Lowering Expectations (Updated)
[Guest post by DRJ]
So many Americans have bought into Obama’s rhetoric that he is The One who can bring Hope and Change that even the Obama campaign sees a need to lower expectations — after the election, of course.
But it’s too late for one El Paso, Texas, man who apparently committed suicide this morning by jumping off an elevated highway interchange. Police confirmed he left a note in his car that read, “Obama take care of my family.”
UPDATE 1 — More expectations from an Obama supporter:
“I never thought this day would happen. I won’t have to [work/worry] on puttin’ gas in my car. I won’t have to [work/worry] at payin’ my mortgage.
You know. If I help him [Obama], he’s gonna help me.”
UPDATE 2: Thanks for the Hot Air link and welcome Hot Air patrons.
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Here’s what I hear:
I never thought this day would ever happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage.
You know. If I help him, he’s gonna help me.
There are a lot of ways to interpret that.
I loved Tapper’s list of the 89,274 things that Baracky promises to do, and the 3 things that he says will fund them, resulting in net negative growth. LOL
I also like that clip over at Hot Air where the Baracky supporter says that she will take care of him, and he will take care of her, and she will not have to worry about her mortgage payment.
I denounce myself.JD (5b4781) — 10/31/2008 @ 12:36 pm
“Comment by JD”
In the spirit of redistribution I will start packing up the u-haul this weekend to come live with you… see you after Thanksgivingvoiceofreason2 (590c85) — 10/31/2008 @ 12:38 pm
His plan is working. Every time I watch Senator Obama I can feel my expectations getting lower and lower.
I’ll denounce you too, JD.BitterClinger (47b0b8) — 10/31/2008 @ 12:39 pm
JD, will she have to worry about her mortgage?
She might not be able to pay it, but so what? What would a government owned mortgage do when not paid? To an oppressed victim like that poor, poor woman who takes her kids out of their education so they can see Obama talk.
I imagine she really won’t have to worry about her mortgage, and having no job, she probably won’t have to worry about filling up her gas tank too often, either.Juan (4cdfb7) — 10/31/2008 @ 12:41 pm
I wonder if he voted for Obama before he committed suicide.Loren (af2946) — 10/31/2008 @ 12:46 pm
VOR2 – Should you need to, I will be happy to invite you into my home, so long as you do not call me a racist.
Juan – I do not think taking a child out of school to see a Presidential candidate is a bad thing. My father took me and my brothers out of school to go see Reagan when he was a candidate, and we had our pictures made with him, something I will never forget. I took my little one to see Gov. Palin and Hillary, and tried to get into a Baracky event.JD (5b4781) — 10/31/2008 @ 12:50 pm
Speaking of lowering expectations, Bill Richardson changed the tax figure from to $120K today. Now, it has been dropped over 50% in the last week.JD (5b4781) — 10/31/2008 @ 12:53 pm
JDvoiceofreason2 (590c85) — 10/31/2008 @ 12:56 pm
Now it is in close proximity to my range – guess i better reconsider that Nader vote, eh?
My parents took me to see Richard Nixon as he swang through. Something I will never forget. And, yes, the make-up was caked on.Thomas (4d15b9) — 10/31/2008 @ 12:58 pm
JD already mentioned this but I’ve updated the post to include the Obama supporter who thinks Obama will help pay her mortgage and gas.DRJ (cb68f2) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:00 pm
VOR2 – You won’t have to worry about your house, Baracky is going to take care of your mortgage, and the gas in your car.JD (5b4781) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:03 pm
Obama Supporters = STUPID or Marxists.PCD (7fe637) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:03 pm
You know. If I help him (Obama), he’s gonna help me
When reality sets in, these people are going to need a lot of professional help, if they too, don’t jump off of some bridge.
These are the heightened expectations that, when dashed, lead to societal upheavals –
need to spend more time at the reloading bench, and the range.
Sad!Another Drew (7aa87e) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:05 pm
“I wonder if he voted for Obama before he committed suicide?”
If he did vote absentee, and they have not tabulated the votes yet, then – by law (and I’ll defer to DRJ on the finer points of TX voter law) – wouldn’t they have to pull that envelope, and discard his ballot?
If it was an early vote, someone is just going to have to vote twice to cancel it out.Another Drew (7aa87e) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:10 pm
THe collectivisation of the American work ethicEricPWJohnson (47b9ab) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:14 pm
Obama reminds me of the old joke
What does McDonalds, Hilter and Napoleon have in common?
