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Dear President Obama and the Congress of the United States,

Mr. Obama you ran on a platform of change. The American people and the world have great hope in you, that you will govern in a new way, and take us in a new direction.  The Stimulus package now in congress will set the tone for your administration and a large debt for us and more importantly our children and grandchildren. Please do not let it be a business as usual pork fest for special interest and friends of the elected.

I know you have great vision for this country. You can use this package to steer our country into a new shining direction, just like President Kennedy did with the space program.  There are so many long term projects that can not only create real jobs, but change the future of the United States into a real renaissance path.
For years I’ve heard about our crumbling infrastructure and how old and in need of repair and upgrading it was. But the money was always too much. Well it seems to me a trillion dollars should be a darn good start.  We have crumbling roads and highways, bridges that fall down or are in danger of falling, a woefully inadequate FAA Air Traffic Control System, Dams ready to burst. We have areas that are way too dry, and those that flood much too often. We have an overtaxed electrical grid that fails every summer. Our broadband access and Hi-Speed Cellular system is behind much of the world. We have urban areas blighted with burned out factories and tenements. These could be cleaned up and turned into new Clean Industrial Zones, Educational Campuses, Affordable Housing, or Green Areas and parks.  With this much money and private investment we can get out from under the thumb of OPEC, build the infrastructure for LPG, Hydrogen, or Electrical cars. build the Hi-Speed railways that the Europeans and the Japanese have enjoyed for decades. Build the technology to safely use the vast reserves of coal America is blessed with. R&D for truly safe nuclear power.  With a portion of that money University R&D labs could come up with affordable Solar to put it on the roof of all American homes.  Find a cure for Alzheimer’s which will bankrupt Medicare.  Put aside the money to care for and make whole our wounder warriors who have served, suffered, and saved our country. Make the changes needed to make America an exporter instead of the world’s greatest importer of goods.  Not all of these projects require government money. They could be shared with private money, and a volunteer or paid Peace Corps to invest in their future and that of their country. There are so many projects that can change our future for the good and make your presidency the greatest agent of change ever. Or you can go down as an also ran, who in reality gave us the same old, same old while making us more indebted to those who would love to see us fail and take our place as the World leader, China, Russia, and the OPEC nations.

So please President Obama hold true to your visions, the ones I feel deep in my heart that you have.  Create a better future for your girls. And Congress would you like to get out of your status of having a lower approval rating than President Bush? Then do the right thing, hold President Obama to his promises, and do what is right for all of Americas future. Not what is the right thing to do right now to pay off your backers, friends, and to get re-elected.  If you do the right thing we will head in a great new direction and get out of this temporary slump we are in now. But if you blow a trillion dollars for the same old back scratchers, then may God, whoever you believe in save your soul.

And finally Americans. This bill is before congress right now. Call or write your representative and the White House. Tell them to do the right thing. And as Americans don’t stand there with your hat in hand looking for your piece of this pork sandwich. This isn’t pennies from heaven here. We are talking the greatest deficit of all time. This money is being loaned to us by the Chinese ultimately and will have to be paid back by us, our children, and our grandchildren. This is huge and you better wake up and be aware and concerned. Do not let this one be slipped by us without your input. Be responsible, be mad, and be active NOW for everyone’s future.   Dave


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Well congratulations to our New President elect Barack Obama. It took us 232 years but we can now say we are truly a nation where all men are created equal. I wish him well as he will soon take on a very difficult job at one of the most trying times in our nations history.  John McCain put up a very good fight and by popular vote it was very close, but Obama won this election fair and square.  And that’s good because we needed an election where there were no questions as to whether he really won or not.  Congratulations to America for not making this election about race. It was about who we felt was the right person for the job.  Here is looking to a brighter future.  Spiney

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Well nothing like waiting until the last minute to blog about something.  I’ve been wanting to write about this but haven’t had the sound mind to do it.  But I need to write it before the actual election so this is being writin the eve of the election started at about 11:59pm EST.

FWIW I’m listening to Cracker’s Eurotrash girl among other things on my cheapie MP3 player.  I’m not a got to have an Ipod snob. It holds and plays 2GB’s worth of songs or video or pics for $39.  Works for me.  I also use good old fashioned headphones.  I’ve tried Earbuds.  Don’t work for Spiney.  I must have unusually small ear canals, can’t get them to stay in.

