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Please don't vote with disruptors in mind they are not counted in this poll.
If you choose other please explain what you would like to see happen assuming there is no primary challenger.
I don't believe that any of us want the President to fail. I do believe that many people are very unhappy with the direction the country is going.
Singles, take note: With marriages at an all-time low, states in the South and West rank among the highest for couples hearing wedding bells. But many of these states also have higher rates of divorce.
The first-of-its-kind analysis by the Census Bureau, released Thursday, also finds that people are waiting longer before marrying for the first time. In particular, the percentage of women who wed as teenagers has dropped precipitously since 1970, while many men are postponing marriage past their college-age years.
The Northeast registered lower rates of divorce overall, which the Census Bureau report attributed in part to delayed marriage in those places, which decreased the likelihood of marital discord down the road.
"Surprisingly, the South and West, which we think of as more socially conservative, have higher rates of divorce than does the supposedly liberal East," said Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University. "The reason is that young adults in the South and West tend to have less education and marry earlier, both of which lead to a higher risk of divorce."
should be willing to compromise on cuts to SS, Medicare and Medicaid. This is all wrong and I'd like to know how the republicans gained so much power. Could it be they are spoiled rotten and that the democrats rather than set boundaries with them continue to give in to their tantrums. If this is bad for the most vulnerable this is bad for the entire country. We are only as strong as our weakest link and republicans don't seem to get that. Evidently some democrats don't get that either. Where are the noble and honorable citizen politicians? Where are the compassionate corporations? Where are all the family values that are spouted from both sides?
I have taken in and supported over the last 4 years 3 family members. I am now down to two because my mother died last December. My niece and my daughter are now both homeless and if I don't take care of 2 more people they will be left to the human services that no longer exist in this country.
I am worn the hell out trying to help and I am sick to death of the bullshit answer that there is no help to be had because we need to kill people in other countries and we need to save money by outsourcing all our jobs and we can't have socialized medicine because these people need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and suck it up.
There is no health care for my disabled sister, there is no disability for her either. There is no help for my granddaughter there is no help for my niece or my daughter. There are no jobs for those who have been injured on the job and there is no more money for their unemployment.
The USA is a screwed up greedy country and those with the most only want more. It's people like me who are taking care of the poor and I'm tired of hearing I have to make more sacrifices. I want my gd country back and I will not settle for throwing the poor and needy under the bus so the republicans can stuff more money into their pockets while saving even more by shipping all the jobs overseas.
What the "f" ever. This country has been hijacked and if we don't do something about it now it will only prolong the recovery for at least two more election cycles. Argh
and no President in my lifetime has ever inspired me to believe in them more than this President. I believed everything he said, I fell in love with him. Now I feel jilted, mislead and forgotten. I thought I was important to him, I thought he was going to stand up to what he said he would stand up to. He either couldn't or wouldn't but all I know for sure is that he didn't.
I feel like a woman scorned and we all know the old saying "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." All of us who believed him are the woman scorned, it isn't freaky, its what he said he'd do and then he didn't. So yeah I'm mad at him. I'm tired of this shit, I want my fucking promises kept and I want them kept because I believed he was going to do what he said he'd do.
So do I just say silly me, what an idiot I am to have believed he could do what he said he'd do?
We believed him, fuck us right...
I had such hope that he would do a better job of putting idiots and idiotic laws in their place. I hoped for an end to war, DADT, and the implementation of stiff regs on lobbyists, corporations and wall street. I hoped that he would be an over the top communicator and would keep us in the loop every step of the way. I had such hopes that the constitutional rape that was implemented under Bush would be reversed and that torture would become a thing of our very dark past.
Mr. President for all our sakes at the very least be an over communicator and tell us where you think we're headed instead of leaving us in the murky water wondering if there is any hope to repeal so many wrong decisions and give us a chance to really rise to the top and each handle and help move us progressively forward instead of sinking into the morass with those who can't or don't think about anything but puffing up their egos.