Only one managed to surround the KremlinEricPWJohnson (47b9ab) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:16 pm
“I won’t have to work…”
The ultimate dream of the typical Dem supporter.
A free ride through life, with other folks doing the work and picking up the tab.
Same as it ever was.Dave Surls (37e584) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:24 pm
Twice, even! 🙂Scott Jacobs (a1c284) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:24 pm
She seems to have figured out the free food thing already.SteveG (71dc6f) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:41 pm
I know that sounds mean, but when I used to travel around in Latin America and Asia, the needy people looked emaciated. Here in the USA, not so much.
Please send me a Mercedes SL-class in black. Of course, it would be selfless of you and working taxpayers not to also provide the insurance and maintenance.
Your loving subject,
PS: See to it that I also have a nice garage so I can safely park it. You wouldn’t want taxpayer money to go to waste by having the car damaged by solar rays and global warming.Perfect Sense (9d1b08) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:41 pm
I would comment, but I’m off to shop for a really expensive house so that on January 21st I can send Baracky my mortgage payment booklet! After all, it’s because of those damn white rich people that I have a house under 1500 square feet.
G*d D***m America!Patricia (ee5c9d) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:45 pm
21, Patricia, you’ll have to clean it yourself. Remember all those Minority Race maids will now also have nice big houses, cars with full gas tanks, and all the fruit their tables can hold.PCD (7fe637) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:49 pm
I often idealistically wish we could somehow educate each voter and let them make up their minds based on facts when they went into the voting booth..
It will never happen, but I’m a dreamer that loves my country and I can’t stop hoping.i like america (d2f951) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:54 pm
Oy. That is all.Karen (dda662) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:57 pm
Comment by Scott Jacobs — 10/31/2008 @ 1:24 pm
That’s a man’s life you’re being glib about and adding emoticons to.N (d4b2de) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:58 pm
“I won’t have to work…”
“The ultimate dream of the typical Dem supporter.”
This is absolutely true. I tried to reason with some democrats on a blog and it was pointless. I called Obama a socialist, and these people responded with,
“Obama’s a socialist? I WISH!”
Really.Karen (dda662) — 10/31/2008 @ 1:59 pm
And that’s his family he wants my tax dollars to fully support.
Your point?Scott Jacobs (a1c284) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:19 pm
I won’t have to work on puttin’ gas in my car. I won’t have to work at payin’ my mortgage.
No ma’am, the rest of us will be doing that for you. Jeebus wept when we reach the tipping point where 50.01% of the country will be able to vote the same for themselves.furious (56af6d) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:22 pm
— “Obama’s a socialist? I WISH!” —cboldt (3d73dd) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:26 pm
Then watch them turn on the outrage when you label them un-American or anti-American.
Behold your future’s end.Techie (62bc5d) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:28 pm
Appealing to an even higher power for goodies …
via Janis.Adriane (b8ecd8) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:36 pm
You people are sorry. What if that was your family member. You are the reason why Mccain is losing because he has so many people who are cynical pricks who put political alliance ahead of humanity.M.Green (d53d70) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:45 pm
If my taxes will be helping to support this family, will they be setting up some kind of conjugal visits with his wife? She can take care of the kids by herself though – in keeping with biological dad’s actions.JohnnyB (b9d506) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:52 pm
Death doesn’t stand in the way of a vote for Obama. Ask ACORN.Cicero (8db983) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:55 pm
You put 15 Obama supporters in a boat with 6 McCain supporters and give everyone a pail in case the boat takes on water.
When it does, the 6 McCain supporters will bail their butts off to keep the boat afloat. (and it will stay afloat)
The 15 Obamakins will sit there and let the other 5 work, throw their own pails overboard so they don’t have to join in, then complain about the methods of the McCain 6 who are working their butts off while saving them.
What happens when the 6 McCain supporters jump ship and swim? The Obamakins complain they have been deserted, realize they can’t swim, and go down with the ship since they threw their pails overboard.
And it is all the fault of the 6 who had enough and swam away.Dave (e8a1f4) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:58 pm
I gotta tell you that on the whole, these people are honest in their belief that their party’s policies will help. They’re not callous. And they’re not hacks like I thought they were.
They just have different beliefs
Oh but they are real assholes and you don’t have the skills to contend with them in an argument. You’ll just get hurt. Your time would be better spent writing a letter to the editor of your paper. At least they won’t call you the names these folks will.i like america (d2f951) — 10/31/2008 @ 2:59 pm
“I never thought this day would happen. I won’t have to work on puttin’ gas in my car. I won’t have to work at payin’ my mortgage.
I can not believe that people actually think that Obama is going to help them.SoCalMom (46abb8) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:01 pm
They are fools who refuse to accept personal responsibility. Boy are they going to be in for a rude awakening.
. You are the reason why McCain is losing because he has so many people who are cynical pricks who put political alliance ahead of humanity.
Comment by M.Green — 10/31/2008 @ 2:45 pm
Snicker Snort Snort says this lady after looking at your website. Black kettle meet black pot. Ohs nos was that racist of me *wink*LH (6da173) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:04 pm
The people at this site seem to have lost all sense of compassion. The truth is that the tragedy of this man’s taking of his own life is testament to the despair that so many American’s feel today after eight years of leadership that has not served the American people, save the wealthy and corporations. This man who leapt off of the overpass in El Paso, Texas this morning is not the only one who has taken his own life. Others have taken their families with them in suicide/murders because they felt no hope for their own or their families’ futures. At least the man in El Paso felt that there was hope that his family would be alright after a change in national leadership.
The person who was worried about the dead man’s vote counting for Obama, (I think his name is Drew), doesn’t really need to worry about the outcome of that vote. Texas will reliably vote for McCain.Christina (ca061c) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:09 pm
So what’s the problem with the El Paso suicide guy? Couldn’t Obama just raise him from the dead? Then he could then feed the multitude of the guys family by multiplying the bills in his wallet. Problem solved.
He’s Obama. He can do anything.Tantor (afbdf9) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:11 pm
Oh, Christina, you are quite full of it. If you got poison ivy, you’d blame it on Bush. Trying to blame Bush for some unbalanced guys suicide is pretty pathetic.Tantor (afbdf9) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:13 pm
but I’m a dreamer that loves my country and I can’t stop hoping.
No, you’re a little wussy boy who made false accusations in another thread, and then ran away when asked to discuss it further in a private avenue. Either apologize for it, or be ridden down like the cowardly dog you are.Dmac (e30284) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:15 pm
And George Bush invaded Iraq to help his oil-rich buddies, and Halliburton runs the country through Cheney, and the Jews caused 9/11.
Just go away.Cicero (8db983) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:15 pm
The people at this site seem to have lost all sense of compassion. The truth is that the tragedy of this man’s taking of his own life is testament to the despair that so many American’s feel today after eight years of leadership that has not served the American people, save the wealthy and corporations.Comment by Christina — 10/31/2008 @ 3:09 pm
Snicker Snort Snort. As one who tried to off myself numerous times, it had nothing to do with the govt or the status of our nation. I bet you are public schooled, right?. Good Lord, save us from the uniformed, Amen.LH (6da173) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:18 pm
— At least the man in El Paso felt that there was hope that his family would be alright after a change in national leadership. —cboldt (3d73dd) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:20 pm
Maybe. Or maybe he was trying to mock Obama’s promises. I don’t think we know enough about what was in his head, except a sense of hopelessness and an absence of the things that cause people to have a reverence for life itself. Odd to make a political comment in a suicide note.
No, the reason he’s behind is because of idiots putting image over substance…Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:21 pm
Or Mayor Daley’s father…Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:21 pm
My guess is you were “in advertising” at a tiny nothing firm, or you were “in advertising” like Joe the Plumber was “in plumbing”. You were a lackey.
Let’s talk about this – right now. Ask the site manager for my phone number.Dmac (e30284) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:21 pm
My only expectation is that Obama will make a better president than McCain would have.snuffles (677ec2) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:21 pm
If only because they will share his world-view… 🙂
And thank you. That right there showed you to at least be thinking. I can deal with people with whom I merely disagree. 🙂Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:25 pm
Just poking around for politics mentioned in suicide notes:cboldt (3d73dd) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:25 pm
My only expectation is that Obama will make a better president than McCain would have.
Comment by snuffles — 10/31/2008 @ 3:21 pm
Better as in pinko Marxist commie trans Islamic tax raising dissent crushing kind of way? M’K.LH (6da173) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:28 pm
“My only expectation is that Obama will make a better president than McCain would have.”
