Lea Lane

Lea Lane
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“I’ve discovered the secret of life,” Kay Thompson, the eccentric entertainer and “Eloise” author, once said. “A lot of hard work, a lot of sense of humor, a lot of joy and a lot of tra-la-la!” And that's been my life: As a travel writer for over 30 years, I've been around the block (more like around the world), and I write true stories about interesting people and places. (Check out my travel site, Travels With Lea.) I've lived an unconventional life in conventional trappings. Been a corporate VP, worked with foster kids, acted in an Indie ("Nurse 1"), was on Jeopardy!. I've been managing editor of a travel publication, written for the Times, and authored books. OS is my home, but I also blog on The Huffington Post, and I've contributed (mostly anonymously) to everything from encyclopedias to guidebooks. Married young, divorced late; married late, widowed early, I dated lots in-between -- and survived a scary illness. After being happily, peacefully solo for many years, I'm now happily married again. I founded and still edit www.sololady.com, a lifestyle Website for single women. I'm truly grateful for each precious day, each well-earned wrinkle, my family, my cat. Truth, laughter, friendship, late love. And this blog -- on this wonderful site!

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OCTOBER 31, 2012 9:44AM

Why This Grateful Woman Just Voted for Barack Obama

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I just voted in Florida. A vote that really counts, in more ways than one. 

I recently wrote a post that gave some offbeat reasons to vote for Barack Obama. But especially in light of the recent response to Hurricane Sandy, here are the real reasons I voted for the president, and I hope that you do as well:

 

People of a certain age and a certain means often "vote their pocketbooks." To them I say, I am "voting my granddaughters."

I have been a struggling single mom and understand making ends meet. And I have been financially secure, able to remain safe even in hard times.

But in either case, what is best for the weakest and the neediest is what is best for all of us.

Those of us who are financially comfortable and gratefully covered by Social Security and Medicare are not voting against our interests, but for a stronger economy and a better future when we vote for programs improving health coverage, public education, job training, and other opportunities.

We are voting for the interests of all of our children, our future generations, when we support higher taxes for the most privileged to keep programs that give a leg up to others.

Our country is a better one for all when we are voting to sustain women's rights, gay rights, the world's clean air and water, health insurance for those uninsured and a Supreme Court that will uphold Roe v. Wade.

I am voting for Barack Obama because I am concerned about rights that could be removed for my granddaughters when they become women, including fair pay for all, the right to choose, deductions for childcare and a sustained Planned Parenthood.

I am voting for someone who is strong and controlled in a crisis, who seeks diplomacy over war, and is not tied to the fear-mongers, racists and right-wing extremists who are blurring the line between church and state.

Please, if you are struggling, learn the facts and vote your interests. Don't be fooled by lies. Don't erase the gains we've made and halt the gains that need to be made. Please consider the facts, not just the promises.

And if you aren't struggling, please vote for the interests of our country, not just your change purse or your emotions. Think big, think beyond, to all of us. The stronger and fairer our democracy, the better off we all are.

It is selfish and small-sighted for those of us who have benefited from our system to not pay our fair share, and offer support for others to reach their potential, so that they can give back to this country and future generations.

With my first presidential vote for Lyndon Johnson I was voting in support of civil rights legislation, a cause I felt deeply. That president made a difference that opened the door then to a brilliant child, who would become our president.

That president can continue to make a difference. He has learned from his mistakes. He has the potential to be great. We are moving forward and we can continue to, with fairness and strength.

For our country, for our children and grandchildren, please join this grateful woman and vote for Barack Obama.


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And do bring friends who may not vote along with you!
Your vote was bought by the propagandists that keep telling us that we have only two choices both of which are under the influence of the corporations that have deprived many of the information they need to make rational decisions.

As long as people keep accepting the lie about having to choose from the candidates the corrupt corporate media present to them then the media can always make sure they get their agenda through at our expense.

Sorry to put it so bluntly but that is the case as far as I can see.
I'm going to leave up any comments from far left and right for now. But if I get to be a troll catcher and comments are in any way nasty to me or to my beliefs, I will remove them. Meanwhile, people can compare my reasoning to the commenters and judge for themselves.
Thank you! I'll be voting for Obama later today on my way over to work a phone bank. But, alas, as you can see from some of the comments here, we have as much to fear from the Lofty (and foolish) Left as we do from the Rabid Right. That the immature disaffected see their failure to choose between the better of the only two possible outcomes as the high moral ground speaks volumes about their morality and perspicacity.
I don't mean to be nasty and I apologize if I seem that way but the current establishment isn't doing much if anything to correct many of the problems in this world. They don't even seem to be willing to acknowledge them. I often whether many people that are financially comfortable are fully aware of the things that those that aren't have to put up with.

Just one example a person that creates a deceptive advertisement for TV selling $300 Air Jordon's gets a lot of money for it even though they do nothing to benefit the consumer since they're deceiving them; the sweat shop worker that makes that sneaker does work that improves life but is badly abused and barely survives long enough to make more sneakers then often ides young.

Then there is the drones and many other things. The current system does little or nothing to acknowledge these problems and neither has Obama. He looks presidential now but has done nothing to address the environment that is destroying the planet. Once a modest amount of scrutiny is applied it becomes clear that there is a big problem behind that presidential look.

If acknowledging these problems make me "far left or right" then perhaps we need more people that are "far left or right." I didn't mean to be nasty as I assume you didn't when you implied that I was "far left or right."

Nuff said though if you disagree then I'm not going to debate this further with you but I hope you and others will think about things even when you don't agree.
Thanks, Tom. You make sense. I hope the country does.
Zacharey, we agree to disagree. Let's leave it at that.
I feel a vote for Obama is a vote against Romney. It would be wonderful to have other options but Romney is too strong. Your compassionate vote is mine too Thank you for this thoughtful post.
Thanks, Zanelle. We agree on that.
I voted last week. Done already.

There's an extent to which the Pres is damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. If you listen to the Right, he wasted America's money by investing in Solyndra (there are apparently two solar technologies and Solyndra turned out to be invested in the wrong one); if you listen to the Left, he hasn't done anything for the environment. Both can't be true. It's like his being a Muslim who was too close to the pastor of his church.

It surprises me the extent to which people who attack the President (and I'm not saying there aren't attacks he deserves) think that the more they come up with, the better their case is, even if parts of their case end up without credibility. The strength of any case is based on its reliability, not its scope.
As usual, Kosh you make sense. The president is a moderate liberal, and as such gets attacked by both sides. I just hope he can sway enough of the middle to get through. And that he learns from the past four years. I think he has already learned, as have those around him. He is a fine person, and could be a great president. And the contrast between him and R/R is huge.
Lea,

Terrific!

This echoes my recent piece in which I end by saying that in large measure I'm voting for this man for my son's future.

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But in either case, what is best for the weakest and the neediest is what is best for all of us.

That one statement covers it all for me. People who base their vote on one or two individual issues are not giving themselves a fair shot at a future. There are many things the President failed to accomplish. There are many decisions he made that appeared to us, the outsiders of government, to be dictated by the robber barons of Wall Street. But since we have no perfect way of getting inside the heads of leaders, we must take the things he HAS done and measure them against those things he hasn't done or has done poorly. This is the kind of situation that caused the coinage of the term "cutting off one's nose to spite his face."

Lezlie
Jon, thanks. I've been having trouble getting on here and so haven't been reading/commenting as much. Will catch up I hope.

