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Who do you plan to vote for in the presidential election on Nov. 4?

Barack Obama (Democrat-Working Families) 41% 1206 votes
John McCain (Republican-Conservative
-Independent)
38% 1117 votes
Roger Calero (Socialist Workers) 0% 15 votes
Gloria LaRiva (Socialism & Liberation) 0% 13 votes
Cynthia McKinney (Green) 1% 41 votes
Bob Barr (Libertarian) 4% 131 votes
Ralph Nader (Populist) 5% 163 votes
Undecided 2% 77 votes
Not voting 4% 116 votes
Total Votes: 2879

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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October 26, 2008
3:11 p.m.

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aquaorchid ( aquaorchid ) says...

Obama is the only choice for anyone who cares about his/her country. He'll have no problem winning.

October 26, 2008
5:06 p.m.

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aquaorchid ( aquaorchid ) says...

Adirondack Al -- Every politician is a wholly-owned subsidiary of something or someone. Is this news to you?
It is always a choice between the lesser of two evils. In this case, Obama is the best choice. That is why he will win. So, I hope you get used to calling him President Obama.

October 26, 2008
5:27 p.m.

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timbok ( timbok ) says...

Obama is not the American of our fore fathers, but an insult to our Conservative values, McCain-Palin 08

October 26, 2008
7:37 p.m.

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aquaorchid ( aquaorchid ) says...

Timbok,

News flash: Obama is not a Conservative.
Obama-Biden 08

October 26, 2008
8:44 p.m.

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timbok ( timbok ) says...

Thats why I said hes an insult, he wants to ruin everything our founding fathers sought to gain for us, why vote for him?

A vote for Obama, is a vote for socialism

October 26, 2008
8:55 p.m.

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aquaorchid ( aquaorchid ) says...

Hey Timbok,

As you write about our founding fathers and how it's an insult to vote for Obama, you're probably using a cellphone made in China and wearing clothes made by child slave labor.
The last time you bought something made in the USA was when you bought a bottle of Wild Turkey. You're a phony!

October 26, 2008
10:12 p.m.

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timbok ( timbok ) says...

I bought a gun made in America a couple of weeks ago........
All my wood pellets are made in america.
My meat.
My Money.
My veggies.
And almost everything else, I don't waste money sir on cellphones, I don't have a cellphone, I plan on joining the U.S. Navy sir.

So don't be so judgemental. Obama is not an American like our founding fathers, it has nothing to do with skin color, but with his connections to terrorists - his pro abortion, pro-union, anti-gun, anti-first amendment, etc.

Don't call me a hypocrite, call your messiah one (Obama)

Bless you, may the Lord Jesus bless you.

October 27, 2008
4:52 a.m.

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Joseph ( Joseph ) says...

It is difficult to vote for a president, because all you see is the promises that have turned into lies,people have thought every president they voted for was going to be the perfect one and all would end up in prosperity, well that is a fairy tale world. You get what you vote for... and as America has been trying to force God out of the country as a negative influence, in which this country was founded," Don't expect Gods blessings when you excuse him of being a curse, because it will only get worse".

October 27, 2008
9:16 a.m.

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Dr_Chim_Richolds ( Dr_Chim_Richolds ) says...

Religious people frighten me when they make online comments. They're always so dogmatic. It's scary, no?

October 27, 2008
11:42 a.m.

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schdygirl ( schdygirl ) says...

Personally, I believe Obama is not liberal as the media makes him out to be. .... supporting gays to live a normal life as a round peg in a square society, and supporting women to have legal rights to HER reproductive choices, especially when raped or victim of incest or when life is threatened does NOT make him FOR abortion.

Look at the right --- "Old man", inherited money, decorated war veteran and continued war machine, decades in Congress (part of the history of the problem) paired with the epitome of the woman he and his generation and colleagues would most abhor -- beauty queen in a tailored suit, not so smart, control freak, who leaves her children to prove herself in the man's world. Many, many woman have moved so far past that --- and know that caring for the child they bring into the world is more important that a career or a buck, and that they don't have to be like a man. They can be women .... not seductive, winking, manipulative beauty queens.

