Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac Halt Foreclosures!

Wow! Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have ordered their services to halt foreclosures and evictions between November 26th and January 9th. There are qualifications to meet and it's designed to allow a rescue plan time to work.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Be a patriot. Vote.

Tomorrow, November 4, 2008, is the day where you get show that you are a patriot.

It's all well and good when people show flags on their car, despite being an improper display of flag etiquette. I'm not talking about any silly criticisms of wearing (or not wearing) a flag lapel pin. I'm talking about the single most important duty of a citizen in a democracy.

I'm talking about going to your polling place to vote. Naturally, I'd prefer that you vote for the party and candidates that I support. More importantly, I want you to vote.

I've heard all sorts of responses leading up to election day this year, just like in years past. Some are diehard supporters of one candidate or the other, some hold their nose and some refuse to vote claiming that it doesn't matter.

If you think it doesn't matter, then don't whine about how bad things are while you endanger the foundation of democracy. You claim to care so much yet show me that you care so little.

Pay attention, really learn about the issues, make your choice and engage others in discussion. Show yourself and others that you value living in a free country. Participate and take your duty seriously. We are all responsible for what happens in this land.

Vote. If you are local and don't have a way to get there, call me. I'll drive you there, even if you vote differently than I do.

State issues in Massachusetts on the ballot

Tomorrow, statewide in Massachusetts, there are 3 ballot questions. They are elimination of the state income tax, decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana and elimination of dog racing.

Here's where I stand. No on 1, yes on 2 and 3.

Question 1: I think, I hope, that the selfish insanity of libertarianism is finally starting to taper of. Question 1 is a libertarian ideal. What will happen if state income taxes are eliminated? Local aid with be eliminated and towns will have to replace that revenue from somewhere. Where you might ask? Property owners. Mitt Romney's revenue cuts about 6 years ago caused property taxes to go up roughly $2B, even though reducing $50 per person less would have meant not police fire fighter or teacher layoffs and it would have meant that people would have died. Local aid was slashed as a result and property taxes went up.

Question 2: I don't like pot and I'm allergic to it. But it is absurd to to lock so many people up in jail, hurt their chances for jobs and education, etc. for using or possessing small amounts of marijuana. Nobody is going to buy it and use it because it's a minor infraction now. And really, it's banned because of hemp, which got lumped in because of the cotton trust which is absurd too.

We have the highest rate of incarceration in the world, much of it because of minimum mandatory sentencing over what should be petty drug offenses. We're building more prisons than schools. Let's help stop this nonsense.

Question 3: Dog racing should be banned. It's true; I love dogs. I like them better than most people. Dog racing has cruel and inhumane conditions and for that reason, it needs to end.

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