The race for the US Presidency is truly heating up. The Republicans are battling each other to win the primaries and, ultimately, the general election. The Democrats are in a "heated" two-way battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
I have been a lifelong Democrat, but that doesn't mean I'm politically blind. I've always described myself as socially liberal, a political moderate. That means I believe in equality for all people and not taxing everyone to death. I believe the rich should pay their fair share and then some. If you make so much money, you should pay more taxes.
Why does the majority of the tax burden fall to the middle class? We are being taxed to death, so much so that we are being downsized in jobs and forced to move from a comfortable home that we and the bank own together, to rental properties that offer no long term investment.
A couple of years ago, the Bush Era tax cuts expired and the Obama administration did nothing to renew them. I saw my weekly pay go down by $100 a week! That's insane! The government was now taking another $5200 out of my pocket because the politicians couldn't agree on renewing something as simple as tax cuts.
President Obama has been, in my opinion, one of the worst Presidents we ever elected. He has no spine when it comes to standing up to other countries like Russia or terrorist groups like ISIS. He has let Vladimir Putin walk all over him and has not bombed ISIS out of existence.
Donald Trump scares me for the simple reason that he has no common sense filter when it comes to talking about people or issues. Maybe that works in his business world; in the global political world, that attitude will only alienate our allies and further the hatred our enemies already have.
I can see the day when Trump gives Putin an ultimatum and a nuclear standoff ensues. Both are stubborn. Nothing will happen; stalemate.
The wild card in all this could by former mayor New York City, Michael Bloomberg, who is now an enrolled Independent. He's wealthy, unbelievably, but doesn't have the ego of Trump. Plus, Bloomberg has 3 terms as the mayor behind him. Heck, if he can run NYC, he can certainly run the country.
Hillary Clinton has so much baggage she may as well take a long trip. Scandal after scandal has followed her around like a wounded animal. For every denial she has issued, there's a real story behind it. You can't tell me she didn't know about Bill and Monica Lewinsky. When your husband comes home from a long day at the Capital with a smile on his face, you had to know he got a hummer from an intern. Here's your sign.
Bill Clinton ruined the broadcasting industry with the Telecommunication Act of 1996 that lifted ownership limits for radio and TV stations. I can only imagine what Hillary would do next.
Bernie Sanders is a self-proclaimed Socialist Democrat. What is that anyway? Does he believe in what Stalin and Lenin did in the USSR?
Its choices like this that make me want to hide under the blankets on Election Day and not vote. I think this presidential election could have one of the lowest voter turnout of all time, all because of the lousy choices we made in the candidates.
Joe Biden, where are you when we need you?
Matt Seinberg lives on Long Island, a few minutes east of New York City. He looks at everything around him and notices much. Somewhat less cynical than dyed in the wool New Yorkers, Seinberg believes those who don't see what he does like reading about what he sees and what it means to him. Seinberg columns revel in the silly little things of life and laughter as well as much well-directed anger at inept, foolish public officials. Mostly, Seinberg writes for those who laugh easily at their own foibles as well as those of others.
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