Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We need the public option in health care reform!

There won't really be any health care reform unless we get the public option. Please, President Obama! You can only compromise so far, without throwing out the baby with the bath water. HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM DEMANDS THAT YOU CONTINUE TO STAND UP TO THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY! Please don't give in: you will break my heart!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Time for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to Go

I may be wrong, but I suspect that a major reason behind the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is the fear that a large number of current members of the military are so homophobic, that they will leave the forces in droves if gay members are allowed to serve openly.

You know what? I'll bet that when the issue of integrating the military came up, one factor that delayed that was a similar fear: a worry that racist soldiers predominated, and they couldn't take the chance of having the army decimated by people leaving because they refused to serve alongside Blacks.

But in retrospect, that didn't happen, did it? I believe that if the Pentagon will take the big leap and admit that the military has many gay members in it who are serving honorably--and should be allowed to serve honestly as well--NOTHING MUCH WILL HAPPEN.

At least that's what I think.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Guess what:: rich people don't pay taxes!

I feel like the biggest idiot in the world for never having believed the common remark that rich people don't pay taxes: we do. After seeing so many of Obama's Cabinet choices going down in flames because of this issue, what else are we supposed to think? It can't be just a coincidence that so many of them have been found out on this issue! If these people--who can afford to hire the most competent tax accountants--keep making these "mistakes," then why I should I worry so much about making sure that every line on my 1040 is exactly right, and that I am paying every cent I owe? This is VERY disillusioning!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sharing this moment in history: Barack Obama

There are so many people who seem to think that those for whom this is the most special moment in history are African-Americans. I don't think they understand how a lot of us white people have felt all these years, knowing that Black people haven't been getting an even break, but not knowing what to do about it. Deep in our psyches, a lot of us white people have been suffering too, aware all the time on some subliminal level that we were living a privileged life we didn't deserve, a gift that came to us through the accident of birth, and not liking that one bit. For people like me, this is our time too: our time to be happy without reservation about the fact that the right thing has happened at last.

I have told a lot of people that Barack Obama being elected President is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life, and I really mean that. It eclipses every other good thing I have ever experienced, or probably ever will experience. This is OUR moment, our American moment... finally, we are one.