Are you as giddy as I am? I’m completely unable to focus on nearly any of my other obligations. I’ve been trying to verbalize my emotions, to write with intelligence, to sit and really justify my logic and emotions and I can’t.
I think I’ve come down with an Adult case of ADHD.
(I’m currently typing this as I run in place.)
(I’m kidding. But only slightly.)
Join the ride. I’m just going to create my very own “open spewith of mah own brain” right here. And by my own brain, I mean lots of links and reactions to what’s going on. I hope you find it entertaining. If you don’t, I’m sure I’ll mis-spell and probably incorrectly use punctuation and exclamation points (!!!) so you can always giggle at that.
On your mark.
Oh! Wait, really quick, before I start (see? ADHD.. ohmygod.. shinnnyyyy thinnnggsss….) a picture from Halloween’s trick-or-treating. Fun? Hellzya.
Guess who had more fun on Friday night?
///////////////// Live Blogging Updates Below ////////////////////////
1. The Economy
One of my main issues I wanted to tackle was the Economy. Since the recent admittance of Obama to “spread the wealth” something else came up just this weekend:
I’ll take your input on this one. Tell me I’m wrong. Tell me that’s wrong. Please?
I’ve heard clips of people praising Obama because they will no longer have to think about how to fill their gas tank or pay their mortgage. Unfortunately, you will. You still have the same responsibilities, we all do, that come with being an adult. I expect the same with either candidate.
I agree. We need a change here. I’m completely unwilling to place my child in a system built on “No Child Left Behind.” But I want the choice of where to place my child in a system that best suits their own needs. “John McCain will place parents and children at the center of the education process, empowering parents by greatly expanding the ability of parents to choose among schools for their children. *” We don’t need more money in a failing school system but a complete transformation including choices, vouchers and charter schools. Competition drives the economy to better itself. Safeway lowers prices because Krogger is across the street outselling them. They best themselves for your business. Schools can and should be options to fit children’s needs. Some children won’t learn in a classroom setting while others will thrive with the peer competition and support. I’d like to make that choice myself, though. For my own child.
///////// November 4th /////////////
I voted. I voted and I want to finish posting my reasons why. Because in the end, we’re still going to sit and drink wine together. I just want to remember that I followed through with something today, something in the middle of every other thing. That I issued a challenge and I followed through, just like these fantastic people. Thank you for that.
Link Update: I’m following Dana’s Live Blog today. Quite possibly one of the very best vocal conservative women online.
Here’s a post about voting for McCain.
And, for those of you that don’t know this about me, I’m a complete Northern Exposure fan. So much so, that our little blog name, Flinger, comes from an episode of NX. (There’s a piece of Trivia for ya for another day.) So, with that bit of info, you’ll not be shocked when I do the aboslutely expected and include a bit from “Democracy In America” episode 15, Season 3:
8 guests here now.
I am with you! ugh.
By hilary on 2008 11 03
oh my dear. Here we go.
Well, on the economy, I am not sure if I can cross this one for you, but Obama vs. McCain on the economy takes a shift in thinking. As I mentioned in my blog, it’s about trickle up economics, rather than giving more to wealthy people and hoping they dole it out. Which hasn’t been going very well for the past 8 years. And as for me, personally, I am not making over $250,000 per year, so I will actually see a tax cut under Obama’s plan.
As for school vouchers, I don’t have time to go full tilt on it right now, but my basic opinion on them is it’s a way for people to subsidize schools for rich people and leave failing schools in poor neighborhoods to rot. I am all for revamping No Child Left Behind, but vouchers are not, IMO, the way to do it.
But, remember, I love ya. Even if you don’t know how to spell my name.
By Aimee Greeblemonkey on 2008 11 03
OK, I am probably talking out my ass because I don’t have TV or the patience to watch it. However. What about the war? (This question care of Joy: http://singlesupermama.blogspot.com/2008/11/apolitical-mostly.html )
By syd on 2008 11 03
Also, Leslie, here is a good and entertaining post you might like…
Last Minute Endorsement From An Undecided
By Aimee Greeblemonkey on 2008 11 03
Obama intends to place a “green tax” on gas, it will jump another $1 per gallon, I’m hearing.
