Wednesday, October 1, 2008

There will be no retraction...but thanks for offering

I had an anonymous commenter on the blog today who advised that perhaps I might want to retract my earlier post.
While I am more than happy to give you all links to the snopes.com article as well as the Washington Post article, my point remains the same. Whether or not all three of these men are direct advisors to Obama is not necessarily my largest concern. The Post article was concerning Raines, with no mention of the other two.
MY concern is the obvious connections all three of these men have with former and current Decmocratic leaders. MY concern is Obama's economic plan...a plan which promises to raise MY taxes.
A dear friend of mine recently made what I consider to be one of the most thoughtful statements regarding this election. "I have to vote for what's best for MY family." It is not in my best interest or that of my family to vote for Barack Obama for president. I don't want higher taxes for programs that don't benefit me or my family and that I personally feel are mismanaged and for large part used as a way to gain votes from a constituency that otherwise wouldn't vote at all. In my mind, there are many of our welfare programs that are mismanaged horribly but the Democrats that push them through don't care...as long as those who benefit from said programs continue to vote for them. Believe me, I'm all about helping those in need. I probably spend 20 hours a week in some form of volunteer capacity. I just don't think it's appropriate for my money to go toward programs that don't do what they are supposed to. I think it's ridiculous that I feel it necessary to pay for private school because our public schools are mismanaged. I think it is pathetic that there are those in politics that believe our healthcare "reform" should be managed by politicians who have no basic knowledge of patient care services. There are lots of reasons why I don't think Obama should be president. The fact that he and his campaign associate with unsavory people only serves to strengthen that belief.
It is without question that both political parties have good and bad intentions at different times.
I'm not trying to tell anyone what to do. I also don't think it's irresponsible for me to post substantiated information on MY blog. If you don't want to read it you don't have to. Skip to the other stuff that's more fun.
On that note...there will be NO FURTHER POLITICAL DISCUSSION UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION. (but I reserve the right to change my mind :)

27 comments:

Mrs. Newlywed said...

Great post! I saw that info about his advisors about two weeks ago, adn I was shocked.

Then again not really.

Anonymous said...

Even though I don't disagree with you, it would be nice if you would lay off the politics. I know I don't have to read your blog but there are parts I find interesting, however your rants aren't one of them. I'll just come back after the election. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey-- Just wanted to make sure you didn't think MY comments (saying I thought the article you posted was propaganda) were anonymous-- I thought I signed my name (Betsey). Perhaps you're referring to someone else who commented (you probably were, b/c I never suggested you retract your post), but I just wanted to make sure. I read the Snopes and Washington Post article you referenced and still agree with my original post. I hear you about taxes. Trust me, it's in our best financial interest to vote Republican. I spend way too much time trying to wade through all info out there. Ugh. Can't wait for the election to be over. Anyway-- don't want to belabor anything, just wanted to make sure my original post was clear. Thanks again for your blog. I really love reading it. Perhaps a fun design post might cheer you up? :) On a lighter note, we are looking for a mahogany sideboard. Baker has one we like. I've also looked at Hickory Chair, Henredon, & Henckel Harris (sp?). Any other suggestions?

Michele said...

I confused. Do you generate more than $750,000 annually? If not, then your taxes will not be raised.

Barefoot in the Park said...

you go girl!

Liza said...

Wow, people are really giving you and other a hard time these days on your blogs, huh? I like that people can say what they want - that would be why it is called YOUR blog and not theirs ;) Ignore those people, I enjoy reading intelligent people's points of views - and that doesn't necessarily mean I agree with the things I read all the time. I am just mature enough to take it as one's person's opinion and their right to express on THEIR blog. Don't apologize for anything - no one is forcing them to come read!

P said...

What's best for my family is that McCain not send us to war again with everybody he wants to fight (Iran, Russia, to name a couple) and that McCain, because of low troop population, initiate a draft and send my son to war.

Mrs. Forever said...

Please don't stop talking politics because anonymous posters say mean things! Being able to express our opinions and choose who leads our country is whats so great about it. If the election is driving you crazy and you can't handle hearing or thinking about it without your head spinning - then by all means stop. But don't let anonymous commentors stop you from posting whatever you gosh darn well want to!

Impoverished Preppy said...

You totally have the right to post whatever the heck you want to. It's your blog.

I was initially torn between Obama and McCain, but had been leaning heavily towards Obama. McCain's choice of VP decided it. Taxes shmaxes... there is no way I can live in a country where Sarah Palin is one heart attack away from the presidency. (Shudder) Now if McCain wants to rescind his choice and admit he was wrong about her qualifications...

The Rauths said...

Well put! It's about time people start voting what is best for THEM/THEIR family, even if it's not the popular vote/vote that will get you clout from friends.

Michele: check your facts on income vs. taxes. The reality is, you don't know exactly what is going to happen to taxes with either candidate until they get in office. Most likely, they'll do what they are campaigning for, but we've seen that not always come to fruition before. History is a good starting point for comparison.

With healthcare, sort of reminds me of this whole Wall Street ordeal. We're going to bail out Wall Street, with some stipulations, only to have not a clue what is going to come of it? I mean, seriously, we have no clue how it's going to pan out. So why the heck would we do something similar with the healthcare industry (I said similar, it's not a bailout, I know, but still government control)? How about the government starts putting a MUCH LARGER chunk of money and resources into our public schools, at all levels, allowing our population (no matter your income, political affiliation, location, etc) to be highly educated and able to work.

