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Can We Afford Four More Years?

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The thing that most baffles me about the Bush Administration is their failure to be right on anything in the last eight years.  You would think that even if they were just guessing they would get things right half the time, but no, they have nearly a zero percent success rate.  On the issue of Iraq, they were wrong.  On the issue of Afghanistan, they were wrong.  On the economy, wrong again.  And let’s not forget the enviroment, gas prices, and the impending food crisis.  And I’m not even going to discuss issues of morality like gay rights, stem cell research, and a woman’s right to choose.  Again and again they have failed us at everything.

And today we have two candidates vying for the opportunity to fix this cluster fuck.  One candidate wants to do things differently from the current administration, the other is being advised by many of the same people as our current frat-boy-in-chief.  One candidate wants to bring our troops home and take them out of harm’s way, the other is willing to potentially leave them for a hundred years in a country that has asked us to leave.  One candidate has a plan to attempt to cure us of our fossil fuel addiction while the other wants to give you thirty cents off on a gallon of gas, not because it will actually help people but because “[A gas-tax holiday] might give ‘em a little psychological boost.”

Is that the same kind of psychological boost giving away $300 million for a battery would have Mr. McCain?  Mr. McCain wants to drill offshore for more oil, unfortunately the reason for the surge in gas prices is not lack of oil it is lack of refined gasoline ready to go in your vehicle.  There has not been a new oil refinery built in this country since 1976.  Producing more oil but not being able to refine it will have about as much of an effect on gas prices as growing more corn but not harvesting it would have on food prices.  Sure it sounds good but if you don’t turn it into something we can use it is worthless to everyone but the oil companies.

And policy isn’t the only thing that makes John McCain wrong for our country.  Our standing in the international world has taken a serious hit over the last eight years.  A major reason for that is that the face of our country, our president, is arrogant and out of touch with reality.  At this year’s G8 summit our fearless leader Mr. Bush seemed to revel in our country’s place as the top polluter in the world after refusing to agree to climate change targets.  This display by our president summed up the message we have sent to the world for the last eight years, “Fuck you! (air punch)”.

Barack Obama doesn’t walk around with a shit eating elitist grin on his face.  He genuinely understands the problems that face Americans.  His policies aren’t just the duct tape fixes we have become so accustomed to from Washington but plans that could potentially have as great an effect on our nation as FDR’s New Deal.  Things like his plan to build high speed rail connecting the major cities of the midwest.  This is a way to kill a whole flock of birds with one stone.  With high speed rail you could reduce the number of cars on the road, reduce the security lines at the airports, reduce CO2 emmisions, as high speed rail is cleaner than automobile or air travel, and most importantly in my opinion it would create jobs.  Building high speed rail lines throughout the midwest would produce thousands of jobs for those people currently unemployed due to the poor state of our economy.

There are plenty of other reasons why we need CHANGE (yeah i said it), and I HOPE (hehe) the rest of the country will see things my way.  I plan to rant about the election and other topics a lot over the next few months (November can’t come soon enough).

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Written by J.P. Franklin

July 19, 2008 at 12:38 pm