Please, you really have to do better and please hurry.
it solvent and in business?
My husband works for a company that manufactures tools/products that are used with compressors. The owner of the company is quite wealthy, he has worked hard for 25 years to build his company to include international sales.
The economy is sucking the life out of his business but he is creative and has employees that are constantly developing innovative products. These products are sold to bigger businesses that need compressed air such as manufacturers of chocolate, computers, autos, etc. No matter what he has done the money just isn't what it was at this time last year and of course there have been whispers of time cuts, layoffs and cutbacks. The worried gossip finally made its way to the owner who called a meeting to include every employee in the company.
He had a plan and this is what he said:
Owner to take a 50% salary decrease, employees to get no raises until company becomes more productive but all raises will be given as things improve and they will be retroactive. There will be no layoffs or salary cuts and bonuses will be suspended from top to bottom.
This man has treated his employees with fairness and compassion and when gasoline was $4 a gallon he started giving a gas allowance check for every employee in the entire company of 20 gallons of gas per week to be computed by the cost of a gallon of gas that week. He didn't cut this benefit from the workers, just management and above.
He is elderly now but not out of his leadership position and lead he did. He let the entire company know that things may get worse and things may get tight but he would continue to make cuts starting AT THE TOP, until the economy improved. This man has a plan and he started it by looking after those who call him boss, not himself or his top earners.
I just thought people should know that there are some truly good people in this country who know right from wrong and look to take care of those they feel responsible for... first.
Posted by OhioBlues in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Apr 19th 2008, 06:08 AM
but I'll post a link or two.
Obamaís state senate votes on some key issues:
BUDGET & TAXES=
# Voted to raise the minimum wage in Illinois from $5.15 an hour to $6.50 an hour over two years. (2003)
# Helped pass a 5 percent earned-income tax credit for low-income working families in 2000; made the credit permanent in 2003.
# Voted to end $300 million worth of tax breaks for businesses. (2004)
# Voted against making permanent the repeal of the state's 5 percent sales tax on gasoline. (2000)
# Voted for having Illinois endorse embryonic stem cell research. (2004)
# Successfully sponsored the Health Care Justice Act, a study of ways to implement a universal health care system statewide. (2004)
# Voted against restrictions on public funding of abortion. (2000)
# Successfully co-sponsored a prescription drug discount buying club program for seniors and the disabled. (2003)
CRIME & GUN CONTROL
# Voted against letting people argue self-defense in court if charged with violating local weapons bans by using a gun in their home. (2004)
# Voted to let retired police and military police carry concealed weapons. (2004)
# Successfully sponsored requirement that law enforcement videotape interrogations of suspects in some serious crimes. (2003)
# Successfully sponsored law enforcement study of the race of people pulled over for traffic tickets. (2003)
# Helped pass an overhaul of the state's troubled death penalty system. (2003)
# Unsuccessfully sponsored measure to expunge some criminal records and create an employment grant program for ex-criminals. (2002)
# Unsuccessfully sponsored limit of one handgun purchase per month. (2000)
# Voted against making gang members eligible for the death penalty if they kill someone to help their gang. (2001)
# Unsuccessfully co-sponsored ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation. The measure became law after Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate. (2003)
# Successfully sponsored move to shield Illinois workers from federal rules that threatened overtime pay for some employees.
# Successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform called the Gift Ban Act. (1998)
# Voted against giving tax credits to parents who send their children to private school. (1999)
What would qualify a person to be a good leader.
Experience of course is essential, but good decision making skills, an open mind and a compassionate heart are key to any good leader.
My reasons for backing him are basically my interpretation of what I "see" in him that sets him apart from the others, starting with his diverse life due to his cultural background.
He started out in life having to merge differing and sometimes opposite sets of cultural mores. Being born in the 60's was better then the 40's but still right in the middle of the largest civil rights movement in the history of the US. He was born submerged in a society unenlightened to the dangers of prejudice. He grew up seeing both sides of the coin. What he also brings is his ability to manage others. Management is the name of the game; whether it's a company or a country, if you can manage others successfully the battle is 3/4 won.
