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Candidates position on health care October 13, 2008

With the economy potentially rebounding, I thought it would be important to go back to some of the fundamental differences between the candidates. Both candidates remark that they will reduce taxes, but both are a little broad with what they term as tax cuts. For example, both refer to tax credits as tax cuts; tax credits are actually different than tax cuts. A tax credit can be offered to citizens who, for example, are not paying taxes; a tax cut is an actual reduction in your tax bracket percentage. With that being said, I decided to research their positions on taxes, looking specifically at their position on health care and taxes, and found some helpful points: I will start in alphabetical order to maintain neutrality.

John McCain and health care tax credit: 

  • offers tax credit of up to $5000 for health care. While this is true, it is stretched. $5,000 would be for a family, while an individual would receive $2500.  The National Coalition of Health Care, a “rigorously non-partisan”, non profit organization states that health care costs grew twice the rate of inflation. In fact, premiums for employers amounted to $12,710 and employees contributed $3300 to premiums. Workers are also now paying $1400 more in annual premiums compared to 2008. The average employee contribution has also increased 143% compared to 2000 annual employee contributions.
  • What this tax credit is likely to do is reduce the number of employer provided health benefits, pushing more of the $12,710 of premiums onto the employee. Additionally, pushing further privatization of health care into the markets may create a similar situation as that seen in the housing and financial sectors. Citizens may be misled by fly-by-night predatory health insurance providers that do not disclose the small print. Quality of service will go down, while insurance premiums, co-pays and other out of pocket costs go up.
Barack Obama and health care reform:
  • offers a get everyone insured upfront program through what he terms as the National Insurance Exchange. With IT advancements, health insurance costs will go down for citizens. For those with catastrophic illness or injury, the costs of these types of situations get diverted to the government, thereby reducing the overall burden on the average citizen. This shift of financial responsibility along with health care advancements supposedly will yield a $2500 credit to the average American. This credit is more like a shift than a credit. 
  • the concern that Obama needs to answer is how to contain the cost of a such a massive system. While it seems altruistically ideal, how to manage the on going costs of such a program should be weighed by the voter. 

It is very important for the voter to review the facts on the candidates health plan.  

 

October 13, 2008 Presidential Battleground Ratings

October 13, 2008 Rothenberg Report, a non-partisan analysis of American politics and elections, reports the following stats on current total electoral votes for each of the major ticket candidates.

Total Electoral Votes
(270 needed to win)

Obama – 214 (safe/likely) + 72 (lean) = 286
McCain – 160 (safe/likely) + 23 (lean) = 183
Toss-ups = 89

Toss-Ups

  • Florida (27)
  • Indiana (11)
  • Missouri (11)
  • Nevada (5)
  • North Carolina (15)
  • Ohio (20)

Lean McCain

  • Georgia (15)
  • Montana (3)
  • West Virginia (5)

Lean Obama

  • Colorado (9)
  • Minnesota (10)
  • New Hampshire (4)
  • New Mexico (5)
  • Pennsylvania (21)
  • Virginia (13)
  • Wisconsin (10)

Safe/Likely McCain

  • Alabama (9)
  • Alaska (3)
  • Arizona (10)
  • Arkansas (6)
  • Idaho (4)
  • Kansas (6)
  • Kentucky (8)
  • Louisiana (9)
  • Mississippi (6)
  • Nebraska (5)
  • North Dakota (3)
  • Oklahoma (7)
  • South Carolina (8)
  • South Dakota (3)
  • Tennessee (11)
  • Texas (34)
  • Utah (5)
  • Wyoming (3)

Safe/Likely Obama

  • California (55)
  • Connecticut (7)
  • Delaware (3)
  • Hawaii (4)
  • Illinois (21)
  • Iowa (7)
  • Maine (4)
  • Maryland (10)
  • Massachusetts (12)
  • Michigan (17)
  • New Jersey (15)
  • New York (31)
  • Oregon (7)
  • Rhode Island (4)
  • Vermont (3)
  • Washington (11)
  • D.C. (3)
 

Bi-partisan panel reports Sarah Palin abused power. October 10, 2008

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The bi-partisan Legislative Council reports that Alaskan Govenor Palin abused power when trying to fire her ex brother-in-law as an Alaskan State Trooper. The report finds that she crossed a state ethics law when she did not act to stop the efforts to remove Trooper Wooten from his job. The report also states that the family threat allegations were a cover up on the actual motivation: to get Trooper Wooten fired. While Govenor Palin did not testify, her husband did, but his conduct is not reviewed, since he is not a state employee.

You can find the 263-page report here by clicking here.

With the report, should Govenor Palin recuse her position as GOP VP candidate? Does this hurt Senator McCain’s chances of winning the election? You decide.

 

Not again! October 9, 2008

The NYSE took another violent tumble today, dropping nearly 679 points to close at 8579. I called this a few months ago, but I called this number as being rock bottom. We are only at the beginning end of the spiral, and with Asian global markets already tanking 10% in early morning trading, we shouldn’t be surprised if the Dow hits 6700 before rebounding. The TED index spread is hovering around 4.54%, ridiculously high, making it extremely difficult for banks to lend each other money. This ripples back to consumer and business lending, which is now frozen. 

Our Presidential candidates cannot sit any longer stumping on what ifs. While I can understand and appreciate the notion that the next President will have a strong cabinet assisting with creating and rolling out a solid economic plan, the citizens of this country deserve to hear the real plan, including the additional sacrifices, we as a nation must take to get correct this mess. 

Here is a thought: establish protections on people’s 401K portfolio. Just like we have the FDIC, we ought to have something similar to protect the money we work hard to save. Personally, I’ve lost over 40% of my 401K, and have shifted my funds elsewhere. It is painful to think about the loss of savings, after working so hard to save. It is even sadder knowing that this pain is being felt by many fellow Americans.

 

Poll: The Undecided Voter–a Katie Couric & Co. perspective October 8, 2008

Katie Couric & Co’s recent blog post about undecided voters sums up what ThisWomanVoter wrote about in earlier posts. The candidates need more time to fully debate. If candidates are left to two minute talking points, the voters are left with uncertainty. If you are an undecided voter let us know whether you feel that the candidates should debate at greater length on the issues–which for most, is the economy.

 

The Final Debate…

The final debate is one week away and the focus will be on domestic and foreign economic policies. During the last two debates, the candidates were confined to very short time frames to hit on many questions being fired by the moderators. In the end, we as voters, only heard talking points and quick stump speeches. This election is too important for voters to simply get rhetoric; it is time for true debating to begin. We ought to have the candidates debate for ten minutes a piece on the issues impacting our economy, with opportunities for two series of five minute rebuttals. 

Do you think this will help draw real substance from the candidates or repetitive talking points?

 

Too much smearing? October 7, 2008

Both John McCain and Barack Obama campaigns have turned up the level of smear attacks against each other, as was evident in tonight’s debate and in new TV ads. The message for most is the economy, and what happens is when campaigns play attack ads, the focus strays from the issues of the voters. We are in tough economic times. The Dow has dropped 1,400 points or 13% in FIVE DAYS. Forbes reports emotional calls from investors to money managers and fears on the global economy are evident as countries throughout Europe are staging their own bank bail outs similar to the one passed by Congress. 

Does it make sense then for our Presidential candidates to play the smear game, or wouldn’t you prefer that the focus remain on the issues?

Share your thoughts.

 

Round 2…Town Hall Presidential Debate Sparks Differences…Who Shined?

 

Foreclosure and the Right to Vote

Since August 2007, RealtyTrac reported more than 770,000 homes have been repossessed by banks. Many worried voters question whether they would be denied their right to vote given the foreclosure and home repossession. To quell those questions, voters who have been foreclosed and have moved (either in or outside of original precinct) still have all rights and voter privileges. The National Committee for Fair Elections and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Liberties provides a detail list on voter rights by state. To access those, please click here.

Again, for those affected by home foreclosures, you still have the right vote. Protect it by knowing your rights.

 

Voter Rights

Know your rights! The single most fundamental pillar to our democracy is our right to vote. Voter disenfranchisement equals the collapse of democracy. Please learn your rights. To learn more about your state’s voter rights and responsibilities, please visit the voter resource links. Some that come to mind are: 

866OurVote.org This non-partisan site offers great links to registering to vote, reporting voter problems, volunteering, and keeping you up to date on all the latest changes to voting in your state. You can also call 866-Our-Vote to talk to a voter specialist.

Vote411.org This site, under the League of Women Voters umbrella, is a one stop resource for voter information. 

With the right to vote comes the responsibility. Please educate yourself on your voting rights.

 

Ten Things To Do Before the Election October 4, 2008

1. Register–Do this Today!

2. Set up, around the kitchen table, political nights with neighbors to talk about issues, politics, and what needs to get done.

3. Write a letter to your representatives about issues concerning you and your community–and MAIL IT.

4. Have those neighbors, who support your concerns, sign the letter, or better yet, to write one and mail it themselves.

5. Volunteer at your party’s local office (phone banking and canvassing are a must to secure the best GOTV results).

6. Attend fundraising rallies to help support your candidates and party.

7. Learn the facts about the candidates to make the most educated voting decision you or I have had to make in our lifetimes.

8. Read this blog and other voter resource blogs to keep track of the issues.

9. Share this blog to other voters to get the informed on the issues.

10. Organize your friends for National Women’s Voting Day, November 3rd, 2008. Every vote counts. Marching one day early to vote shows its power.

 

Poll: Does Style Matter More Than Substance In The VP Debate? October 2, 2008

Filed under: Polls and Survey — carmenkrushas @ 10:10 p
 

What a Veep Debate!

The VP debate just ended and the results from style was a dead tie. Sarah Palin came out scrappy and ready to fight, which she managed to do in a way that mirrored President Truman. Joe Biden came out calm and focused not on Govenor Palin, but on John McCain. On substance, here is a link to FactCheck.org, a non-partisan site that seeks to clarify the points made by each of the VPs. 

Here is the link to the actual 2008 Vice Presidential debate transcript.

So, tell us what you think–does style matter more than substance? On an election of this magnitude, you may be better off with substance. Visit earlier blogs and policy categories to learn the substance on positions that the VP candidates (and, of course the Presidential Candidates). Remember, you decide.

 

778 points later… September 29, 2008

The financial markets were dealt the largest blow to their stability since September 11, 2001. The proposed economic stabilization act wasn’t passed and Congress left session pointing fingers. Only twelve votes were needed. The Wall Street crisis continues and now the ripple effect has extended beyond our natural borders. Fortis NV, a Dutch-Belgian bank weakened to the point of a five-country intervention that injected nearly $12 billion Euros or $16.4 billion US dollars to help stabilize the financial institution. 

These times are so serious, that a friend of mine named Gary, correlated it with the Cuban Missle Crisis. You don’t know who will pull the trigger. This time the economic trigger may have already been pulled. Post your comments on your thoughts of the current economic meltdown and how they impact your daily life, your savings/ retirement and whether you agree with the way Congress handled the situation in light of the failure to get the legislation passed.

 

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 September 28, 2008

Below is a link to the 110-page legislation that will more than likely get passed and signed by as early as Wednesday. House Speaker Pelosi states that this bill is not a bailout, but a buy-in as it prevents taxpayers from having to carry the burden of stabilizing our economy. To summarize, the bailout is a compromise on the original 3-page document, and offers staged disbursements ($250 billion will be immediately disbursed to the Treasury to purchase bad mortgages once the bill gets passed and signed by the President). The proposed bill will also place many salary restrictions to the top executives of companies seeking financial assistance through the bailout–executive pay will not be deducted for executives who earn more than $500,000 for companies selling more than $300 million in assets in the government auction, plus new executives will have to forfeit any type of golden parachute while their company seeks financial assistance; however, this would not apply to current executives. 

Since the government is in essence becoming one: a shareholder in many troubled financial companies and two owning risky mortgages, the legislation offers reduced risk to taxpayers. For example, because the government will essentially own many mortgages or mortgage back securities, the government will be able to modify loans and/ or extend the length of the loan to assist homeowners, a major plus to many who are or will potentially default on their loans. 

Feel free to review on the legislation here:

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

 

Candidate Positions on 65 Issues September 27, 2008

ProCon.org, a  non-government, non-partisan website used strictly to educate provides a breakdown on the Presidential candidates position on 65 issues! Click here to review the candidates’ position on everything from abortion to Darfur to much, much more! Also, you will get a chance to the review the positions of the other candidates (i.e. Baldwin, Barr, McKinney, and Nader)

http://2008election.procon.org/viewresource.asp?resourceID=1561

 

2008 Presidential Debate: Round 1…Who Won?

 

Round One of the Presidential Debate. And the winner is…

Round one of three came and went. Each candidate attempted to sound Presidential (each did a fine job), but ultimately it was an even tie–no clear winner emerged. Some claim this is a good thing for Senator Obama, since the topic of foreign policy was supposedly McCain’s stronghold. Others claim that McCain made his points on leadership and experience and focused his dialogue on past comments Obama made regarding presidential conversations with other non-ally leaders without preconditions and how this policy is naiive. Obama clarified his view point, which appeared valid. 

Moderator Jim Lehrer made many attempts to get the candidates involved in direct dialogue. Interestingly it was a major pendulum difference between the two–Senator Obama went as far as calling Senator McCain by his first name, while Senator McCain never looked at him and never addressed him direct.

Ultimately, the candidates received nods of approval from each of their respective parties, but did either make a compelling argument for the swing voter? You decide.

 

The Big Presidential Debate September 25, 2008

Tomorrow rings in the first round of Presidential Debates held in Oxford, MS, but one of the two major ticket candidates may not be at his podium. Senator McCain decided late yesterday to suspend his campaign while the bailout deal gets completed. Was this political suicide or was this something strategic? The jury is still out, and we will know more whether this major shift was the right choice. Stay posted…

 

Poll: Do you consider switching party affiliation in light of the current economic climate?

 

The economy and its impact on party affiliation

Polls around the nation are reporting double digit jumps on the number one issue concerning voters: the economy. Wall Street is bleeding, and we are on the verge of a tsunami-size financial panic with a global ripple effect that will severely destabilize our country’s position amongst other international states. The bailout proposed by the Bush administration stalled shortly after what appeared to be bipartisan support. Democrats and Republicans both agree that the current structure of the proposed bailout is not the right step, but the reality still cannot be denied–doing nothing is not the answer.

Given the path that our economy has taken, many will agree that the lack of governmental oversight on the financial markets led Wall Street down an over leveraged and too risky slippery slope. Given the current state, does this make you question your party affiliation? Do you feel more compelled to switch parties or do you support your party’s handling of the economic situation?

 

Sarah Palin and Women Voters: Running for the Roses on the Final Jewel track? September 24, 2008

Yes, Democrats and Republicans alike can affirm that Palin came out from the starting gates, running. But was she running like it were a Derby track when it was in fact the Belmont? So far, it appears that her streak is slowing, but some of her supporters contend that this should be a given in the grand scheme of campaigning. Tell us what you think. Was Sarah Palin a short-term political gain that is proving to be a political long-term problem?

 

Poll: Should Congress Approve a $700 Billion Economic Bail Out?

Wall Street is run by one word: Confidence (so they say)…

Let us know whether you believe that Congress should approve this unprecedented economic bail out.

 

$700 Billion Economic Bail out

The economic bailout, a three-page, $700 Billion package deal submitted to Congress to approve has come under fire for many reasons. First, critics state that the bailout does not address the fundamentals of the crisis: 1. homeowners’ defaulting on mortgages 2. the lack of regulation on the financial and banking sector 3. the lack of pay reduction on the executives from companies seeking financial bail out. Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke explain that to shift focus away from bailing out the financial sector will cripple the entire economy, so essentially, this is the lesser of two evils.  Some critics contend that it is imperative to fix the homeowner foreclosure crisis, and today were circulating the notion of changing current bankruptcy laws to offer homeowners a chance to get their first homes covered under chapter 11, the same way the law offers second-home homeowners seeking bankruptcy relief. Doing this, they believe will stabilize dropping home prices, and offer people the chance to stay in their homes while paying their mortgage at rates that are suitable to their current conditions.

Others also think that we need to step back, do nothing, and let the market correct itself because saving $700 Billion is more responsible than putting in $700 Billion. Regardless, whoever wins this election will have some serious issues to sort through. Share your thoughts–this is one serious topic.

 

Women Voters Unite–Calling Volunteers for National Women’s Voting Day!

National Women’s Voting Day is scheduled for November 3rd, 2008. 23 states offer early voting. We are looking for organizers to help make a national statement on the power of the women vote. Blue, Red, Green, Purple and all voters in between, let us march together to show the next President that the women vote is strong!

Please email your contact info to: womanvoter@thiswomanvoter.com.

 

Poll: Which Presidential Candidate Best Understands Women Voters’ Issues? September 23, 2008

Okay, so we want to hear from you on which Presidential candidate you believe best addresses the issues of women voters. Set aside your spouses, partners, other family members and think strictly about yourself. Which of these two candidates do you feel will keep your interests in mind while holding office and signing bills into laws?

 

Poll: What issue impacts you the most?

Woman to woman, I am interested in finding out which issue reigns supreme. As noted in Wall Street and across America, resources are limited. Limited resources create a give and take policy battle with little room left in the middle. So, if you were to decide right now where to shift our tax dollars to benefit a certain issue which issue would you send them to:

Feel free to leave a comment!

 

ThisWomanVoter.com announces National Women’s Voting Day, November 3, 2008.

For Immediate Release

 

ThisWomanVoter.com announces National Women’s Voting Day:

November 3, 2008.

 

ThisWomanVoter.com, a non-partisan, non-affiliate website is organizing an online grassroots effort to inform women voters of the nation’s first National Women’s Voting Day, scheduled for November 3, 2008. The intent of National Women’s Voting Day is to get women, regardless of party affiliation, to march together to their local supervisor of elections office to vote one day early to showcase the impact women have on the national and international political stage.

 

 

ThisWomanVoter.com is an objective digital clearing house and guide to help women voters make educated electoral decisions during the 2008 Presidential election.

 
 
 

 

 

For more info and to learn more visit http://www.thiswomanvoter.com

 

To schedule an interview please contact womanvoter@thiswomanvoter.com.

 

To organize local women marches please contact womanvoter@thiswomanvoter.com.

 

Cindy and Michelle blog interview requests–What would you ask? September 22, 2008

We just requested interviews from Cindy McCain (and/ or Senator McCain/ McCain spokesperson) and Michelle Obama (and/ or Senator Obama/ Obama spokesperson). The goal is to open the discussion on women voter issues. Submit questions you want answered here! Check back on scheduled dates!

 

Women Voters Unite

Please spread the word of National Women Voting Day scheduled November 3, 2008. Regardless of your party, let us march together as women to our local supervisor of elections office and vote early. Your vote counts now more than ever. Let’s continue the efforts that others before us worked hard to provide. 23 states participate. Check out the voter resource link to see if yours does. If not, start a petition to get your voting laws changed.

 

2008 Presidential Battleground Ratings

2008 Battleground States (as reported by The Rothenberg Political Report 09/22/2008–a non-partisan analysis of American Politics & Elections)

Total Electoral Votes
(270 needed to win)

Obama – 197 (safe/likely) + 63 (lean) = 260
McCain – 160 (safe/likely) + 67 (lean) = 227
Toss-ups = 51

Toss-Ups

  • Colorado (9)
  • Nevada (5)
  • New Hampshire (4)
  • Ohio (20)
  • Virginia (13)

Lean McCain

  • Florida (27)
  • Indiana (11)
  • Missouri (11)
  • Montana (3)
  • North Carolina (15)

Lean Obama

  • Michigan (17)
  • Minnesota (10)
  • New Mexico (5)
  • Pennsylvania (21)
  • Wisconsin (10)

Safe/Likely McCain

  • Alabama (9)
  • Alaska (3)
  • Arizona (10)
  • Arkansas (6)
  • Georgia (15)
  • Idaho (4)
  • Kansas (6)
  • Kentucky (8)
  • Louisiana (9)
  • Mississippi (6)
  • Nebraska (5)
  • North Dakota (3)
  • Oklahoma (7)
  • South Carolina (8)
  • South Dakota (3)
  • Tennessee (11)
  • Texas (34)
  • Utah (5)
  • West Virginia (5)
  • Wyoming (3)

Safe/Likely Obama

  • California (55)
  • Connecticut (7)
  • Delaware (3)
  • Hawaii (4)
  • Illinois (21)
  • Iowa (7)
  • Maine (4)
  • Maryland (10)
  • Massachusetts (12)
  • New Jersey (15)
  • New York (31)
  • Oregon (7)
  • Rhode Island (4)
  • Vermont (3)
  • Washington (11)
  • D.C. (3)
I firmly believe that women voters can help sway these ratings towards a particular candidate. The $64,000 question is who will do it? Read through the postings, visit the resources, and stay informed to make the best decision.
 

Voter Resources

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Did you know that the National Mail Voter Registration Form is the one form that you can use to register from anywhere in the U.S.? 

Here is a great resource to use while you prepare for November 4th (better yet, mid-October early registration starts)!

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission

http://www.eac.gov/index_html1

 

Women voters could be deciding factor September 21, 2008

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Even with the economy looming as the number one issue facing American voters, the women vote is still generating heavy coverage. Follow the link below to read a recent article on women being the deciding factor to the Presidential race.

http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2008/09/21/women-voters-could-be-key-to-presidential-race/

Do you feel that one candidate reaches out more to women than another? Share your stories and be ready to be supported or opposed!