18 June 2008

Time for politics

Now that the NBA season is over, there is a dearth of interesting sports to follow until college football in late August. Actually, this year we have the Olympics starting on August 8th, so the wait is shorter than usual.

That said, all we've got for the next 1.5 months is baseball and NASCAR. Meh.

So on to politics! The first presidential election I voted in was in 2000. I voted for George, Jr. that year and in 2004. I don't regret doing so in the least. The past eight years have been good ones, in my opinion. The economy has been good. There have been zero terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11. Bush has made decisions I disagree with; his refusal to deal with the border and lack of work on energy independence are big problems to me, but for the most part, I've been happy with where the country was going.

And here we are in 2008. For the first time since 1984, neither a Bush nor a Clinton is involved in the general election. That's a pretty long time.

Yet in spite of this "new" political climate, I don't like either of these guys. It's fairly depressing that out of 300 million Americans, Obama and McCain are the best we can do.

Neither of them will do a thing about the border. They're both believers in the gospel of Prophet Gore's Climate Change. Neither of them will push for nuclear power.

Sure, McCain will select more conservative judges to fill vacancies in the Supreme Court. But as far as I can tell, that's the only positive he's got going for him.

And don't even get me started on the economy. Here's Obama's latest attempt to show how much he understands how things work:

Sen. Obama cited new economic forces to explain what appears like a return to an older-style big-government Democratic platform skeptical of market forces. 'Globalization and technology and automation all weaken the position of workers,' he said, and a strong government hand is needed to assure that wealth is distributed more equitably. He spoke aboard his campaign bus, where a big-screen TV was tuned to the final holes of the U.S. Open golf tournament.

Barack, technology weakens the position of workers? Computers, backhoes, tape recorders, cell phones, all this stuff makes workers more productive and therefore more valuable to employers.

Man, we're in for some hurting if this guy gets elected. Again, I doubt McCain will be any better. Sad that the one guy with a strong background in the public sector of business got bounced from the election for being Mormon.

Right now I'm planning on voting for a third-party candidate. If that helps give the presidency to Obama, so be it. In a twisted way, I hope the next four years of an extreme leftist president with a Democrat-controlled Congress will be horrible. Maybe that'll give the American people a kick to the pants and realize we need some common sense in Washington.

But then again, maybe not. Ugh.


Anonymous said...

I don't think he was referring to white collar people like you, but rather the much larger blue collar workforce in the country. As technology increases there is less of a need for these workers. Machines and computers fill the positions of several laborers and employers wind up laying off swaths of people to save money and increase effectiveness. If you recall from your History classes, that is exactly what happened during the industrial revolution. Eventually these workers find other work as they learn to adapt or otherwise find employers who have not yet "upgraded," but in the mean time they are out of work. Pretty sure that's what he meant.

Matty Gibb said...
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Matty Gibb said...

If I ever heard a socialist line, it was that one by Obama. Just invoke that word "workers."

"'Globalization and technology and automation all weaken the position of workers,' he said, and a strong government hand is needed to assure that wealth is distributed more equitably."

There was a time when most people were willing to work for success. Apparently the masses are willing to sign up for big government, assembly-line jobs, and dreams of mediocrity again. Obama doesn't wear a US flag pin, right? So that leaves room on his lapel for a hammer and sickle.

Brandon said...

Anon: So essentially Obama will strive to prevent automation in the blue-collar work force to forestall short-term pain, while obstructing long-term progress? Sounds great to me.

G: Good call. And even though the Soviet Union is long gone, we just need to look at Europe, who is abandoning their form of socialism as a failed experiment. What do they say about those who cannot learn from the mistakes of others?

Big time hurt, I'm telling you.