Seer: wise, wise, wise my friend. Thanks for the insight. And I will try to catch up on that Frontline piece.
Lezlie, that sentence also should be used in term of Romney. It says it all there as well.
I agree with everything you said and my mother in law who ran the Obama office in The Villages in FL (they had to close it due to fear of more harassment Oct 24) was verbally accosted many times by Republican seniors so much so; (for her Obama car stickers) they did an article in the Orlando newspaper about it. We vote for our freedoms and because we can freely choose. Everyone vote!
Hooray for your Mom, Linda. (If you ever come down and visit, let me know.) I worked at a Miami HQ, calling voters. Also volunteered for poll watching. I'm doing this for my granddaughters.
Thanks so much, Seer! Will watch.
Those are all great reasons and thank you for your vote. I hope others in the Sunshine State see the light as well. We don't have early voting here in Massachusetts but I hear we are a sure thing! I am surprised more hasn't been made of the fact that Romney is going to lose his home state by 25 points or more.
That this President actually got any kind of national healthcare pushed through when not one administration before him ever bothered to try -- in supposedly the wealthiest, strongest country in the world, or was -- ought to be reason for singing in the streets.
Why people didn't and aren't, is a bit of a mystery to me, even if it's not a perfect plan.
The plan before was to let poor people die without any healthcare at all.
"Bring us your tired, your poor..."
What a travesty.

Obamacare is a start.
Even that will disappear with a Romney win.
Obama has my vote.
good for you Lea both for the vote and putting your beliefs up as a dartboard for the frustrations of many here. We have held ground and gained more than accomplished by first term presidents in the best of worlds- LGBT rights, Immigrant dignity, diversity, the first draft of a Health Care plan for a modern nation, fighting a war on two fronts and behaving with dignity reflected in the foreign press- did he disappoint some expectations-of course. Did he fail to make war moral? in company with every war leader in history. do we need to do more for environment, human rights? long way to go. I will not vote another four years because I cannot stand Mitt Romney? No, like you I will be proud to vote for Barrack Obama.
It's not just getting out to vote for Obama. It's casting votes for those further down the ballot -- your state and local reps. The anti-choice forces, for example, use State Legislatures to push their viewpoints. State and local governments have more day-to-day effect on your life than the Federal.
I already did last week, Leah. For all the reasons you've stated and more. =o)

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Part of me wonders ... having watched President Obama standing side by side with Governor Christie this afternoon ... whose arm would one rather have reach out to or wrap round one's family in moments like these ... the arm of this man who seeks to continue, to improve what he has begun, imperfect as it may be, aware of himself and of the world ... or the arm of the man, the candidate, who seeks to have his job, only it seems to have the job, to have a kind of power, to reach a kind of highest peak ... for himself ...

In moments like these ... whose arm might we better trust ... and want to feel ... I wonder ...
Perfect Lea and Lezlie, great comment.
I could not agree with you more. I like the EPA, Planned Parenthood, FEMA, Social Security, Medicare (no vouchers), and Medicaid. I support programs for Veterans, and kids, and am thrilled to see progress with health care. All programs need oversight and can be tweaked, but scraping them is a bad idea. So I voted for Obama. Easy choice.
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Good for you Lea. I'll tell you to go out and do it again tomorrow except I'm sure the Voter Suppression party would seize on this as another example of electoral fraud.
R&R Congrats on the EP.
I love that you are "voting my granddaughters." And this, "But in either case, what is best for the weakest and the neediest is what is best for all of us." So very, very true!
Yes, please, and thank you, Lea.

~r~
What Zanelle said. and Thank You.
R
Thank you for articulating what I feel - I have been trying, and failing, to put these concerns into words.
Lea Lane, Thank you for this amazing piece that has shed light on much of what I have wanted to articulate about my also voting for Obama. You are a wise woman indeed.
I just wrote a piece called "Mother's Little Helper is Killing Her" . . . a post you might find of interest as a woman and as a human.
Peace
Thanks to a mix-up about my car insurance, I'm having to get a new permanent driver's license the hard way - by paying $50 for a birth certificate to prove I'm an American, and hoping it gets from Oklahoma to Florida in time to get that official, Homeland-Security approved license - just to vote. It's the hardest time I've ever had in voting, but I'd do it if it were ten times harder.

It is valid personal interest that should drive votes, and this election should prove what Americans really care about. I've apparently been banned from Real Salon because I kept pointing out the obvious truth; for far too many Americans, this election is about making sure a white man takes back the White House.

Is that what matters most to Americans? The threadbare Republican platform isn't convincing, and is being shouted at fever pitch. So feverish that it must be something else that's driving it, something they're not willing to speak about openly. Something...something...racism?