And yes Dr_Chim I agree the dogmatic statemnts are meant to be frightening. I however am not frightened when Religious people do their online fear game. I recognize it for what it is, a lack of substance and logic and therefore a need to attempt to control with fear. Its the "come to the alter to get saved in case you get in a car crash on the way home" psychology.

And for timbok, I can see how your weak mind has been taken over by Rush Limbaugh and the likes of him. They are paid 6+ figures to tell you what their sponsers want you to hear. Truth has nothing to do with what comes out of their mouths. Seriously, do some research and open your mind, you may realize that the truth is much different than what you think it is. For example, please do some research and give me an example of where Obama has been anti-first amendment.

October 27, 2008
12:33 p.m.

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Paul_Schenectady ( Paul_Schenectady ) says...

if anyone believes that the Presidential election is going to fix the problems.... regardless of the winner, you may want to read up a bit more.

The Democrats and Republicans are equally responsible for the troubles we are in today. Hell, Palosi herself said when she became speaker that she would do whatever she could to make Bush a lame duck for the remainder of his Presidency. This behavior is beyond irresponsible. Shes being paid to try to work hand in hand with others to get things done for all of the US citizens.

The Democrats now are using tactics all over the country to get elected. They are trying to tie every Republican to Bush at all levels... yet many Dems have supported Bush from time to time.

I guess this came off as anti-democrat but my point is as has happened in many elections... IGNORE the bullshiat. Make sure you are paying close attention to the Senators and Congress (men and Women) that you are electing. These are the people involved in all levels of decision making. Many of them are partly responsible for the issues we face today. Blaming everything on the current President is just a way to get elected/reelected. He hasnt been perfect by any stretch but neither have the Senate nor House.

One thing ive always found disturbing is that many Americans get pissed about things and they find it VERY easy to blame just one person... often the President. He is obviously the most public and identifiable source. The problem is that so many of the Senate and House are just as responsible for the problems AND the attempted solutions that we all face.

If I could say one thing to voters...

Make sure you START LOCAL and work your way up in demanding change... not the top down. If we change President we may see some change but to trully see significant change we need it to start close to home and make sure everyone is accountable... not just creating a skapegoat President and leaving the same people in charge of the issues that affect us so greatly.

October 27, 2008
1:53 p.m.

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farmerTed ( farmerTed ) says...

I am concerned about the thinking of many of my fellow Americans. What's great about America is that anybody can become anything they want to, if they are willing to work for it! The democratic party has created a system in which those who achieve are forced to support those who do not. There is no incentive to do great things if you are rewarded for doing nothing.

Those who believe the democratic party stands up for the rights of the people are partially correct. They protect your right to burn the flag, use the n-word in rap lyrics (but call it hate speech if anyone else uses it), CHANGED the Constitution to read "public Purpose" instead of "public use" (Justice Stephens wrote the opinion), and make it illegal for christians to pray in school, but illegal to stop any other religion from praying. The Democrats want to strike the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. Here's an idea, how about some consequences and responsibility for those who use them in an inappropriate matter. We need to get away from being a society that looks to assign blame, get back to assigning responsibility for your own actions.

The majority of the endless babbling coming from the candidates has centered on things they can't change in the first place. Taxes, economic policy, and foreign policy can be suggested by the President; but it will ulitmately be passed by Congress, after both houses have added millions of pork dollars, and attached regulations that make it nearly impossible to comply with.

Taking from the rich and giving to the poor only holds America back from being the greatest country in the world. Compared to any other country, those we consider poor are far from it. Instead of 'spreading the wealth" as Mr. Obama plans to do; why not encourage others to plan, get motivated, and achieve! Quality education should be based on the successes out of the schools; if one student can achieve success, why can't the others? My guess is a lack of effort and parental guidence.

On November 4 I will vote for the best candidate for America, and not a select few Americans. I will cast a vote for States Rights and Limited Federal Government as our Founding Fathers intended. I will cast a vote for those who have secured our nation and created wealth (which creates oportunity for others (poor people don't hire anybody).

As for the abortion issue; shall we also legalize prostitution? A woman should have the right to sell her body if she chooses, and a man should have the right to pay for it. And don't stand for legalized abortion, then wait at the airport to call our soldiers "babykillers," it makes you look like a hypocrite.

