Voting Democrat is Wholly Illogical Based Only on Childish Feelings

-By Warner Todd Huston

This is one of those chain emails that I rarely bother with. But this one is particularly funny and bitingly true. Well, true after I rewrote it a bit…

Why I Vote Democrat

  • I voted Democrat because I believe a 4% profit by oil companies on a gallon of gas is obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% (or more) isn’t.
  • I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending my money than I can.
  • I voted Democrat because because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it. And if I can stop those other people from saying those things then let’s write a law or something.
  • I voted Democrat because because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves who strike without notice.
  • I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius, buy Carbon Credits, or do without modern comforts.
  • I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all murderers on death row alive.
  • I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits at my expense.
  • I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make a profit. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as we Democrats see fit.
  • I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few weeks to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters otherwise.
  • I voted Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions to get oil from people who hate us, but not drill for our own because it might upset some endangered beetle or a gopher or something.
  • I voted Democrat because I am sick and tired of all the mean-spirited rhetoric in politics. And if you don’t like that, you are a racist, homophobe that wants to kill old people and children… oh, and you’re a Nazi.
  • I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I want to change it all with that promised “HOPE AND CHANGE.”
  • I voted Democrat because the United States has been the most evil influence on the world and we need to take her arrogance down a notch. After all, we are worse than terrorists, our school teachers told us so!
  • But most of all I voted Democrat because it makes me better than YOU just because…. well, just because it makes me feeeeeel good.

I was reminded of this one by Texas Fred who has a great blog. See it at: http://texasfred.net/

(By the way, I’ve seen one like this for Republicans, too.)
Illinois state representatives and senators receive the fifth highest paid salary in the country. Only California, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan pay their legislators more than Illinois. The current annual salary for an Illinois legislator is $67,836; if HB 2891 becomes law, the annual salary will be $61,052.

House Bill 2891 passed with a vote of 85-14 and now moves to the full Senate for debate.

First Degree Murderer Registry Bill Advances

State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) passed House Bill 263 “Andrea’s Law” this week out of the Illinois House to create the nation’s first murderer registry. The legislation is named after Andrea Will who was strangled to death in 1998 by her ex-boyfriend, Justin J. Boulay. Both were students at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston at the time of the murder. After serving only 12 years of a 24-year sentence, Boulay was released from prison in November and moved to Hawaii with his wife.

House Bill 263 calls for Illinois State Police to create a murderer registry database available on the Internet of those convicted of first-degree murder. The information would include name, residence address, place of employment, school attended and a photograph of the offender.

There are approximately 500 convicted first-degree murderers currently on parole and another 3,000 who will eventually be released from prison.

Interesting story:

WBEZ radio: Illinois Republicans: Let us cut the budget. Click here to read the story.

http://www.ilhousegop.org/

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  • Illegal immigration & the American Taxpayers

    Just memorize this America--that anything less than stringent immigration enforcement, will echo through the halls of the open border radicals and hundreds of thousands, even millions economic illegal immigrants will surge into your State to take advantage of taxpayers. Less friendly unbending States will send them packing as E-Verify, Secure Communities start to take effect. The TEA PARTY CAUCUS has its own agenda from corporate welfare or Democratic hunt for votes. We need fiscal stability of our government, including far less government; free--FAIR--global commerce with NAFTA and CAFTA that is far from being on equal grounds; with China that owns most of our debt; strong National Security and that means our borders. Until we seal our borders and enforce the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, we are never going to get under control the spiraling 14 Trillion plus US Treasury deficit. As a note, are you aware that 40 billion dollars was sent out of this nation by illegal labor, which is less money into the mainstream of our struggling economy? Read the report "DRAINING AMERICA INTO POVERTY" at http://tinyurl.com/3mv3vzm

    WE ALL HAVE A SAY IN THIS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TRAVESTY, BUT WE MUST SPEAK UP; INSTEAD OF WHINING?