What a coincidence, that’s the same expectation that Moe Ghaddafi, Osama Bin Laden, Hugo Chavez, Weathermen terrorists, and deadbeats who think the new messiah is going to make their mortgage payments for them have.Dave Surls (37e584) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:33 pm
I allowed you your last word, but you continue to press the issue.
So let’s see, me ridden down by Dmac the Internet Tough Guy? Never gonna happen. You’ve yet to even come close to winning a verbal confrontation with me, which is why you want me to get on the phone with you. Because you know you can’t win.
So I suggest you stop trying.i like america (d2f951) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:48 pm
I have listened to that video ten times. It sounds like she is saying “I don’t have to “worry” about gas. Not “work”. A minor point perhaps, but changes the context. And, in reality, the same thing.FLBuckeye (fc015e) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:49 pm
Thanks for your input. I amended my unofficial transcript from “work” to “[work/worry]” to indicate there is a question on that point, but I agree it’s not a big difference in the meaning.DRJ (cb68f2) — 10/31/2008 @ 3:57 pm
Comment by i like america — 10/31/2008 @ 3:48 pm
You, and Dmac, need to stop acting like 7th-graders, put your coats & ties back on, and resume your everyday rolls of Gentlemen!
Or, take your bickering elsewhere; it’s tiresome.
But, that’s just an observation from someone that neither of you know, and who is just a visitor here, as you are.Another Drew (7aa87e) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:01 pm
I offered him the opportunity to discuss this further, in an effort to prove my bona fides that he called into question – but he ran declined take that opportunity to do so. Now he pronounces himself the “winner” of a contest he’s already ran away from – so be it.Dmac (e30284) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:07 pm
99.14% sure she says worry DRJLord Nazh (ce25e3) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:07 pm
[Thanks. I really appreciate your help. — DRJ]
I’d say al Qaeda’s endoresment of John McCain trumps your list, don’t you think?snuffles (677ec2) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:11 pm
You are the reason why Mccain is losing because he has so many people who are cynical pricks who put political alliance ahead of humanity.
McCain will win so no worries here.
I hate this mentality that McCain supporters lack compassion. It’s so ridiculous. How compassionate is Obama to his OWN BROTHER WHO LIVES IN A HUT AND HIS AUNT WHO LIVES IN A SLUM IN BOSTON? How much money has he sent in their direction–we all know he has plenty to spare. Y’all take hypocrisy to a whole new level.
Here’s something you should understand, people like me and my husband have scrimped and saved and worked all our lives to support our family. We have three children (two in college and one will be in college next year). We have given up things to get to a place of relative comfort but no one but US knows the road we traveled to get here (what we have given up). So now we’re expected to look the other way when someone decides we have more than enough and ought to share it with those with less? PLEASE. I don’t think so. All my compassion is wrapped up in taking care of my family. That’s more than enough for us. We don’t need someone else’s family members to rescue. RESCUE YOURSELVES (like we did!!!)Karen (dda662) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:14 pm
Yeah, that’s what made the country great, having the government take care of all of us. What the hell ever happened to personal responsibility? Sheesh.
My father told me something when I was 15 years old and I never forgot it. He said “The government could screw up a two-car funeral.”
How true…Sean (6cc667) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:14 pm
It’s much easier to tear down than build up. When the folks at the bottom see no change they will take comfort in the growing numbers that will join them that once had higher incomes.Russell (68b412) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:19 pm
I don’t think that’s a strong argument in favor of Obama or socialism.DRJ (cb68f2) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:23 pm
Comment by Russell — 10/31/2008 @ 4:19 pm
Capitalism shares the wealth from the top down,
Socialism shares the misery from the bottom up.
The wealthy always have the means to insulate themselves from the anarchy on the street.Another Drew (7aa87e) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:23 pm
America the only country with overweight needy peoples.
Don’t let the overweight fool you into thinking these people have an over abundance of food, they do, but they have other needs too.
Lefty just wants free stuff.ML (14488c) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:24 pm
You say (#49): “My only expectation is that Obama will make a better president than McCain would have.”
In light of endorsements from Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran – that is highly unlikely.
(As enemies of our Country, they want us to fail and have chosen to endorse the candidate that will best make that happen).
However, it appears Senator Obama may win, in which case (for the sake of our Country) I hope that he makes a great President — despite expectations.Pons Asinorum (4bc8d7) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:32 pm
The people at this site seem to have lost all sense of compassion. The truth is that the tragedy of this man’s taking of his own life is testament to the despair that so many American’s feel today after eight years of leadership that has not served the American people, save the wealthy and corporations
Oh stop it. There is no loss of compassion here. No one has derided, mocked or belittled this man nor his family.
