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The Presidential Race for 2008, until today, was a figment of the media's imagination.

Today, it starts. . .

Don't let the media, or a few thousand folks in Iowa and NH, pick your President for you.

Root for your home team.

Having said that, here's hoping that Fred Thompson has a good day. Here's hoping that Tax-hike Mike Huckabee totally implodes (as if he hadn't already) so that a real alternative to Rudy can step forward, be it Fred or Mitt.

Good luck to your choices.

And let the REAL race for the WH begin!

~faith,

Timothy.

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It is going to be interesting any way you slice it, to be sure.

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Been listening to "pundits" all day. I saw Huckabee on Jay Leno last night. I have to say he is a nice guy but he is a liberal on so many issues.

I love Fred. Then Mitt.

Did you hear that Hillary made a comment about Musharaff running for Prez? Hmmmm . .. .he already won. ;)

steph

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Huckabee won the Republican caucus!!! I am a Democrat who really likes this man, nothing contrived about him. I think the Republicans ought to stop bashing this guy, he is the only Republican who has a chance of winning the presidency,MO.

Obama's speech after his win was great, more and more he has an air of someone who could become a great statesman.So much energy and excitement in the room, his message of CHANGE really resonates with Democrats, Independants and even some Republicans, impressive.

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I'm not bashing Huckabee . . .I like him. I just don't agree with him about many issues, like immigration and taxes.

Wow, Obama won .. that is so cool.

It was hard to get any radio reception in this storm that hit CA ... on the ride home from school I just kept scanning, trying to hear the news. Maybe time for satellite radio. :dncgepht: (These new smilies are great).

steph

Hey, my smilie is gone and ":dncgepht:" is in it's place . . . . . ?

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Guest Alois Wolf
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I really can't say that I like Huckabee.

I like Obama, but even though Paul only got 10% of the Rep. Cauc. vote, he's still the one I'm shooting for. *sigh* I know he doesn't really have a chance in h e double hockeysticks of winning... but I'm sticking by him.

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Non-partisan voter happy with the outcomes on both sides except, perhaps, that Ron Paul finished so poorly.

My "no way" list includes Clinton, Romney, and Giuliani. So far, so good.

Looking forward to the "sorting hat" decision of Super Tuesday.

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Immigration is one of the few issues that I disagree with Huckabee on.

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Arwen ,I agree with you. This is my opinion only, so those who dont agree, no hard feelings.Sorry this might be long.

I think those who have been in this country and have worked, stayed out of trouble and have had children born here should be allowed to become citizens. I think they should be made to pass an English test, and the usual citizenship test that is given before allowing the swearing in ceremony and legal citizenship.I believe that sentiment towards illegal immigrants would be better if they were to try to assimilate and learn the language.Assimilation can be achieved without losing ones wonderful heritage .

I was a refugee from WW2 Europe, came here with my family in 1955, when I was 3 years old.My parents immediatly enrolled in English classes, my Dad had to go back to barber college,despite the fact he had been a barber in Europe for almost 20 years.He understood and harbored no ill will, he told us that we were not to speak German in the home until we all learned English proficiently, and we all did. I have heard the argument by some of my oldest daughter's ex- in laws, who are Cuban, in Florida,(through translation of my ex-son in law) that because they were working so hard and so many hours to get ahead, they did not have time to learn English, THAT is a cop out, my parents both worked two jobs, we kids practically raised ourselves.

We are a big country, there IS room for these immigrants, they are already here and already working, but if they want Americans to accept them , they need to be a bit less ethnocentric and militant. My family thought they had landed in heaven when we came in 1955 after waiting for 10 years in a displaced person camp in Austria, my folks became citizens after the 6 year waiting period, they were determined to become Americans, not determined to make America become the ethnicity of whatever nationality they happpen to be.

So I say Welcome to America, BUT realize there are some things that MUST be accomplished before being accepted as Americans. Again, this is my opinion only.

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I agree with you on most points, ingelein. Most immigrants I know (most of whom are Hispanic) are making some effort to learn English, and most speak better English than they'll let on (my dh included). Thanks for your thoughtful response, and I appreciate your sharing your story.

This is definitely going to be a very interesting presidential race!

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i personally think the immigration issue is a red herring designed to distract voters from the very real economic decisions that are harming everyone except the upper 1% of the economy:

real issues:

1. declining access and increasingly expensive health care.

  • 40% of the american populace having difficulty accessing care d/t un and underinsurance.
  • 16% of the economy is dedicated to health care with double digit inflation annually..

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http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/bp203

2. declining real wages.

  • off shoring of manufacture
  • inappropriate use of the tax code to subsidize job losses.
  • attacks on collective bargaining rights have contributed,

3. energy independence

  • we need to pursue a strategy of conservation. the apollo project is a good place to start.

quote:

the ten-point plan for good jobs and energy independence

quote:

1. promote advanced technology & hybrid cars: begin today to provide incentives for converting domestic assembly lines to manufacture highly efficient cars, transitioning the fleet to american made advanced technology vehicles, increasing consumer choice and strengthening the us auto industry.

2. invest in more efficient factories: make innovative use of the tax code and economic development systems to promote more efficient and profitable manufacturing while saving energy through environmental retrofits, improved boiler operations, and industrial cogeneration of electricity, retaining jobs by investing in plants and workers.