Anyway back to the election.  I have no real strong feelings to vote for either candidate, but I do have thoughts and feelings about both of them.  First lets give honor to age and service and talk about John McCain first.  You can’t talk about him without first giving him props for going through the hell he did for his country.  5 years of beatings, torture, isolation, agonizing physical and mental pain every day.  He could have got out early, but had the honor to not use his Father’s position as commander of the Navy to jump ahead in line of the other prisoners to get out early.  He also did not denounce his country.  For that honor he was treated especially hard because he would not be used for propaganda by his captors.  And as far as I know he has never used this to further his career or to shine his own light for the election.  Others have done it for him, to honor him, but he doesn’t use it to his advantage.  Senator McCain lost the primary in 1999 season because of dirty tricks by George Bush and the Republican National Committee.  They spread false rumors about him, and put out the doubt that he may be a little mental because of his captivity. He was leading in primaries and they killed his chances.  It seems that this time around his chance to be president may also have been killed by the same George Bush, because Bush’s squandering of all of his political capital and making all republicans seemed doomed because they may even remotely be attached to Bush.  It’s a great year to be a Democrat and a really crappy year to be a Republican.  And McCain has said somethings that really have come back to haunt him.  Mainly “I don’t know much about economics that’s not my strong point”  and “The underlying basics of the economy are strong”  He said that right before the worst October in US financial history since the great depression.  Also as a maverick he should have voted NO for the financial bail-out.  That would have given him a strong platform on economics for the final month before the election.  Then there is his selection of a running mate.  I really thought he was going to pick Romney, who in hindsight would have been good from an economic standpoint, but I really don’t think they get along, and that is important attribute in a VP.  If he really went by his gut he would have picked Lieberman, his strongest ally and a true friend for years.  It would have been a maverick move to pick a former democrat turned independent as a VP.  That would really show being able to work across the aisle.  Now for Sarah Pailin.  My first reaction was that of most of the nation “WHO”  As I got to know her I got two impressions.  One she is a gutsy lady and great speaker.  But her answers to some of her interviews made me cringe.  To say Obama is not qualified to run for president and then pick someone yourself who is not ready for prime time really takes away that argument.  I think she will have a place in the Republican Party down the road, but not this year.  If I didn’t have strong mixed feelings about his opponent I would say that McCain must win.  He deserves it, and it’s really his last chance at his age.  But I don’t feel strongly enough to really push for him.  But there are other considerations that I will bring up a little later.

Mr Barack Obama, of all of the democratic contenders I have really liked this man from the start.  He has really worked his way up from close to the bottom and fought and earned his way to the top. To be raised by a single mom in Hawaii, graduate with honors from Harvard with a Law Degree, become first a state senator and then a US Senator at his young age is quite a feat.  When I hear him speak I think of him as our generations chance at a JFK.  He has the charisma and promise of our martyred President and got there without daddy’s millions to buy his way up the ladder.  I do not buy into any of the internet or far right rumors of him being a Muslim, a crack head, a cheater, having illegitimate children, you name it.  I do have problems with some of his association with Rev Wright, Bill Ayers etc.  Though if I were black, or poor I may even agree with some of Rev Wrights rants.  Non of the innocents who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks deserved to died, but the US has done some dirty things in the past through the CIA and such that yes our chickens have come home to roost.  Just watch some of the history channels specials about things we and other western nations have done for oil, bananas ( yes bananas ) and other self interest.  We are not without dirt on our hands, but I digress.  My only real problem with Obama is his politics lean pretty far to the left.  I have worked very hard all of my life as has all of my family.  We were never handed anything.  And I believe that when you are handed more than a safety net, you loose all incentive to earn a living and work your own way up.  I’m concerned that with a left leaning president and a totally democratically controlled congress, there will be more than a new deal.  Things work out best when there are checks and balances of one party in the presidency and the other in control of congress to avoid run away legislation. Now back to Obama.  He should have his chance.  We have had 0ver 200 years of mostly old white men running this country.  Some have done well, some really sucked, and many were somewhere in the middle. He can’t do much worse than where we are at, and he may inspire a nation.  I grew up in the 60’s.  I was aware of the Vietnam war, and the racial problems, but I also remember a nation inspired to go to the moon by JFK and we reached further and greater heights all of the time.  Times may have been bad, but the future looked bright.  I think we could use a similar time of inspiration to create new forms of transportation, alternative energy sources, and cures for some of our medical and social problems.  My biggest worry with a President Obama is some extremist asshole will try or worse succeed at assassinating him.  That would be a terrible tragedy for all races.

I also have concerns if McCain would win.  I would be OK, maybe even very happy with it, and I think he would do well, but many would feel like the presidential race was stolen from then yet again.  I think there would even be rioting no matter how legitimate of a win it was.  I heard a conservative African American commentator on Fox Business News say that if he were to lose it would be like Martin Luther King, and Malcom X being assassinated all over again.  It would really dash the hopes of a generation.  I can’t argue with that.

So who will Spiney vote for.  Well that’s between me and the booth and I don’t mean John Wilkes.  I feel that they are both good men who can bring much good and some harm to the country.  But that’s because they are human, and no matter who is in the office, the biggest contributor to how your daily life turns out is you.  So may we get the President we need for the tough times that are ahead.  Who ever wins gets to take over at one of the most challenging times in U.S. history.  God Bless them they will need it.    Spiney

Ps:  I send a heartfelt condolence and prayer for Barack’s Gram who passed away just 36 hours short of possibly seeing him make history as the first African American President of the United States.  If he does make it, I’m sure she will see it, from a place where she is no longer in pain.

Pss: As I finish writing this after many songs I’m now listening to “Love Gun” by Kiss, oh memories of high school!

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