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What I like about Barack Obama!

OK, OK, I know this is not a political website, but what the heck.  This is an election year after all.

 Barack Obama "Barack is my guy", says Ken.

As a guy who has always considered himself a moderate republican, I find myself ready to vote for a democrat for the first time.  This will happen if...

Sorry for those that love Hillary Clinton.  I do not.  I think she should have left Bill.  She is very good at blaming those on the other side of the aisle in Washington.  I am so sick of that.  If she wins the Democratic nomination, I will go with the safe route and vote for McCain.

 

 Hillary Rodham Clinton                 John McCain

      YUCK!  Says Ken                         " I'LL VOTE FOR HIM IF I HAVE TO."

The real difference as I see it with Barack is that he tries to stay out of the finger pointing that is the norm in politics.  How refreshing.

The country is more excited about this election than any I have ever seen.  This has to be good.  To me, it means that we believe.  It means we have hope...

And really, what is life without hope?

I would rather keep the prolife/prochoice argument out of this.  I understand it is of ultimate importance to some.  I feel it is so personal, however, that I would just as soon not go there.

Yes, I know Barack pastor has made some assinine comments.  I have never heard Barack say anything that I found offensive.  I have been to other church services and have heard some strange statements there before as well.

Does he have enough experience?  Well, I think he knows enough to surround himself with good people.

What about the war, the economy, global warming, health insurance???  All important issues (although I actually don't believe in Global warming.  Ice melts, the weather changes.  Subject no doubt for another post.:))

I want a leader.  I want someone I am proud of.

I think we have some MAJOR issues in the Muslim world.  Many in the middle east hate us.  That number has grown since 9/11.  My hope is that a man of color, a man of incredible communication skills, might, just might have a chance to find some common bond.

I also think we have a major issues with the welfare system.  Many of our policies I feel were put in place to garner votes.  These policies don't work, unfortunately.  I am hoping that a leader who is not bound by "white mans guilt" will be able to find the correct answers.  Not just the politically beneficial answers.

Am I dreaming?

Ken

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Comment balloon 20 commentsKen Tracy • March 30 2008 09:51AM

Comments

Ken, good post, but I have to disagree, stick to your Republican beliefs.
Posted by Marc Baysek, Iron Horse Properties (Iron Horse Properties, LLC) over 9 years ago
Wow... Someone else with the guts to make a political opinion here on Active Rain!  :)  I have made a couple... and had about 20 nasty comments about "don't mix politics and business" and "OH MY GOD, YOU LIKE OBAMA OSAMA" from all the red necks who don't have the guts to post their own opinion!  I agree with you, I'm a Barrack person too! :)  It's definitely time for a change - Thanks for having the guts to post your opinion!  I'll be watching to see how many people ping you for it.
Posted by Jonelle Simons (Windermere Real Estate) over 9 years ago
If you want to keep your hard earned money in your pocket and not give to "the less fortunate" programs, stick Republican. I'm a huge contributor to charities but I want to make that decision, not my President.  So vote Democratic, open your wallet. Vote Republican, keep your money in your own family.
Posted by LaNita Cates (REMAX of Joliet) over 9 years ago

Hi LaNita.  I generally would believe that opinion.  I believe in small government.  I actually voted for Ron Paul in the primaries.  However, we have a republican president.  Have had him for 8 years.  And I have no money in my wallet:).

Thanks Jonelle, Marc, and LaNita for reading.

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago
Ken and Jonelle, I definitely am NOT a redneck and my opinion is that I definitely would NOT vote for Obama.  We are already in enough trouble and he is NOT the one to help make it better. I am not afriad to say what I think and he is definitely not the right choice.  I think everyone is entitled to their opinion. 
Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Vickie.  Just for the record, I never said redneck.  I have been known to chew tobacco and fish, by the way.  I might be a redneck!:)

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

It was interesting how in one of Obama's pork fat deals he got 100 Million dollar ( taxpayers money ) project for a hospital where his wife is on the board of directors.  Same old same old!  He already says he want to raise the taxes back in to the 39% range for folks earning over 75K a year!  How does this help anyone in real estate or any career?

