As a point of reference that they're all full of shit (IMO):
Word. I been saying that for years! Nobody who is fit to run the country would ever be so idiotic to bother trying.
[FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]Dear ****,[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]First, I appreciate your efforts on today's e-mails to get me off my democratic ass. It is appreciated my old friend (though quite possibly futile).[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]An interesting e-mail to be certain and some of the messages within are certainly good ones. Some of the inferences, however, are indeed contradictory and actually, I think, are counter to the "vote Bush" message that this (very) thinly veiled Republican rhetoric is actually all about.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]I started to explain, in detail, what I mean by the previous paragraph but it dawned on me that you’re a very smart guy and could interpret the stats and how they relate to the premise to conclude you should run kicking and screaming from Mr. Bush (e.g. Mr. Bush spends more on the military providing our folks in uniform with “…more benefits from the public treasury”), or towards him which is the real intent of the author--so explaining would be a waste of time. Such is the nature of statistics and rhetoric.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]Instead, using a little of what is below as a backdrop, I’ll tell you what I’d like to see in a presidential candidate/policy, and perhaps, you’ll understand why I’m likely to abstain. Nobody, to my admitted lack of depth, even comes close enough to warrant a vote--hence the winner in November is arbitrary in my view. Ironically, based on my recollection, the person closest to what I’ve stated below was Colin Powell—I’d vote for him.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]1.[/SIZE][/FONT]Standard stuff like integrity, nice guy, real human, intelligent, in touch. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]2.[/SIZE][/FONT]Protect my family and my country. If there is a real threat to my family and my country, kill it-no ***** footin’. If there isn’t a real threat to my family or my country, don’t piss away my money or fellow Americans on it. And I don’t care if they do insidious little things like pay off shady people to do it or assassinate somebody. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]3.[/SIZE][/FONT]Spend the money I give him wisely. No deficit. A growing deficit is “loose fiscal policy”. I don’t care if my tax goes up or down provided that I’m getting what I believe to be reasonable value from my tax dollar. Wildly growing National debt will blow up in our faces…perhaps in a way Mr. Tyler describes. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]4.[/SIZE][/FONT]Solve the welfare problem. Understand the root causes of why people are on welfare and find feasible & intelligent solutions. Don’t develop solutions and not manage them to their intent; if it ain’t workin’ have the balls to say so and do something different. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]5.[/SIZE][/FONT]Protect my rights as an American. Don’t care what risk this brings to us. Yeah, I have an issue or two with the patriot act. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]6.[/SIZE][/FONT]Who cares if the rest of the world is a democracy or not? I could give a shit. Leave everybody alone unless it threatens my way of life…for real. If we’re for real, they’ll follow on their own…eventually. If you dig into why the muslim extremist (or anybody in the world) hate us, you’ll find it rooted in US policy/activities related to the doctrine of democratic proliferation. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]7.[/SIZE][/FONT]Grow the average intelligence of the American people. Most people are stupid…no matter what their demographic or station in life is. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]8.[/SIZE][/FONT]Spend money to alleviate American suffering; not to increase life expectancy. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]9.[/SIZE][/FONT]Don’t instigate economic policy that ultimately increases the financial stratification between Americans. I would be willing to bet that the Athenian republic saw a “rich get richer and poor get poorer” thing happening from complacency to dependence which ultimately sparked the move back into bondage (repressing the inevitable revolt). [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]10.[/SIZE][/FONT]Don’t be quarter-wise/fiscal foolish and find a way to make Americans understand a long term strategy. For instance, we should invest in Asia (like India). In order for the US economy to grow and Americans to prosper, there must be continued growth in the economy. If we clamp our markets to only a portion of the world, then we can’t grow. Well, where are there billions of people that could buy the goods that America could offer? Asia, of course. But shit! They have no money! So some American jobs must be sacrificed to seed economic growth so that in the long run we’re all better off. I don’t wanna’ hear any bitchin’ about US jobs going abroad. I wanna’ here why that makes sense and what we’re doing to take our society to the next level. This will get my personal want of big Intel stock numbers back on track. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]11.[/SIZE][/FONT]If it makes sense, do it. If it doesn’t, don’t. Don’t do something stupid to get something smart done. Ever. That way you're better positioned to not get coeerced into stupidity for the sake of something smart. Take the heat and sacrifice. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]12.[/SIZE][/FONT]“All men are created equal.” Mean it for shit sakes. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]13.[/SIZE][/FONT]Lead by leading. Pushin’ ain’t leading. [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]I could probably go on, but I’m kinda pooped. If there is ever a candidate that can put over half these solidly on the table, they’ll have my vote. Until then, it is arbitrary. So maybe I’m not apathetic, just unimpressed.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]Take care, my friend. You made me think a bit—thanks.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Courier New][SIZE=2]Tim[/SIZE][/FONT]