The other and I think more important factor is the fully vetted ability to bounce back without negativity overwhelming him. He thinks before he speaks, he measures the cost of his angry responses and his loyalty to the America of his dreams. He looks forward and doesn't wallow in the past, he sets his sights on the goals and manifests them one step at a time and he hasn't stepped on the crushed remains of others to get where he is.
He is a bridge to the new and I have every reason to believe that he can integrate our past and future. The time has come to leave the old world behind, to look to the future through new and fresh eyes.
He is the person for the job and it is my firm belief that should he win the presidency we will all be given a chance to see where we were and how very dark it has been and be very pleased that the old paradigm has washed away.
I can only hope that America is ready to take that step, I know that I am.
Posted by OhioBlues in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Apr 05th 2008, 06:28 PM
The respect that we show for each other would be the beginning of a change, if we had a leader who not only behaved in ways that were supportive of those they led, but supported the people they served. This is not something that will happen overnight, it will take time.
Generation after generation have become more and more aware of the things they did that were ugly. We are evolving as human beings and we are going to need someone who can not only make executive decisions we need in a leader but someone who shows us our better selves which in turn cause us to make better choices. Choices that are supportive of all of us.
A war monger or someone with the attitude that they are the "decider" only serves to alienate thinking people. I'm looking for a better world, one that nurtures it's inhabitants and the home we call earth. The old way of doing things is passing away, we are headed into uncharted waters and we need someone who knows what a heart is for.
Posted by OhioBlues in Astrology, Spirituality & Alternative Healing Group
Sun Dec 24th 2006, 07:27 AM
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone.
As I look into my brotherís eyes
Holiness is what I recognize
I see the truth in everyone
Let us stand and live as one
With love replacing fear
We are one, we are one
Itís the truth of who we are
Everywhere let the flag of love unfurl
In our hearts lies the truth
Of the unity of life
We are one and the truth of life is love
As I look into my sisterís eyes
Immortality is what I find
From the eternal we have come
Let us live in peace as one
Coming together everywhere
Itís time for love to vanquish fear
We are one, we are one
Itís the truth of who we are
Everywhere let the flag of love unfurl
In our heartís lies the truth
Of the unity in life
We are one and the truth of life is love
Here it sung here
We all have our opinions about allowing more than 11 million illegal immigrants to stay in our country without question. Some of us want to toss them out, some want them arrested and some want to embrace them.
Choosing an opinion to have can be hard for someone like me. On the one hand I strongly believe that our government and in turn our citizens should be fair and treat everyone fairly. Our rules and laws should be applied equally to all people living here. Thus if the law is being broken then those breaking the law should be forced to bend to the rule of law.
On the other hand there are so many who have started families here and are hardworking and contributing to the well being of our country that to force them out would leave U.S. born children to live in another country or live without one or both parents.
Due to the fact that our immigration laws have been applied very loosely (or not at all in some cases) for so many years there will need to be a very thoughtful if not enlightened look at all sides of this issue before a new law is made manifest.
I have two nephews in law who are undocumented workers here. One from Peru and one from Mexico. There are 3 children involved, all born on American soil and whose mothers are U.S. citizens.
If I support the rule of law then these men will be forced out of the country and may never see their children again. If I support amnesty then the diligence of those who have come here legally will appear to be a sham. Why would anyone become citizens legally if setting up housekeeping and remaining undetected for a few years is all that need be done to stay?
The predicament is personal not only to me but to my family and to millions of others in similar circumstances. There is no way to change the past, we have only now to make changes that will in turn become our future.
I wish for a bright future for all of us, may those in the position to decide be wise, prudent and most of all fair.
They (republicans)are once again creating information to fit the facts. Where/who is the control group? Are they taking into consideration that British doctors prescribe sunlight, acupuncture and homeopathic remedies?
