|Jane of Virginia for President|
I have been thinking that I might just have to step up and run for President. I can show you a birth certificate issued on American soil. I am part of a minority as we haven't had a woman president before. I didn't attend Harvard or Yale, but my Dad went to Princeton and studied Farsi and Middle Eastern Studies, and our family has a scholarship program there which is awarded annually. I have never run a Fortune 500 company, and only worked for a couple of them for a couple of years at a time. I have never been my states governor, but I have a friend who is a Congressman. I have traced lost hospital charges rather well, and on a middle class salary have managed to educate and raise five children. I don't have a degree in economics but I do know that you can't spend more money than is coming in, at least not for very long.
I don't believe in mandatory insurance for health care. I believe in capitalism and allowing the people who want insurance to buy it. Those who can't afford it would receive care in county clinics, as they do in Virginia right now. The wait some days is long, but the care is good, and nurses and physicians donate their time, and drug companies donate insulin, glucometers and many of the drugs people need on a regular basis. Medicaid would exist for those in dire straits but only rarely as a lifetime manner.
I don't believe in eighty thousand dollars debts for students for Bachelor's degrees. I believe in vocational education for many people, and perhaps college later, part time because they work during the day. My employers helped to pay for a couple of my degrees which were attained over time, part time. I believe in formal apprenticeships, and that most occupations should have a mechanism whereby people can be trained without incurring a debt as high as the cost of a starter home.
I believe that obesity in America is caused by the rampant food commercials everywhere you look. I don't believe in restricting the size of sodas, tacos, or making mayonnaise a controlled substance. I don't think the food police should be issued SWAT gear and go house to house inspecting refrigerators. I do think parents and perhaps schools should talk to students about having some level of resistance to advertising. Just because the Burger King Angry Whopper is advertised, does not mean you should eat one. A Duncan Hines chocolate cake is a wonderful birthday cake, but I don't think you should eat the entire cake tomorrow morning.
I understand the reasons America went to the aid of Iraq and Afghanistan, but I think it's time to come home. The factions who live in that part of the world have been fighting for thousands of years and I don't think they will listen to anything we have to say. I think we need to stop sending good money after bad. We don't have it. Let's worry about the Depression and ever deteriorating economy in our own nation. I don't believe in sending weapons and money to factions of Al Qaeda based on "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" principle.
I don't believe in blanket amnesty. People who were willing to break the law to come here might believe that it's okay to continue breaking our laws. There are mechanisms for obtaining American citizenship. See a lawyer, just as I would have to, if I wanted to move to Canada or to England. Our immigration laws aren't perfect, but they are a lot more generous than Canada's. Beside that, right now the US is a sinking ship. Why would you want to come here anyway ?
I believe that the Constitution is as near to a perfect document as exists on Earth. I believe that gun rights are important. I carry a weapon because a SWAT team doesn't fit in my pocket. I guess that means I couldn't live in DC, so if elected President, I would work from Northern Virginia. I believe in setting the example of frugality. The White House should be maintained, but not in the excessive and grand style in which the present administration sees fit.
I don't believe in the Patriot Act. I think it needs to be rescinded. The government cannot make the world completely safe from crazy people and anarchists. Suspending articles of the Constitution to "save America" only perpetuates a life here which might not be worth living. I don't think that the NSA should be capturing all communications from or with US citizens. I think it's a violation of the rights of everyone and I don't want to pay tax money for such a database to be maintained.
I believe that if America keeps printing money, then a financial collapse is imminent. America needs to tighten its belt and this means everyone from the President to the Senate, through to the Congress and every governmental authority in between.
Government is a necessary evil. The word evil being the operative word here. The Federal government should concern itself with the defense of the nation while allowing the day to day function to the states. Alaska's needs differ considerably from Virginia's. Louisiana is different from Texas, and Rhode Island should run things differently than each of the Dakotas.
What qualifies me to be president ? Well of course, I am a blogger. The man who presently runs Mr. Obama's White House was a blogger and that seemed to be his shining achievement. In reality, I am not qualified at all to be president, but I am honest enough to tell you that. The team we have presently isn't honest or forthcoming about its training, it's objectives, or its long term goals.
So, don't elect me as your president. I would likely offend Mr. Karzai anyway, and I would be fairly guarded and less than friendly with Mr. Putin, although I would probably keep my mouth shut about Alexander Litvinenko. I can promise you that I wouldn't be foolish enough to have someone like Joe Biden as my vice-president. Pick someone really carefully next time. For goodness sake, read anything they have written and do your own homework. The media can't be trusted to decide who should be president and then to feed slop to the populace. Make the next presidential election count.......that is, if the Obama Regime allows one.