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Campaign '08: It's A Shame You Can't Pick And Choose

As election day draws nearer and nearer (only 32 days away as of today), I am becoming less and less clear about who I favor in the coming election.  Right now, I'd love to be able to take stances from each of the four Presidential and VP candidates, and combine them into one ideal candidate.  Unfortunately, that's not possible (besides, I might be looked down on for creating some kind of Franken-candidate) and a decision has to be made.  So I guess I've got the next month to figure things out…

In the meantime, here are some rambling thoughts on the candidates:

  • Sarah Palin comes across like she's running for high school class president.  When she gave a “shout out” to her teacher-brother and his students, she sounded like she was trying to be the “cool” mom.  That just rubs me the wrong way…this should be a serious political contest, not a popularity contest.
  • Joe Biden has been through a lot in his life, including losing his first wife and daughter in a car accident, and then raising his sons by himself while carrying on the duties of a U.S. Senator.  There are many who would not have stood so strong.
  • I think I'd be more likely to vote for Joe Biden for President then for Barak Obama.
  • It's odd how each Presidential candidate appears to be at odds with their running-mates over some important issues.  Makes it seem like they were just trying to appease as many voters as possible instead of taking a hard stand on any issue.  That, unfortunately, appears to be the theme of this year's campaigns.
  • The only one of the four that appears to be in tune with the educational problems in our country is Palin.
  • I do favor Obama's tax plan over McCain's, as it appears to spread the tax burden more fairly across the economic population.
  • The main themes that I find from the two candidates this year are the following:  McCain and Palin are looking to privatize and reduce the reach of the government, while Obama and Biden are looking to see what else the government can do.
  • For the record, I believe that the government has been “bigger” than it's needed to be for at least the last 2-3 generations of Americans, and it's time for the American people to be more responsible for themselves instead of relying on the government.
  • At worst, Palin is probably at least a better shot than Dick Cheney.

If you haven't registered to vote yet, do so ASAP, or you'll lose your right to complain for the next four years…

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