All "parties aside," be you Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Independant, etc...
What actual issues do you consider paramount to this upcoming administration - whoever it ends up being?
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05-31-2004, 02:06 PM
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Well...Obviously the mess in Iraq, and Afghanistan are at the top of the list...in fact the entire Middle East seems to be a spawning ground for American Hatred. It will only get worse until something changes at the top of the government. We keep giving them more reasons to attack us, as if they need any!
Here at home, higher education prices, and public education quality seem to be going in the wrong direction. It honestly looks like a conspiracy to keep the American Public ignorant.
For a myriad of reasons, the fuel and energy revolution needs a serious push from the government. Too bad the auto/oil industry has a strangle hold on the government...
The polarization of the American economic classes is getting more and more pronounced (the rich get richer and the middle class gets poor, and the poor suffer inexplicably!)
The war in iraq is the main issue - It remains a hot issue for both sides because it distracts away from other issues that may or may not be helping our country. The war has to be jusitified in good light after the june 30th handover date, and neccessary actions will have to be taken to safely guide our troops back. Whichever president can coax america to agree w/ their iraqi plan would ultimately prevail i believe.
Another issue that is brought up now, is the issue of healthcare. Kerry has touted #'s about those who are uninsured, and bush has enacted a medicare card plan. So america will have to choose someone who will have a plan to keep iraq stable, and provide for the health and safety of america.
Yikes, and double yikes. Where the grounds for eliminating threats to Americas became a solid sounding reason to charge into battle no matter the expense of dollars or lives in the beginning, now it appears we are repeating classical history. When is a castle the weakest? When the knights are at someone else's castle fighting. What's the easiest way to starve an enemy? Make them travel where the energy they expend to simply maintain that position will exhaust their resources more readily than if they were closer to home.
What are we doing? Quite the same. Not only is this going to be a long term expendature for America, it will no doubt make it more difficult to institute changes locally as we simultaneously support a large scale project like Iraq. The impact hasn't even begun to hit likely. Five to ten years from now we will really know what this mess has accomplished. It has already bolstered the support of middle-eastern factions bent on terrorism, and given them very useable propaganda to feed young minds.
Aww, don't get me started. Anyway, sure would be nice if healthcare and economical/enviromental advancement we as important as "smokin those evil-does out of their caves."
I also have thought about the fact that our Army is thousands of miles away if we are attacked again(allah 9/11) People think Osama is some dumbass who lives in a cave covered in parasites but the man beat the entire Russian army( with our training). Makes you wonder if he knew we would attack the middle east( Of course, theres a Bush in the white house) and leave ourselves vulnerable. Wonder why they didnt attack us while Clinton was in office? remember Somalia? I guess Im just feeling that politics sucks and anyone who gets into it and has been there for more than a couple of years is corrupt and has lost sight of the realism of what "for the people" means. Kinda like people who become cops.