I know it may be a cop out to use emails as content – but these discussions I have been having with my family have allowed me to articulate my feelings about the election. I have really enjoyed these adult discussion (not that kind of adult discussion – get your mind out of the gutter. Yes that means you GSM) with my Mom and Dad.
And isn’t New Media all about repackaging content 😉
So the conversation started with me pointing to this article in The New Yorker
. It is an editorial supporting Obama. It is a long read, but a good read.
I would submit that the author(s) were just a bit biased, Obama, it seems, can do no wrong and McCain no right.
Watched the debate last night. Obama has the ability to tell a good story. McCain didn’t do as well in my view in articulating what he proposes. That said, I am concerned that what Obama proposes is essentially socialism, tax those that have to give to those that don’t. While there are those who really need a hand up, there are also many who won’t take advantage of it when they get it and they will always be a day late and a dollar short. The policy of what I will generously call encouraging lending institutions to loan mortgage money those who have no hope of ever being able to pay it back has its roots in this sort of philosophy. It is also what got us into the financial mess we are in I believe. Bankers used to be known as hard hearted business men but that is what we want looking after the money we deposit with them to invest wisely. Subprime lending with all sort of encouragements to borrow beyond ones means does not in my view constitute good management of my dollar.
Quite frankly, I am concerned that while Obama talks a good line, some of what he is proposing may weaken the country more than strengthen it. On the other hand, I am not sure McCain will really promote a new vision, his ability to articulate his vision isn’t as good as I had hoped. If I had to prioritize my personal concerns, I guess it would be fiscal responsibility first, foreign policy tied with reform of the education system second. Energy policy is right up there at the top but I think it is thoroughly tangled up with fiscal responsibility and foreign policy.
Well, whoever is elected he is going to have a very rough time ahead.
Random thoughts – too busy to be coherent.
I was trying to determine if the New Yorker was a left or right leaning publication – left is my guess 😉
Missed the debate last night – hope to watch it online this weekend.
Agree that there is a tough row to hoe for whomever is elected.
I think that we need to invest in our country. From what I know of the sub-prime mess, we might have gone too far to the left. Hopefully there will be some lessons learned that the future administration(s) will apply. But there is so much that needs focus – transportation infrastructure, medical, social security, energy – we have to find a way to focus and fund these items. As the “greatest nation on earth” why do we have so many people living in a world of hurt. Agree that some people will take advantage of the system but got to think more will be helped than “harmed”.
I am not proposing we go as far down the socialist road like we see in the Nordic countries, but it seems like in general the population is happy and well taken care of (Scott – please jump in on this one) [ed. – my brother, Scott, lives in Norway]
I am not proposing we become isolationist – there are a lot of wrongs in the world that we can affect in a positive way – but we need to get our shit together before we go off solving everyone else’s shit. Also think an administration that is more focused on diplomacy would be able to work with allies and leverage everyone’s resources to resolve a number of the world’s issues.
Everyone is talking about the need for change, but the pessimist in me says that by mid next year we will be back to more of the same. I don’t see a significant change taking place in the way Washington works. Too much $$. Too much greed. Too many lobbyists. Too much of doing what is good for my district so I can get re-elected. I mean come on – they added approx $150B on top of the $700B package so they could get the votes. What a load of crap. Managing by committee is a crappy way to do anything. Never works in business and sure as hell does not work in Government
Enough for now.
Maybe the New Yorker was just trying to make amends to Sen. and Mrs. O for the cartoon they ran a few months ago. My guess is that both the New Yorker and the NY Times are pretty left leaning in the view of us here in the west.
I too am of the pessimistic bent. More than likely by mid 2009 things will be back to business as normal in Washington DC. As you point out there are to many there who have as a first priority their own pocket book and getting reelected rather than doing things for the good of the country. One can pick just about any subject from energy to immigration to social security to health care to steroid use in the baseball world and find that little has been accomplished by the politicos in the past decade except talk and grandstanding. I don’t know what the solution is but I would advocate just throwing out the whole bunch of rascals and scalawags if I weren’t concerned the new bunch would probably turn to the same old group of lobbyists and other assorted ‘experts’ to figure out what they should be doing and things could easily be worse than before!! Not a happy state of affairs.
Well said Dad – well said. Not much more I can add to that.
It is interesting to find out that our political leanings are closer than I thought to be – like Father, like Son.