There are no statistics to prove a thing they are saying. What scientific information was studied by those making that statement? There are too many variables therefore that statement is not factual. I cannot logically say their statement is true.
I can state that British subjects are healthier because they have access to health care and health care practitioners whether or not they have to means to pay, (since they don't have to.) I can say that people in the UK are educated properly by their health care system and thus suffer lower mortality rates. I can say that due to the fact that the good people in England don't take the same type and amounts of pharmaceuticals that Americans do that they are not being poisoned therefore they live longer. Do any of those statement seem valid to you? There was a leap taken and it was unscientific, it would not be logical to say any of the above statements were fact. They are opinion, hyperbole and conjecture.
The war between factions here grows more intense daily. We have those who would like to set limits and those who cry foul or racism on those limits.
The problem with this dissension is that neither side is entirely right. The answers lie somewhere in the middle.
We had a strong country once with a solid bank account to back us before the 2000 elections. We had our share of problems before that but Clinton did his best to be fiscally responsible and we were all the better for it. We are now facing a future of enormous uncertainty and all we can do is hold on and try to shift our weight as the boat we are riding in attempts to capsize.
We the people are much more responsible citizens on a bad day than our current government will ever be. It is in this vein that I would hope that we can come together to improve our circumstances and those of any who come here seeking a better life. There is enough, we have enough to share but we will have to restructure a few things such as the tax burden, corporate person hood and the ridiculous leadership in the White House.
We have our work cut out for us and we must not lose sight of our goals by being hijacked by our emotions or egos. We have all been invalidated for six long years. We are bombarded daily with idiocy and lack of common sense. We have sent our loved ones to a war that is illegal, immoral, incomprehensible and hideously managed. We have lost many of our rights and freedom is running for it's life all over the globe because of a group of madmen and women. Madmen and woman who have forgotten who they are, who have given their childish ego every pleasure it desired and when it still wasn't enough went searching for more. It is a disease of the spirit a disease of the ego and it is madness.
We cannot continue in the madness. We cannot follow in the footsteps of those who claim power or allow our fears to hurt another human soul. American citizens make this a fair country and a forgiving country. It is in the spirit of fairness and in brotherly love that we will have to take our country back and offer safe passage for newcomers. We must not allow hate to grow in our hearts or pollute our minds. We have so much to offer and we can come up with a solution if we learn to compromise and keep an open mind.
Someone out there has a solution that we can compromise on, so I hope that we settle the immigration issue between us quickly as we still have much to do in so many other areas, we must not tie ourselves up over one issue for too long as it will be us that we hurt the most in the long run.
Peace and god speed to us all.
I am pretty upset right now after just getting off the phone with my republican mother. To give a bit of background; Mom began to get pretty disheartened with the president around the time Katrina devastated the gulf and then went on vacation. She was distraught over his social security plan as well but what put her over the edge was Dubai.
Tonight out of nowhere she blurted out that she is sick and tired of hearing Bush make speeches over bullshit every five minutes. She said she was disgusted with the republican run congress and had lost trust in them. She asked me why the democrats weren't raising the roof about him. I don't have an answer for her, does anyone else here have one?
It is very frustrating for us to watch but I'm getting the clear impression that Americans think the time has come for democrats in office to step up to the plate.
and his SO welcomed a 5 lb 14 oz baby boy into the world. I am so happy for them. I haven't seen the newbie yet(being so far away) but I've been told by reliable sources that he is adorable.
The parents are: animal loving, pro choice, organic supporting, bleeding heart liberals. This child, as a fetus attended several anti war rallies and a System of a down concert. I feel there is a good possibility he will choose his party affiliation wisely, lol. I am very, very happy that all is well and as soon as I get some pictures I will share.
I didn't have anyone on ignore but Skinner was in there. Maybe I put him in accidentally but I sure have no recollection of it. It seems to me that Skinner is one of those people who will not be ignored.
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