Saturday, September 22, 2007

I took this survey which is sort of a blind taste test of political candidates based solely on their stance on the issues.  It says I'm a Giuliani voter.  McCain and Paul were a close second.  Paul and I agree on the most issues, but Giuliani agrees with me on the key ones.
There's an ambiguity in that survey which is still bugging me.  If you "support" embryonic stem cells, does that mean you "support" or "oppose" embryonic stem cell research? 

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Fair and Flexible?

I got my Sprint bill for the past month and my jaw dropped.  Since I've been traveling, and roaming, and using a ton of minutes, and using the internet via phone-as-modem quite a bit, my bill is enormous.  I'm going to try to expense it and get reimbursed by my company, because over half of it is business related.  Furthermore, because I have it set up to automatically be paid out of my bank account, I'm kinda broke until I get reimbursed. 

Monday, September 3, 2007

Ron Paul 2008

After seeing a Ron Paul 2008 bumper sticker in a parking garage, I decided to see what's up with a candidate with two first names.  When I found that he's been involved in politics for many years (on and off), I was skeptical.  After watching some YouTube speeches, checking his voting record, and visiting his website, I found that I really, really like this guy.  He stumbles on his words sometimes, but that hasn't slowed down Mr. Bush.  They call him Dr. No, because he's a doctor and he always votes "no" on legislation that doesn't make sense or is questionably unconstitutional, which is most of it.  If the Republicans don't nominate him, the Libertarians should.  Here's an excerpt from his website (full text here):

"Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress."