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10 October 2008 @ 02:55 am
It's time to vote!! \^o^/  
I've gotten my voter's ballot in the mail!! ^^

I can't help but feel that the presidential election this time is one of the most important ever. While I'm not a big fan of Obama, I think that if McCain is elected, important rights will continue to be denied. With Obama, it's not a sure victory by any means, but at least it's more likely that, eventually, basic human rights will finally be instated. I'm talking about gay marriage (marriage in name AND reality, separate is not equal). And hopefully we will finally get free universal health care. And maybe no more stupid war? I don't know.. and honestly I'd rather be voting for someone who will stand up and outright say that they support the things that I want (instead of skirt the issues), but I hope deeply that McCain doesn't get elected. It would surely continue the downward spiral that we've been on as a country. T____T *cries* So I have to vote this year, even though it is a pain in the butt to do it from abroad. Even though my vote doesn't really count for presidential elections (the electoral college is a stupid, outdated antiquated system that needs to be done away with, seriously). Even though I really only am voting for the lesser of two evils just to keep the worst one out of office. Three times Presidents have gained office that did not receive the majority of the popular vote. Urgh. Well, I hope that my regional elections, in which my vote DOES count, will make some kind of difference. I will look over the measures that are up tomorrow and pick out everything.

Well, that was my one and only soapbox for the election season. I actually don't have a large interest in politics, and I don't make a huge effort to keep up, but I do try to pay attention to the things that matter to me. For the sake of Americans around the world, and people from other countries that tend to follow the US's example, please legalize gay marriage ♥ ban smoking ♥ relax immigration laws (or preferably get rid of borders entirely, this is better) ♥ stop maging war ♥ start teaching more in-depth courses of tolerance of other cultures in schools ♥ give us government-funded free health care ♥ free schooling ♥ more jobs ♥ and the list goes on. I want everyone under the world to get along and be friends and act as one world, not just one country.. is that too much to ask? =^-^=
Kaoru: tiny hamsteraiko_yamada on October 9th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Your entry is very valid and makes some pretty strong points, I agree. But I just want to throw out there for people who may have forgotten: free isn't free. The money has to come from somewhere. Where? Taxes. Taxes on people that can barely afford to live as it is. Taxes on wealthier people that would have been able to expand their businesses and make new jobs but now can't because their money is being taken. I would love for free healthcare, but if it means taking away money from people that worked hard for it, then I'll live without.

Just my two cents. ^-^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Yes and no.. I honestly think that taxes are high enough as it is, and a studious president(with help of course) would be able to cut spending where it is being wasted, and instead spend the same money on health care, which is more important. Definitely, I agree that higher taxes are not the solution.

There is also the idea that doctors should not get such high salaries. I agree with that as well, though I'm not sure a lot of doctors would.
I-pin: 20yl: traditional hanfumeipinzutimebomb on October 10th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Athena (athenazandrite not signing out XD

I have no problem paying a little more in taxes to socialize healthcare. If healthcare was controlled by the government and businesses were taxed a little more, they'd make it up in not having to pay for their employees healthcare. On the other hand I'm more inclined to think in the US that Obama's plan is a little easier to swallow than socialized healthcare and really isn't that much of a drain on businesses. To be frank, the top 1% of americans are getting ridiculous tax breaks while the rest of us peons are supporting them. And I'm not feeling all the generous with big business because they're the ones who have been exporting jobs for cheaper un-regulated labor outside the US. Small businesses have been getting screwed out of business by monster companies in the meantime.