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I’m A Three Issue Voter

May 30, 2007

In no particular order…

1. Health care reform. I’d be willing to listen to any ideas that cover every American, but I suspect the only real way out of this mess is to have tax-funded universal health care. I’m not so worried about the increase in taxes. When I think about how we already pay double what everyone else pays, I often think maybe we’ll end up paying less than we do now.

2. The war. What fucking mess. The candidate who clearly articulates the fact that there is no military solution – and who acknowledges that there just might be a political one – gets my vote.

3. Global warming. The candidate who steps up to get America out of the head-in-the-sand age gets my vote.

And actually I expect most of the Democratic candidates to hit all three of these issues, more or less. It will depend on how well they sell it, my estimation of their personality and leadership skills, and their sincerity.

You’ll also note that probably none of the Republican candidates are likely to meet these criteria. ‘Nuff said, I guess.

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  1. Clearly you hate America.

    1. We have the best health care in the world. That is why the Canadians come here for their operations.

    2. We have to fight them over there, so we don’t have to fight them at home. Clearly, not only do you hate America, but you are probably a terrorist sympathizer.

    3. Global warming? Clearly this is hype created by the liberal media and Al Gore. Taking action would cripple America’s economy, and send more of our jobs overseas.


  2. Having the best health CARE in the world is far from having the best health care SYSTEM!

    When average people, leading average lives, are denied entry into that system, it cannot be conceived as anything but a complete travesty. When one considers the power and greatness of the USA, and then delves into how ordinary people are denied adequate health care coverage, and then looks at such multi-national powerhouses as, say, Sweden, I shudder to think how any rational thinking person can consider Scott to hate America when he considers this to be a hghly important issue.

    My personal belief is that we should institute something at the state level. Wisconsin is roughly the size in both land mass and population (although definitely not in GDP) as Germany. Why cannot Wisconsin provide a similar plan for health care as Germany? Too high of taxes? How about the fact that health care costs are driving employers overseas? Why is this such a big deal?

    Furthermore, the Constitution allows for this in the 10th amendment, ceding all powers not taken by the federal government to the states.


  3. I don’t think taking action on global warming would cripple America’s economy, but that doesn’t mean that the costs associated with slowing it wouldn’t be better spent on something else. Hypothetically, if you could spend 500 billion dollars to lower the Earth’s temperature by .01 degree over the next 20 years, or spend the same 500 billion dollars to cure AIDS or erradicate Malaria, what would you do? I’d cure AIDS or erradicate Mallaria. Of course the world is getting warmer, and of course we’re at least partly to blame, and there is at least a possibility that bad things could result from an increase in temperature. But bad things are happening now that we are more equiped to deal with. The lives of many people in many parts of the world are far worse every single day than the lives of the people of New Orleans the day after Katrina hit.

    I’m just saying that I’m for getting the most bang for our charitable buck and I’m not sure “fixing” global warming is the thing to do right this second.

    As a side note, lots of people could benefit from global warming. SPRING BREAK MILWAUKEE-2050!!! You heard it here first.


  4. I guess it wasn’t obvious that I was making what I thought were absurd points. I am in lock step with Scott on this these points. I thought I would list the standard right wing nonsense coupled with an attack on patriotism to give it even more authenticity.

    I do not think Scott hates America, that we have the best health care in the world, that Scott is a terrorist sympathizer, that global warming is a hoax or that attempting to address it will cripple our economy.

    I honestly think that Scott has nailed the three most important issues, and that a Democrat is most likely to address all three in the best maner. Unfortunately right now, the lot on both sides of the aisle ranks from abysmal (if Fred Thompson is your guy, u r screwed), to lukewarm (Hilary isn’t motivating, Obama has charisma but not a lot else, Edwards says all the right things, but is still just a little off the mark somehow).

    I don’t see the next great leader ready to bust out of this race. But then again, we did elect Dubya twice, so why are my expectations so high? Mediocrity would be a vast improvement. Mediocrity implies that maybe you don’t have an aura of greatness, but at least you aren’t fucking things up on a grand scale either.


