Cheating, Lying Politicians

According to the New York Observer, Joe Bruno, speaking to the New York delegation at the Republican National Convention, compared Barack Obama to Eliot Spitzer. The former Republican State Senator implied that since Obama is articulate like Spitzer,  we may be in for a big suprise if he is elected. That is quite a leap. Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York in March 2008 after it was disclosed that he patronized a prostitute. Joe thinks that Spitzer was elected because of great marketing. I think Spitzer was elected because people were sick of Republicans running New York.  People voted for him because he had a reputation for honesty and integrity and they hoped he would clean up the mess in Albany, the state capital. Spitzer had a great opportunity and he blew it. He disappointed a lot of New Yorkers who expected great things from him. Now, everyone is looking to David Paterson, the new governor, to change Albany. He is New York’s first black governor. Governor Paterson, can you take away Joe’s hall pass so that he can’t roam around the building while people are trying to work? Thanks.

I would like to see our first black president elected this year too. Barack Obama will be elected because people are sick of Republicans running the country and tired of hearing George Bush abuse the English language.

No Cheating

John Edwards didn’t appear at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. He finally admitted to cheating on his wife. I guess he was still too ashamed and didn’t want to disrupt the convention. John McCain, who cheated on his first wife when he met his second wife, was nominated to be president at the Republican Convention. His cheating occurred over 30 years ago so it isn’t talked about much these days.

Larry Craig, Republican from Idaho, cheated on his wife and is still a United States Senator. The Senate Ethics Committee “admonished” him in February for his conduct in an airport bathroom. They slapped him on the wrist really hard.  Where is the outrage in the Senate? He pleaded guilty to the charges but, when the story surfaced, said that he was innocent. He said that he would resign by September 30th, 2007. Then he said he would finish out his term and not run for re-election this November. How would you like to sit next to Larry in the Senate?

David Vitter, Republican Senator from Louisiana, cheated on his wife by visiting prostitutes. He is running for re-election. Vitter and Larry Craig are co-sponsors (along with several others) of The Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution, which would define marriage as only the union between a man and a woman. What shining examples Larry and David are. How heroic. It sounds like they worry about sex too much.

Bill Clinton cheated on Hillary in the White House. He lied about it and was impeached. Republicans went nuts. The impeachment distracted him from running the country.

Jim McGreevey, the Democratic former governor of New Jersey, cheated on his wife with a man. He resigned and admitted that he was a homosexual.

George Bush lied and took our country into an unnecessary war. Only Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, had the guts to try and impeach him. One person out of 100 Senators and 435 Representatives. What do they do all day in Washington, D.C.?

Presidents John Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin Roosevelt all cheated on their wives.

Why is it that some politicians who lie and cheat resign, and others do not?

I’m voting for Barack Obama for President. You should too.

Governor Palin’s Speech

I watched hockey mom / Governor of Alaska / vice-president nominee Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican convention last night. I have a few comments and questions.

Palin said, “Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speech-making, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things, and then there is the idealism of those leaders, like John McCain, who actually do great things”, but she never said what those great things were.  Maybe she will have some details in her next speech.

She said ‘I told the Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks,” on that Bridge to Nowhere. If our state wanted to build a bridge, we were going to build it ourselves.” Can you give us our money back governor? According to the Boston Herald, she spent the money on “other projects” (my quotation marks).  Hmmm. Was it pork? Maybe she’ll let us know in her next speech.

Referring to Barack Obama she said, “This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word “victory,” except when he’s talking about his own campaign.” She gave her entire speech and never mentioned the word “Bush”. Even if at some point in the future we claim “victory” in Iraq, we must always remember that it is a war we didn’t have to fight. The President and Vice-President of the United States lied to the American people to start this war. Our Congress didn’t have the guts to stop them or impeach them afterward.  It will be an expensive victory. Over 4,100 of our soldiers have been killed and 30,000 wounded, including 750 amputees. Somewhere between 86,000 and 94,000 Iraqi civilians have also been killed. Read Barack Obama’s 2002 speech about going to war with Iraq.

Let’s talk taxes. Palin said, “And let me be specific: The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, and raise payroll taxes, and raise investment income taxes, and raise the death tax, and raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.” Oh my God! The truth is Obama will end the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Rich is defined as people making over $250,000 a year. Obama will cut your taxes more than McCain, if you make under $118,000 a year (80% of taxpayers are in this group). McCain will continue the Bush tax cuts for people making over $250,000. Read the New York Times Magazine article Obamanomics. It explains this in detail.

“And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: We’ve got lots of both.” What are you waiting for Governor? Ship that oil and gas down to us. It’s too bad Bush/Cheney didn’t do something to promote solar power, wind power and hybrid cars the past 8 years. We might not be as dependent on foreign oil now.

Governor Palin forgot to mention that she wants to take away a woman’s right to an abortion.

I’m voting for Barack Obama. You should too.

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