Sometimes I wonder how it is that I’m related to my family members. First off, I’m a Capricorn, and both of my parents and my only sibling (my brother) are Leos. That’s one of my least compatible signs. (How the heck did that happen?!) On the other hand, I look just like my mother. No, I look just like my father. Actually, I look like whichever one of them you think. There’s no way a baby switch at the hospital justification will work. No, some how I am related to them.
I used to be a Republican. I wasn’t a good Republican, even back then, but still I thought Ronald Reagan was awesome. I worked at the 1992 RNC for CNN, the Houston Host Committee, and the Bush-Quayle campaign. But over the years I have become less Republican. I’m sure my family members think I’m a liberal wacko, but oh I could be so much worse!
The other night we did a video chat with my family. They were gathered at my brother’s home in Corpus Christi. My folks were there and so were my sister-in-law’s parents. We’ve razzed eachother from time to time about the election. Anyway, at one point I turned the camera towards the other side of the room which revealed this poster of President Obama on our sideboard.
My brother promptly turns his webcam towards the TV, and they’re actually WATCHING O’Reilly. I don’t watch any Fox news programs, mostly because I know there’s absolutely NO reason to expect balanced treatment of any politicized topic. Most of my exposure to O’Reilly has been admittedly through soundbites from other pundits. So, it’s perhaps a bit unfair for me to judge him when I refuse to watch his shows based on the numerous nasty soundbites I’ve heard over the years.
I digress. I was just floored that on a lovely Friday evening over Thanksgiving weekend, that my family was gathered around the boob toob watching such polemic horseshit. Awww, family togetherness and bonding with Bill O’Reilly. <shudder>
Remind me again, how am I related to these people?
It’s confusing at best trying to follow the debate over the economy these days. Democrats blame Bush and his regime; Republicans point out that Congress has been in Democrat control for a while now (though Bush seems to enjoy his veto power) or somehow blame the current situation on President Clinton. And of course President Reagan (God rest his soul) is still getting cussed for his economic principles.
Who loses when our politicians debate the economy? Yep, you guessed it . . . we do! College professors like me as well as “Joe 6-pack” (which I resemble from time to time).
A top McCain aide is quoted as saying:
“It’s a dangerous road, but we have no choice,” a top McCain strategist told the Daily News. “If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.”
Is it really fair to title an article that way? Not really. Of course if either campaign really spends a LOT of time on the economic crisis, the risks might outweigh the benefits. Really it probably depends on how well the world and US markets do in this last quarter of 2008. How low can it go? Let’s not ask that question aloud.
Anyway, I just think it’s a bit unfair to suggest that McCain would LOSE if he talks about the economy. Republicans tend to support deregulation and trickle-down economics. Are they evil for this? No, it’s their philosophy. I’m not sure how philosophy in and of itself is evil. Are the Democrats immune from the “debate” over the current state of the economy? Surely no one thinks as much. Our current predicament is wrath inflicted from multiple sources – the “fed,” Wall Street, Main Street, politicians, you and me, bankers, borrowers, and the like. We’ve been groomed to believe that we deserve to live in $300,000 homes when we can’t really even afford a $100,000 investment. Our parents bought their first homes when a house cost a couple of years of salary… that is not the case nowadays.
It would be so nice to find some sources out there that were truly objective. Why does everything have to polarize? What good does that do? Are all issues black & white? Is it all that simple?
If wishes were horses I’d have flown to Pluto by now . . .