Quite the contrary, you, Christina, have freely and willingly exploited this tragedy to fit your own narrative. And it evidences a disgusting lack of compassion.
There is nothing in the article that even remotely insinuates that this man took his life because of the last 8 years nor because you see America in despair. As a matter of fact, you Christina, have not a clue why this man committed suicide other than a general unhappiness that exceeded his hope. Perhaps his marriage was ending, perhaps he cheated on his wife, perhaps he committed an illegal act and was guilt ridden, perhaps he lost his faith in God. You don’t know. And neither do we. But it is disgraceful to project your own sense smug self-righteous into this tragedy just so you can feel justified in your own political position. Shame on you.
And, Christina, if anything, you should be able to discern from a note that told Obama to take care of his family that he obviously was somewhat and somehow, delusional.Dana (658c17) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:41 pm
The MSM cited someone shouting “kill him” (Obama) at a McCain rally as proof the McCain’s campaign was based on ugly hate. Can Republicans cite the Texas suicide as proof that Obama’s campaign is based on deranged delusion?Perfect Sense (9d1b08) — 10/31/2008 @ 4:59 pm
“Speaking of lowering expectations, Bill Richardson changed the tax figure from to $120K today. Now, it has been dropped over 50% in the last week.”
Wait until Obama actually takes office, should he win. Americans will wish it started at $120K.Kevin (b62dc9) — 10/31/2008 @ 5:00 pm
I took it as a riff on the chicago machine’s propensity for getting out ALL the vote.
Not that it was in good taste, but given that suicide is selfish and adding to that the implied expectation that the Federal system should take care of the mess left behind, I decided to just ignore the suicide riff and instead be mean to the woman in the linked video because I am a racist.
I started to wonder about how Democrats see the federal system vs. how I see it when it comes to intervention in our affairs… particularly after an untimely demise.
Democrats see tax dollars to be had if I have got anything left, but beyond that, it is telling that many on the left see government as needing to care for what family, friends, community, church used to do.
I wouldn’t think to ask Obama to save me from much in the local sense besides taxes. “Obama save me from taxes”
Maybe I’d want Obama to do global stuff to make my life here at home more prosperous; like negotiate with trading partners to improve the US position in the global economy, developing natural resources, defending me from foreign enemies…… then as I considered defense, I thought of how I’ve travelled some of the world’s remote places and for some reason I thought of Fabrizio Quattocchi formerly of Italy and how he came face to face with people who decided to film themselves murdering him. They were trying to terrorize Fabrizio and the world and Fabrizio was having none of it. I realized then that if I was in Fabrizio’s place, that I would have faith that President Bush would someday send a cruise missle into whatever mud hut their family called home and their favorite sheep would die in it’s bedroom and maybe I could die believing that.
With Obama as President?SteveG (71dc6f) — 10/31/2008 @ 5:01 pm
not so much
I think the woman is lucky she supports Obama.SteveG (71dc6f) — 10/31/2008 @ 5:37 pm
Otherwise the media would be checking to see if she has a mortgage, or a car, or owes any money anywhere etc.
I mean what if she didn’t even have a mortgage?
Or if her car is a $40,000 SUV?
What if her mortgage was taken as cash out of what was at one time, equity?
“If I help him [Obama], he’s gonna help me.”
Yep. It’s all about the GOODIES! It’s all about the Gimme, gimme… It’s all about ME! I want the government to GIVE ME! But what government can give, the government can take away from you.
Do those Obama supporters actually work for a living? What happened to “YOU make a life on your own two feet”? That’s right, under him, that’s going to be non-existent.
Rome was not destroyed by Barbarians, but by free circuses. Again: free circuses.newton (3d3549) — 10/31/2008 @ 5:52 pm
Peggy sounds like she needs a husband. She doesn’t want to WORK to put gas in the car or WORK to pay the mortgage. It sounds like Peggy has chosen Obama as her new man. I wonder what Michelle-of-the-banishing-the-competition-fame will have to say about that.
How do I know it’s WORK and not WORRY? I’m teaching speech to ESL students and the K sound is heard very clearly as opposed to the slurry RY sound.