October 27, 2008
5:24 p.m.

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Scott4Jesus ( Scott4Jesus ) says...

Look People Wake Up! The people that are running will make no difference for the United States. They are the puppets and mouthpieces of the real movers and shakers in this world. Saudi Arabia is the wealthiest country in this World. Who hit those towers? They were all with the exception of one from Saudi. They are purchasing our manufacturing facilities (GE, silicone and plastic divisions) they are on the move to buy all of our ports. Along the whole east coast. So if you think for one moment the President is in charge think again. Dick Chaney has been the middleman for eight years now. W is not that good an actor.

October 27, 2008
7:34 p.m.

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martymefurst ( martymefurst ) says...

If only one could only have a crystal ball to look back and see who men like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison would have supported. One could pretty easily guess without the need of any scrying device who they would not have supported, and my guess is that they'd have a good belly laugh at a VP nominee who couldn't name one newspaper that she reads, or couldn't say for sure what her job is even going to be once she has it (even thought it's written down in the Constitution, a document that anyone with an internet connection has free access to instantly.)

October 27, 2008
8:54 p.m.

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aquaorchid ( aquaorchid ) says...

Hey timbok, I’m glad the military will take you. Obviously, based on your comments you didn't quite finish high school and most probably grew up in a pretty rough household. The service will do you some good and will hopefully teach you tolerance. It will also help to curb your anger and will help with your lack of maturity issues. Obama is as much an American as you and I or he couldn't run for President. I wish you well and pray for you too.

October 28, 2008
8:57 a.m.

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schdygirl ( schdygirl ) says...

Hey farmer Ted- you should not generalize so much. I am a democrat (registered) and I have NEVER burned a flag or called a soldier a baby killer. I think you are stuck in the Vietnam era, that's when these issues were thrown around. As far as prayer in schools, kids can pray all day long! What you do in your head is in your head. They can also form a group that included Christian children. What they cannot do is prostalatize, which is really great because I don’t want someone in a school trying to convert my kid to a religion that I may or may not approve of.
I also find it interesting how you can be concerned about abortion and prayer and school yet say there is no incentive for those who have much to not help others. Obama wants to put the tax rate back to where it was, not take money from the rich. Please get this…put the tax rate to where it was during the Clinton Era by taking away the tax breaks…not adding new taxes. The reason he wants to do this is so that he can pay for programs that DO encourage others to do for themselves, while giving back to their communities. Not everyone is going to come from a great home or attend a great school system. Look at Schenectady High compared to Niskayuna scores and graduation rates. Money does make a difference. Why should the children suffer and then put a further burden on society because their parent(s) cannot pull themselves together? It isn’t so simple to think that someone is doing homework their homework will succeed. There are several factors, such as proper nutrition, cleanliness (to prevent multiple illnesses, family support, a home to live in, heat in the winter, etc. Can’t people see that it is a never ending cycle unless we do something different to change it? Taking away the tax B R E A K S for the rich will support programs for people to “…encourage others to plan, get motivated, and achieve!” There will always be some that put a drain on society, but nearly everyone I know works (and several work multiple jobs) to get and maintain the little they have. We need to put a little more faith in our neighbors.
I would be surprised if one person who posted in here is over that annual 250k mark anyway…why would you vote against a plan that would benefit you, your children, your neighborhood and your society? You guys are listening to these rich hysterical people who have some money to lose.

October 28, 2008
9:49 a.m.

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timbok ( timbok ) says...

One. I am from a very good neighborhood, a very good family, I am homeschooled, I have an 96 average in school, I want to join the military because I believe in them! I am Conservative who is passionate, Obama is a liberal who would ruin our Constitution! Do I sound mad, good, because I'm passionate about my country

October 28, 2008
10:07 a.m.

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schdygirl ( schdygirl ) says...