    We must put an end to instant citizen birthright for infants of illegal aliens and stop the hemorrhaging of money from State education and free health Care and a overcrowded prison setting. It is known now that 200.000 babies of illegal aliens are born in this nation annually and the burden of welfare falls on the backs of hard-pressed taxpayers. We can no longer afford the Liberal progressives Tax and Spend doctrine for the 20 million plus illegal aliens who have settled here. Every patriotic American must embrace the TEA PARTY CAUCUS, which in reality is a splinter organization of tens of millions divorced from the Republican elites. The TEA PARTY now is our salvation from the billions of dollars, to support foreign nationals and their families and the unceasing avalanche that arrives by jet as overstays on expired visas and through the undermanned borders. Read about illegal aliens voting at http://www.votefraud.org/

    The long term consequences of not halting the illegal immigration avalanche is shortage of raw materials. Our leaders don't just get it, that more population growth means less for all? Oil is the current issue, but fossil fuels are being depleted unless we open Alaska. On the way is water shortage, energy and the growing problem of farmland being cleared for homes.

    ATTN: Rising gas prices are not the main cause of this issue. Speculators are having a great deal to do with insidious problem. We can aid in stopping these incorrigible hikes, by cutting back usage--if not a priority DO NOT DRIVE!

  • We're into the 2nd quarter in the year before the Presidential Election and the GOP has not one declared candidate. Then again, they've got nothing to run on to begin with.

  • No, actually the majority of Americans who vote *Republican* in fact vote against their own economic interests.

  • In reply to VelvetMinxx:

    No "fact" there at all.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Read the rather well researched "What's the Matter With Kansas" and tell me there are no facts there. They DO vote against their own ECONOMIC self-interests in order to promote their SOCIAL ones.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    I vote republican because:

    Starting wars for oil under the disguise of national security is fun.

    My ideology is more important than others religious freedom.

    Large corporations know how to spend my tax money better than I do.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    I think the irony here is that this list is a gross oversimplification of the issues -- and grossly oversimplifying complex matters is actually a defining trait of child-like thinking.

  • In reply to walrus:

    No, the irony is that you don't get humor. Sad, really.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Let's not pretend it's such sophisticated humor that people don't "get it". I'm just pointing out an obvious irony in making a list that oversimplifies complex matters the way a child would and then slaps a title on that accuses the other side of child-like thinking. I found that to be more humorous than the list itself, though I imagine that wasn't your intention.

    Also like the irony of your slogan "what's happening now" meshed with a picture of a picture of an event that happened over 200 years ago.

  • In reply to walrus:

    No, it is obvious you don't "get it."

    And you do rank as a good anti-American, left-winger by feeling that the past is useless.

    Good job.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Ahh..more oversimplification. I'm actually quite moderate politically. But somehow, if I disagree with you, then I must be some sort of cartoonish portrait of a left wing, unpatriotic, anti-American extremist. In your world, you either "get it" or you don't. There is only black and white and no shades of gray.

    And you excuse liberals of being childish thinkers?

    ...And if you're saying that I said the past is useless, you're just putting words in my mouth. I said nothing of the sort. I'm just finding all sorts of (unintetional) irony today on your blog. Is a love of irony anti-American?

  • In reply to walrus:

    Hey, you're the one denigrating the Founding Fathers, not me. (And "moderate" is a word used to mean uninformed, usually)

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Re-read what I wrote about your picture of the Founding Fathers...

    "Also like the irony of your slogan "what's happening now" meshed with a picture of a picture of an event that happened over 200 years ago"

    I can only assume you're trying to re-frame or play straw man, because I'm sure you're smart enough to understand what I was saying there.

  • In reply to walrus:

    All politics aside, that is one great mustache.

  • In reply to DanTello:

    LOL. It is a bigun, ain't it?

  • In reply to DanTello:

    AHAHAHAHAHH! See, that's what people are missing in the whole politics debate: humor.

    It IS an epic mustache!

  • In reply to drewkent23:

    Can't we always do with more humor... and bigger mustaches?

