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TopShelf's Journal: The Evil of Two Lessers 15

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Here we are just scant days from the election, and I still remain Undecided. I don't trust Bush's decision-making or fiscal policies, but think that the invasion of Iraq was justified (although the resources required to win the peace were grossly underestimated), and the dividend tax cut and marriage penalty fix were well done.

On the other hand, Kerry may be well read and articulate, but he has no executive experience and blows easily in the political wind, as shown by his choice of running mate - a telegenic, smooth-talking Southerner that is really the second coming of Dan Quayle. Really, the strongest point to recommend Kerry is that he isn't Bush.

So who gets my vote? I still don't know...

In the end, my vote won't matter because Indiana is a lock for the GOP, and unless something incredibly dramatic happens over the weekend, I think voters will end up handing Bush a generous electoral win.

 

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The Evil of Two Lessers

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  • How do you figure that.

    On the news recently polls have determined that something like 75% of Bush supporters still believe that Saddam provided substantial assistance in the attacks on 9-11, and that he possessed an alarming stockpile of WMD. Um, you do know that neither of these are true, don't you?

    • On the news recently polls have determined that something like 75% of Bush supporters still believe that Saddam provided substantial assistance in the attacks on 9-11, and that he possessed an alarming stockpile of WMD. Um, you do know that neither of these are true, don't you?

      I've always known the first not to be true, and as for the second, the only reason we know that there were no WMD's is because Sadaam's regime has been removed from power. Iraq's responsibility throughout the 90's was to disarm, d
      • ...the only reason we know that there were no WMD's is because Sadaam's regime has been removed from power.

        Personally, I never found the evidence the Bush and Blair administrations advanced, convincing. Remember, they not only suggested he possessed WMD, but that he had a large stockpile, ready to use, and that there was a danger he could have launched a WMD attack within 45 minutes of deciding to do so.

        Iraq's responsibility throughout the 90's was to disarm, declare how they had disarmed, and

        • Thanks for the lengthy and well-informed reply (I dig your journal, btw). While one could view the report submitted by Sadaam as "progress", it still represented incomplete cooperation, as was required by numerous UN SC resolutions in the years previous. Delay, delay, delay, was part of Sadaam's strategy, and who knows how long the drama would have drawn out should inspections have continued...
          • who knows how long the drama would have drawn out should inspections have continued...

            No one knows. Who knows how long the US armed forces will be needed on the ground in Iraq? How long will that drama be drawn out? And which one would have been more expensive, both in terms of loss of human life and money?

      • At the time of the invasion there was very good reason to believe that WMD's were still around

        If you happened to believe everything Bush says, sure. If you happened to believe all the inspectors on the ground and/or the gathered mass of intelligence analysts, spooks and international spy network, no way. There was no substantial evidence at all for believing Saddam had retained any weapons of mass destruction. I argued this point (among others) at length with Twirlip back then and if he hadn't shredded h

  • or Turd Sandwich. You decide. If you really think Edwards no better than Quayle at this point in the game...

    Further, how does Kerry have any less executive experience than Bush four years ago? Running failed company after failed company and refusing to admit mistakes is hardly a sign that his experience is worth anything.

    I'm not sure why you think Kerry is blowing in the political breeze; could you provide some examples? As far as Bush never changing his mind: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of li
    • Further, how does Kerry have any less executive experience than Bush four years ago? Running failed company after failed company and refusing to admit mistakes is hardly a sign that his experience is worth anything.

      To be fair, Bush was governor of Texas.
      That is an executive possition, therefore, he had executive experience.
      Whether that was good experience is another question entirely.

      But if your state is locked in, then I say vote for Michael Badnarik.
      Or vote for Nixon.
      (Insert joke here)

      And yea, I hav
      • I've heard some comments that the TX governor is barely more than a figurehead. And judging by some people who live there, it is hardly a paradise.

        Badnarik, Peroutka, and the others (except Nader) are on C-SPAN now.
        • I like Celebrity Deathmatch, and I vote.

          Are you looking forward to Jesse Ventura running for President in 2008?

          And is that a new sig?
          I didn't notice it last night.
          • I think it's a few weeks old. Someone complained about 'Celebrity Deathmatch watching idiots' being able to vote. Ethereal Unraed, I think.

            As far as Jesse... Nice breath of fresh air. I'm tempted to vote for some 3rd parties on Tuesday. This week's South Park was a good one. Too bad I think that the Giant Douche is a much, much, much better candidate this time than the Turd Sandwich.
    • I'm not sure why you think Kerry is blowing in the political breeze; could you provide some examples?

      It seems like Kerry looks at every morning headline and wants to blame Bush for every evil in the world. For instance, I think it's premature to berate him on the missing-explosives issue, as the facts are still coming in. Can the flu vaccine shortage be attributed to Bush? In Kerry's rhetoric, it's almost like the result of a direct Presidential order.

      I just think time spent on these "issues" takes aw
      • If you read the candidates' websites and read the stories 'below the fold', you'll see that these questions you are concerned about have been answered.

        • Heck, I can't even visit W's website. I work for a Swedish company here in Indianapolis, and since our traffic goes through the home office proxy, I'm banned as one of them pesky foreigners...
  • So it seems your presidential vote doesn't matter - mine in Massachusetts certainly doesn't. So hey, why not pick a third party if you agree with them more closely than the big two? It's also important to vote for governor, senator, school board, or whatever else is on your ballot Nov 2.

    Or Nov 3 [theonion.com]. (for the humor impaired, this is satire)

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