One is not a sentence and should not end with a .(period). In the next sentence you should use an A to describe your 96 average (not an 96 average). You should have used “;’s” to separate between what you were saying since you were listing several items. If you want to use a comma, you should have at least added an "and" between “school” and “I want” to close up the sentence. You should have an “a” before Conservative. The first part of the sentence has nothing to do with the last part of your sentence so they really should be separate. You did not back up your statement that Obama would ruin our constitution. If you make a claim you should really use examples to support your argument. Do I sound mad is a question and should be followed by a question mark not a period. You should end the paragraph with a period.
There are many positive outcomes to homeschooling; however one of the downsides to homeschooling is that you often get only the perspective of the people that schooled you. In a social school setting you are often exposed to other ideas and are able to find for yourself what works for you. By the way I am not putting you down, just want you to be sure you pay attention to what you are saying and how you say it, especially when pointing out how smart you are.

October 28, 2008
12:18 p.m.

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acostanzo ( acostanzo ) says...

Sheesh... MagicMark seems to be the only one who is one the mark. Everyone else needs to learn a little tolerance for other's opinions. Do you all realize how lucky and/or blessed we are to even be having this conversation? There are many places were we would be shot for such treason. So however you feel about the upcoming election, please shout it out WITH YOUR VOTE.

October 28, 2008
1:45 p.m.

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Paul_Schenectady ( Paul_Schenectady ) says...

where was I off the mark?

October 28, 2008
3:14 p.m.

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acostanzo ( acostanzo ) says...

Apologies, Paul. Indeed.

October 28, 2008
4:27 p.m.

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rox0r ( rox0r ) says...

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and make it illegal for christians to pray in school, but illegal to stop any other religion from praying.
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Stop spreading lies and ignorance. None of the candidates are perfect, but you sir are hurting America.

If you want to talk about conservative values and smaller gov't, I guess we should start with the 8 years of Clinton in which gov't was smaller than under than the 8 years of pork and spending Bush presided over. Also you should check out the deficit and compare the balanced budget Clinton presided over and how much he reduced the national debt before the "don't tax and spend lots more" republicans came into office.

Let's get back to conservative values. Get gov't out of our personal lives. Stop supporting religious fundies in their attempts to dictate what we have to do.

October 28, 2008
4:43 p.m.

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mhowie ( mhowie ) says...

I'm just glad that there was enough room to include ALL of the candidates in this poll. I hope voters have considered them all when making their decision.

October 29, 2008
6:44 a.m.

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superdave1919 ( superdave1919 ) says...

Politics make people crazy.....Middle class people like myself will hardly see a difference no matter who wins....Thats just the way the government is set up....Life is way too short....I really, really like Schdygirl

October 29, 2008
9:18 a.m.

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aquaorchid ( aquaorchid ) says...

Timbok, now I understand. You were home-schooled and that’s probably why you're prejudice and bigoted. The US Navy will be good for you. You need to be around people of different religious and racial backgrounds. Being schooled at home probably gave you a good education but left you ignorant to the real social issues that face our nation and you're probably socially bankrupt. You will have to get used to the fact that an African American will be our President. You will have to support our new leader and respect him. That's the American way. Oh, and when you join the US Navy, he will be your Commander and Chief. How ironic. :)

October 29, 2008
11:18 a.m.

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Upstater ( Upstater ) says...

When the Electoral College is eliminated then I'll take voting for president seriously. Beside, you are voting for the best speech writer that money can buy.
If the popular vote of the citizens counted then how did Bush make it into office? How did Wild Bill Clinton get into office....hmm can you say Electoral College? The Electoral College needs to vote the way of the people and not the party!
Why do we waste so much money on these campaigns when it actually could be put to better use? Hundreds of millions of dollars the candidates have to waste on ads to bash each other for a job that pays less?
Millions and millions of dollars that could have been put towards cancer research or similar, but No! They waste it on advertising! Put towards feeding the homeless! Put towards helping out our veterans that have been given the shaft by Washington! Put towards creating jobs for the jobless! Put towards helping America Farmers so they don’t have to sell off fields to developers!
No, instead they waste the money to lie to us about things they know they cannot change by themselves but it sounds good to the voters. No, they will waste all that money on NOTHING to improve the U.S.
Just imagine the nightmare if Hillary kept running! Heaven help us!

October 29, 2008
1:05 p.m.

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Upstater ( Upstater ) says...

