February 5th, 2008
|12:37 pm - How I'm voting.|
President: Barack Obama.
Hillary projects a very strong feeling of a "nanny state". She's on record as having been horrified by the "Hot Coffee" mod of GTA: San Andreas. She's been on record supporting an awful lot of RIAA issues. Obama doesn't have that history.
I like Clinton's plan for universal health care, but Obama is at least for universal access to health care. That's a good start.
I've heard some people point out that Obama's against gay marriage. He's on record bringing his religious beliefs into it as well. However, Obama is also for repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", supports equal rights for alphabet soup folk (read: GLBT + whatever other letters you think need to get tacked on there) in adoption and employment, civil unions, expanding hate crime legislation, and voted against the Defense of Marriage Act and a Federal Marriage amendment which would have prevented gay marriage.
Obama is *not* anti-gay.
91: No. The only argument submitted for this is a "PLEASE VOTE NO ON THIS" from the authors of the prop.
92: No. I like the idea of lowering Community College tuition, but I don't like that the funding to make up the difference has to come from somewhere.
93: No. It brings about a reduction of 2 years in term limits, nonspecific to whether they were spent in the state senate or state assembly, while resetting the limits for some 42 members of the state legislature who would term out.
94-97: Yes. The stuff about this being a sweet deal for the four tribes mentioned is true. The stuff about this working against the other ones is false. There's nothing in this that stops any tribe from developing a similar agreement. Additionally, it brings in extra revenue from the state from the pockets of the people who are separating themselves from their money. I'm all for that.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Calm down. It's OK. Every so often you can be rational. This is obviously one of those times. It'll pass. I'm sure. ; )
Ultimately, I'd say the experience gap between Obama and Clinton is bigger than "slightly", but experience isn't really a reason to select for one candidate over another. It's pretty clear that no one's really prepared for the job when they get it.
The only notable difference I see between Obama and Clinton on foreign policy is that Obama supports immediate withdrawal and Clinton seems to think that we should keep troops in for a while longer. I think that ultimately, both of these are promises which are going to be discarded on analysis of the region and the need for stability we're providing.
I also think that a lot of what happens in Iraq is being decided with Bush and Iran right now.
Clinton also -- for better or worse -- brings out a lot of divisiveness. While I'm a big fan of divisiveness, it's not really something we need in a president right now.