The Real Cost of the 2012 Election

Today is the day that millions of Americans will cast their vote for the next President of the United States, for members of congress and thousands of other state and local issues. And as with any election, the most important thing you can do is get out and make an educated vote for the candidate and issue that matters most to you. That being said, here is something I meant to tweet out today but realized would not fit into 140 characters.

I’m going to keep this as short as possible but here’s the gist of it. Remarking only on the presidential election, here is why I am voting to re-elect Barack Obama as President. I would list the accomplishments of his first term but The Washington Monthly already did that. Read that.

My argument for Obama isn’t all the great things he has done and it isn’t all the great things he will do. It’s also not just because I can’t stand to stand for the ever changing ideals of Governor Romney or ignorant beliefs of Paul Ryan. Yes, those are incredibly important factors, however there is something of great consequence that will out-last his presidency and many more that follow. The Supreme Court.

  • Anthony Kennedy (Reagan) – 76 years old
  • Antonin Scalia (Regan) – 76 years old
  • Clarence Thomas (George H. W. Bush) – 64 years old
  • Stephen Breyer (Bill Clinton) – 74 years old
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Bill Clinton) – 79 years old
  • John Roberts (Chief Justice) (George W. Bush) – 57 years old
  • Samuel Alito (George W. Bush) – 62 years old
  • Elena Kagan (Barack Obama) – 52 years old
  • Sonia Sotomayor (Barack Obama) – 58 years old

There are of course nine justices on the Supreme Court. President Obama was given the opportunity to appoint two in his first term, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. He elected two of the only four female justices in history.

Four of the current Surpreme Court Justices are 74 years or older and it is expected that two, and even perhaps all four, will be replaced through retirement or for health reasons by the end of 2016. If Obama does not get re-elected, this gives Conservatives up to four more Supreme Court justices on their side of the issues. Two of the four potential retirees were appointed by Bill Clinton. The rest (excluding Sotomayer and Kagan) were appointed by President Reagan, President George H. W. Bush and President George W. Bush.

That means, if Mitt Romney wins the election, he will be given the opportunity to replace as many as half of the Democrat-appointed justices with Conservatives. That means the 5:4 split we currently have could become a 7:2 split.

What does a 7:2 split mean? It means Marriage Equality would be dead for 15-30 more years. That Roe v. Wade could likely be repealed. It means horrible legislation like Citizens United will stand. That immigration reform and dozens of other civil rights issues will be dust in the wind. That healthcare reform would be repealed.

I’m voting for President Barack Obama’s reelection because I want to get married. Because I respect my female friends and family. I’m voting for President Barack Obama because without healthcare reform, I cannot get insurance.

I’m voting for President Barack Obama because I’m afraid of what would happen to my rights and the future of civil rights for decades to come should Mitt Romney win.

People Are Stupid

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It seems like it’s been years since I started noticing that people are stupid. Some are kinda stupid, some are not that stupid and then some are just fucking stupid. It doesn’t bother me too much when a normal person does something stupid. That only affects that one person, however, when someone with actual power does something stupid; that’s when I really get frustrated.

These sorts of things could be anything from the name Kwik Kopy to calling a bill The Defense of Marriage Act.

Quick is spelled with a “Q” and Copy is spelled with a “C”.

The Act was not defending the right for anyone to marry, it was actually attacking the ability of certain people to marry.  It’s all a misnomer that in some instances caused people to vote for something they were actually against.

I think Arnold Schwarzenegger is stupid for several reasons but the one that kills me would have to be when he vetoed the legalization of Gay Marriage in California.  He said

Voters and the state Supreme Court should decide the issue.

Schwarzenegger said it was up to the voters.  The voters elected their legislature and effectively voted to recognize gay marriage.  Those voters finally got a chance to give their say, a second time, this yes, voting just as their legislature had voted less than a year earlier.

That veto was a waste of money and time.  It cost the State of California millions of dollars, money that might have been better spent finding a solution to their failing school system and better equipping their fire departments to battle the annual summer blazes, which this year are at an all time high.

We could go in to how other politicians are stupid but I think we’d never be able to stop as it seems no one is free from making stupid, STUPID mistakes, Democrats included. (Though I do believe Republicans make a few more stupid mistakes)

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Here’s another stupid guy.  Jim Donald.  He managed to take Starbucks grow Starbucks to death and now he’s gone and Howard Schultz is back.  While Donald was growing the company, promising 15,000 stores in a matter of years and expanding to markets they were not ready to compete, Schultz was sitting in the background.  Unhappy with the massive expansion of Starbucks stores, Schultz finally voiced his opinion in September of 2007.  He stated;

Growth is good, but at what expense?!

Good point.  Seems Schultz had noticed what all of us Starbucks baristas and loyal customers noticed, that things are Starbucks were starting to really slack.  Goodbye Jim Donald and welcome back Howard Schultz, hopefully he can fix that Donald broke; how about fixing the stock which has dropped over 30 points since I was a Starbucks Partner.

Where did Jim Donald go after being pushed out of Starbucks?  Another company expanding far faster than it should, Rite Aid.  Good luck!

But lets get to the fun stupid people. There are those that videotape themselves committing crimes and posting them onto YouTube.

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I wonder who was the first genius to think, “I should provide the proof that I broke a law”.

Here’s another one, Joshua Lipton.  He thought it would be funny to go to a Halloween party as an escaped prisoner.  Never mind that there was a county prosecutor building a case against him for a DUI just a few weeks earlier.  A DUI where he seriously injured another female driver as he crashed into her car, leaving her in the hospital while he continued to drink and party, all while under age.

Sometimes these kinds of people are given a Darwin Award which is published each year.  Hilarious.

Another form of stupidity that gets me the majority of the time since I see it everyday is marketing stupidity.  Some of my favorite companies make these really stupid mistakes in their advertising campaigns, for instance.

The other night I was with Jeremy browsing Target.  Hanging from the ceiling was a calculator, it’s back to school time you know.

On the left you can see what they hung from the ceiling.  A magical calculator that spells out words with backwards numbers; on the right, you see what they should have shown, a calculator with the numbers 00734 on the screen.  They could have maybe even flipped the calculator to show the joke which really is only funny to little kids and only really funny when you spell out boobless.  But whatever.

Panera makes grammatical mistakes all of the time.  From missing punctuation marks to made up words.  It drives me mad when I see these things.  I see them all of the time.

The other day Ryan and I were in the mall when we saw a girl with nickles in her ear.  Not in her guaged out ear lobes, no.  They were in her ears.  Why the hell would you do that?  Cause you’re stupid.  That’s why.

I’ve thought a few times that I should make a blog with the soul purpose of cataloging these stupid people and stupid things I see everywhere.  This day in age it sure isn’t hard to find them.

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