Aquaorchild,
"You will have to support our new leader and respect him." No we don't, he's just an elected official that might become President. I don't recall the Bill of Rights stating we have to support and respect that office and the peson in it. I didn't support or respect Billy Clinton before or after he disgraced the Oval office.
People have to earn the respect, it doesn't come automatically when elected.
Maybe many years ago I would respond differently but the elected officials of today have gone further into the gutter and that my fine fellow American is why I do not have to show respect. They need to earn it. Case in point, a judge is suppose to get respect... hmmm FORMER Judge Jung in Fulton County, that right he was removed from the bench... another example of a person that was suppose to be shown respect.
Timbok will have to show respect if he is in the Navy because the President is his boss.

October 29, 2008
9:58 p.m.

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drgeorge ( drgeorge ) says...

It's pretty evident that the terrorists have found a perfect outlet for their hatred of the U.S. on the comment pages of our newspapers. What better way to get the American people riled up and on their side. Once we've been sold on their thinly veiled anit-American rhetoric (i.e. "Obama's country is not my country...Obama is not the American of our fore fathers, but an insult to our Conservative values...I bought a gun made in America a couple of weeks ago...Taking from the rich and giving to the poor only holds America back from being the greatest country in the world.") it's just a short step to adopting the the radical, Islamic view of our country. They don't have to kill us off; it's obvious that they have already won over many of us.

October 30, 2008
8:26 a.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

schdygirl you wrote "who leaves her children to prove herself in the man's world." That was so last century. Barak is leaving two girls for office. Maybe anyone serving in office, should not have kids or serve after the kids leave the nest. That would make McCain a good candidate. Oh, Biden has some kids too.

October 30, 2008
8:35 a.m.

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resident ( resident ) says...

The real issue is this: Is the country on the right direction on: Economics, Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy, THe answer is NO and for those reasons it is important to CHANGE the direction, The Republicians have based on the last 8 years have no basis of asking you for continual support on failed policies, Its time for a change.....

October 30, 2008
10:12 a.m.

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Upstater ( Upstater ) says...

Yes resident it is time for Change... FIRE WASHINGTON! Why to people re-elect the same clowns that have been there for decades and the country continues to go downhill. Can anyone say Kennedy? They will not place term limits on themselves since they have such a cake job. I can't leave work to go on vacation with tons of work to finish, but they can!
The Best Term limit is NOT to re-elect them... they have experience...so what our fore fathers were not all experienced people, some were great statesman but they never ran a country before.
People have to remember, a president cannot make changes by him or herself. You have the boneheads in congress to play nicely with. It is those same boneheads that do what is right for "The Party" and not the general public. Not every citizen votes straight across the party line...some do pick people from the other party. We have needed change since the early 70's! But did we get it? NO! Remember the energy crisis in the 70's? Washington forgot it otherwise we still would not be depending on foreign oil.
Let's clean the Slate and Fire Washington. The gravy train for them has to stop and stop now!

October 30, 2008
12:31 p.m.

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Paul_Schenectady ( Paul_Schenectady ) says...

you see, Resident is exactly part of the problem. You do realize that the Dems control the House and Senate. These people are the real driving force behind poliocies. They like to take credit when things are going well and then blame the President when things arent. If you want TRUE change... you better vote for more than a different President.

I still am not sure which way I will vote for Presdient but one thing is for sure... if Obama wins, the Democrats nolonger have any more excuses as to why the House and Senate are failing miserably.

Due your leg work, make the changes from the bottom up. Blaming everything on the President while re-electing those in the House and Senate ... and even down here at the local and state level will only leave you with the same issues. *NEWS FLASH* the President AND the House AND the Senate are ALL responsible for the predicament the country is in.

October 30, 2008
12:33 p.m.

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Paul_Schenectady ( Paul_Schenectady ) says...

Do, not Due :-)

October 31, 2008
8:59 a.m.

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schdygirl ( schdygirl ) says...

Annarondac-
I really don’t even know how to respond to what you said. Apparently you do not know your candidate as well as you should…McCain has 7 children. They range in age from 17- 48. So Maybe you should do a little bit more research on your candidate and not take Limbaugh’s word for who he is. It’s amazing what you can find out! Also the point I was trying to make about the leaving of the children in the first place was from a feminist point of view and what it takes to be accepted in a man’s world. I am pretty sure Palin is the only woman on a ticket, although at McCain’s age he has lost most of his testosterone, so its possible he could have more estrogen than testosterone.

