I don’t think I could care less about politics

uncle-sam-freedom-fighters-comic-1At no other time in my adult life have I cared less about politics. I care so little about politics right now that if there was an election tomorrow, I probably wouldn’t bother to vote.

I just don’t care.

I was reminded of how much I just don’t care anymore about politics when I saw on the news that House Republicans had voted on a short-term spending bill that would cut all funding to Obamacare. Evidently this is going to cause yet another government shutdown. I guess. I don’t really know as I haven’t been following it. I haven’t been following it because I just don’t care.

I don’t know what has caused my general sense of apathy when it comes to politics, but it probably has something to do with the fact that I think I’ve realized that no matter what, whatever is going to happen, will happen. It doesn’t matter what my opinion is about something, the powers that be will do whatever it is they want to do. My opinion is really quite meaningless.

It doesn’t really matter who’s in charge, Republicans or Democrats, issues are decided in this country, based not on the will of the people, but on the interests of the powerful. Sometimes those interests intersect, but when it happens, it’s only a coincidence. The truth is, Republicans and Democrats in Washington are far more alike than they are different.

I just don’t care anymore.

Barack Obama defines new medical condition: ‘Romnesia’

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President Barack Obama spoke at a rally held at George Mason University in nearby Fairfax, Virginia yesterday. While speaking, he defined a new medical condition that he believes his opponent, Mitt Romney, is suffering from. It’s called Romnesia. It’s defined, in part, as not being able to remember the policies that are still on your website:

Watch part of it here:

This is truly funny. It’s very accurate and very funny. In fact, it’s almost too funny. Who in the President’s reelection campaign thought this up?

Maybe nobody.

I find it a little too coincidental that Obama appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show hosted by Jon Stewart and then less than 24 hours later comes up with one of the funniest bits I’ve ever heard any politician make. I find it much more plausible that it was either Stewart or someone on The Daily Show writer’s staff that thought this up and told it to either to Obama or to someone on his campaign staff.

Whoever thought it up, I thought it was great.

Take away Romney’s ability to lie, he really doesn’t have much

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I didn’t watch last night’s presidential debates, but this seems to be the clip that has Republican/s underwear in a bunch. At least the ones I’m friends with on Facebook. It pertains to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including ambassador Chris Stevens. Here’s the clip:

I guess Mitt Romney has been pushing the lie that Barack Obama didn’t refer to the attack in Benghazi as terrorism until two weeks after the attack. In reality, Obama referred to it as an act of terror the following day. Some Republicans are upset that the debate moderator Candy Crowley would dare to inject a bit of fact checking into the debate. Romney looked shocked by Crowley’s words. It looked like he wasn’t expecting anyone to call him out on his lie. Not that I can really blame him. He’s been saying inaccurate and untrue statements for quite a while, it’s got to be shocking for him to be actually called on it.

To be honest, as far as Romney’s lies go, this isn’t really that important. Call it whatever you want, the fact remains that four Americans are dead.

If Mitt Romney likes Big Bird, why does he want to cut PBS?

If Mitt Romney likes Big Bird, why does he want to cut PBS?

I watched the debate last night between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and I was surprised the most by something said by Romney. When asked about specific things Romney would cut from the federal budget, he said he would cut funding to Public Broadcasting Service, also known as PBS.

From USA Today:

About 30 minutes into the verbal contest between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the former governor explained that he would cut what he considers non-essential items in the budget, including cuts to PBS, which employs debate moderator Jim Lehrer.

“I’m sorry Jim. I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m gonna stop other things,” Romney said. “I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you too.”

I just don’t get it. It’s not like we spend a lot of money on funding PBS. In 2012, the federal government spent $444 million on PBS. The total 2012 federal budget is $3.796 trillion. PBS funding, compared to the rest of the federal budget, represents a drop in the bucket if the bucket is the size of a Cadillac Escalade.

There’s no doubt we spend money on things that we shouldn’t be spending money on, things that are wasteful and contribute greatly to the national debit. PBS isn’t one of those things. I’d argue we should spend more money on PBS, not less.

Mitt Romney is supposed to be a genius at business. There’s no doubt he’s made a lot of money over the years. With that said, what’s it say about him when he wants to cut funding to something he claims to like, something that comparably speaking, doesn’t cost a lot of money?

Nothing good, that’s what.

I hate political ads

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I was watching the Orioles-Red Sox game yesterday when I saw a dishonest political ad attacking Barack Obama over his supposed hatred for the American small business owner. The ad was produced and paid for by American Crossroads, the political action group run by Karl Rove.

The ad features statements from Sherry Wuebben and Bill Schams of St. Joseph Equipment, a farm equipment seller in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In the ad, Wuebben, the CFO of the company, talks about how bad things have been under Obama. That’s kind of funny, because she was singing a much different tune back in November 2010 when she told the USA Today that “We’re feeling a lot more comfortable” and that the company was able to hire back two laid off employees.

Wuebben also claims in the ad that Obama has raised their taxes. That’s just patently dishonest. Obama hasn’t raised anyone’s taxes. Why does this lie, that Obama has raised taxes, get repeated over and over again? Anyone who thinks their taxes have gone up under Obama needs to crack open their tax returns and take a good long look. They need to compare them to the tax returns they filed under Bush. If they do this, they will see that they are paying the same tax rate.

I hate political commercials. Mostly I hate them because of the lies they spread. It’s one thing to share a personal opinion, it’s quite another to express a statement of fact that’s not a fact. To say that Obama has raised taxes on small businesses is dishonest and I shouldn’t have to listen to it just because I want to watch a baseball game. Networks that run dishonest political ads, in this case, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), should be held responsible. Before a network accepts a political ad, they should be required to fact-check the statements presented as fact in the ad. Any network that broadcasts a dishonest, untrue political ad should be subject to lawsuits brought forth by the people forced to watch them. If MASN runs a dishonest political commercial in exchange for money, I should be able to sue them in a court of law.

Not that I want to sue anyone. I just don’t want to watch untrue, dishonest political ads. Is that asking too much? I don’t think it is.

Here’s the ad: