Feb. 5th, 2008 01:26 pm
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I'm off to vote for Obama. My Dad voted absentee for Edwards, and my sister, so angered by Edwards's exit from the race is refusing to vote at all.

*crosses fingers for Obama*

Then I'm going to the IHOP to work on my dissertation.

*crosses fingers for dissertation*

Date: 2008-02-05 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Being Green, I voted for the candidate who lives four miles from me.

But in November, I will be voting against the Republican. Sigh...

Date: 2008-02-06 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wasn't Cynthia McKinney running on the Green ticket?

Date: 2008-02-06 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is very Green! By voting for a local candidate you are helping the environment by reducing transportation costs! ;)

Unfortunately my local candidate was Duncan Hunter. I just can't bring myself to vote for that...

Date: 2008-02-05 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I voted for Kubby, one of the three Libertarian candidates (out of twelve) who struck me as actually being libertarian. I'm hoping that Obama gets the Democratic nomination; I think I could bring myself to vote for him in the fall, whereas if Clinton's the nominee I'll vote for some third party candidate. Not the Republican: I really don't much care which of them gets the nomination, as all of them are intolerable—though I must admit I find Huckabee even viler than the rest.

Date: 2008-02-06 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not super jazzed about Hillary myself. But I would certainly vote for her over Huckabee...who just...I mean...that guy doesn't believe in science. That's a problem for me.

Date: 2008-02-06 03:37 pm (UTC)
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I have to take part of Clinton's platform personally: She wants to make health insurance compulsory, for everyone, and she has flatly refused to discuss how she will enforce this. I don't have health insurance, because I can't afford it. When I had it, five years ago, bare minimum catastrophic coverage cost me 16% of my gross income, and I was skipping doctor and dental visits because I was chronically broke—and then my rates went up, and I dropped, especially because I was about to turn 55 and face a big further jump in rates. I'm not sure I would be able to pay rent if I were forced to pay for health insurance at what it would cost me now. It's all very well to say that it's good for people to have something, but to force them to pay for it because you want them to have it, when they don't think they can afford it, is evil—and it's an evil that personally affects me.

I don't know if I could stomach voting for any Republican, and I'm sure voting for Huckabee would make me ill. But I'm not going to vote for someone who intends to do me personal injury. I'll vote for a third party candidate instead—a Libertarian, so long as it's not Ron Paul, or if necessary one of the other minor parties.

In contrast, Obama has apparently been trying to get answers out of Clinton about how she proposes to enforce her compulsory insurance scheme, and has said he wants to limit his proposal to health care for children, and let adults decide for themselves if they can afford insurance. That's still not ideal, but it's something I could live with. So I see a clear difference between them, and it's entirely in Obama's favor.


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