If we were voting for an Emperor, I would support Sanders - but we are voting for a President. Hopefully someone who might actually get something positive done. That is why I'm supporting Clinton. I think that even if Sanders were elected, he would be on the same path as Obama - someone who did not get much done because of implacable opposition from Republicans. I'm not even sure how deep his support would be among Democratic legislators since he is not and has not been a Democrat. I am not convinced that Clinton can accomplish much, but I think and am hopeful that she can get more done than Sanders.
I have serious reservations about Clinton - she is not a progressive - but this is not a progressive country, it is filled with very mean, very ignorant people. It is also filled with people who only show up during Presidential election years, pay no attention to local or state elections and therefore enable reactionary Republicans to take over state houses, redistrict Dem voters out of existence, etc, etc. ad nauseum.
'Plenty of affordable housing"? REALLY? I will be retiring soon and my income will drop to around 28k/yr. I am SO NOT interested in living in substandard housing in substandard neighborhoods. Really not happy about maybe spending my twilight years fending off miscreants coming through the window. Part of the problem is that is is against NC to have set asides so that a small portion of new construction can be set aside for seniors and others with lower incomes. I've been looking and in fact there are VERY few affordable apartments available in Durham.
I rely on the Indy's voting guides. I have 2 jobs and am simply not able to go to council meetings, question candidates, etc. So I definitely rely on and deeply appreciate the guides. For those of you who do have the time and inclination to do your own investigations, congratulations! But don't make uninformed, negative judgements about those of us who do not.
I will vote for the prepared foods tax as the money will do a lot of good, but I think it is obscene to tax food, but there is no tax when I have my car washed!
I had wanted to vote Oct 16 as well, but depend on The Independant for my choices for a lot of state, local & judicial races. So will postpone until Oct 22, but please consider having your endorsements out next election by the time people can start voting.
I certainly hope that Edwards can and will win the presidency. I am black and female and think he is the best one for the job. I have grave doubts about Obama - at this point in time, I want specifics, not uplifting words. I fell for that from Clinton. Hillary is Bill Redux and certainly don't want that again.
Edwards is progressive and has given specific policy proposals. And most important, I think he will LEAD - not put his finger up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing before he decides his positions.
As for his house and haircuts - it's too bad we live in Paris Hilton times - who gives a happy hoot? Was he supposed to move to a rundown, bullet ridden apartment on Holloway St to prove he cares about poverty in America? Does Clinton live in a shack? Give me a break.
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