rosethorne: (fuck you spider jerusalem)
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I'd certainly vote for him again; our alternatives were a former moderate turned panderer and a woman who's so stupid she can't even name a Founding Father without prompting. Honestly wish he was less business as usual and more of the "change" he ran under. So far, it's just another politician in office, though thankfully one of the better-spoken ones we've had in a while.

I am sick of him kowtowing to the conservatives. They don't like him, never have and never will, and aren't going to support anything of his. So fuck 'em. They've never wanted bipartisan compromise, just their way or the highway. Time to give them the highway.

Instead of bailing out the banks, he should've been bailing out the people the banks fucked over. It's obvious that trickle-down economics doesn't work, and given how the banks still haven't stopped being dicks, I'd say the bailout was a failure. Once they finish charging us to pay us back, they'll go back to their habits.

At the same time, he inherited a mess that's been building up and festering for decades. That won't get undone in a year.

I didn't watch the SotU address (I was in class), but I'm not thrilled with what I've heard of it. He needs to stop catering to idiots and start pushing shit to get done. He ran on change. We elected him on change, and he needs to start delivering.

Date: 2010-01-28 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well SAID, old boy!

Date: 2010-01-28 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Agreed. It's great that he bailed out the banks, but he should have also helped bail out the rest of us and tie the bank bail out to reforms and regulations on the industry.

He doesn't seem to understand that the Republicans are not interested in bipartisanship. He needs to call them on it. He was supposed to be a progressive president, but he's turning out to be moderate at best, though still called a socialist/fascist/commie/pinko/etc.

Date: 2010-01-29 12:11 am (UTC)
athenazandrite: (how may I woop your butt?)
From: [personal profile] athenazandrite
I am just stymied by how the Democrats are just GIVING UP right left and center. It's like Fox starts announcing people aren't happy with them and they're like "WHAT REALLY OK WE'LL STOP TRYING TO PUSH THROUGH FIXES! OMG DON'T HATE US!" The election of the republican in Mass wasn't because the people there don't like Obama's policies, it was because they had a MORON running for the democratic seat.

I ... I can't even talk about everything they're backing off on without frothing with rage. Guantanamo, public health option, some are talking about supporting Bush's tax cuts for the rich being brought back again. WTF seriously WTF?! I DIDN'T SPEND 8 YEARS SUFFERING UNDER BUSH TO HAVE YA'LL FINALLY WIN AND JUST STICK WITH IT! I effing hate politicians. And all the businesses that pay to make them do what they want.

Date: 2010-05-16 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I read that you went on Exchange to Cuba. Is it really the socialist paradise that some make it out to be?

As one of the few socialist/communist countries left in the world, I'm just curious as to how it operates as compared to western capitalist nations...

Date: 2010-05-16 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not since the fall of the USSR. Cuba fell into what's known as the Special Period, and as a result they turned more toward capitalism.

Mind, I also went before Raul Castro took over from Fidel, and it's turned more toward capitalism since.

Incidentally, the Special Period, not communism/socialism, is what led to so many people leaving by boat in the 90s.

Realistically, no nation is a paradise, socialist or capitalist.

Date: 2010-05-16 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
From my understanding, daily life there is the same in the sense that everyone get's up in the morning and goes to work.

From what I also understand however, is that the government rations food - nobody goes to the supermarket per se (or do they?). So how does that work? Everyone is rationed 2 loafs of bread, x amount of grams of meat etc?

And if the rations are not enough (from what I've also read), where do they get extra food from? Do their salaries allow for extra purchases? I'm just trying to wrap my head around how it all works.

Date: 2010-05-16 09:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your link is correct, though about 10 years old.

When I was there in 2004, it was during a period where the American dollar was legal tender. That period has gone--now the Cuban peso is it. Which, really, is good for those who have no access to dollars.

The problem is that with the shortages, things were dropped from ration. Where you could get a certain amount of chicken, for example, when the USSR was still around, you don't get nearly as much. The rest has to be supplemented from your salary at markets, including urban gardens. Where previously there was enough to sustain for a full month, with the salary for luxuries, with rations of shoes and clothing and toys, a lot of that was dropped out of necessity when they lost $6 billion/yr subsidies from the USSR and most of their sugar market (also the USSR).

Since then, a class system has returned. Those who work in tourism (including taxi drivers) have a leg up on those who do not.

Date: 2010-05-23 11:38 am (UTC)
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Hmm, you sound like an interesting person with broad life experience. That makes me curious about you. Would it be possible to be on your friends list and vice versa?

Date: 2010-05-23 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Certainly. ^^

Date: 2010-05-16 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
On second thought, this article gives me a pretty good indication of what was goes on over there.

Kind of sad really, because capitalism is a pretty unfriendly economic system.