  5. 1) I’m waiting to see the estimated CO2 contribution by humans as compared to the total atmospheric CO2. Is it 1%, 10%, 20% or more like .0001% or less. For some reason, these numbers are never published. I do see numbers in “millions of tons” of CO2 which sound huge, but are meaningless unless you know the total volume and subsequent impact. I find it difficult to believe that humans, who occupy less than 5% of the total land area of this planet can contribute enough CO2 to affect global temperature. Yes, then planet is getting warmer, but then we are approaching the peak warming period between ice ages. As polar ice melts, more trapped CO2 is released.
    For me, this is a non-election issue.

    I think alternative fuels and power is a bigger issue to reduce our dependence on oil. The technologies are exist, but the infrastructure hasn’t been developed to scale these technologies into mass production and delivery systems for the mainstream to replace fossil fuel.

    2)Wisconsin already has a state sponsored health care system called HIRSP which is available to anyone who has been a Wisconsin resident for six months and is not subject to any riders or waiting periods on previously existing conditions especially if you lost a company sponsored Group Health Plan. The cost is a little higher than private health insurance, but less than Group Health Insurance Cost (both employee and employer cost).

    3) I believe one of the biggest issues (that no one is addressing) is the level of personal debt and spending in this country especially by the baby boomer generation. The lack of credit card reform is contributing to this problem along with people’s propensity to spend beyond their means. Very few people have sufficient savings for retirement. Statistics show that 80% of wage earners are one or two paychecks away default on loans or bankruptcy. Relying on Social Security will not come close to covering future expenses (if any). The retirement money that is invested in the market and securities will soon be flowing out of the market faster than new investors can replace it. There will be a mass flow of dollars (trillions) out of the market and government as the peak of the boomers start retiring. Likewise, there will also be two people drawing Social Security for each one paying in to the system. The net effect of all this issue is a predicted major “retraction” of the US economy or recession including high levels of unemployment as businesses reduce capacity to compensate for long term lower demand. The expected magnitude of the recession and impact on government debt is expected to eclipse the effects from the war on terror and health care issues.

    4) Scott : “I’m not so worried about the increase in taxes” – spoken like a true Democrat and Wisconsinite. Tax and spend!


  6. 1. Bill, your scientific comments make my eyes glaze over. But one thing I know for sure – and it’s all I really need to know: your arguments fail to impress climate experts.

    2. Wisconsin – and every state – should have free health insurance paid for by tax dollars. That is my whole point.

    3. Good point.

    4. I’d rather have my health insurance premiums lowered and call it “tax” than pay double what people in other countries pay and call it “insurance premiums.” Are you concerned about money or about ideology? Me, I’ll take the money.


  7. I have only one “make or break” issue with regard to any candidate, and that is taxes. Say you’ll raise taxes, and you won’t get my vote. Period. Raise taxes while in office, and you won’t get my vote for re-election. Period.

    My other “top issues” (not necessarily make or break for a candidate):

    1) Judicial appointments. This, and taxes, were the two primary reasons Bush got my vote in 2004. Next to taxes, the quality of the judiciary directly affects people more than anything else the government does. It is a sad state of affairs that more voters don’t pay attention to who their President and Senators are willing to put on the bench.

    2) Size and Scope of Government: In short, it should be smaller. Any Presidential candidate who pledges to reduce the budget by a specific amount while in office (without raising taxes) will have a 99% of getting my vote in 2008.

    3) National Security: I am not a “one world” globalist. I believe the U.S.A. should remain the U.S.A. Someone willing to protect that, and who is not afraid to call an enemy by name (including those inside our country) is an impressive candidate in my eyes.

    My Report Card on Bush (related to the things that matter most to me)
    Taxes: A+
    Judicial Appointments: B- (broken down as a C for the Supreme Court and an A- for the rest of his federal bench choices).
    Size and Scope of Government: F ($2.9 trillion budget. Deficit spending. Need I say more?)
    National Security: D (Relies on talentless cronies to run various government agencies tasked with our protection. And then of course there is Iraq.)


  8. Scott, you wrote: your arguments fail to impress climate experts., in response to Bill.

    But you left out a word. It should read, “your arguments fail to impress some climate experts.” I’d even give you “many” if you so choose. But don’t lump all climate experts into a homogeneous group like that. There are plenty who don’t think humans have caused, nor can do anything to stop, earth’s cyclical temperature changes.



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