areas outside these issues. The Republican ticket is in a tough position. They want to assure the public that they will not perpetuate the problems of the Bush administration, but at the same time, not alienate their party. However, as Biden pointed out, despite claiming to be a maverick, McCain's voting records and policies strongly coincide with those of Bush.
I have intelligent friends who are Republicans and obviously don't paint all of them as middle American, religious extremists, but as people who have conservative view points. After learning more about the Republican polities, and what conservativism means, I feel more strongly about my Democratic views. Where has this idea come that we need to cut back on government spending? In the debates, the politicians kept talking about wasteful spending, but I'm wondering what they meant. Spending billions of dollars on a war that we shouldn't have gone into in the first place? I think the Bush administration and current financial crisis has proven that the market doesn't regulate itself. The trickle down theory just doesn't work. It's been proven that deregulation and lower corporate taxes have sent the economy into a tailspin.
In fact, in this book I'm reading, Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, he points out that "A December 2007 survey of Wall Street investment professionals showed that 22 percent listed "Democrats in the White House" as their top worry for 2008, more so than global unrest (15 percent), US economic growth (15 percent), and even a terror attack (13 percent). Yet in reality, since 1948, Democratic administrations have delivered 15.25 percent gains in the market compared to 9.53 percent for Republican ones, according to Jeremy Siegel, a finance professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Kiplinger columnist." (p. 18-19)
Now moving on to their environmental policies which I obviously feel very strongly about- Palin touts that we have domestic oil, tricking those less educated on the subject into thinking that the Democratic party is denying us from this oil. As if we actually wish for $4 gallons. But as Biden pointed out and has been revealed in countless articles, that oil wouldn't be available for TEN YEARS! And I can't remember the amount of oil it is thought to produce but I've read in countless sources that it wouldn't make a dent in our oil needs. Aight, peace out. That's all I'z gotz to say for tonight.