Thursday, March 6, 2008

Isn't It Over Yet?

Man, I'm sick of this campaign. I really hoped Obama would cinch this primary on Tuesday, so we could just move the fuck on.

I wish Hillary well, but I don't want her to be the next president. If she ends up being the president, then I'll greet her warmly and hope for the best (while knowing I am bound to be hugely disappointed). If Obama wins, I'll pretend not to be too hopeful, while inside I'll be hopeful, and then when I'm disappointed, it'll be...huge.

These days, as I scan through hundreds of political headlines in my feed reader, I skip most of them. Few report on what is. Many are punditing ad nauseum about what may be. What could happen. There's a word for that: wanking.

I don't want to hear your predications of the future. I want intelligent discussion and analysis of our current local, regional and global problems. I want to read viable experts discussing the historical and social context of these problems, and offering creative ideas for solutions. That's what I want.



BillyWarhol said...

U my Dear are Bang On!!

I was just Emailing my Friendz on 2 things - OIL + Bush's $2 Trillion Dollar Nightmare + that hopefully Barack + Hillary Team Up to Defeat the Repubes!

Like U I'm pullin' for Barack altho Both are Smart Cookies!!

"There has been very little in the way of public conversation, even in the presidential campaigns, about the consequences of these costs, which are like a cancer inside the American economy.

On Thursday, the Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Senator Chuck Schumer, conducted a public examination of the costs of the war. The witnesses included the Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz (who believes the overall costs of the war — not just the cost to taxpayers — will reach $3 trillion), and Robert Hormats, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International.

Both men talked about large opportunities lost because of the money poured into the war. “For a fraction of the cost of this war,” said Mr. Stiglitz, “we could have put Social Security on a sound footing for the next half-century or more.”

Mr. Hormats mentioned Social Security and Medicare, saying that both could have been put “on a more sustainable basis.” And he cited the committee’s own calculations from last fall that showed that the money spent on the war each day is enough to enroll an additional 58,000 children in Head Start for a year, or make a year of college affordable for 160,000 low-income students through Pell Grants, or pay the annual salaries of nearly 11,000 additional border patrol agents or 14,000 more police officers."


WakeUp America!!

It's Time for Barack Obama to Hit a HomeRun for America + the World!!



Omyword! said...

Ahhhh Billy. Thanks for all that amazing info. I missed the Joint Eco Committee meeting. I need to get into my feedreader and check it out! It's a crime how we squandered that money and continue to do so. I wish Bush could be out of the white house (man, I almost typed out house) now. He and Cheney continue to inflict damage.

Anyway - Peace to you too, my friend.

sctshep said...

It doesn't end does it. We are tanking and the Bush gang doesn't get it and the rich don't give a damn. Read Pitts' syndicated column concerning Bush and the price of gas. It's great. We wanted a simple man of god - someone,you know, we could have a drink with.That worked out great didn't it? And Hillary? She is willing to sink this country to get elected.

Lime & Tequila said...

I'm very much an ostrich about politics anymore. In February, I stood up, pulled the lever for Obama, and promptly did my best to pretend Washington doesn't exist. In November, I hope to do the same, but I'll vote for Hillary if that's the choice I'm given.

It's not admirable. But more and more, I focus on local issues, things I can reach out and effect.

And yes, I'm so ready for the Democratic Party to actually settle down on a candidate.



Gregorio said...

We all want it to change for the better,anything has gotta be better than Bush.I think deep down inside we realize,it'll probably be more of the same old,same old.

Omyword! said...

sctshep - Thanks for stopping by. I never understood the "someone I can have a beer with." I just never got it. The silliest thing I've ever heard. As far as Hillary and Obama's close race continuing - I have too much to say that would fit into a comment. :-) Sounds like I need to make another post.

L&T - I so understand the ostrich effect. I think your idea about effecting local change is a good one - from a personal point of view, I can get overwhelmed when I think about the country as a whole. If I were still in AZ, I'd probably get more involved locally...but...ugh...I think about the redneck politics in AZ and cringe.

gregorio - thanks for your visit too. And yes, you nailed that one on the head. same ol' same ol'.

adrian2514 said...

Hey thanks for the great blog, I love this stuff. I don’t usually read much into politics but with the election coming up (not to mention the dem primaries) and everyone going green these days I thought I would leave a comment.

I am trying to find more about the government and if they are going to ratify the Kyoto Protocol any time soon. Has anyone seen this pole on . It said 75% of people think the government should ratify the Kyoto Protocol on Earth Day (when I took it). I also saw something on Wikipedia but it wasn’t up to date. Any other thoughts on where the government is going with this?

I am looking for more info on what candidates’ opinions are how are we are going to get closer to solutions. Drop a link of you see anything worth my time.