  • In reply to drewkent23:

    I voted Democrat because...

    I know I can trust Government to take care of all of my needs, present and future, fairly.

    And it is sad to say that is truly what Democrats believe: we cannot trust, big business or for that matter, one another to be honest and fair, so we must rely on big government. They have our best interests at heart.

  • In reply to ginalock:

    Yeah, because the government has done a great job thus far, Gina. We give them our money while we are alive, then we give them our money when we die. They have all of this money to budget and they have not budgeted well at all. The government is 14 trillion dollars in debt. 14 trillion! They're just a little bit over the budget, aren't they? And for what: tons of useless government programs and a few useful ones. We need some serious firing of accountants.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    So seriously funny that I had a heart attack and died. I'm so tired of writers deflecting their communication failures on their critics as them "not getting humor." It's the rhetorical shelter of the intellectually weak.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Hi there, champ! You seem to have a little problem understanding how things operate in the real world, so let me fill in.

    I run a small computer shop in an equally small town. I have three employees besides myself: two fellow technicians and a knowledgeable cashier. I make enough to live comfortably, as do my employees.

    Guess which party has raised our taxes consistently in the two years I've been in business. Ready?

    The Republicans!

    I am 23 years old. I paid my own way through college and started a business with almost nothing. I made something of myself. Why do I deserve the tax burden Republicans are placing on my back, but corporations and wealthy people are allowed to hoard their money and call me lazy and childish for thinking they should pay their fair share like I'm forced to?

    Why did the Republican "small government" force me to fight tooth and nail for operating permits and building permission? Why did a Republican rep condemn what I was doing on the silly notion that I'd so offend poor Walmart by offering services they don't that they'd pull up stakes and leave town?

    Someone here needs to grow up. It is not me.

  • In reply to slynerve:

    Check back when you 33, "champ." Then I'll think you have an opinion worth listening to. Children should be seen and not heard.

  • In reply to slynerve:

    Really? What will change when I'm 33, exactly? I have no fear of going out of business as I'm literally the only computer repair stop in town. We're also considering expanding into WISP territory to provide broadband for the rural areas of our community neglected by DSL and cable, thus creating even more jobs, as I'll need installers and two or three people to run the tech support line.

    I'm a young man and I've clawed and scratched my way into a living despite people like you trying to sway me down at every turn.

    I also see you've avoided answering why the tax burden should fall to people like me instead of those with more money than I'll ever even dream of.

  • In reply to slynerve:

    The fact that you think everyone but you should pay taxes makes your opinion childish. Further, the fact that you think soaking the rich is the way to solve our budget problems is proof that you are economically illiterate. Like I said, your post was not worth bothering with, sadly.

    Let's put it this way, outright confiscation of the wealth of EVERY millionaire (and up) will not put even a tiny dent in the debt Democrats and government have saddled us with.

    Soaking the rich is a simpleton's solution.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    I never said I had any problem with paying *my* taxes. I asked why the majority of the burden continues to be put on my shoulders while people who can afford to pay a greater share slip through the cracks and claim they shouldn't contribute to society at all.

    You also seem to have failed economics. During "boom" periods in US history, the rich were historically taxed. Quality of life was better, people had jobs. Can't have that, can we?

  • In reply to slynerve:

    Unless you personally make over $200,000 a year, the "majority of the burden" does NOT lie on you. The rich already pay a much higher proportion of the taxes in this country.

    As to your business taxes, that is a result of overbearing regulations. Jobs are destroyed by regulation, government does NOT make jobs and the ones it does make put an even bigger burden on taxpayers.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Government doesn't make jobs. Got it - I'd love to hear you explain that to the crews who work on the roads and other utilities you use every day that are funded by tax dollars.

    And no, you are quite mistaken about the tax burden. I don't wish to reveal how much I net a year, but Republicans have raised my taxes by a large margin while kicking back to those with immense wealth.

