reply to post by Gateway
You underestimate Obama and why people voted for him. Have you noticed that a lot of people are passionate about Obama, particularly the young? He
exudes not only intelligence and eloquence, but also goodness and a set of principles that go beyond politics and take him into the realm of
(potential) greatness. If you can't see this, you are really missing something. Try looking again. Note the number of people he attracts to his
venues, the interest around the world, and the fact that 90% of his funding came from small donors.
Obama's policy appeal lies in part from a desire to rebalance the nation, which has teetered too far toward the wealthy and powerful, and selfish
shortsighted policies that benefit people today and the expense of future generations.
Obama wants to make healthcare and education accessible to all. How anyone can argue against that is beyond me. These are basics upon which a
vigorous capitalist system can be built where every child has an opportunity to succeed. For people not to have access to these things is to deny
them the right to thrive. The Republicans appear to want to concentrate opportunity into the hands of a wealthy elite. Not very appealing to the
Obama wants the rich to pay more of their fair share in taxes. Right now we have a system that provides a kind of welfare for the rich. Despite
their higher income tax rates, they pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes than do the middle and working classes who are really struggling
right now. For example, Warren Buffett paid 17% on his income while the secretaries in his office pool paid up to 30% on theirs. Fair?
The Republicans have become the party of 1) the rich, 2) the Christian right and 3) the people who buy the propaganda the Republicans put out. The
true Republican base however is the rich. They just pander to the other groups.
The campaign tactics used by the Republicans in this and past elections exhibit an extremely low moral compass. They try to smear and cultivate fear
and anger toward their opponents. They repeat lies over and over--even after they are called on the carpet.
You rightly complain about the focus on war but have you ever considered to whom is all the war money is going? It's not going to the soldiers or
the Iraqis. It's going mainly to the military industrial companies and ancillary corporations that provide things like private security and
construction. This war has represented a massive transfer of wealth from the American people to these corporations (i.e., to that portion of the
All this talk of terror is just BS to 1) get the public to go along with the transfer of wealth and 2) take away our freedoms (i.e., concentrate more
power and control in the executive branch).
Obama actually wants to get Bin Laden (i.e., the boogie man) and put an end to the war. This is not part of the Republican play book. They want an
endless war to endlessly enrich their base.
The bailout was another amazing thing. Paulson has doled out about $100B so far to banks and brokers, who have stated they plan to hand out guess how
much in bonuses to themselves? (The answer is about $100B). I hope Obama taxes them in April--a special TARP recovery tax on the financial
In any case, you have a large group of naive Republicans (group 3 above) who believe in terror and who believe the Bush tax cuts benefited them--when
actually they disproportionately favored the rich. They are being played for fools by the Republicans power brokers.
They care nothing about social security or medicare liabilities; nothing about infrastructure or global warming problems that will cripple future
Meanwhile the wealth gap increases, the average man is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and the rich want even more.