Sorry Sippy to rant in your comments, but thanks for making some realistic points.

Ned said...

Thank you for ALL your posts! I am with you! Hubby and I recently had a discussion about what was right for our family...I am ready for this election to be over. You know it is bad when your child is stressed/worried about the election. He is only 9 yrs. old. Sad.

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Kelly said...

Sing on sista! I don't think you should stop posting regarding politics. The completely biased liberal media has no problem not focusing on key pieces of information such as the three advisors you highlight so I think it is important to raise information like this in other venues. If people don't like it tell them to read MSNBC. HA!

Just Ask Beth said...

What kind of Volunteer work do you do? Her Husband is a DR. Michelle, so, he could generate that you know. I love your POST too and have missed you. I will be voting Republican myself, I am conservative, however I am sure those lame ass people on WALL STREET that make millions on Stock Options and buyouts are also.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

I believe it's more than $250,000 annually (not $750,000) Michelle. And that is hardly what I call "rich."

If you want a nice home in a safe neighborhood and want your kids to go to private schools because the public schools are dangerous and inept (which let's admit, they are in many areas) then $250,000 doesn't go that far, and again, it's hardly "rich."

Besides, Obama will raise everyone's taxes. Libs always do no matter what they say. It's their favorite thing to do. There is no way he can pay for all the programs he will want to implement by just raising taxes on the "rich." No way.

Jennifer Foster said...

Sippycups, you keep on ranting. You said what so many of us were thinking! Don't listen to anonymous "lay off the politics I'll come back after the election". Probably a Dem.

Anonymous said...

As far as I'm concerned, there are 4 huge reasons not to vote for Obama:

1)Bill Ayers the terrorist

2)Rev. Wright who admires Louis Farrakhan

3)Father Pfleger (need I say more?)

4)His huge association with ACORN the leftwing radical group which seems to have half it's members indicted for voter fraud.

All long time groups/associates and friends with Obama - and all recepients of money earmarked by Obama. There is really nothing else to say.

The Doctor's Wife said...

p,

As the daughter of two retired army officers and the sister of a young officer who will almost certainly head off to war very soon I completely understand the frustration regarding the war. I don't know that I necessarily agree with it, either. Who would ever "support" a war? The fact of the matter is that the now cliche statement is very true...freedom isn't free. Our national security is at stake. Our children's future's are at stake. I would never want any family member of mine to have to go to war for a sometimes difficult to distinguish cause, but I most certainly will always be a proud and unconditional supporter of our volunteer military. I've often thought about the possibility of a draft. The more I see our country in such a mess domestically because of irresponsibility and lack of personal policing, I wonder if the draft might not be the best thing for some of our young men and women...

The Doctor's Wife said...

Just ask Beth,

What volunteer work DON'T I do? I am the president of our local medical alliance (200 members strong), am a Parent's Association rep at my kids' school, am a room mother for a JK class of 40, am active in the Junior League, am on the board of a local non profit, etc., etc. I love volunteerism and found that passion from my mother.

In regard to to salary question. I truly prefer not to discuss money. It makes me itchy. One of the things I love most about the blog world is that there is no competition or keeping up with the Joneses. We're all equals voicing our OPINIONS regardless of race, religion, political views, gender, or financial status.

Thanks for your support :)

debra said...

Well said! I am sure 'anonymous' does want you to retract your post since it is the truth and doesn't look good for Obama. I am glad you wrote it - I was unware of all that.

I have to commend you for taking on the subject. I always think we should talk about politics more - what happens in Washington (or Phoenix, or Richmond, or Raleigh, etc) makes a difference in our lives.

The Cleary's said...

Just came across your blog and love that you post about politics too! I can't believe that people have the audacity to tell you not to write about your personal opinion on YOUR personal blog...I agree with your view on this 100%, but even if I didn't I couldn't imagine telling you Not to write what you feel. You go girl - Lay ON the politics! :)

kathleen said...

I love your posts, rant on sister. It is your blog, you can say whatever you want. Go McCain.

Anonymous said...

So much for you saying you don't keep up with the joneses. Nice pics of where you and the DOCTOR are going on vacation. You absolutely try to keep up with the joneses.

Anonymous said...

250K a year is not rich, Tickled Pink+Green? You are barely scraping by on that??? Maybe you should cut some of your expenses and start saving some money? I'm sure you would get pretty rich of off earning 250k a year by doing that!!! Call me crazy, but 250k a year is a lot of money!!! I'd call that pretty rich! I mean the average household income in the US is about 45k!!!! 250k is 5 times more than the average income, and it is beyond me how one could not live "richly" or at least comfortably off that, and being able to put some of it away for rainy days....

Nobody You Know said...

Ope, found it.

Yes, I'd agree with jealous.

I've been there and it's nice. No doctors in this family. Just retail management.

Go--enjoy, no regrets.

Oh yeah, I'm for Obama. Can I still read you?

Lori said...

My 23 year old daughter is listening to all sides of this election. She heard her uncle ranting about his taxes, how his school system has to pay to educate "those kids", and more "what will my family get out of this" ....then he drove off in his top of the line BMW to his 4.7 million dollar house. She quietly said, "I guess I understand the 2 parties now, one is very greedy".