And what about Chris Christie? He's been one of the bully boys for a long time. Now that he's stuck, now that the 99 Percent are hurting and the One Percent are providing nothing, does he really see the effort and heart that governing really requires? (Something that one-term governor Romney doesn't know or care about?) Can he admit that a black man might actually have good ideas?

Only time will prove if he's learned that for good, or is just an opportunist or hypocrite. Come to think of it, time will prove that about everyone. But to the ordinary non-rich people devastated by this, they don't have the time to find out.
what is best for the weakest and the neediest is what is best for all of us.



And so you voted for a president who's worked for four years to further burden the poor and eliminate whatever shreds of help and social aid (not to mention civil liberties) we have left. Apparently you don't realize it, but you are opposing your own interests--not to mention plain reality--if you think this president has done or will do anything truly substantial for your benefit.

You voted for a president who killed any chance at affordable national healthcare there might have been for years to come, and instead pushed an unconstitutional bill that forces people into inadequate substandard for-profit coverage while doing nothing to control health costs.

You voted for a president who refused to try to raise taxes on the rich when he had the opportunity and power to do so, and only started talking about the idea again once his reelection campaign had started in earnest--and only then talked about asking them to chip in the equivalent of a little more pocket change, not even coming close to the fundamental change that's actually needed.

You voted for a president who stood opposed to gay rights until political pressure led him to adopt a position in favor of equality for them--in words only, even as he made it clear he would do nothing toward that end in terms of action.

You voted for a president with a record even more damaging to the environment than those of Bush and Clinton. You voted for a president who chooses the path to war over diplomacy at every turn.

Talk about "making a difference" and "learning from his mistakes" sounds nice, but it's apparently rooted in the delusion that BHO is a fundamentally decent human being who wants to help people. His record should have made it unquestionably clear that he's nothing of the kind--he's a right-wing corporatist tool who'll help the 99% only if it doesn't interfere with the profiteering and greed of the upper 1.

But if you still don't see it by now, it's obviously too late.
Your pledge and outreach have touched me deeply.You have pointed out the most significant thing to be said:

"With my first presidential vote for Lyndon Johnson I was voting in support of civil rights legislation, a cause I felt deeply. That president made a difference that opened the door then to a brilliant child, who would become our president."
There is space left on my FB profile.Would you allow me to place it there?
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Women need to vote for Romney since he is only trying to eliminate the choices that just confuse women. These things are better handled by men. Life will be simplier when you just need not burden your pretty little head about such things and let Daddy handle it. Really women, you will thank us in the years to come. Now, go grab your man a beer and get dinner going!
I am grateful to you for your vote and your well done (as always) piece.
I so appreciate the tone of the comments, whether you agree with me or not. (And most of you here seem to agree.)
And Heidi, of course you can share this on Facebook. I'd be pleased.
Right on! I mailed in my ballot last week and am right with you!
I really need to pose a question to you? Have 4 years of US economic decline, the unimpeded breach of the US border allowed by Holder's corrupt DOJ, Obama's callous and divisive public remarks, the incredible implications of Obama's approved NDAA S.1867 along with other dictatorial legislation, not to mention his lies over the US embassy attacks in Benghazi not proof enough that this man is not only incompetent, but anti American? Are you such an entrenched and hypnotized liberal that you are blinded to the reality of all these facts? I would make an analogy of you waving a banner over your head to meet oncoming traffic with the words printed on it "Hey I'm stupid" even animals learn what to do and not do by trial and error, but as a human being you retain the right of intellect. There's no excuse for you or so many on this site who are bathed in conformity for an unjust cause. Did the soldiers of the American Revolution die for those of you who support this idolized from of Communism assaulting our rights under the guise of Democrat policies? If I had my way I'd put each and everyone in Valley Forge so you could be in the place of those soldiers who froze and starved for the nation you now spit upon with your arrogant indifference. It is appalling to anyone who know the meaning of the US Constitution the Declaration of Independence and just why freedom from the British and oppression was of such infinite value as you fools kneel to a usurper and charlatan, a buffoon who masquerades as the President of the United States.
I really need to pose a question to you? Have 4 years of US economic decline, the unimpeded breach of the US border allowed by Holder's corrupt DOJ, Obama's callous and divisive public remarks, the incredible implications of Obama's approved NDAA S.1867 along with other dictatorial legislation, not to mention his lies over the US embassy attacks in Benghazi not proof enough that this man is not only incompetent, but anti American? Are you such an entrenched and hypnotized liberal that you are blinded to the reality of all these facts? I would make an analogy of you waving a banner over your head to meet oncoming traffic with the words printed on it "Hey I'm stupid" even animals learn what to do and not do by trial and error, but as a human being you retain the right of intellect. There's no excuse for you or so many on this site who are bathed in conformity for an unjust cause. Did the soldiers of the American Revolution die for those of you who support this idolized from of Communism assaulting our rights under the guise of Democrat policies? If I had my way I'd put each and everyone in Valley Forge so you could be in the place of those soldiers who froze and starved for the nation you now spit upon with your arrogant indifference. It is appalling to anyone who know the meaning of the US Constitution the Declaration of Independence and just why freedom from the British and oppression was of such infinite value as you fools kneel to a usurper and charlatan, a buffoon who masquerades as the President of the United States.
Doc:

Wow! All I can say is, do what I do. Keep your tin foil hat on for the next for years and keep away from the squirrel cams recording your every move! We REAL conservatives need to stick together, gather can goods and ammo and wait for the coming of Jesus!

Romney is a communist too! Nothing for us REAL AMERICANS to do but pray that people who want birth control and such will see the light! Hang on brother. There's a commie under every bush! Help us! Help us! EEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK!
Obama and Romney can't make any decision without the permission of Elite Bankers who control them totally.
I am leaving up the hateful, bigoted rant because I hope those of you who tend to give the other side the benefit of the doubt can understand the depth of hatred and irrationality that we are up against. Please read that, and please vote for President Obama. And let us vow to work harder against the haters in the upcoming years.
I am leaving up the hateful, bigoted rant because I hope those of you who tend to give the other side the benefit of the doubt can understand the depth of hatred and irrationality that we are up against. Please read that, and please vote for President Obama. And let us vow to work harder against the haters in the upcoming years.
Lea, excuse me:

@ Phil T: There would not be *any* healthcare without Obama. There wasn't any before, there wouldn't have been in the future. No other president dared to take on healthcare, no one on the Republican side seems to think it's even needed. Your premise that Obama's first attempt at national coverage for Americans obstructed anything better in the future is just false and not even an argument -- you just don't know.

@ Doc Vega: It is exactly because I love this country and respect the reasons my ancestors came to this country that I will vote for Obama and against the poser and fraud Romney who only cares about power.
It is because of Obama's healthcare that I will vote for Obama: healthcare that is caring for thousands and thousands of poor that no president before seemed to give a sh** about. Lives have been saved by Obamacare. American lives, that had no hope for access to healthcare before.
I will also vote for Obama as he stemmed the avalanche brought on by Bush and Cheney and Rove that would have cast this country into an even worse -- by a long shot -- decline. To blame Obama for the country's "decline" -- you must mean the disaster left behind when the full Treasury was bankrupted by 8 years of robbers known as the Bush administration -- is just ridiculous.
Mostly I hope you hear that I am voting for Obama *because* I care about the people of this country, I care about this land of America, and I care about the future of our country and our world.

Romney does not care about you or our country, he cares about himself, the power he can reap as President, and his wealthy cronies.
Again, Romney doesn't care about you or your family.
He doesn't care whether any of us Americans worth less than millions live and die thriving, or live and die ill and flat broke.
He just does not care at all.
A vote for Romney is a vote against yourself.
I love you! President Obama is a decent, caring man
I could not have stated the case for voting for President Obama any better. Bravo. I will be voting for him in New Jersey tomorrow. I also am voting for the future generations. The President is for all of us and Romney is for the wealthiest.
You sound marvelous blowing the clarion call, Lea. Bravo! I voted here in my little blue dot in the Red Sea of Texas. I am glad I did put my drop in the bucket.

