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It’s the end of the world as we know it…

Posted by TopOfTheThread on April 23, 2009

Here is a great and appropriate video for today. Kudos to ThePartyParty….

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Trust? Trust? Are you kidding me? (Obama, McCain, CEOs,…)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 7, 2008

Republicans, Democrats, George W. Bush, Weapons Of Mass Destruction,  pork barrel earmarks, Congress,  Public Company CEOs, Banks, lobbyists, Stock Brokers, Investment Banks, SEC, The Fed, honesty trust governmentFTC, FDIC, Treasury, …

Who can we trust?
I don’t feel comfortable with any of these people or entities.  As time goes by we are finding it is harder and harder to trust.

We have shown that people cannot be left to do the right thing.  Look at what Wall Street, and the CEOs have done to the United States and World markets.  How honest was our government regarding our entrances into Iraq and Afghanistan?

We need moderation and regulation
We have shown the need for SEC to get stricter. We need the FDIC and Fed taking more control. We obviously cannot trust the greed and excesses of Banking and Wall Street.

  1. We cannot trust the executive branch to do the right thing without the legislative branch monitoring them.
  2. We cannot count on the legislative branch doing the right thing without the executive branch monitoring them.

Who do we trust?
I do not trust Obama or McCain. I do not trust Congress (Look at page 263 of the bailout bill.) Congress maneuvers and adds irrelevant items and earmarks.  They had to add it to the bailout bill!  One of the most critical bills in recent history.

  • If McCain wins the election, there will be a Republican president and Democratic Congress.
  • If Obama wins the election, there will be a Democratic president and Democratic Congress.

If McCain wins the election, Congress will keep him in line.  If Obama wins the election, I hope the democrats don’t run rampant making changes without thinking them through. Do you trust them?


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Sarah Palin – Why people like her

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 11, 2008

I am most certainly NOT endorsing Sarah Palin as the most qualified person to be the Vice President of The United States.Sarah Palin in Kuwait

But of the 4 candidates (Obama, McCain, Biden, Palin) she is the person we can most relate to…

People can relate to Palin because her family life is busy, hectic, and not perfect… like our lives!

  • She is married with 5 children.
  • She has a special needs child.
  • She has a pregnant 17 year old child.
  • She has a son in the military about to be in Iraq.
  • Hockey mom
  • She and he husband eloped and did not have a big wedding.
  • She has battled / balance the time constraints of having a career and a job. (This is a sexist issue. No one ever questions a male candidate about his parenting.)
  • Her husband is a union man.

She is not a wealthy. She is not Ivy League educated. She does not have 7 homes… like many politicians.

She is that average person who succeeded in politics.

Does that qualify her to co-lead our government? No.

Does it explain why people have taken a liking to her? Yes.


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Obama and experience – no problem

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 29, 2008

Being the President of the United States is not about being an expert in all subjects. The job requires obama president of USyou to have a basis of knowledge, common sense, and the ability to surround yourself with experts in the areas. Selection of a cabinet is key.

Being President is unlike any other position in the world. It is not like being a Senator, Representative, Governor, or Mayor. Are there aspects of these positions with similarities to aspects of being President? Of Course!

So let’s stop talking about experience. Until you are President, you do not have experience at being President.

Judging by his campaign, Obama seems to surround himself with productive people who are good at their jobs. If consistent with his campaign, Obama will appoint a solid, productive cabinet.

Obama and his “future Cabinet members” will be good for the U.S. and the world.


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America needs a one-term, bust-chops President

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 19, 2008

We all know this won’t happen because a first term president immediately starts his initial term with an eye on getting reelected…american flag president

More than ever, America needs a tough, strategic leader.

We need a “person” who will get in office, not be afraid to ruffle feathers, and get things done. He / she needs to be soley focused on selflessly stopping the current tailspin of the U.S.

We need that SOB CEO-type person who is going to get the country from point A to point B… reagardless of all obstacles… join him, help him, or get out of the way.

Unfortunately, The President always need the backing of one of the parties in order to get legislation and action completed. For this exercise, let’s make believe he can be that hard-ass CEO and needs to get these 3 things accomplished in his one and only term in office.

