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Feature story: Passionate about politics

Original post made on Nov 2, 2012

As Nov. 6 nears, out-of-state volunteers are flocking to "battleground states" -- namely Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire and Virginia -- where polls show the fiercest competition in the race for president. ==B Related stories:==
• [Web Link Slim chances, but worth fighting for]

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 2, 2012, 8:39 AM

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

I am supporting Governor Mitt Romney. However, I am always encouraged when I see anyone get involved in civics -- no matter who they support! Hopefully, more and more Americans will cut through the spin, talking points and embrace issues that are personally important.

Even if we disagree with one another, there is something to be said about the American political process where we can be civil with one another despite our differences.

As a relatively young Hispanic woman, this gives me great hope for the future of this nation!


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Posted by Export California Values
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

Great to see active participation, especially from these youngsters! Education and participation are essential! Wonderful to see so many Californians working to save this country from a a repeat of the Bush/Cheney policies that got us into this mess.

Note the endorsement from the widely respected, ultra conservative, Economist:

"As a result, this election offers American voters an unedifying choice. Many of The Economist's readers, especially those who run businesses in America, may well conclude that nothing could be worse than another four years of Mr Obama. We beg to differ. For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don't believe most of what he says. That is not a convincing pitch for a chief executive. And for all his shortcomings, Mr Obama has dragged America's economy back from the brink of disaster, and has made a decent fist of foreign policy. So this newspaper would stick with the devil it knows, and re-elect him."

Web Link

Wow. On top of losing the Economist (shocking!), Romney has lost Chris Christie and republican NY mayor Bloomberg. why-nyc-mayor-mike-bloombergs-endorsement-of-obama-matters Web Link

The money quote from the Economist:

"For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don't believe most of what he says."

After all, who believes Mitt Romney says on any given day?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

I am pretty disgusted at the amount of money spent on politics, however think people who do something with their time rather than do something with their money speaks more of themselves as people.


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Posted by Joe Malarkey Biden
a resident of another community
on Nov 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Vice President Joe Biden appeared on Thursday's "Late Night with David Letterman" and gave the Top 10 reasons to vote early. So read this, laugh, and then get out and vote:

10. I'm not saying each early voter gets a free cheeseburger, but I'm not saying they don't either.

9. It's vastly more effective than voting late.

8. You know who votes early? People with a backbone like a ramrod.

7. At a less crowded polling center, there's plenty of room to stretch out, linger and relax.

6. If you vote early, you don't have to pay taxes. I'm sorry – I'm being told that's not accurate.

5. Single and looking to mingle? Find that someone special in the early voting line.

4. Of course, there's the open bar.

3. Not exercising your right to vote is malarkey – it's literally malarkey.

2. Early voters will receive a $5 million donation from Donald Trump.

1. Honestly, don't you want this election over already?

Gotta love Joe and his Love for our great country. Go kids, keep moving forward. Great article!


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

@ Export California Values:

Wow! To borrow from old Joe Biden, that is quite a bit of "malarkey" that you are typing there!

You don't have to agree with Governor Romney. However, it is another thing to misrepresent him...or repeat the same old tired misrepresentations of who he is, what he wants or what his plans are. If you want to know them, look them up. They are available for you to see -- no matter how often the Obama team spins otherwise.

Also, it is ridiculous to say that Governor Romney lost Chris Christie. He simply was satisfied with what Obama was doing for two days in regard to the storm. That can (and has) changed with much angst in NY and NJ.

To say that Christie "endorsed" Obama is as incorrect as saying that Obama endorsed Governor Romney because Obama admitted that Governor Romney did a good job managing the 2002 Winter Olympics.

You can complain about Governor Romney's plans all you want. You can even try to make people believe that he doesn't have a plan. However, it doesn't take an economist or policy expert to realize that things in this nation aren't going so well. The issue for many Americans isn't Obama's spinful claims about jobs being added since it bottomed out in 2010.

The "bottom line" is that unemployment (nationally at 7.9% with real unemployment even higher) is higher now than 2008...and higher than when Obama was inaugurated even when he vowed that unemployment would be 5.2% by now. Worse: Many Americans see Obama as "patting himself on the back" for a "job well done" when more Americans are hurting right now than they were in 2008.

