Thursday, February 25, 2010

Party of No

Looks like the "Party of No" is at it again. The President makes this huge effort to bring both parties together to solve the problems with the health care bill and the Republicans instantly reject any and all attempts.

Do the Republicans really think saying no to compromises and rejecting everything the Democrats propose is really going to make our country better? Do they really think the American people want that?

Health care, the budget and deficit, social security, etc... all of it is out of control and President Obama is trying his damnedest to do something to help solve these problems. All the Republicans care about it creating roadblocks and blocking progress. Our country has to continue to evolve and change to remain the great place that it is. The bills proposed by the President and the Democrats are trying to help the people that need it most. And yes, big surprise, some of those bills, plans, and programs cost a little money, but they are things that we as a country have an moral responsibility to done, even if it takes our country a little longer to pay it off. But even the latest health care proposal includes a plan to reduce the deficit so how can Republicans still not be on board with it? Someone should explain to these guys that compromise doesn't translate to getting your way on everything. Not to mention, they should remember that they are the minority party because Americans were fed up with Bush-olitics and kicked them all out.

And then there is all this talk about Republican comeback in 2012, what a bunch of crap. The only way the Republicans are making a comeback in 2012 is if the Teaparty nuts storm Washington with their antique colonial rifles and take Congress and the White House back by force. Why would Americans put Republicans back in control? What have they done other than vote "no" to every single thing that our President and Congress have tried to do? We already know they can't do any better because none of these problems were fixed the last time they were in control, if anything, their failed policies is what got us here in the first place.

Americans sent President Obama to Washington to get things done and make our country a better place. If the Republicans don't have anything constructive to contribute then they need to get the hell out of the way.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Right Vs.. Left

Below is an excerpt from the following site:

"A two-foot blanket of snow fell over Washington last weekend, silencing for a moment the shouting and bickering that have come to represent American politics.

This is good for the nation's capital. The stress level here has been high for a long time, but particularly since mid-2008, when the economy heaved and sunk during the last stages of the presidential campaign. In recent years, the most partisan advocates have dominated the political media. Arguments over health care, job creation, the deficit and other issues have reached the point where most politicians - their eyes on the midterm elections this fall - are more worried about winning than making good public policy.

What's missing are moderate voices looking to collaborate in ways that benefit the public. Has the U.S. really become so polarized that there is no middle ground?

It also turns out, says Fiorina, that people who do state an ideological preference aren't very consistent. For example, while 35-40% of Americans call themselves "conservative," studies show only one in five conservatives hold an opinion that is right-of-center on both economic welfare and social-cultural issues. And one-third of so-called conservatives espouse conservative views on neither economic nor social issues!

In fact, most people are not ideological; they form opinions about issues on a case-by-case basis. "Depending on what problems the country faces and the perceived success of existing policies on solving them," Fiorina says, "the large pragmatic public opts for more government on some issues and less on others."

In other words, despite the conventional wisdom that elections and public affairs campaigns are about "motivating the base," it might be a good time for liberals and conservatives to build bridges with those who are moderate or politically inactive. These centrists may be hard to categorize and their behavior may be difficult to predict. Activists may have to become less strident to win them over. "

OK a few comments about this article...

1. I whole-heartily agree with the often-misused "conservative" label. I'm guilty of labeling myself as that, when in reality, I'm a fiscal conservative and a social liberal/moderate. So I guess technically overall I'm a moderate. Labels can be misleading and dangerous.

2. Another reason the typical labels don't work:
- True conservatives are labeled as wanting smaller government, but not really. They only want smaller government in terms of taxes, regulations, health care and business. On national security, immigration, abortion, and gay marriage they want more government intervention.
- True liberals are labeled as wanting more government, but not really. They only want more government in terms of unions, jobs, taxes, health care, environmental protection, and most other economic issues. On immigration they don't want the government to enforce the law. On abortion, religion, and gay marriage they don't want government interference and want maximized individual rights.

3. The media, pop-culture, and politicians have created this artificial world of the right vs the left when in reality most people are in the middle. They agree on some issues and disagree on others. What can you do about this? Don't fall into the trap of classifying yourself into a category. Judge each issue as it comes as a free and independent thinker. Be independent, make up your own mind. And let your elected representative know how you feel about each and every issue - they should be more concerned about representing the views of their constituents rather than always voting along party lines.

4. I really like the image above. I think its a pretty good representation of the different stereo-typical viewpoints. But per my point above, I don't completely fit into either side and I doubt most Americans do either. If we demanded that more of our elected politicians focused on the issues instead of on the labels I think we could get a lot more done as a society.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Best Break-Up Lines

I'm sure at one point or another most people have either been broken up with or have done the breaking. For some reason, people are never straightforward and honest about their reasons and always default to the same lines....especially women.

Below are a few examples of what people say with the translation of what they actually mean next to it....

1. It's not you, its me = You looked way more attractive when I was drunk

2. I just need some time to figure things out = You've really let yourself go

3. I think we just need a break = I'm already dating your friend

4. I really like you more as a friend = I can't stand you but still need a ride to work

5. I don't feel like our relationship is going anywhere = You work at a dead-end job and don't make enough money to take me the places I want to go and buy me the things I want

6. I just need some time to find myself = You are way too emotional and clingy, grow a pair

7. I just need to be alone for a little while = This commitment is smothering me and I want to go back to sleeping around

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Life Changing Hair Products

Has your life ever been changed by the description on a hair product container?

I read these descriptions on my shampoo and conditioner bottles this morning and I'll be honest, its kind of making me re-evaluate some things in my life.

Shampoo should clean hair. Really good shampoo should make you tingle from head to toe. With Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo, invigorating ingredients wash in rejuvenation while washing away the previous day. You’re left with something rich, something clean. Something incredibly stimulating... for hair and mind. Think about it.

Silk. It has the most incredible feel, the most incredible texture. It makes you feel sexy. Desirable. Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner makes your hair feel so smooth, so silky, so amazingly detangled. It works only where needed to create a silky-smooth palette that's repaired, renewed and ready for your own unique kind of style. Smooth As Silk provides smooth moves indeed.