Re: [Dressmanstuff] Re: Political View
- Danny,YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!JudyTom Dressman, CLU, ChFC
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Fax: 847-991-0152----- Original Message -----From: dannbrinSent: Monday, November 03, 2008 11:44 AMSubject: [Dressmanstuff] Re: Political View
Hey everyone! I figured that I would add my two cents on this issue
since we've been reading some really interesting opinions on both
sides of the issue. Being raised by liberal Beth and more
conservative Pat I've grown up to be somewhat of a left-leaning
moderate. Socially I'm pretty liberal, but I am always reluctant to
place myself in either popular political party.
I have enjoyed reading opinions from a lot of the family. Eight years
ago when I first started getting interested in politics I was 16 and
couldn't vote. John McCain at the time was trying to win the primary
battle against Bush. I really liked McCain a lot during that election
cycle; the stances he advocated and rhetoric he used were atypical for
either party line. I appreciated that since I can't fully identify
with either party myself. He was every bit of the Maverick he has
claimed to be.
Over the past eight years I haven't followed his political career
closely, until of course this election started to ramp up. Now I
listen to his rhetoric and his new stances. He seems to have either
made a dramatic shift into a much more "neo-conservative" mind set, or
he's saying what is necessary to be a competitive candidate. Under
either situation I have lost some of the great respect I had for this
man. I still consider him a great man.
As for Obama; the first time I had heard of this man was just over 2
years ago. A friend told me that he was positive Obama would run for
president in 2008. Listening to the rhetoric and stances he has made
during this election I find myself agreeing most of the time. He has
placed himself as a liberal, but a liberal who is not blinded by
I think that both of these men could make good presidents, but based
on what they have told voters over the past year I have to support
Obama. The policies I have read seem well constructed, and he has
been able to explain them well in speeches and debates. I find that I
have a better comprehension of his policies than I do of McCain's. I
have listened to both and John McCain has not successfully explained
to me how his healthcare policy is better, nor his military strategy,
nor how his experience makes him a more prepared candidate.
Neither candidate has executive experience beyond leading presidential
campaigns. Obama has run a better campaign so based on their limited
executive experience I'd give him an edge. McCain has more experience
in the senate, but representing a much smaller state population-wise,
he has had to answer to less people.
On healthcare; health insurance works on a pool of risk. The larger
the pool the less that individual costs will influence the whole.
Looking at it this way Obama's plan to have a partially nationalized
healthcare system should be feasible. We can have the largest pool of
risk possible with the plan offered through the government. This
should mean rates remain low under this plan. If you want better care
then find it elsewhere, that is fine. McCain's plan has given me
pause based on the tax credit being significantly less than the
typical cost of an independent healthcare plan.
I think that Iraq will continue to pressure the US to wrap up our
operations there. This has been the case over the past several months
and I think under either candidate we will be forced out through
international scrutiny. International support for a president can be
a great advantage in our influence through the world. Obama has
significantly greater support throughout European countries, this is
almost enough to secure my vote by itself. Support for an American
president will make them more likely to support our decisions and will
lead to more cooperative international community.
The only reasons I see not to vote Obama are;
1. Philosophical differences
-If you are a conservative at heart there is very little reason to
2. Fear about unilateral government control.
-Personally I reject this argument, it seems like a poor reason to
choose a president to me. Having full democratic control won't turn
the US into an unrecognizable Marxist nanny state. It will push us
slightly more liberal over the next 4-8 years. Under Bush for 4 years
with nearly unilateral support we didn't see our country change
drastically in terms of our legislation.
3. Concern for limited experience
-Many previous presidents with less experience have been considered
among the greats.
-Does not apply to our family, I believe.
Sorry for the extremely long post but I had a lot on my mind. Hope
you all look over the facts and our candidates' positions and make a
decision. And VOTE for gods sake even if it's for McCain!