3. encourage high performance building: increase investment in construction of "green buildings" and energy efficient homes and offices through innovative financing and incentives, improved building operations, and updated codes and standards, helping working families, businesses, and government realize substantial cost savings.

4. increase use of energy efficient appliances: drive a new generation of highly efficient manufactured goods into widespread use, without driving jobs overseas, by linking higher energy standards to consumer and manufacturing incentives that increase demand for new durable goods and increase investment in us factories.

5. modernize electrical infrastructure: deploy the best available technology like scrubbers to existing plants, protecting jobs and the environment; research new technology to capture and sequester carbon and improve transmission for distributed renewable generation.

6. expand renewable energy development: diversify energy sources by promoting existing technologies in solar, biomass and wind while setting ambitious but achievable goals for increasing renewable generation, and promoting state and local policy innovations that link clean energy and jobs.

7. improve transportation options: increase mobility, job access, and transportation choice by investing in effective multimodal networks including bicycle, local bus and rail transit, regional high-speed rail and magnetic levitation rail projects.

8. reinvest in smart urban growth: revitalize urban centers to promote strong cities and good jobs, by rebuilding and upgrading local infrastructure including road maintenance, bridge repair, and water and waste water systems, and by expanding redevelopment of idled urban "brownfield" lands, and by improving metropolitan planning and governance.

9. plan for a hydrogen future: invest in long term research & development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, and deploy the infrastructure to support hydrogen powered cars and distributed electricity generation using stationary fuel cells, to create jobs in the industries of the future.

10. preserve regulatory protections: encourage balanced growth and investment through regulation that ensures energy diversity and system reliability, that protects workers and the environment, that rewards consumers, and that establishes a fair framework for emerging technologies.

http://www.apolloalliance.org/resour...npointplan.php

3. the loss of the "we are all in this together" spirit. the next leader of the us needs to call on us to work together as a people to solve problems by moving beyond our selfish and narrow parochial interests.

4. smart public investment in children. a good place to start is in early childhood.

in his new study, economist robert g. lynch examines the costs and benefits of high

quality pre-kindergarten programs and their positive impact over time on federal and state

budgets, crime costs, and the earnings of pre-k participating children and adults. in this

fact sheet, universal refers to a voluntary, high-quality pre-k program serving all 3- and

4-year-old children; targeted refers to a similar program serving 3- and 4-year-olds from

families in the lowest quarter of the income distribution.

national universal program

quote:

 

when the program would begin to pay for itself 9 years

 

annual cost of fully phased-in program in 2008 $33.3 billion

 

total benefits in 2050 $779 billion

 

costs in 2050 $95 billion

 

ratio of total benefits to costs in 2050 8.2 to 1

 

when the program would start paying for itself in budget benefits alone 17 years

 

budget benefits to all governments in 2050 $191 billion

 

ratio of budget benefits alone to costs in 2050 2 to 1

 

total increased compensation (wages & benefits) in 2050 $432 billion

 

savings to individuals from crime reduction in 2050 $156 billion

 

quote:

when the program would begin to pay for itself 6 years

 

annual cost of fully phased-in program in 2008 $8.2 billion

 

total benefits in 2050 $315 billion

 

costs in 2050 $26 billion

 

ratio of total benefits to costs in 2050 12.1 to 1

 

when the program would begin to pay for itself in budget benefits alone 9 years

 

budget benefits to all governments in 2050 $83 billion

 

ratio of budget benefits alone to costs in 2050 3.18 to 1

 

total increased compensation (wages & benefits) in 2050 $156 billion

 

 

savings to individuals from crime reduction in 2050 $77 billion

 

 

 

the first set of figures refers to a universal program that covers all children. the second set of numbers essentially covers up to 200% of poverty. the achievable goal for the first term is a targeted program. phasing in a universal program for a second term.

 

nclb needs complete retooling: quote:

 

the next president has a unique opportunity to

start from scratch in education policy, without

the deadweight of a failed, inherited no child

left behind (nclb) law. the new president and

congress can recapture the "small d" democratic

mantle by restoring local control of education, while initiating

policies for which the federal government is uniquely suited--

providing better achievement data and equalizing the states' fiscal capacity to provide for all children.

 

quote:

 

 

 

the next president needs to use the power of his/her office to build a commitment to a broad based prosperity. government needs to be restored to "of the people for the people and by the people" instead of "of the corporation, by the corporation and for the corporation."

 

see:

 

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and:

 

swa2006compcov120.jpg

 

 

 

and:

 

new_energy_for_america.jpg

 

 

"new energy for america" jobs report

 

reposted to correct graphics and font size......

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Here is where I agree with Mike Huchabee.

I do think he is honest. Of course anyone can change their mind.

"I believe that every child should have the opportunity for a quality education that teaches the fundamental skills needed to compete in a global economy. Music and the arts are not extraneous, extra-curricular, or expendable - I believe they are essential. I want to provide every child these "Weapons of Mass Instruction." - http://www.mikehuckabee.com/?FuseAction=Issues.View&Issue_id=7

Energy Independence - http://www.mikehuckabee.com/?FuseAction=Issues.View&Issue_id=21

Crisis Management - http://www.mikehuckabee.com/?FuseAction=Issues.View&Issue_id=22

He opposes torture:

...Huckabee joined Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in declaring his opposition to the interrogation procedure known as "waterboarding," and said he would support closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a contrast with the other leading Republicans. ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/03/AR2007120301856.html?hpid=topnews

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