I wasn't too impressed last night either. Too much garbage about Wright and "bitter", and sniper fire. Hillary looked desparate to make mud stick and Obama looked frustrated and on his heels through the first half. Both looked bad. The "you know this bad person" so "you must be a bad person too" stuff is more fitting for the checkout line at the grocery store. I know and associate with many assholes, Blutzki and I went to Gauly with a bunch of them.
But that is not what makes me an asshole.
I find it ridiculous that no one will say "we need to increase taxes". I am not OK with China paying for our wars for the next 100 years. We f'ked up in Iraq, even though I dissagreed from the start, (thought Powell's speech didn't justify) I don't think giving the bill to future generations helps... well, helps pass the blame so Repub's can continue to get elected. We need to dig into our pockets, tighten our belts, and suffer a bit so we remember how shitty of a decision it was.
The side-stepping by O and C of how to pay for social security was frustrating. Am I the only one OK with paying taxes?
I didn't hear any "giving away of free stuff" though. I heard "this is the first war we haven't had to pay for". That to me sounds like that'll cost us. There was definitely a theme from Obama to reverse the trend of larger pay discrepencies between COEs and middle class, put a larger burden on corporations. That could be considered free stuff I guess.
I'm not opposed to Hillary's mention of Corporate windfall taxes either. Conoco's (I think it was Conoco) CEO was in Iraq pulling L. Paul Bremmer's strings to ensure the wells weren't privatized so the price of oil continued to climb. I am fine with them paying the lion's share of this war... but they will probably just move to Dubai like Haliburton to avoid the taxes.
I think big oil is scared shitless that this is their last year to really put the screws to us ($115 a barrel now) and will sprint to the finish (Jan. 2009) to fill their bank accounts. Wow, I'm way off on a tangent here.
Yeah, free stuff. Well, I didn't hear much last night on healt care, but that could probably be considered free stuff too. I have worked almost 5 years now for a Fortune 100 company and have only been to the doctor twice because it costs hundreds of dollars for the smallest of injuries. About $700 for a torn achilies and $300 for poison oak, yeah, f'kin poison oak!!! And I get billed multiple times for the same thing, get bills from 3 different departments within the hospital. It is so confusing and frustrating that I always end up spending more than my deductable somehow. I'm getting so pissed right now thinking about it that I need to move on.