Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Watching the Democrat Convention

They're chanting a slow "0-BAH-MAH" down on the floor of the Democrat Convention in Denver. It sounds as if they are filming a cult meeting in a bad sci fi flick. A series of speakers are telling their stories as to why they support Barack Obama for President. Oddest is a women who speaks about green energy (she runs a company) and how investors are lining up to put their money into it. She says that Barack Obama would ensure that the government got into this, bigtime, and with the big bucks. I am perplexed as to why government subsidies are necessary when investors are "lining up." Perhaps that's why I am a Republican?

In fact, as the series of speakers tell their stories, chosen for heart-rending, Democrat oriented content, I am left pretty cold. I feel badly for the lady from South Carolina who lost her job in the textile mill, especially because she says most of her co-workers could barely read or write. She was surprised that government didn't have a plan to give her either a permanent job or a paycheck when the mill shut down. She knows that this will never happen again if Barack Obama is elected President.

There is a theme tonight. It is the job of the government to ensure the well-being and lifestyle of every citizen regardless of economic realities. I find myself feeling sorry for these people who, from all evidence, either refuse to take responsibility for their own lives or who simply don't believe they are able. I begin to wonder about whatever happened to "Yes we can!"?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is what troubles you the claim that the government should take care of everyone? That is what it seems like. If not everyone, then who should receive government benefits?

The difference between Republicans and Democrats appears that the Democrats wish to spread the benefits of government around, even to those at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum, while Republicans believe that trillion dollar tax breaks that benefit the top 5% (really the top 1% and even more the top .1%) are how government should best reward its patrons and some citizens.

Why is it that top one-percenters, such as NEARLY EVERYONE in Wilmette, should benefit from government favors when those who are actually in need must struggle to get by, assisted only by $600 lumps of coal from the White House?

Is that really fair?

Aug 27, 2008, 3:42:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

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Aug 27, 2008, 6:15:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Your facts are wrong. The top 1% in income earn substantially in excess of $250,000. Most of Wilmette does not earn that type of money. And whose money is it anyway? Is it yours or the governments?

Aug 27, 2008, 6:31:00 PM  
Blogger El Rider said...

You guys in Wilmette are hogging government benifits? Huh, who knew? I think that I should apply for a program to benifit futures traders, call it "the Corn Traders Relief Fund". Sure I can read and write but I can come up with some sort of sob story, the other day I pushed the wrong button and lost about a grand (thank God it was only 1 grand) so I think that Obama should pay me for that, after all, I am helping to provide hedge insurance by making markets. I love how Anon. complains about "tax breaks" for the top .1%, as you rightly point out, who the heck is paying for our government? Not the South Side (the home of "real" baseball fans - sheesh), that's for sure.

Aug 28, 2008, 2:14:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

El Rider, You gotta stop being so bitter that you didn't get that nice tax rebate. I am pretty sure that my site meter tells me that Anon is a nice Kenilworthian (seriously), and it just shows you what happens when the natives abandon the homeland and move to the North side. And, do you seriously think it is responsible to NOT have pushing the wrong button insurance?

The only reason you haven't been promised a swift check to wipe out the negative effects of your button pushing is that Barack simply doesn't know about this problem. I am sure he will feel your pain once he knows about it.

I will be happy to enthusiastically
back the "Corn Traders Relief Fund." I think we could do well with some little containers at the cash registers at local stores. In fact, when Obama's campaign disgorges some of those pesky contributions and gives them over to charity next time they are found out, we can lobby for some of that money for the Fund. After all, did we ever find out what charity Obama turned his money over to?

Aug 28, 2008, 5:44:00 PM  

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