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Frustration

I am not usually a political blogger, more on the lines of talking about what the many voices are saying in my head, but there is always a first or second time. Irked am I. First off, I just payed $4.23 per gallon of gas. To break it down that means it costs me almost $23.00 to get to school in Pasadena and back. Hello… o wonderful government are you going to help us? You know what our elected officials are going to do about it? Take a 5 week vacation. They think that maybe they can help us more in November after the election.Yet any solution may be put off until after the elections on November 4, when Democrats are expected to expand their majority in Congress and may also win control of the White House.“There are some (Democrats) who think things are going to look a lot different in the makeup of the next Congress and ‘Why don’t we just wait until we are more advantaged?”‘ said Stephen Hess, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.Great our elected officials, who are probably rich already is going to wait until it is advantageous to them before they help us. Ahh, gotta love the government.While I am on the subject, what really got me irked was that record profits posted by oil companies yesterday. Did you know that Exxon posted a meager $11.68 BILLION this quarter. Yes, that was a Billion in a quarter. It is nice to know that we are all suffering together. That Exxon is barely making it in this economy like the rest of us at $4.20 a gallon. Makes you wonder what the price of gas would be if they helped the little man/ woman say even a quarter earning what the price of gas would be.Sorry for the little rant, it is frustrating seeing everyone barely making it… if at all, and others rolling in their money. I think this is helping me choose who I am voting for come November.

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Frustration

I am not usually a political blogger, more on the lines of talking about what the many voices are saying in my head, but there is always a first or second time. Irked am I. First off, I just payed $4.23 per gallon of gas. To break it down that means it costs me almost $23.00 to get to school in Pasadena and back. Hello… o wonderful government are you going to help us? You know what our elected officials are going to do about it? Take a 5 week vacation. They think that maybe they can help us more in November after the election.

Yet any solution may be put off until after the elections on November 4, when Democrats are expected to expand their majority in Congress and may also win control of the White House.

“There are some (Democrats) who think things are going to look a lot different in the makeup of the next Congress and ‘Why don’t we just wait until we are more advantaged?”‘ said Stephen Hess, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.

Great our elected officials, who are probably rich already is going to wait until it is advantageous to them before they help us. Ahh, gotta love the government.

While I am on the subject, what really got me irked was that record profits posted by oil companies yesterday. Did you know that Exxon posted a meager $11.68 BILLION this quarter. Yes, that was a Billion in a quarter. It is nice to know that we are all suffering together. That Exxon is barely making it in this economy like the rest of us at $4.20 a gallon. Makes you wonder what the price of gas would be if they helped the little man/ woman say even a quarter earning what the price of gas would be.

Sorry for the little rant, it is frustrating seeing everyone barely making it… if at all, and others rolling in their money. I think this is helping me choose who I am voting for come November.


I got robbed

So I live in California. I am a registered independent. Which alone has its own problems. Did you know that I am not actually independent but belong to the American Independent Party that was founded by George Wallace. Yes, that George Wallace, the pro-segregationist. Apparently I needed to check the box “decline to state”, someone needs to explain that to me better.Anyway, as an independent I previously was not allowed to vote in primaries. So I was not allowed to vote for Al Gore or even George Bush in the primaries. This year the democrats allowed us independents to vote in theirs. Apparently we are not good enough for the Republicans. So I go to vote with the intention of voting democratic, since I can. I get to the polling station and was simply given a “non-partisan” ballot. All it had was the propositions. When I asked about voting in the democratic primaries, I was told I was not allowed to. Another said that it was too late since I voted already. First off a little confusion.Come on! If this happened to a number of voter such as myself could the winner (not yet declared) in California be completely different? How many of us were disenfranchised by a screwed up system? Boo…. I want my vote back.Sorry for the little rant. LA TIMES ARTICLE ON MY RANT


The scary National Association of Evangelicals

Does it make you cringe when Jerry Fallwell, James Dobson, and Pat Robinson open their mouths? That they speak for the “evangelicals”? It does for me. I would like to consider myself evangelical. It is not some political or social taboo word but means to be a Christian that is motivated and acting upon the words of Christ. That is Jesus Christ, not Fallwell, Dobson, and the National Association of Evangelicals. Even the word evangelical brings about a fundamentalist image. I cannot even say that I am evangelical without people automatically moving to the idea that I am strict conservative that listens to these guys.In a recent LA Times Article, it explores the growing rift between generations within the board. Frankly I am relieved that there are dissenting opinions against the old guard. The NAE is such a powerful lobbying force that I sometimes see it ideals become polarized. It needs to have new voices and a new vision for the generation. It needs to speak out upon other “great issues”“A new generation of pastors has expanded the definition of moral issues to include not only global warming, but an array of causes. Quoting Scripture and invoking Jesus, they’re calling for citizenship for illegal immigrants, universal healthcare and caps on carbon emissions.”“Are the only really ‘great moral issues’ those concerning abortion, gay marriage and the teaching of sexual abstinence?” Wallis asked in his challenge. “How about the reality of 3 billion of God’s children living on less than $2 per day? … What about pandemics like HIV/AIDS … [and] disastrous wars like Iraq?”This article was a relief for me to see this group move from what I see as the extreme conservatism to a lesser form that is willing to undertake other issues. How it does we shall see.