Peggy, if you don’t want to WORK to put gas in your car, walk! If you don’t want to WORK to pay your mortgage, live on the streets!Juba Doobai (52378b) — 10/31/2008 @ 7:49 pm
In all fairness someone in her family tree may have been a slave in history past at one time or another, so she is owed something for doing nothing, in all fairness.ML (14488c) — 10/31/2008 @ 8:33 pm
This may be an altered tape. The voice sounds different and the tempo and pronunciation change markedly in the second part. Additionally, the image shifts to the crowd. We don’t actually see the woman mouth the “gas and mortgage” sentence.Tim McGarry (9fe080) — 10/31/2008 @ 9:29 pm
Christina unbelievably wrote:
I have little sympathy for people who commit suicide over things that aren’t actually life-threatening (which there is no indication of in this case), and here’s why: When you kill yourself, you end your pain, but it doesn’t go away; it spreads over everyone that loved you and wanted you to live. Your parents, your family, your friends, even your acquaintances. With few exceptions, IMHO, it is an act of selfishness.
I remember in the days before I woke up to the fraud that is liberalism, I read of some father who shot himself in the mouth in his living room after he lost his job. In his suicide note, he blamed Ronald Reagan. At first, I followed the editorialist’s lead and blamed Reagan too. Later on, I thought, “Reagan didn’t kill that guy!” He had plenty of options before ending his own life, leaving his wife and children to mourn and struggle, scarring them for life.
And the El Paso guy thought Obama’s going to care for his family when HE should be? Maybe the reason he was so driven to suicide is because he had the mistaken impression that the President is supposed to help him. Even if that were the case, he couldn’t hang on until January? Until there is further exculpatory evidence, I only have one good thing to say about him: He didn’t kill his family first, like too many people who kill themselves.
George W. Bush probably doesn’t sleep well nowadays, but he shouldn’t lose a second over that guy. Maybe Obama should lose a few winks thinking about how his rhetoric may have made the suicide guy feel like B.O. would pull the weight he should be pulling himself.L.N. Smithee (ecc5a5) — 10/31/2008 @ 9:46 pm
“Dave, I’d say al Qaeda’s endoresment of John McCain trumps your list, don’t you think?”–sniffy
I’d say that Osama Bin Laden was on my list.
‘DUBAI (Reuters) – An al Qaeda leader has called for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be “humiliated,” without endorsing a party in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to an Internet video posting.’
‘O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him,” Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the Internet.’
‘Libi, a top al Qaeda commander believed to be living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, called for God’s wrath to be brought against Bush equating him with past tyrants in history.’
Al Qaida ain’t exactly rooting for John McCain, despite your addled imaginings, and I’ll wager they’re secretly hoping like hell that the messiah of appeasement and friend of America-hating terrorists wins the election.Dave Surls (47b62c) — 11/1/2008 @ 2:20 am
SLAVERY THROUGH TAXATION – IS THIS WHAT OBAMA IS UP TO?
About that woman who is at the Obama rally saying she won’t have to work anymore if she helps Obama. Are Obama and his supporting classes planning to enslave the rest of us to support them through taxes or what?
My husband’s business employs over 100 people and we already pay 50% in taxes when you consider state, city and sales taxes. My husband and I are in our late fifties and early sixties. If the taxes go too high people like us may have to consider other options because our taxes must be paid BEFORE it is earned not after because businesses are force by the government to estimate our income bases on last years performance and pay ahead of time. If we have to pay even more in advance due to Obama’s tax hikes AND foresee a slow down in our business you can see where affording business expenses and salaries would be daunting. People our age may opt to protect their nest egg and go out of business rather than taking the risk of riding out this economic storm. Why I know some people who are younger and were recently far more wealthy than I that have nevertheless gone bankrupt due to the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac/ACORN induced financial crisis. People don’t consider that besides taxes, running a business is exceptionally expensive. The bottom line – some employers may be forced to close their doors even if it appears the business is doing okay.Jacque (e8b21b) — 11/1/2008 @ 7:05 am
You and your husband are heroes. To have built a company of 100 employees takes heroic and epic struggle.SteveG (71dc6f) — 11/1/2008 @ 8:46 am
The goverment takes its cut all along the way and its weight can be crushing…. now that you are doing ok, Obama sees you as the key to his redistribution dreams. I see Mugabe’s Zimbabwe
I saw a great quote over at Proteinwisdom (not sure where it came from)
When it comes to the economy, Obama can see the Soviet Union from his house”SteveG (71dc6f) — 11/1/2008 @ 10:37 am