Paul,

the dems do control the house and senate right now-by a small margin. However, for several years they did not control the house or senate. In the past year and a half that they have been in control they have had a republican president who decided to use his veto powers for the first time. We also have only heard from the president these past few years when he is not getting what he wants and therefore needs to use his fear tactics. When the dem’s voted no to the war budget, the repub’s turned it around (and still are ie mccain to obama) and said how dem’s refused to support the troops by signing that bill. I remember the house walking out of office and refusing to vote because the bill was so ludicrous. I don’t think it is really fair to say that some people have not tried. While I agree that we need to make changes from the bottom up and that our priorities are so incredibly screwed up (spending multiple millions for local and federal campaigns while people have no health care and are losing their homes). I really agree that “ …the President AND the House AND the Senate are ALL responsible for the predicament the country is in.”
Just want to remind people that this is not a party thing (BOTH are to blame) but an individual thing. People who have been in for the entire time are part of the problem, whereas some of the newer people are still trying to fight their way through the mud. I too am getting so tired of the blame game. It’s like listening to my kids fight! If someone breaks a window in December-are we going to argue about who did it while the cold air is pouring in or are we going to fix the window and then deal with the issues to make sure it doesn’t get broken again?

October 31, 2008
10:47 a.m.

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Paul_Schenectady ( Paul_Schenectady ) says...

good points Schdygirl!

the analogy at the end of your post is EXCELLENT. All sides are responsible and for the last year to two neither side is allowing anything to be accomplished because they dont want that credit earned to be used as election collateral

meanwhile we all get to feel that collateral... collateral damage that is.

October 31, 2008
5:46 p.m.

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Old_Guy ( Old_Guy ) says...

Anyone is crazy not to vote for a president that'll give them everything for free. That's why Obama is for me!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=381gFG4Crr8

October 31, 2008
8:04 p.m.

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esteban1949 ( esteban1949 ) says...

well when we all lok at the mess both houses of our congress have gotten us into. the same chuckleheads we keep electing time and again. The same people who voted a bailout that We the People said NO to, not once but twice, we lose sight as we are so busy trying to keep our jobs,our homes that we really don't see the real power behind the white house and both houses...it's the lobbyests and all the big dollar donors who keep the "average" Joe the plumber type of citizen of getting our voices heard. The Next president will be just like a band leader...as the president can only lead,guide and direct and write a bunch of "executive orders too" but can't write or pass laws...Only the House and Senate can do that...so if you want change then clean out the chuckleheads in Congress and the senate...and start all over, Then...maybe then...we the people may get an even chance...and that's my story ...and history will back me up on it !

Go Rats !!

November 1, 2008
8:58 a.m.

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peterb ( peterb ) says...

I want Obama to win so that the government can run my health care - after all they do such a great job with social security, welfare, and medicare! In fact, I think the goverment ought to run EVERYTHING, because I'm just too stupid to run my own life. GO B. HUSSEIN OBAMA!

November 1, 2008
11:20 a.m.

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esteban1949 ( esteban1949 ) says...

To PeterB You aint stupid...if that were true...all of us walking around in our neighborhoods with a sign pinned to us...saying...Hi I'm stupid...Take that fustration and if you are angry...then take that too to the ballot box...and vote...even if it is the lessor of the 2 evils this time around...do it...then when the next election cycle comes around...make & take the time to get politically pro-active...find out who represents you in the area you live in...and ask questions..if you don't understand why a city,county,state or federal legislator did ask for that person to account ...as you are helping pay their salary...don't lay there and be a rug for them to walk all over you...and trust me...the Government is NOT the Answer to our problems...it was we the peoples fault for allowing them in Washington DC to do what they have done to everyone of us...at the moment with the election just around the corner...it is rather late...but again...listen to what your house and senate reps say and do...if you have the time watch them on C-span...and see how they speak...if they say more often than not.." In my opinion"...then you know that they are NOT speaking for the people...but for who ever is pushing them from the lobbiest side ...and trust me 95% of the lobbiests there in DC don't have OUR best intrests at heart...Wake up,stand up and fight back...and vote...even if it is for obama...but also look hard at the records of those in the House and Senate !! Good luck...and have a good week end...

