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Whew! I was on the edge of my chair. Reading his list of priorities, I awaited the moment when this thoughtful, insightful man would tell us how he's going to vote. He obviously has a giving spirit. One that wants to provide for his, and those who share his priorities. So giving in fact that he's offered to spread his values throughout DC, in the form of Smallpox. An appropriate metaphor to be sure.
Just a quick thought CoolDaddy,
The job of those who understand where present policies lead, and the damage they will do, is to persuade those who are either unaware of the numbers, probably due to no fault of their own, or are using other criteria to form their opinion, to vote against the President, or at the very least, not to cast a vote for him. The issues are large, and our arguments are sound and logical. I have never met anyone who changed their mind after being called dumb, stupid or " a nut." Do YOUR cause a large favor, and develop some persuasive arguments. If that's too difficult, then give the keyboard a rest. PLEASE
She sounds like a wonderful example of perseverance and chutzpah. I've met others with similar stories to tell. Admiration, and a renewed sense of humility always overcome my thoughts soon after. I too thought those comments were callous and monumentally ignorant.
If my only criteria for voting was this incident, I too would not pull the lever for Mr. Romney. Unfortunately for many of us, some deeper reflection is required.
Actions speak louder than...... well, I'm sure you know the rest, and in his personal, professional and political career, Romney has exhibited priorities and practices that represent the antithesis of those recorded comments.
Personally, I've come to the realization that he is not everything I'd like a President to be. He is, however, somewhat to my surprise, the one person on the ballot this fall, who can begin to take the steps that would insure stories like the one you shared, would exist for future generations. Those distinctions are based on numbers and logic, and a clear understanding of what the Presidents' policies and stated goals would put on the backs of that 47%.
I voted for the President last time around, for multiple reasons. I was wrong to do so. Much more time and research went in to this years decision. No commercials, spin, or sound bites seeped in. Arithmetic, as a wise person once said, has no mercy, despite the excessive tugging being exerted upon our emotions via team Obama. I wish it were not so, and thanks again for your telling of that wonderful story.
Tough issue, although some factors dealing with the new normal are worth mentioning
I have a good friend who operated 3 gas station/convenient store properties. I won't mention the brand. Lets just say it rhymes with Heckzon Total. When I first got to know him in the early 90's, I was surprised to find that HIS margin on a gallon of regular was between 5 & 6 cents. The margin increased as the grade went up, but even Super gave him what I thought was a small 12 cent gross profit per gallon. The stations in Upstate NY were sold, almost all anyway by the oil giant approximately 6-7 years ago. They were offered to the dealers at .60 cents on the dollar. Let's see, buy the land your career and livelihood depend on or walk away? Of course they went from dealers to owners. Since then, because of many factors, poor mgmt skills no doubt one of them, the vast majority have gone under, usually selling to large operators. Presently, at least up there, their margins have never been higher. Regular gas margin was reported to me as being around .20 cents. All their volume is down, yet the price stays high. The free market is the best force for consumer protection that's ever been developed, but their are some flaws. Gasoline might be the most glaring. A form of conditioning re: price levels has occurred over the past ten years. Spikes, followed by drops that always come to rest above the original level. Gasoline being the cardiovascular system in a modern economy, might require a rethink on the status quo.
That's three things Carl.
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