Regardless, I am highly motivated to attempt to change things through my vote. I can't wait to vote for Governor Mitt Romney next week!

Sadly, I feel bad for either candidate. This is a divisive election. If Romney wins, Harry Reid said that he will NOT reach out across the aisle to assist President Mitt Romney. If Obama wins, he has lost the support and respect of about half of the country. So, whoever wins faces and uphill battle.

Still, it is great to see individuals motivated to participate in this government of the people, by the people and for the people!


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Posted by the Business Bible of Capitalism
a resident of Atherton
on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

"However, it doesn't take an economist or policy expert to realize that things in this nation aren't going so well."

How about THE ECONOMIST?

"For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don't believe most of what he says."

Now that's an amazing summation by the Business Bible of Capitalism, THE ECONOMIST, of Mitt Romney's absurd "plans".

The full quote on the conservative business bible, The Economist, endorsing Barack Obama:

"As a result, this election offers American voters an unedifying choice. Many of The Economist's readers, especially those who run businesses in America, may well conclude that nothing could be worse than another four years of Mr Obama. We beg to differ. For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don't believe most of what he says. That is not a convincing pitch for a chief executive. And for all his shortcomings, Mr Obama has dragged America's economy back from the brink of disaster, and has made a decent fist of foreign policy. So this newspaper would stick with the devil it knows, and re-elect him."

Monthly job growth since the start of the Bush Great Recession: Web Link

4 straight months of job growth over 150,000 jobs a month. 30 something straight months of job growth for almost 5 million new jobs.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

The Economist doesn't like Obama either.

Its verdict, rather the devil we know rather than the devil we don't.


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Posted by Business Bible of Capitalism
a resident of Atherton
on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

"The Economist doesn't like Obama either."

They just thought Obama was clearly the better choice. They thought he was the better choice over McCain too, and America agreed then, and still does.

I mean, seriously, this says it all "For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don't believe most of what he says."


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm

@ Business Bible of Capitalism:

It is a stretch to call THE ECONOMIST "the conservative business bible." Seriously, have you ever READ The Economist? It isn't the journal of capitalism. There is an admitted neo-liberal slant to that magazine. They are largely Keynesian in terms of economics and quite Liberal in social issues.

As for the "recovery:" This is the worst recovery since the Great Depression. It took two years (2007-2008) for this mess to come to a pitfall in 2009. It has been THREE YEARS since that pitfall. Yet, unemployment is higher now than it was on the day that Obama was elected.

You can boast, with Obama and Biden, about so many jobs that have been created. Yet, to real Americans all over this nation, they look around and see the mess that this nation is in. Unemployment is very HIGH -- too high -- for Obama to publicly pat himself on the back.

Whereas unemployment is about 7.9%, real unemployment is much higher. Many estimates have it at 14.5%...because so many people have given up looking for real work or have already had their unemployment benefits expire. So, when Obama boasts about job creation, many Americans in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other Midwestern states are left with puzzled looks on their faces.

Obama hasn't earned my vote. He doesn't share my values -- and many of his followers mock me for my moral, religious, cultural and socio-political values.

I like Mitt Romney. He isn't the "bad" person that Obama has tried to make him out to be. I have listened to his rhetoric, read through his plans and have realized that they are much more concise and realistic than "hope," "change" or "forward."

Besides, if Romney doesn't do a good job, you can bet that I will decide to vote for someone else four years from now.

Right now, I can't help but wish that the last election would have come down to Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. They were the two most apt candidates in the last election cycle. Unfortunately, Oprah and Hollywood abandoned Hillary for silly "hope/change/wrong side of history" rhetoric...and Republicans chose a politician (McCain) who was past his prime.


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Posted by Alice Schaffer Smith
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 4, 2012 at 6:55 am

Perspective is a registered user.

I ignore anything by anyone who thinks "The Economist" is somehow either "capitalist" or "conservative" or the "business bible." Dropped my subscription years ago when I realized it is the opposite.It is the Time Magazine equivalent to economic reporting.


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Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Ducatigirl is a registered user.

The Economist is a British Publication, and OFTEN reports incorrect facts concerning the US. The most glaring example was years ago when they reported, years after the fact, that Jimmy Carter was not re-elected because of his views on water conservation (like the Iran hostage crisis had nothing to do with it).

We do not reference them on anything.


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