At this exact moment, there are 39 Dem seats and 26 Rep seats in the senate, with a handful of seats yet undetermined. I would have thought that people who are fed up with high gas prices, the housing crisis, the economic crash, the sluggishness of dealing with natural disasters, the increases in taxes, the wasteful spending, and the vicious partisanship would have chosen not to elect a lot of Democrats this year, but I’ve just realised that the progressive party has been successful in blaming all of america’s problems on ‘the president’, so i guess it makes sense people won’t make change where it needs to happen.
I wonder, though, how this successful redirection (and gross confusion) of believed power will do when things get worse under Obama’s rule?
When i voted today, it was AWESOME! I walked in, (no line), talked to the old ladies, filled in the magic bubbles with #2 Pencil, and was handed a sticker as another elderly woman solemnly declared that “(my name) has voted.” I didn’t have the pleasure of that experience in Seattle … though there the voting was via high-tech microsoft-donated touch-screen machines. I’m sure those machines had digitally called out my unique scannable code number, but i wasn’t paying attention.
The handful of offices in which only one person was running renewed my daydreaming of running for local office. I’ll have to pay more attention from now on, and jump in when i get the chance.
In my speech class last night, the instructor was illustrating “slippery slope” arguments … those kind Obama uses a lot of (“if this happens, then this and this will happen, leading to this, and eventually blah blah blah”). I use a lot of them too …
but the thing interesting in her lecture was actually the list of examples she gave from her own college days. The idea of not using ‘slippery slope’ arguments is that you cannot immediately prove your prediction will come true, but she gave the following example:
“one student had given a speech in which she said if abortion were legalized, there could be up to 3,000 abortions a year.”
My instructor followed it up with “she was wrong. there are now millions of abortions a year”. From my own studies, I know the worst offenders are [in 2000]: California (236,060), New York (164,630), and Florida (103,050). Two of these states, California and New York, also lead the nation in the highest numbers of welfare recipients (1,103,152 and 336,236 respectively). Florida is #11 on the list, under Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Indiana, Texas, Tennessee and Ohio.
It kind of makes me wonder if people who have abortions should lose their welfare, or people on welfare should not be permitted abortions. I know it seems counter productive (“putting an even bigger burden on them!”), but when you really think about it, creating a ‘one or the other’ scenario will greatly cut down on the excessiveness of both. Right now, as it is, our laws encourage laziness, encourage promiscuity, discourage marriage, encourage infanticide, discourage religion, encourage debt, and generally set up our society for huge failure.
OH MY! A study has linked sex on television (the Obama Party’s preferred media) to teen pregnancy! see here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/11/03/teen.pregnancy/index.html