Sorry for the increasingly political nature of this blog. Perhaps I should refrain from editing it under the influence of alcohol, but I feel like that would be depriving you of some valuable insights.
Here is a Yahoo! news clip of some Republican talking. I’m gonna be honest with you guys, I don’t really know that much about politics. I’m an engineer–I’ll bet you can count on one hand how many Bachelors of Science there are in the House and Senate.
On the positive side of things, Republicans have some pretty valid points to make in terms of the economy. Let me be clear, there is a debate to be had, but the GOP side deserves to be heard. Notice this guy was conspicuously silent during the spending spree of the Bush adminstration, but that is beside the point.
One thing I should mention, just to play Devil’s advocate on the economic part, is that American’s generally do support government-run health care. Also, every President since George Washington has had “unprecedented levels of spending.” That is a vacuous statement. I mean, maybe Chester A. Arthur or someone lowered spending, how the hell should I know–but overall spending in US Dollars goes up over time, regardless of who is president. I did like his mention of Debt Day, it was far more insightful than congressmen trying to explain how much $1 trillion is.
Anyways, you’ll notice Rep. Boehner talks about the economy until about the 2:50 mark (of his 3:50 minute speech). Sadly, it all goes downhill from there. Here is his subsequent quote:
They’ve decided to close the deteenay … uh, detainee base down in Cuba–without having any plan for what they’re going to do with those terrorists, who are hell bent on killing Americans.
Well … no. Let’s see what our friend wikipedia has to say about this one:
Since October 7, 2001, when the current war in Afghanistan began, 775 detainees have been brought to Guantánamo. Of these, approximately 420 have been released without charge. As of January 2009, approximately 245 detainees remain.
Three have been convicted of various charges … Of those still incarcerated, U.S. officials said they intend to eventually put 60 to 80 on trial and free the rest
So if these guys are all terrorists hell-bent on killing Americans, that kinda sucks that 420 of them were already freed under George W. Bush. Frankly, I’m surprised I’m not dead right now.
Republicans–stop talking about foreign policy. Seriously, it’s time to go back to the drawing board on this one. It’s not even fair to claim the patriotic, U-S-A! stance at this point: the Democrats’ foreign policy, though flawed, clearly favors a smarter, more tactical national defense that doesn’t blow its wad every time an international disagreement arises. An America-loving patriot should really prefer that in the long run.
In closing, the government is sort of like the email program on my company computer. It sucks and never works. So I send a note to the helpdesk, and they’re like, “nah, everything’s cool.” But eventually, if you keep sending them notes, and convince your friends to do the same, someone will realize that the program is fucked up and needs to be fixed. So yea, do that I guess.