October 03, 2008

The Sideshow

At a time when politicians pander, on both the right and left, while the economy hangs in the balance, I can't honestly say I expected much from the Vice Presidential Candidates Debate. I expected no obvious gaffes from Palin and I expected Sen. Biden to show his formidable command of the facts.

I also expected those ridiculous looking glasses, perched on Governor Palin's face and her silly chrysanthemum hair which looked worse in HD with the highlights than I've ever seen it.

The debate was Biden's. But there were a few things that struck me as, well, irritating.

1) Palin's crooked mouth. She's forming it to give her voice that Minnesota tonality. I'd been wondering if maybe that was fake and now I feel pretty sure.

2) The cutesy, smarmy, Eddie Haskell-like charm she exudes like an odor. Exhibit A, her use of the word 'heckuva'. Coming from her, it's anything but genuine. Exhibit B, her walking out asking Sen. Biden if she could call him 'Joe'. It's always nice when people like Sarah act down to earth and chummy. It's also complete bullshit.

3) Her thorough command of the financial meltdown as seen through the eyes of the most Americans. And her thorough misunderstanding of taxation in relation to patriotism.

It's point 3 that gives me the most pause. If it's genuine, then that's scary because most Americans haven't the faintest idea how close THEY are to oblivion. If it's not, then it's nothing more than pandering. Either way, it's pretty scary coming from a person who could be President.

As for the patriotism and paying taxes, well, you all know how I feel about that. We live in an amazing country that allows us all to live well and financially benefit. We all have opportunities unavailable in other countries around the world. And our tax dollars support that. I find it DEEPLY OFFENSIVE that a candidate for the Vice Presidency of the United States would denigrate the patriotism of paying your taxes. I thank God every year when I do my return because I did well enough to pay into the country that has, in every way, shaped who I am. And I won't put up with people who say we pay too much or who cheat. The only way this country, our grand collective experiment in self governance, endures is if we all do our part.

And people like Sarah Palin glibly decide that it's something they shouldn't have to do.

I'll leave you only with this... Governor Palin at several points made a comment that we NEED oversight of our financial institutions and in damn near the same breath stated that we need LESS government regulation.

Now, if you can square up that non sequitur, you're a better person than I.

Posted by mcblogger at October 3, 2008 12:04 AM

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I do sometimes wonder what "Joe-Sixpack" would think of a country without taxation. All schools becoming private, all roads becoming private toll roads, private security instead of police, no fire department, no libraries, no public parks, zero social services, only the rich being able to have any level of security and comfort; you know, like most of the rest of the world.

I'm in complete agreement with you. Paying taxes isn't the problem, it's much more tax payers not holding their elected representatives accountable thats fucking us all.

As for regulation vs. non-regulation, it's simple. Republicans believe you and I need more regulation (laws) to "control" us while the rich need to be left alone to bathe unfettered in the sea of the free market and enjoy their special place in god's heart, because obviously god loves them more or else they wouldn't be rich.

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