Well, the speculation is over. Hillary Clinton is out and Delaware Senator Joe Biden is in as Obama’s choice for Vice President. Gone too is Obama’s campaign mantra of “change”. By picking someone from one of the most private clubs in the world, the US Senate, and a hard core member of ruling elite rather than a Washington outsider and/or a woman (but not necessarily Hillary by the way), Obama has signaled the power elite that he’s willing to play ball by their rules.
Senator Biden has a long track record in foreign affairs, which is an area that Obama is woefully lacking in. He is also is well known for being one of the more liberal senators on the Hill (not to mention long winded). Senator Biden is the 10th longest serving senator. He currently serves as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, as well as the following subcommittees:
Subcommittee on Antitrust Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs (He serves a chairman)
Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law
Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees
Subcommittee on Technology Terrorism and Homeland Security
Senator Biden is also co-chairman of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control, where he wrote the laws creating the national “Drug Czar”. He has crafted the laws which created the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which added police officers, increased funding for prisons. Its most notable feature was the federal ban on assault weapons. Senator Biden also authored the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 which was aimed at curtailing domestic violence crimes. The senator also ran for president in 1988 and again in 2008.
It is interesting to note that traditionally we’ve had governor matched with a member of Congress in most presidential races (though not exclusively. JFK and LBJ come to mind). But given the people’s increasing gap in mistrust of the federal government, one would have thought Obama would have gone to a governor or business leader as his running mate. The mantle of change now rests with Senator John McCain, who is expected to announce his choice for Vice President sometime around next Friday. It will be interesting to see just how much of a maverick he still is.
Everyone has felt the pinch of the high price of gas (and just about everything else). A friend of mine sent me this hilarious video which seems to just about sum of the way most of us feel. The video is called “Nozzle Rage”. Enjoy!
Lastly, another political friend of mine, sent me a cute little poem she wrote about the upcoming Democratic Primary. She is a top notch real estate agent in Central Kentucky. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The First Book of Democrat
OBAMA IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT.
HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL FACTORIES
HE RESTORETH MY FAITH IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.
HE GUIDETH ME IN THE PATH OF UNEMPLOYMENT
YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGHT THE VALLEY OF THE BREAD LINE, I SHALL NOT GO HUNGRY.
OBAMA HAS ANOINTED MY INCOME WITH TAXES,
MY EXPENSES RUNNETH OVER MY INCOME.
SURELY, POVERTY AND HARD LIVING WILL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.
THE DEMOCRATS AND I WILL LIVE FOREVER IN A RENTED HOME.
BUT I AM GLAD I AM AN AMERICAN,
I AM GLAD THAT I AM FREE.
BUT I WISH I WERE A DOG,
AND OBAMA A TREE.
Thought for the Day
You know, I really dislike being told what I’m supposed to think or do. That’s why I never tell pollsters the truth. What products I’m going to buy, or who I’m going to vote for is none of their business. I don’t want a politician governing by poll results. I want someone who makes decisions based on their values. Frankly, I’m also getting a little tired of the media assuming Senator Obama is all but anointed and that anyone who disagrees with them is a racist. I think the American People still have a say in this election. Is anyone out there with me?