Ahhh, some good discussion in the comments. I applaud all the clear thinkers, and 'anonymous' was fun, too. If you're a fan of "Chocolate Jimmy" (just my pet name for Barry, since he's pretty much running Carter's '76 campaign, but with a little help from his terrorist friends) you don't need to worry. I'm sure your boy will get into office no prob, what with all the dead and/or fictitious Democrats who are poised to get out the vote on Nov. 4th. That being said, and it's been proven in at least twelve states... follow the ACORNs if you have any doubts about the validity of my statement, I too am puzzled why only liberals/Socialists are allowed a political opinion. As they are purportedly so 'broad-minded', it's enlightening to see true colors coming through.
The fact that my husband works for the Feds has no bearing on our personal politics. He's worked through three different presidential administrations, and his pay was frozen about three years ago. Controllers do an incredibly difficult job, and the training is no bit of cake. Of all the Government's employees, the air traffic controllers are by far the smallest group, and aside from our military, have the greatest job stresses. There are some controllers who are comfortable with the idea of Socialism in this country, because they are certain they will be the 'elite'. These short-sighted individuals don't recognize the dangers such a world could effect upon their children and grandchildren, and they blissfully welcome Obama's messages of Hope and Change. The change will come and it will be painful to all of us. For every one's talk of how broad-minded they are, how European nations have it so great, and how bass-ackwards the US is, I'd like to point out (just for the record, in case anyone cares how broad-minded Europeans actually are) that civil unions aren't recognized anywhere in Europe (and in fact will get you killed in Arab nations), Belgium kills premature babies with lethal injections of morphine so their society won't be burdened with 'problem children', and the old and infirm are being euthanized in the Netherlands. Oh, baby, sign me up. (Yes, 'anonymous', I know you're trying to already.)
As for sucking the government tit, er, teat. My husband actually goes to a job, five days a week, puts in his hours on position, and is paid for his ability to keep airplanes from smacking into each other. For this he is paid a wage. We receive no government assistance of any kind, and my business is not being assisted in any way with an SBA loan. In fact, I didn't qualify, since I hold no degree in business, and the myth that if you have ovaries you get 'special help' is nothing short of a joke. My business exists because I have a loving husband, great friends who pitched in with labors of love to help when things got sticky, and the trust of my customers who know that when they step in the door, they are welcome no matter what their party affiliation, and they get the best deal on the best fabrics and yarn I can bring to them. As Clementine's grows, so does the list of wonderful people I know, and I'm proud of what we have accomplished in only fifteen short months. Starting a business from scratch has been the toughest thing I've ever done, and my voicing my concerns that the government could come in and crush my dream before it's fully realized is not unfounded. I watched my dad's business die during the Carter years, because, as an electrician, there wasn't any work to be had. The high mortgage rates of the mid to late 70's effectively killed the housing market. He did odd jobs and we became homeless. If you haven't lived in a tent, and scrounged your food, shut the hell up.
It was a crappy existence, but we fought through it, and Ronald Reagan had a lot to do with getting this country back on track. He got the economy going again, and my parents could put a roof over our heads and food on the table. I hadn't even tried the "GOP kool-aid" yet, but even as a girl of thirteen, I knew who had it right, and it wasn't the left. Besides, I'm actually a conservative, not a Republican, but given my choice, I'll take a centrist GOP dude over Mr. "Hopey-Changey" any day. Btw, Sarah Palin is a freakin' rock star in my book, and for all the liberal feminists out there not supporting a woman who has proven herself to be a powerful and effective Governor, shame on you. You're just pissed because she's not some fat chick in ugly shoes. (And I'm a fat chick in ugly shoes, so bite me.)