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Sarah Palin / Steve Jobs

Two things happened in the news yesterday – one was predictable and the other was, at least to me, shocking.

Yesterday, Sarah Palin announced that she would not seek the Republican nomination for President.  Did anyone actually think she would?  Mrs. Palin has a fairly nice life.  She writes books, makes television appearances and if she farts, the whole world knows about it.  Did you know that when she was governor of Alaska, she was actually a moderate?  I didn’t until recently when I looked into her record.  Personally, I don’t believe she’s as right wing as she appears – and I think the woman is media savvy.  Right wing is in and she’s willing to pick up her conservative banner and wave it all over.

This is not a criticism – it is merely an observation.  I would love someone to pay me to spout off my opinions around the country – so good for her.  She saw a market and she is exploiting it for her own financial gain.  Nothing wrong with that.  However; she can’t do that and run for President.  She’d have to give up her Fox News paycheck and five kids are expensive to feed.  Sarah’s no fool.  She’s been on the campaign trail with handlers and having to censor yourself.  She doesn’t want to do that.

And who could blame her?


In 1983, I was sitting in a classroom when they brought in an Apple IIe. The entire class was all up in arms regarding this new computer.  The computer room in high school had a sign up sheet.  The room had 15 or 20 Commodores, but only one Apple IIe.  You were only allowed so much time on the Apple because of the list of people waiting, but you could spend as much time as you wanted programming on the Commodores.

I’m an impatient gal and I don’t like to stand in line.  I never bothered giving the Apple a second glance.  I spent my computer time programming in Basic on the Commodore, which led me (after some detours) to Windows and, eventually, to my current profession – as a Report Developer.

So, you see, Steve Jobs is the reason I do what I do.  I am such a Microsoft gal, that – with one exception – I have never worked on Apples or Macs or anything with a i in front of it.  But, had he not created the Apple IIe, there would’ve been more people wanting to use the Commodores in high school, leaving me with less time on them.

I’m sure people will write better eulogies to the man who changed the way we do things in the world than I ever could.  So, let me say this:  Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all you’ve done in technology.  Without you, I couldn’t have done the few things I’ve done.

Mitt Romney’s Tax Cutting Plan

I’m reading this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek and there on page 38 is Charlie Rose’s interview with Mitt Romney.    He says, “The President’s plan is another short-term stimulus effort, akin to throwing a cup of gasoline on embers.”

In the interview, he makes some good points – he states that businesses hire because there is demand.  He recognizes that our wages are stagnate.  I give him credit for that.  However; like the rest of the GOP, he wants to see more tax cuts for the wealthy.  His job plan on his website states, “His plan seeks to reduce taxes, spending, regulation, and government programs.”

Don’t you just love that?  Reduce taxes – taxes are the lowest they’ve been since the 1950’s.  Guess what  This isn’t all about the taxes.  Reduce Spending – what spending?  The spending that keeps our schools open and our military protecting us?  Reduce Regulation – Interesting, but which regulations?  We threw out the Seagall – Glass Act, which kept out financial markets safe for over sixty years.  Regulations are not the enemy – bad corporate decisions are.

In short, Mitt Romney may have a greater clue than the rest of the Republican Pack, but he still has a long way to go.

 

Republican Candidates

I’m just going to say it now, I’m voting for President Obama in 2012.  There isn’t ONE viable Republican Candidate out there who could possibly make me believe for one tiny little second that they would be good for this country.

I thought, perhaps, Newt Gingrich.  Alas, the man let me down.  He attacked Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan – which honestly I don’t have an opinion on, yet – and then he lost his nerve and his cajones and APOLOGIZED after being attacked by the far and not so far right for being honest.  The man gave an honest answer to a question and then backed away from it, which sucks because Gingrich is a centralist and now he doesn’t stand a chance.  <sigh> Here are two of your Republican 2012 Candidates.

Michele Bachmann – Bachmann wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her on her ass and stayed there.  She is the new Sarah Palin – someone pretty that just distorts the truth.  Unfortunately, people who like her don’t bother to go and check to see if she’s telling the truth.  Want an example? According to both FactCheck.org and Politifact.com, “on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in a speech at the Conservative Principles PAC Conference”, Bachmann said the following:

“One. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office.”

And, she’s wrong. She’s not just wrong by a little, like she said one and there was really 3 or 4. That I would call a mistake. She’s off by at least 199. That’s a lie. A baldfaced lie made to get her followers all up in arms and mad at President Obama.  Why wouldn’t you want to get your followers all up in arms about something Obama really did that burned your butt?  Nope, Bachmann relies on lies and distorted truth to get her point across.  I know there are smart women in the Republican Party, so why don’t one of them run?

Tim Pawlenty – Pawlenty just announced this past weekend.  Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about him.  So, I did what I always do and I started looking him up on the Internet, find out who his was (former Governor of our neighbor to the north Minnesota) and where he stands. I found a video on CNN.com where Pawlenty is speaking to CPAC.  I’d like to see the whole video, but I’m sure I can find it somewhere.  But, here’s the part that bugs the hell out of me:

“Our freedom is the very air we breathe and make no mistake, the policies of the left encroach everyday on the very freedom that has made this country great. We will never ever ever stop fighting for our freedom.”

Now, I understand that Pawlenty was speaking to a conservative group, so he’s going to lean very far to the right. However; over the last thirty years, (maybe more) the Republican Party has spent more time taking away your rights then they have spent protecting them. Just a couple of examples:

  • They have made it harder and harder to get an abortion. Perhaps you agree with that, but I’m sure if you do, you’ve never been in a spot to need one.
  • The Patroit Act – no comment needed
  • Um, Gay Marriage anyone?
  • Oh, and isn’t it the Republican Governors who are taking away worker’s rights.

Put it anyway you like, but it isn’t the Democrats encroaching on my life. It’s the Republicans.

I’ll review a couple more Republican Candidates soon. It’s gonna be one LONG year until the election.

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