Texas will shift sometime, once the Latino population realizes its strength. Til then...there's Austin.
Here here!

I just posted about how I'm 44 - and voting for the very FIRST time. It's shameful, really, but I am here to shout it from the rooftops.

Our voices MUST be heard!

xxoo

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Appreciate the comments. Now, PLEASE VOTE!!!!
I thank you, my future generations thank you, my jobless friends thank you, Israel thanks you, all my religious friends thank you, anyone who believes in the 1st & 2nd amendment or for that matter the Constitution thanks you. All the doctors who will be taking early retirement due to Obama-care thank you. All the aborted fetuses thank you. Ambassador Stevens thanks you. People living on the American side of the Mexican border thank you. The former workers of Chrystler thank you. Fast & furious victims thank you. Iran REALLY REALLY THANKS you. The nuclear physicists of Iran thank you. George Soros thanks you. Everytime I pay way more taxes, I will think of you. Thank you so much. And of course the 47 million entitled folk and the 99ers thank you.
zt may be more angry than sensible, but he is precisely right.

but it's not enough to be right, you have to be useful. that's hard. this election is easy, there are two possible candidates, which should it be? but submitting to the duopoly has brought america to its knees, again, another financial collapse will be along in 4 years, statistically, and peace hasn't been seen lately. surely submitting to the duopoly is not getting desired results.

maybe the best thing you can do for your granddaughters is to stop doing what doesn't work?
I voted the first day of early voting in TN. It went fairly well,not a long line. People were pleasant. I refrained from explaining how they were voting against their own best interest, I considered yelling "I voted for Obama, again" But I did not want any of the women fainting or the men pulling guns out. So I smiled as I walked out. I voted for an act that will add money to the public schools. I do not mind that some of my taxes go to school. I want to live among educated, thoughtful people.
Thinking...

There would not be *any* healthcare without Obama. There wasn't any before, there wouldn't have been in the future.

And there isn't now. There's just the same system of private for-profit insurance we've always had, except that your guy O has done a whole lot to further cement it in place and keep the health-industry vultures from being too regulated.

No other president dared to take on healthcare, no one on the Republican side seems to think it's even needed. Your premise that Obama's first attempt at national coverage for Americans obstructed anything better in the future is just false and not even an argument -- you just don't know.

It wasn't an attempt at national coverage for Americans--nothing of the kind. It was an attempt to mandate purchasing of a corporate product. There's a big difference between insurance and care, as we're all going to become tragically more aware in the coming years.

National coverage would have meant a universal system, non-profit and open to all, which coincidentally happens to be the best way to control costs. This would have also had the benefit of eliminating any need for private for-profit insurance. Obomneycare on the other hand mandates private for-profit insurance, takes no steps toward a national system, does nothing to make coverage universal, does nothing to change the fact that insurance is for profit and does nothing to control costs.

And why do you just assume there couldn't have been reform in the future? HR 676 already existed and (thankfully) some parties like PNHP still haven't given up on it despite the setback. We could still get there someday, but it won't happen until enough of the people (I mean the liberal, socialist crowd who recognize single-payer as the best answer) get fired up enough to organize and demand it. I for one don't see that happening for a long time... not as long as such a big part of that base is fooled into thinking that things are changing for the better.

A vote for Obama or Romney is a vote against yourself.
Better than door-knocking Lea - and it worked!
Lea, I would like to congratulate you for your article, and voting.
I also put in a way saying "I voted for USA" not for myself not for 1%.
I am a proud Floridian voted in FL.
Lea - so you are grateful and voted for Obama as a result.
So without being a confrontational i would like to make a simple observation about life.

What ever it is you are grateful for escapes me. Not that I don't know what the specifics are. I mean that I would not know what you and people with similar beliefs are grateful.

I may not like the outcome of this election and i do not like the way my taxes are spent or some of the policies of this nation. But I do follow the law and I pay my taxes which go to help people who need help and to some that abuse the system. But what I find interesting is that not a single person who is the recipient of the taxes that come from the very fact that I have worked extremely hard in a high stress industry, has ever expressed any gratitude to me.

