October 16, 2008
The Final Debate
Phew... the final Presidential debate is over. I clung to every word each candidate said, but shut the TV off after the final statements, not knowing what had really been discussed. I did hear the word "healthcare" about 6 times from both candidates, however most of the debate focused on tax cuts, governmental spending, and the Wall Street crisis. I must admit that McCain looked angry at times and couldn't quite contain his facial expressions, bluntly directing them at his opponent, Obama, who remained cool, collected, and poised.
The post-debate coverage on TV went on till 12 midnight, past my bedtime; yet I have been glued to CNN’s “Best Political Team” since the start of the race 20 months ago. The polls are beginning to be released, answering the question "Who won?" Shouldn't we be asking "Is America going to win?"
And who is “Joe the Plumber” anyway? What about “Nancy the Nurse”? SIGH… Election fatigue now setting in...
What are your thoughts?
I must say about the Health care which is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans,and about the post-debate coverage on TV ,so this is great and really constructive to read about it,the things and thoughts are superb that you tell.
Posted by: Dissertation Writing | Mar 7, 2011 12:34:33 AM
Why Vote?? Do you remember the people in Iraq and Afghanistan who risked their lives to vote? Do you remember how proud they were to show the purple ink on their fingers? Do you remember how hard women and African Americans fought for the right to vote in this country?
Perhaps many Americans now take our right to vote for granted. In fact, it is not only a right; it is a responsibility. It is ALSO a RESPONSIBILITY to search out and discover WHAT EACH CANDIDATE STANDS FOR and to determine how that fits with our own set of values.
Posted by: Jean | Oct 29, 2008 3:36:43 PM
OK, So WHY VOTE ??
Good Magazine, on its website, is running lists and lists of answers to the question, "Why Vote?" The answers run from silly to sincere. Here are a few favorites:
At this rate, when your children are adults, the United States will owe China more money than actually exists on the planet.
Great Britain is still looking for evidence that our little experiment didn’t work out. Don’t help them along.
It’s so easy, even old people can do it. And they do. In 2004, only 47 percent of people age 18 to 29 voted; 73 percent of people age 65 to 74 did. Are they voting for the person you want to win?
While your vote is secret, the fact that you did (or did not) is a matter of public record. So if you ever find yourself requesting help from any of your elected representatives, this is the first thing they’ll be checking when you need them.
As Emma Goldman said, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” And they did, in the Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea, China, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Burma, and elsewhere.
OK, SO WHY VOTE ???
Posted by: Beka | Oct 28, 2008 3:09:09 PM
I TIVO'd it.
It seems to have come to a matter of political ideology.
A form of Capitalism vs Marxism/Socialism.
Inform yourself on the history and contemporary subscribers of both. Them make up your mind based upon such.
You mentioned that CNN is a primary source of your viewing. No mention of publications, internet, nor radio.
If cable news is your mainstay, may I suggest an expansion of viewing to include other cable news resources, publications, and internet news site that offer debate on both ideological views
Posted by: DGF | Oct 27, 2008 2:31:21 PM
Bravo, Jean Heslin. I agree with your comments. It is unfortunate to me that there are many among the educated who are so uninformed regarding the upcoming presidential election and the issues that will weild a heavy impact on our nation.
Jean mentions that "it is not enough to listen to mainstream media to know the truth". I would go so far as to say the mainstream media is not purporting the truth most of the time in its attempt to influence the masses towards its biased liberal political stand.
If Obama is elected we are in for higher taxes, more government control as big government continues to promote the culture of poverty in undeserved handouts and a contiuing erosion of our freedom.
Posted by: Joan Lambie | Oct 25, 2008 7:11:44 PM
"Joe the Plumber" was playing ball with his son in his yard when Obama was walking by. Joe decided to ask Obama about his tax plan, and the answer showed that Obama would definitely tax small businesses. (Joe had planned to buy his employer's plumbing business eventually, and hire several other plumbers. Joe does not currently make $200,000.) Obama's response was a "gift" to the McCain camp, because small businesses are the foundation of economic growth in this country. If their taxes go up, there will be fewer jobs, higher unemployment, out-of-control inflation, etc. (remember the Carter years?)
The reason McCain did not vett Joe the Plumber (I laughed out loud when I heard a member of the Obama team say that) was because Joe the Plumber was not "hired" or selected by the McCain team. He was just playing ball with his son in his own yard, and Obama's words were caught on camera.
You may consider that Joe the Plumber is sort of related to Joe Six-Pack, because he is an ordinary American who is very worried about the economics of an Obama presidency (Obama can spend a TON of money!).
While I'm at it, more than 90% of the cause of our current economic woes is the subprime mortgage crisis, and that is 100% due to the Democrats. If you don't believe me, do the research online as I did. You can start with "Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae" or the "Community Reinvestment Act" or the effect of Fannnie Mae CEO, Franklin Raines', change in his compensation package, or the Republican efforts at regulating Fannie and Freddie in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and how each effort was blocked by the Democrats. You can go into the Congressional records to see what happened.
Believe me, listening to the mainstream media is NOT enough to know what is the truth!
Posted by: Jean Heslin | Oct 22, 2008 11:25:42 AM
I didn't really hear anything new, and I also wondered about "Joe the Plumber"- maybe he's related to Sarah Palin"s "Joe Six-Pack"....
I did see in today's (Friday) paper that "Joe the Plumber" isn't a licensed plumber and he owes around $1200 in back taxes to the IRS. Guess McCain's staff didn't vett Joe before deciding to reference him so frequently during the debate. Funny how things work out...
Posted by: Kris | Oct 17, 2008 10:10:39 PM
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