Go Rats !! ( Albany River Rats that is !!!)

November 3, 2008
4:57 a.m.

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Joseph ( Joseph ) says...

CHIM...no it is not scary for a christian to write a message in here, I pray for my country..do you? How many people do, or do they just sit around complaining about how the country is no good ! But like I said, if you take God out of the country, who are you putting in his place ? If you are relying on mankind to straighten this country out, well you see the evidence of what that has caused, look around you.

November 3, 2008
7:08 a.m.

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vilibro3 ( vilibro3 ) says...

I dont think it makes too much difference if McCain wins...His "Partner"(john and I)Sarah screaming away has him "dead and buried" anyway !!!!

Vil

November 3, 2008
10:53 a.m.

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schdygirl ( schdygirl ) says...

It is really sad that people think they know what is going on and then vote on the advice of those who have something to lose. Take for example Social Security tax. Every single employee in this country pays 7.65 % for a combination of Social Security/Medicare taxes. The employer then pays 7.65 % to match the employee contribution. A total of 15.30% is therefore paid to the government to run Social Security and Medicare programs; this is separate from other federal and state taxes.
The maximum amount that you have to pay into this system changes every year. In 2008 the cap was raised to 102,000 (from 76200.00 in 200 when Bush was first elected). Anyone making over 102,000.00 does NOT have to pay any more money into this system. So the CEO’s making Millions of dollars save 76, 500.00 every million they make, not to mention their employer is also saving that amount of money.
So, For example, Lloyd C. Blankfein from Goldman Sach’s Group had total compensation in 2007 of nearly 54 million dollars! His base salary was 600,000.00 while his cash bonuses were 26, 985, 474.00. He also received “perks”(384,157.00), stock awards (15,542,756.00) and an option award (10,453,031.00 whatever that is). I’m sure those are all ways of avoiding paying taxes. Just on the salary and bonuses, between Blankfein and Sachs, they save nearly 4.3 million dollars in taxes just not paying that 7.65%! If these rich guys just paid that percentage on all the money they make we would have no financial troubles in this country. Really what does one person do to make 54 million dollars in one year(No surprise they are into investment banking)?
I pay 7.65% on every dime I make and probable most of you writing in this blog do as well. Why is it unfair to ask these rich guys to pay 7.65% on every dime they make too? Especially those that are making the dimes from our breaking our backs! Educate yourselves and stop responding to emotional hysteria from the rich guys trying to scare you!
So when these guys are scaring you and saying Obama is a socialist who wants your money…it isn’t true. And even if it were, you would not be in the bracket that he is going after. The police departments, schools system, fire department, Healthy NY, Medicare, Social security, etc are all socialist concepts. Can they be improved? Absolutely! But they do and have worked while being crippled in a capitalistic society. Helping your neighbor is not the root of all evil.
Wake Up! These are Rush Limbaughs friends! These are Glen Beck’s Golfing buddies! They are using their personally paid media to do whatever they can to spread lies and hate so they can keep their pocketbooks lined. And the earlier posts about the senate and house are truer than you can possibly imagine…for example Dianne Feinstein, a Senior Senator in California is married to Richard Blum, a big investment banker who I am sure is benefiting from the bailout! Wake up people, really, stop the madness and just wake up!

November 3, 2008
11:50 a.m.

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dragonemprss ( dragonemprss ) says...

