You Said It Column November 01, 2008

• My family lost a loved one in the accident on Colorado Highway 141 last week. She leaves behind a husband and a teenage daughter and many other family members. This life is so precious ... she will be deeply missed.

• Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States, so I wish all of you Republicans would quit bashing him in this column. You have had the last eight years to prove that your party knows how to run this country best and you know what? You failed. You voted for the last idiot that we call president and look where we are. It is our turn, as Democrats, to turn this country around. Get over it and get used to it.

• Hey, campaign sign stealer: You haven’t changed my vote or anyone else’s. What’s your next brilliant move? Banning books? Patriot youth groups? Concentration camps?

• Instead of all bad news of protesters from the Palin visit at Stocker Stadium, I wanted to say thank you to the volunteers, and especially the terrific band Pineapple Crackers who played for free and entertained us all afternoon as we waited.

• The Annie’s Mailbox claim that Medicare patients can negotiate with doctors to make up for low reimbursement from the government is dead wrong. Doctors cannot accept any additional money from Medicare patients by law. Doctors’ only choice is to refuse to accept the patients. Socialized medicine with a single-payer system like Obama wants will make the situation a lot worse and will result in rationed health care. Doctors are giving up their private practices in anticipation.

• The RNC spent $150,000 on clothes for Sarah Palin in just two months. She must be the best dressed “soccer mom” in the world. I wonder what “Joe the Plumber” thinks about this? Cindy McCain probably doesn’t spend that much, and she and Sen. McCain are very, very wealthy.

• I’m not running for office, but I have a plan that I think many people will like ... those of you voting for Obama, you spread your wealth and leave mine alone. If I don’t vote for his unbelievable “plans,” then why should I be required to pay for them with my hard-earned dollars?

• I can’t believe that with all the intelligent, capable women in the Republican Party, John McCain couldn’t have made a better choice for vice president. It certainly tells us what he thinks of women.

• The city is removing old buildings and clearing land along Seventh Street in preparation for the new police building. Kind of a cavalier attitude, since the tax increase hasn’t been improved yet, and with a little luck, it won’t be.

• Am I the only one who feels like we taxpayers are getting ripped off? For more than a year, we have had two senators and lately one governor who have been spending most of their time campaigning and they are still getting their large salaries for not being senators or a governor. Not fair.

• It was interesting to note the number of contractors that donated to the city for its campaign for the public safety facilities. When any facilities are constructed, the donor contracts had better not be involved in the work or the city will have lots and lots and lots of explaining to do.

• Maybe you’re right. Palin may not have enough experience to be our next VP. But you know what’s worse? Obama, with not enough experience, running for president. 

• You don’t actually believe any of the lies that all the politicians are telling you, do you? Past experience shows they never deliver on their promises. So, don’t vote based on promises that will never be kept. Vote for who will keep us safest. Al-Qaida is more afraid of the Republicans, so I’ll vote Republican.

• Labor union bashing, governmental de-regulations, war profiteering and crony contracts, and tax breaks for the super-rich have given us foreign slave-labor factories, millions of bankrupted/foreclosed working-class Americans, immoral CEO billionaires, humanitarian organizations closing their doors and world economic system collapse. Hopefully, we can finally drive a stake through the heart of Reagonomics, compassionate conservatism and neo-con philosophies.


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