1. Oil and Drilling

If the economy is good, and people feel financially confident, everyone feels better about life. The economy is revolving around oil.

Oil has dramatically affected the U.S. We are so dependent on imported oil, we are at the world’s mercy.

China has started slant drilling off of Florida. They have also reopened old refineries in Cuba. Venezuela doesn’t exactly love the U.S. and is planning on selling “previously destined to the U.S. oil”, to China. Mexcio has elections in July and it is expected the new Mexican leadership will not favor selling crude oil to the U.S.

Simply put, we need to (a) learn to conserve while (b) drilling of the coast of Florida and in Alaska. Many people won’t like it. It just needs to get done. Let all the nature groups scream. Tough. And yes, Mr. President, it may prevent you from getting reelected but you will be helping to save our once-great country. (See )

2. Terrorism

Let the world know we won’t stand for terrorism and we’re willing to fight. But we need to have a plan. Think strategically not tactically. We want the U.S. (and the world) to be free of terrorism. We are fine with sending in troops and planes. We just need a plan. Who. What. Where…. What is our exit strategy? What is a success? failure?

We know the plan will be modifed from time to time. We need a plan.

We need to fight. Opponents will scream. Mr. President, it may prevent you from getting reelected but you will be helping to save our once-great country.

3. Unify the country (party lines)

Democrats. Republicans. Indendents. There has never been such party lines as we have today. There seems to be out and out hatred of the other party. This is the hardest and easiest of the three items here.

I wish I knew the answer to this one. Perhaps we should dissolve the party system.

If we dissolve the parties, the “party power mongers” will rally the troops. Protests will occur. Mr. President, it may prevent you from getting reelected but you will be helping to save our once-great country.


In this imaginery scenario, if our president accomplished these three items, He would definitely make a lot of enemies and not get reelected. He probably would not even get his party’s nomination (if there were parties).

… but we would be on our way to again being the greatest country on earth.

Wishful thinking.


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Politics – New definition(s) – The Wright Stuff, The Wright Thing

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 23, 2008

new political terms for dictionary

Here is a new definition that should be used throughout politics (and anywhere else appropriate):

The Wright Stuff * or * The Wright Thing: To run from, avoid, distance onself from a person or item that may hurt you. Related to Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s relationship to Barack Obama. Ex: A political candidate who is endorsed or befriended by someone who may hurt their campaign. Usage(1): The Democrats’ strategy should be to do The Wright Stuff. Usage(2): When McCain refused the endorsement, he was doing The Wright Thing.


The Wright Stuff (c) Copyright 2008 and MarkA.

The Wright Thing (c) Copyright 2008 and MarkA.

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America’s First Female President – the winning democratic ticket

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 19, 2008

We’re going through tough times. The economy. Terrorism. War. And one of the most horrendous administrations in U.S. history.

As I had written earlier, the 2004 presidential election was a slam dunk for the democrats. Bush had a poor term and the democrats, with a “decent” candidate and “decent” campaign strategy, should have won the office.

But it didn’t happen. Obama and Oprah Winfrey

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So now we have McCain, Obama, and Clinton vying for the top office in our land. Not too much to cheer about.

  • A republican distancing himself from the republican president (rightfully so)
  • A Chicago extreme liberal who is inexperienced and making inroads because of the web 2.0 generation.
  • A democrat who is hated by the left and the republicans

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The American public loves seeing and knowing celebrities. That is why we have people like Susan Sarandon, Alec Balwin, and other famous people on their soapboxes in politics.

The public sees them on TV and movies and, for some reason, thinks their opinions count more than other people’s opinions. Some of them are intelligent and knowledgeable. Others not.

During the run of “West Wing”, Martin Sheen would have received many votes for the presidency.

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In all seriousness, there is someone on TV who is intelligent and would do a good job in politics; Oprah WInfrey. She is sincere, extremely intelligent and has a strong following.

If Oprah ran for congress, she would win. After a few terms, she could win the presidential nomination. Imagine a Oprah and Obama ticket where Obama was the VP.

Silly? Think about Arnold.

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