As I sit here and read the posts prior to mine, it greatly saddens my heart as to how uneducated and narrow-minded a majority of the population of this great country has become. Slinging feces back and forth at each other like uncultured primates is one of the main reasons no one takes this country seriously. You have a Vietnam P.O.W. (of which that will always be highly respected) who is also a 26 yr veteran of the Senate of whom states NOW is the time he will change America. He won’t even speak with the leader of one of our strongest allies and openly chastises his wife and calls her the C word in public and at rallies. And choice of VP...where to begin than other she has setback the forward strides of women to the Stone Age. She supports her husband’s actions to try and secede Alaska from the United States. One moment she openly states that she is a feminist and the next, she is offended to be labeled as such (4 days later). Some of her worst moments are when she stated that research w/fruit flies is a waste of money considering she’s a mother of a special needs child and that victim’s have to pay for their own rape kit. These alone should be indicators of how she is the scariest woman on the planet to be speaking on behalf of any group, or speaking period. On the flip side, Obama is young and does not have a long tenured career in the political arena. As far as the socialism thing, Obama’s statement is a capitalistic view. The multi-million/billion dollar companies that would not feel a major ripple in their finances are the primary targets; giving that money to the middle class would actually perpetuate spending, thus causing the need for higher production of supply to meet the demand, which would put that money right back into the hands of the big companies and create more jobs (and if you don't believe me, ask the candidate for the Socialist party - he is offended that anyone would claim socialism when no acts of socialism have been presented and somehow I get the feeling he has a pretty good idea of what socialism is). VP pick...Biden; he is a good pick for VP. He has vast experience in foreign policy, Obama's weakness, and he is the type of person who will not only disagree with Obama in the way that he should to help perpetuate solutions to a given problem, but allow another spectrum of thought to enter the arena. He also as a single father during his sons’ younger years has a greater understanding of the struggles many single parents face today. Palin cannot do this for McCain as she has no experience to bring to the table to make an argument. She can't even name a periodical/editorial of which she can get information from. My 10 year old daughter asked if the Chicago Tribune counted and we live here in New York. My 10 year old came up with an answer. Remember to always support the valiant efforts of our troops; without them, we wouldn't have the freedoms that we take for granted everyday.

November 3, 2008
1:27 p.m.

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Paul_Schenectady ( Paul_Schenectady ) says...

Yet another reminder to vote CHANGE at the local and state levels... Our governor has put off addressing radical change until after the election when his cohorts are all re-elected and settled in for a couple more years. PLEASE, remember that if you trully want CHANGE to address it from the bottom up. I could care less at this point who anyone is voting for President. Vote CHANGE locally!!! The clowns have been running this country into the ground before... and long after the next President will be in office.

November 3, 2008
6:47 p.m.

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aquaorchid ( aquaorchid ) says...

To all of you who post these lengthy, lengthy essays, just be aware that nobody reads them.

November 3, 2008
9:50 p.m.

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martymefurst ( martymefurst ) says...

Well aquaorchid, maybe I'm bored but I read them. Dragonemprss seemed like she had a bit of a rant but I can't say I disagreed with much of what she said. McCain really blew it when he picked Palin as his running mate, and the only chance he had of getting my vote was to pick a Veep that was at least as respectable as himself. The Republican Party must have a hundred more worthy candidates, but he went for the cynical choice, probably hoping she'd get him both the Hillary and the bible thumping, gun hugging vote. Instead he's drawn out the nuts in force. Put a fork in him, he's done.

November 4, 2008
9:24 a.m.

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mybigfamilyof9 ( mybigfamilyof9 ) says...

Schdygirl, I thank you for your eye opening posts. I was planning on voting for Obama/Biden even before I read this page. I now feel more confident in my vote. The main reason I was voting for Obama/ Biden was because I am a working mother of 7.It seems they can identify with working hard trying to make it, versus someone with no financial worries. My husband and I work hard to provide. Also someone stated that the kids are not learning because of the parents.That is not true. Most parents in certain places can't teach the kids because they didn't make it far in school themselves, or they have to work , take care of the house and they do not have time. It is a chain reaction. I have some college credits but I have children in high school and the homework they have I am not able to help them like I should. If there was more funding for school they can get extra help. I do not have the skills of a teacher just as some of the other parents would say, that is why I send them to school.If children get all available resources to them to learn they will make better choices in life no matter where they come from.There are some people who do not want to admit that they do not want a black president and say their vote is not based on race. If Obama was white and he was making the same call for change would you vote for him?

November 4, 2008
1:09 p.m.

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mvick7 ( mvick7 ) says...

Buchanon had a black woman as VP running mate. Where were all the race-voters for him then? If you want to vote for someone just because of the color of their skin, why not vote for McKinney? She should get the Hillary and Obama voters. She wants an independent investigation into 911, which according to polls, over 50% of NYers want. When the media blacklists candidates, they fear them, which for us, the people, should be a clue. Get one. Obama and McCain both voted for corporate welfare bailout. Hmmmmm....

 

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