I've never read any of your sources. And I don't read much else that
is at the extremes. However your answers intrigued me so I went searching
on the vast resources of the internet just to see if anyone had a different
angle on some of this. Lo and behold, it didn't take too long.
Here is an article that you may want to read. It will shed some
light on why some of us are not quite ready to jump onto George's hay wagon
Apparently, this site has a different perspective as well. http://www.georgebush2000.com/#compassion
As I read this article, it helped clarify why that single response in
the debates had caught my attention and swayed my vote. When asked
what he would do about the current prices for gasoline, Bush answered (I
paraphrase), "I am a pragmatist about such things and I would recommend
that we increase the amount of oil flowing out of Alaska". I have
already commented on what I would have preferred to hear him say, i.e.
that he would divert more federal funding to research for alternative fuels,
or alternative energy sources. The first URL I offered explains why
I may have made a good choice.
The Federal Government can get out of hand, for sure. But so can
big business and the money that they control. Someone has to stand
up for the little guy that simply wants to ensure good clean drinking water
and clean air for his grandchildren. Unfortunately, we cannot depend
on the states to clean up their own messes. It could be adverse to
their local economy. Look at the travesty in Texas referred to in
the article. If the state were capable of doing the job, it would
be getting done. Instead, these 800 out-of-date, though profitable
plants, will go on spewing their toxic wastes until when? How
long will that continue? They must be held accountable. And
I'm not recommending to immediately put them out of business. However,
they have had 25 years and still have not made adequate changes.
How much longer can we trust them to have OUR long term interests in mind,
too, not just the short-term profits.
I'm not a radical on either side. I am, however, in favor of exposing
my mind to information from both sides. The next week should be exciting
for democracy and for the Republic, and I thank you for pointing us to
your sources, Beth. I'll try to get through some of this in the days
ahead. It's work, but I'll try...
Happy Thanksgiving, all you Hostaheads...!