Through the primary cycle I had less than kind things to say about Hillary Clinton. What was said can not and will not be unsaid. I was unhappy with the caliber of her campaign and the quality of her candidacy.
However, after the primary she worked hard for Obama and hard for the democratic party. In thanks for that work I contributed to reduce her 2008 debt.
I know not everyone will agree with the decision. For many the wounds of the primary are bandaged, not healed. We need to get over it and contribute to Senator Clinton. If Obama’s supporters donated $10 or $20 her debt would go down very quickly.
I writing this in response to an article I just read on Politico.com in which nameless Clinton aides mention how little that debt has shrunk despite Obama’s promise to help Clinton reduce it.
Don’t bitch or fuss or gloat. Don’t air dirty laundry or lord over anyone. Let’s be a team and reward Senator Clinton for keeping her word. Hillary did work hard and we should all show her a solid by doing what we agreed to – help her pay down her 7.5 million dollar debt.
When I lost it:
Jessie Jackson crying in a cheering Chicago audience.
Seeing a checkerboard of blue and red on the US Map
Rep Clyburn saying “We can now truly tell our children they can be anything they want to be”
Barack Obama describing the events occuring during one woman’s 106 lifetime – Yes we CAN!
Driving down Broadway in downtown Oakland with everyone in cars honking and everyone on the sidewalks cheering and chanting.
Jessie Jackson crying
Jessie Jackson crying
Realizing that we will have an African-American first lady – a real honest proud black lady!
Jessie Jackson crying.
Good Bye Mr. Paul Newman, the world is a better place because of your life’s work. My condolences to his family and many fans.
When the calvary shows up at the last minute (you know that part of the movie?) it’s to save the day, not to simply take credit for saving the day after the townsfolk have already saved it themselves.
Senator McCain has asked to suspend Friday, September 26th debate so he may focus on the economic crisis. Senator Obama, I ask as a democrat and as an American that you not comply with his request. For weeks he has slandered your good name, and by extension the values of democrats across this nation, with hateful commercials, disingenuous press releases and personal interviews where he said the tenor of this campaign would change if you meet him face to face. Now when the day is finally upon him he wants to put it off?
I understand that we are in a crisis, I understand that someone as wealthy as John McCain would be very worried about this bail-out not playing out as he would like. But the occupation of President requires multi-tasking ability. Why should you, with all your vigor and skill, suspend an event because John McCain can not split his focus adequately? If he is fit for office he is fit for debate. The financial melt down of Wall Street is a crisis, no doubt, but it is not so dire that we as Americans and you as a candidate should place a moratorium on other spheres of political life. No one has died, we aren’t in morning. It is in no way disrespectful for you and John McCain to stand before the TV cameras and answer questions for the American public, in fact it is just the opposite.
Ultimately though this isn’t about the financial crisis, this is about John McCain’s very bad week, and his desire to put off having to answer questions about so much more than just the Wall Street melt down. Please Mr. Obama, do not let him weasel out of this debate by pretending this is an issue of appropriateness. It s not inappropriate to participate in a debate at this time, instead it would be inappropriate not to.
I am not an economist, but I am an intelligent voter and a taxpayer. The last few weeks have shone how badly an under-regulated banking industry polices its self. I understand that Treasury officials and economic officials are stressing the urgency of a federal bailout of the banking sector. However, as a fairly educated constituent, I ask that you withhold your vote until the Executive branch, the Treasury department, and the Financial Industry offer a better explanation of what has happened. Also, how they will prevent it happening again, and how the banking melt down will actually effect the lives of regular middle class tax-payers and citizens, in clear, easily understood, non-economist language. I am not talking about Bernanke using scary language like “foreclosure” and “unemployment”, I am talking about solid macro and micro economic theory and facts about how giving $700 billion of American Taxpayer’s money to rich people will protect the regular people of this nation.
In addition I ask that you do not support Section 8 of the proposed bill that would extend unprecedented rights to the Treasury Secretary and excuse that office from legislative oversight. Our nation’s first Treasury Secretary was also it’s strongest federalist, and if he, Alexander Hamilton, had intended for the Treasury Department to weld this level of power he would have advocated it during the framing. I ask that you vote against any bill that would use back door methods to alter the structure of our political system or abridge the constitution’s checks and balances through subterfuge.
Please remember that the $700 billion the banking industry is clamoring for belongs to the people, many of us are struggling against the winds of economic hardships as well, and most of us do not have golden parachutes.
John McCain and his republican compatriots want us to live in a world without socialized health care, but WITH socialized banking risk? How is that?