Small business owners, once they get their tax bill, will lay off employees. I’ve already heard this from 3 small business owners.
In a McCain administration, a spending freeze will allow them to redistribute poorly spent funds to areas that need more attention, eliminate programs that don’t work and this will not pass the burden onto the taxpayers.
You should absolutely choose where your children attend school. I put my kids in a private school, and I’m grateful for that deduction on my taxes, as well. At least it doesn’t cost as much as it could to ensure my children get an education better than the one provided by our tattered government regulated public school system (I speak of my local district). And I agree - competition will drive teachers who love to teach to go to a better run district, and parents should be able to choose where their kids go to school.
It boils down to this. America, the home of the free and land of the brave, the place people flock to achieve dreams and goals that you would otherwise never be able to achieve, should be kept free. Putting a cap on a persons dreams by telling them if they make “more than this much” they have to share it with people who may not have any dreams at all - it’s not right. Telling someone their dreams can only be “this big” (aka $250k/year) takes away the breath that breathes life into our businesses, our entrepreneurs, and our economy.
By Leanne on 2008 11 04
Aimee, of COURSE I know how to spell your name, silly. I type too fast. Aiimmeee. Of course, I noticed something was wrong when I was typing but my mind was already three steps down the road. And the trickle-up thing completely boggles me. I’m all for people with less opportunity get up and make a better life for themselves and have that opportunity. I don’t, however, think handing them money is the way to motivate them. Our country was built from the bottom up, people reaching well beyond their parents’ means. We’ve had welfare for years and it’s just as corrupt as any government agency.
Leanne, Those points are things that got me to vote for him. I heard the 250 amount is a complete farse because when the Bush tax cuts go away, Clinton taxed everyone above 153K. So instantly that’s the number that takes the first 4% hike in taxes. I also hear the next group is everyone making above 72K. As a small business, I haven’t incorporated because I’m terrified of the taxes. I might even have to quit working because it costs more to work than to not work. All we’re trying to do is save up our money to get out of our house on our own and not rely on the government but that same government will be keeping us from doing that. Ironic much?
By Mrs. Flinger on 2008 11 04
I don’t know if I even want to get involved in this discussion but remember that Obama only plans on increasing taxes for those making 250K NET, not gross. If your “small business” is netting over 250K, chances are you’re grossing over a million dollars a year (depending on overhead of course). Most people who own small businesses would only dream of making that much money. And sure, it’s hard to tell what will actually transpire after the election is over, but I think that’s true of either candidate and both parties. (I can still hear George H.W. Bush’s words in my head… “Read my lips. No new taxes.”
Honestly, I don’t trust a word either one of them says. I just hope I picked the candidate who will screw us up the least! Just my two cents… now your little socialist friend will go crawl back under her rock and be quiet.
By Paige on 2008 11 04
So your the one person in the northeast who voted for McCain? Nice to meet you!
I have a mantra for the next four years… if we survived Carter we can survive this.
By the mrs. on 2008 11 05
Glad Obama won. Me and my hubby voted for him because of his tax plans.
No matter what the economy is like under Obama, we will still spend money on symbols of our love together.
So this week my hubby bought me a gorgeous diamond necklace from http://www.idonowidont.com to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It is important to us.
By MichelleB on 2008 11 05
I am so glad you issued that challenge—it inspired me so much that I created a post-election challenge in the same vein for people to come over/come out and talk about their positions on the tough issues in a civilized way. I’d love to have your input, especially after reading what you have to say above: It Begins Here
By Sassy on 2008 11 06
Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! It’s totally cool that we didn’t get to meet up - I hope I didn’t sound like I was whining. And it was like, May 2007, and I knew you were really busy. I was actually more worried that you would think I was this weird stalker for emailing you at the time. I loved Seattle though & hope to return someday & bring the hubs - it was a beautiful, fun city. If we ever get to, I’ll ping you again.
By Christy on 2008 11 07