    I lived the Republican's definition of the American Dream: pulling myself out of a poor situation into a position where I can do something I love and pay back my student loans and not languish in debt for the rest of my years. Yet, ironically, those who tried to stop me were all Republicans who were convinced they knew something of the world I did not.

  • In reply to slynerve:

    Before we go further, you keep saying "Republicans have raised my taxes." OK, I'll bite. How? What state are you in? Who is the "rep" you talked about above? It's hard to be able to discuss when I don't know what "Republicans" you are talking about.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    I'd prefer not to say as I respect my own privacy. I will say I'm from Wisconsin, but that is where personal details will end.

    As for raised taxes.. well, the record speaks for itself. Income taxes continue to rise on the middle and lower class while the state goes broke from tax cuts to the rich and kickbacks, not because people like me think we deserve handouts and because teachers average more than 30K.

    I am happy that I make enough to get by. I am happy I will be able to marry my fiancee. However, I am not happy that when we bring a child into this world, he or she will be expected to join a whipped workforce stripped of all rights and benefits. I am not happy he or she will have a reduced education experience compared to mine because we cannot stop appeasing the rich so we gut public education to make room.

  • In reply to slynerve:

    Well, since I can't address any of your points because you are hiding behind "privacy" and I can't verify anything you are claiming, I guess our conversation has to end right here. We disagree, and that is that, I guess.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Hiding? I'd rather not reveal where I live so people can find and harass my business. This is the internet, and I don't trust people on it.

    My issue is that while I fought for everything I have, I'm told that I must sacrifice and watch Republicans put *my* tax dollars into the pockets of the wealthy while the wealthy sacrifice nothing. Quality of life in countries where the rich are taxed is astounding, but here in America where you now have to work two to three jobs just to scrape by and we consider ourselves "the best country in the world".

    And what do you think would happen if we taxed the rich? They'd leave? Where would they go? Other countries would tax them or their profits would vaporize in unstable economic climates.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    So how did all that deregulation work out for the Savings and loan scandal or the recent Financial deregulation? How many jobs did the Bush tax cuts for the rich produce? Reality has a LIb-Rul bias I quess. And your Tax comment applies only to income taxes, not sales or payroll or Social Security taxes. GE, exxon, Citibank, shell and many more paid zero taxes and the percentage of corporate taxes as a percent of the total is at an all time low. This is not an opinion, but rather brute material fact.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Okay, take for example the social programs that benefit low-income households - households who statistically vote Republican based on soft issues which will likely never affect them, like abortion.

    That just seemed like a wordy thing to get into in a comment, but we can do this if you want.

  • In reply to VelvetMinxx:

    "I voted Democrat because because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it. And if I can stop those other people from saying those things then let's write a law or something."

    Don't look now, but the only justice on the Supreme Court who opposed Westboro Baptist's right to protest at military funerals was Scalia...an archconservative. More often than not it's been the ACLU and Democrats fighting for free speech even when it's offensive. But then again, let's not contaminate your rhetorical masterpiece with facts or anything...

    Smug generalizations will get you nowhere.

  • In reply to VelvetMinxx:

    I vote Democrat because I like a 5 day, 40 hour workweek, for starters. Because I enjoy an empowered middle class that isn't funneling it's wealth to corporations. Because I believe that every American citizen has a right to a minimum standard of health care that isn't paid for through property taxes, with the concomitant waste that provides... need I go on?

  • In reply to VelvetMinxx:

    ^^^PUBLIUS FORUM vs. VELVETJINXX !!!!!!!!!

    Oh hell yes, been waiting for this fight for MONTHS.

    The odds right now are in favor of VelvetJinxx (the 'stache is a liability in comment threads).

    Need to get popcorn.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Not sure who VELVETJINXX is. Now why there should be a battle?

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    I guess you're right, forget it....fights off.

    Nonetheless, the epic battle will live on only in my dreams.

  • In reply to gwill:

    LOL. I got news for you. I have FAR better things to do than get in major, prolonged fights in the comments sections. Usually I don't much bother. Haven't the time or the inclination.

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