Go read them all, and the blogs he’s linked. There are some really good ones there, in lots of different areas of tech, the web, and podcasts.
I have much, much more to say, but for tonight, I am simply grateful for each voter who cast their vote, no matter who they voted for.
Thank you for affirming this: Democracy works. One vote at a time.
First reactions, beyond my identi.ca rants:
She indicated her support for the continued undermining of the Constitution by criticizing Barack Obama for supporting Miranda vs. Arizona
She ignored the fact that she cut funding for teen pregnancy support in Alaska while claiming family values.
She skipped over the fact that she cut funding for special needs children while using hers to call women to her side.
Her snark didn’t play well with this woman.
They continue to claim some pathway to victory without ever defining victory.
The power of her speech was all in the appearance. The family on the stage at the end was intended to send the message that Mom, Apple Pie, America was there with a true hero thrown in too. It played like a 50′s tearjerker. Of course, the hope is that everyone reacted emotionally, and they did.
A pretty speech, pretty loose on facts, heavy on snark. She made an election about big issues an election about small things.
We really can’t let that happen.
This just crossed Twitter about 5 minutes ago. From Arkansas Online:
Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney was shot at the State Democratic Party Headquarters in Little Rock, Wednesday. His condition is unknown.
An aide from the governors office confirmed the shooting about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday.
Police said the shooting occurred in a headquarter office about 11:49 a.m. Wednesday during a press conference at the scene at 1300 W. Capitol Ave,
Police chased the driver of a blue pickup after the shooting south on I-530 to U.S. 167. Police shot a suspect near Sheridan.
Gwatney was taken from the scene by ambulance, according to witnesses.
Hoping Gwatney’s injuries aren’t serious, and angry that politics in this country is so vitriolic that people feel they can resort to violence. More as I know it.
UPDATE: Gwatney is in critical condition. The shooter has been shot, and arrested.
UPDATE #2 Bill Gwatney has died. I don’t know anything about him, or whether he was a good guy or not, but it is astounding to me that the man was able to walk into Democratic HQ, push his way past everyone, aim his gun and shoot another man for no apparent reason.
The shooter is dead as well, shot by police after a chase. My heart goes out to Mr. Gwatney’s family, the Arkansas Democratic party, and the family of the shooter.
May something good come out of this evil,and may all the others, including our candidates for President, be safe and protected in the days to come.
I’m going to read through them and write more later, but if you want to read through them, here they are.
I originally wrote and published this in February, shortly after Sen. McCain won the GOP nomination. Given that the debate is heating up now on these issues, it seems like a good time to bring it back to the top for more discussion.
McCain and the GOP are already tossing around the “L” word with regularity, claiming that if Obama is elected, he will push through the biggest l-b—l tax increase on record.
Here’s a really simple picture of our economy and our options and a reality check for anyone deluding themselves:
- We are engaged in a war of our choosing which has cost over one TRILLION dollars and increased the national debt to record levels.
- Our social investments in schools, health initiatives, and infrastructure have been nil, because of the focus and obsession with the war in Iraq.
- When the war ends, we will be faced with returning veterans returning to the work force, some with incredibly complex mental and physical health issues. Some of those issues, like PTSD, are not even acknowledged by the VA or the Bush Administration at this time but threaten to become major problems as the war ends and troops return. We have already seen untreated PTSD at its worst — see examples here (free, login required), and here. The PTSD Timeline Project has been tracking reported incidents of suicide and homicide amongst returning veterans, and a startling report in October shows that veterans seeking treatment for PTSD has jumped by 70% in one year.
- Social programs notwithstanding, the war debt alone will require a tax increase. As all of us know, you don’t borrow money without paying it back.
Every time I hear John McCain or a Republican say that only the Democrats will raise taxes, it makes me laugh. When George Bush stole took office, he walked into a fiscally sound country with a budget surplus, not a deficit. Today, we’re deeper in debt than we’ve ever been, not just as a country but on an individual basis, too. The subprime mortgage crisis is a clear indicator of the inevitable consequences of predatory lending gone mad.
Higher taxes are inevitable. It’s really a question of who will bear the brunt of those taxes. Will it be the middle class folks and small employers, or will it be more fairly apportioned? What about the large corporations that have profited much from their war contracts (a la Halliburton) while moving their operations out of the country so that Americans don’t even benefit from employment opportunities by those companies?
Or put another way, would you rather have a President Obama ask us to dig deep for a finite period of time to pay off this ridiculous debt, or have President McCain sneak those increased taxes on you by way of “user fees” and “revenue neutral” legislation? Note: “Revenue neutrality” is nothing more than giving to the rich by robbing the poor and middle class. Things like cutting programs for the poor, or cutting back what you can put into your 401(k) or your IRA, which typically benefit the middle class the most, while leaving the tax cuts for the rich in place.
If my President asked me to sacrifice $600 extra dollars for two years to make a dent in the war debt, I’d do it right now, especially if it meant that veterans would get some decent health care and we could put our resources back into our country. But what I’ve gotten with the Republicans is an ‘economic stimulus’ tax refund which they expected me to spend but which I didn’t spend because as a self-employed individual, my tax burden has increased while my income stream has decreased over the past seven years. That first refund went back to the IRS as a deposit on the following year’s tax bill, as will the one they give me this year.
I’d much rather accept a tax increase for a finite period of time which would pay the war debt down and give us a way to bolster much-needed social and educational services, wouldn’t you?
Whatever your opinion, accept as fact that you will have to pay higher taxes to take care of Bush’s folly in Iraq. That’s just how it works.