Monthly Archives: October 2008

Barack Obama and Greed

A vote for Barack Obama is NOT a vote for socialism. That’s what you’re really saying and it’s ridiculous. So is saying that Barack is a muslim (He’s not. His father, who shares the same name with him, was), that he’s the messiah or antichrist (As if changing your vote could prevent the tribulation and doom’s day), or that’s he’s a communist (Where did that come from?!). The Republicans even tried to paint John Kerry in 2004 as French! (I’m certainly no fan and actually voted for Bush in that election, but come on. This can’t be true and it turns out it wasn’t.)

When you hear Barack’s comments about sharing the wealth, don’t think “socialism” think “Robin Hood”! The greedy rich have abused their wealth to gain power and abused their power to increase their wealth at the expense of this nation and her people. This has gone on for the past 3 decades and especially the past 8 years. That’s why we have a financial crisis on our hands. That’s why the real estate market collapsed.

Barack is merely saying enough is enough and the buck stops here. He’s going to correct this oversight, plug the loop-holes, and (hopefully) give the greedy their due. He is not stealing people’s hard-earned money, he’s taking away ill-gotten gains. He’s for the lower classes and the middle classes instead of the rich and powerful. That makes him extremely dangerous to them and they have fought tooth and nail against him from day one. Barack is a real American and the real deal. John McCain is the puppet of the right having given up everything that he used to stand for (honor, dignity, service, honesty, and being a maverick reformer) in order to win this election. I actually like John McCain, or should I say, “liked” as in before he sold his soul to be President.

I don’t know about you, but I make under 40k a year. My wife makes a little less. And we’re hurting bad. We barely make enough to pay minimum payments on our bills. The recent spike in gas prices left us nothing extra for our newborn daughter. We’re even attending graduate school right now so that 1) my wife can keep her job (the degree is a job requirement), 2) we can make more money (as teachers we will each get an approximate 10% pay increase), and 3) our existing college loans will remain in forbearance until we finish our schooling. While some of our debt is our fault, some of it is not and we’re being penalized by our debtors for making and having less money – specifically credit cards and Bank of bleeding America. It’s simply not right to tax us more than people in a higher tax bracket who make more and can live on less. We have less to work with and can barely make ends meet. That’s unjust and even Warren Buffet says so.

Thus, there is a real problem right now in America that’s splitting the country into the “Haves” and the “Have-Nots”. It’s called greed and it’s a deadly sin by any standard, but it’s also an invisible sin. The executives at AIG who went on a spending spree after the American people bailed out their company should be held accountable. Even Alan Greenspan expressed shocked disbelief that banks, operating in their own self-interest, didn’t protect their shareholders and institutions.

I don’t know what your concerns, priorities, hopes, or dreams are, but I have lots of the former and very few of the latter right now. The American people desperately need change and that change will not likely come from John McCain or the Republicans. Actions speak louder than words and John McCain’s actions have not been for the lower or middle classes. In fact, Obama, in his few years as a senator, has accomplished just as much important legislation for the average American as McCain has in his longer stint as one. I just don’t think McCain will fix this country. He’s hot-head and quick on the trigger. I don’t like the thought of him holding the big red button that could trigger World War III when he’s a heartbeat away from eternity. Sarah Palin doesn’t inspire much confidence in me either, red dress or not.

Homemade Vegetable Beef Stew

Homemade Beef Stew

Homemade Beef Stew

1 pkg Stew Beef
2 16oz Tomatoes
3 pkg Frozen Mixed Vegetables
2 16oz Sliced Potatoes, Drained
1 16oz Corn, Drained
1 16oz Sliced Carrots
1 8oz Peas
1 Onion, Diced
3 stalks Celery, Chopped
1 pkg Beef Stew Seasoning

Combine ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on high for 3 hours and then on low for 3 more.


Combine ingredients in a pressure cooker. Set pressure to 10 pounds and when it starts to vent steam, reduce heat to medium-high for 1 hour. Afterwards, turn off the stove and let cool naturally which takes about 30 minutes.

Yum! Best with cornbread! Great for freezing too!