Friday, February 25, 2011
Check out this interesting article which puts Obama's comments regarding gay marriage in perspective. Perhaps Obama secretly believes that gays should be able to marry, like Bill Maher believes that he's secretly an atheist. It's hard to know what's in someone's heart, but voting records are very important. I don't care what Obama's personal ideas about marriage are, as long as he doesn't think it right to prohibit gay and lesbian couples from marriage rights.
Beyond Obamacare, spending and "entitlements" are shaping up to be big issues for the 2012 election. Just from staying current on news issues, I'm sure that is obvious for most people. I don't know that either party necessarily has the public's trust when it comes to those issues, but they are certainly important. However, one of the glaring problems is that it's hard to reduce the federal deficit while providing programs for all the people whose personal budgets have been harshly impacted by the economy. We all need to be cognizant of the interconnectedness of government programs and deficits before we start crying one way or the other. People's needs don't put money in the bank any more than money in the bank will necessarily be spent on needs.
Census results show that there has been a lot of Hispanic growth. With the exceptions of a few regions, minority votes tend to swing more liberal, so in general that is good news. However, redistricting can be used to swing votes away from the popular vote, so perhaps we shouldn't count our eggs.
image from Toothpaste for Dinner