Now I am not saying just anyone can know my situation or my politics. But I do have many friends that are liberal that clearly know they are paying little or no tax and that I am one of the one supporting both direct and indirect things they get from the government.

What I find disheartening, and often fuels my dissatisfaction, is that none of these people ever express gratitude.

So I would ask anyone hear. Have you ever considered saying thank you. Or are people so removed form the personal aspect that they just use their vote to ask for the society they want? And when they get it the forget that the money actually comes from someone.

You know I admired Kennedy as a kid that was too young to understand politics. But even as a 12 year old I understood that there was something about the words "Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for your country.

Why has our current president never said such a thing? I do not begrudge every penny the government takes from me. I have no desire to see people with basic needs not met. I just wonder why no one says thank you. Of course I have had people say thank you when I do something of personal charity. But why is there not a social thank you.

And as I think about it the gratitude should directed to a conservative or liberal. I should be directed at all whether you happened to agree not.

So if, for instance, our president signs in a health care plan that many people will fund for those that cannot afford, why can't he come on TV and thank those that will fund it. Instead we get Nancy Pelosi gloating about it as if I am the enemy just because I don't happen to like 2700 pages of something I cannot begin to understand.

And how am I to feel when a president tells other to vote to get revenge? What exactly did I do to deserve "revenge"?

Has the creation of government allowed for people to depersonalize everything to a vote? If the vote goes against me I am unhappy. If it goes for me and allows me to get assistance, do I just forget and fail to notice that that help is coming from someone else. Does the government remove all consciousness that people are receiving a gift?

Wouldn't it be nice if this president would come on TV and say thank you to me even if I did disagree. Would it not be nice if he reminded people that the money does come from somewhere. But that is not what I get. What I get is sort of a "too bad for you" attitude. Not even a thought that there is a cost to those that do pay there taxes.

And just a side note. I fail to see how Obama is a strong and controlled person in time of crisis. People in the northeast are still without power and four people have died in Libya and it is clear at this point we are not being told the truth. Our president won't even tell us where he was that day and what he personally did or did not do. Is that such a hard question to answer?
Do we need an investigation to get all the facts? Maybe so.
Do we need an investigation for our president to tell us what his information and actions were that day? No we don't. He just needs to tell us where and how he spent hours. What was he told. What did he do. He knows the answer to that just like I know what i did that day. So I guess I have to ask how you can respect a man that is obviously hiding the truth from us.
That would be peachy creamy compelling
but for the fact that it's not just rent-a-party
plutocracy sellers causing people
to substitute systems and see the
boogeyman in opposers of plutocracy,
but also pro-democracy types
confusing free enterprise and democracy
with this

http://goo.gl/XWAfb

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Insurance For Customers
Insurers Don't Want, Though
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Had First Been Passed Off
To The Taxpayer For
Being Risky (And When They
Get Paid To Take Them Back
Or To Manage Them, Then
Bango!, It's Not Anti-
Oligopolists Who Want To
Pull The Plug On Grandma--
The Papers As To When
To Terminate Come From
The Insurers.)

So "Outskirts Of Medicare"
Becomes A Destination For
Customers Who Can't
Keep Up With The Premiums,
Cause, Being Mostly
Boomers, They're Riskier
And More Expensive, And Thus,
A Group The Insurers Would
Just Assume Throw In With
Medicare, But Then To
Potentially Get Funding-
Shafted Along With
Medicare (And Social Security.)

Hence the insurers WANT ObamaCare.

http://goo.gl/e00JA

Any program designed to conform to
oligopoly will benefit primarily the
oligopolists.

Outskirts of Medicare, for people who
can't keep up with cost-plus oligopoly,
will be thrown in with Social Security
and Medicare, to be shafted.

TBTF banking is the carbon copy in
banking.

Our diet is based on market controlled
insecticide categorizable high fructose
corn syrup and otherwise ethanol producing
GMO seeds, including for feeding our
food animals, which is a diet rejected by
the rest of the world.