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (RE/MAX Paramount Properties) over 9 years ago
Ken, I like the fact that Barack does try to keep away from the finger pointing.  I think, as well as you, that if given the opportunity.  He would surround himself with individuals that would help inform and improve his area's of weakness.  Good post.
Posted by Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate (Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.) over 9 years ago
Anyone is better then MC-BUSH
Posted by Steve Harless (Platinum Real Estate) over 9 years ago

 

OK I have to get on my high horse and comment on something I rarely talk about.

Having come from a Country that has high taxes ( Great Britain) and lots of social programs for those that do not want to work ( When I was growing up  people received free rent, free food, free furniture, free medical and  free money and would work odd jobs "On the Tick") and as much as I think Obama is inspirational to others more than any other candidate... I cannot vote for more social programs and higher taxes. There would be  too much abuse of the system.

I came here with nothing, my suitcase and my stroller at the time,  and have worked hard to make a living for myself...it is desire to succeed and not more social programs that are government controlled that make a difference.

I watched my mother a self employed business owner, pharmacist, struggle to pay her self employment taxes while others around her...namely many of her customers abused idealistic social systems that primarily do not work. People need inspiration to work and fulfill their dreams not a government handout.

More Money for programs that involve education and job retraining would be good if we are spend more money on anything in this country. Socialized medical systems do not work ...my  brother head up the UK Budget spending committee in the UK. Free preventative medical programs would help our society to find and treat disease early Reinstituting PE as mandatory  for kids would help too along with Art classes to help our children's imagination. We also need better food for our children in schools....and more.............

As far as Obama being a good mouthpiece for us around the world, I think you are probably right as change is needed but as for the rest....a big whopping ....... NO

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Hi Jim, Ray and Steve.  Thanks for reading and expressing your opinions.

Hi Eddie.  Thanks for the detailed comment.  As far as money spent, what do we spend in Iraq EVERY DAY?  That would by lots of school books.

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

Obviously the Iraqi war was a mistake fueled by misinformation....but you cannot pull out and leave an area unstable and in chaos in the Middle East.

Have you ever visited the Middle East...I have......

 By the way this is Anne

Anne

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago
Actually if you want to talk about wasted money in the US right now then get rid of  the sale of guns in the US. We have a war on our own ground...........we would be spending a lot less money on preventing crimes here and would have a better quality and safe life for our children. I have a child in College......
Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Hi Anne.  No I have not been to the Middle East.  The war on drugs is a war we need to stop.  W/O illegal drugs, there would be no gangs/guns/killing of youth.  Wasted life in prison, etc.

Subject for another post,

Thanks for reading,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago
Hi Ken........you are right..wish we could stop all the unnecessary kiiling in our own country
Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

I think we can all agree on that, Anne.

Thanks,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

Though with everyone's permission I'm going to keep my political beliefs to myself (can't figure out why I would share those here), I hope anyone and everyone that has or will reply to this post with a "position" on a candidate has done some amount of homework on their candidate beyond what the media has fed the public (and I'm not implying the above haven't!) .  For example, you can check out www.votesmart.org and see how each candidate has voted (or for some politically expedient reason NOT voted) on every measure that has come across their desk.  Super good reading and much more indicative of who our candidates are than their sound bite BS remarks in front of the cameras.

Like Ken (and a gazillion others), my idealistic side warms at the thought of change and government not as usual with Obama ... Who doesn't get a little glassy eyed hearing his charismatic approach to problem solving, leading the nation, etc?  Ummm, check out his voting record.  In all seriousness, his voting record makes Ted Kennedy seem like a Rush Limbaugh puppet.

And that's not to say H Clinton or McCain is any more or less who they appear to be in the media, my point is I hope those that rally around a candidate, any candidate (or incite others to do the same) do so from a position of knowledge and not hype. 

Posted by Leonard Thomas (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs) over 9 years ago

Hi Leonard.  I am sure we all have our reasons to vote for and support our candidates.

Thanks for reading,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago
Hats off to you for not being afraid to post your opinions Ken.  Considering our right to freedom of expression I've never understood why politics is such a touchy subject. 
Posted by Tracy Williams Pender, MBA, Knightdale & Raleigh, NC Real Estate (Carolina MaxRealty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thanks Tracy.  Keep up the good work.

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

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