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Polamalu Princess
10-23-2008, 07:44 PM
Letís not talk about what party you belong to or bash the other opponent, but letís talk about what YOUR most important issue is this election. No mud slinging, just what are you the most adamant about? What stand do you take and why?

revefsreleets
10-23-2008, 08:01 PM
Many things come into play for me: Integrity is #1, and that is based on track record.

I also consider it incredibly important that my candidate is principled without losing sight of reality, someone who believes positive change can be attained, but only through hard work and setting realistic and achievable goals. It's also of the utmost importance to me that this country not slip too far right or left. I don't want a Theocracy any more than I want Socialism, but I see "lines drawn in the sand" that lead me to believe that there are currently too many destructive influences from the fringes on the far edges of the parties who are closing in on achieving those "goals".

Neither help "We, the people", but both advance narrow ideologies embraced by a few who have managed to concentrate power in a government that was, ironically, built on the idea that these very things could NEVER occur.

fansince'76
10-23-2008, 08:07 PM
No mud slinging, just what are you the most adamant about?

Sorry to be the skeptic, but good luck with that. To answer the question though, the most important issue to me would be getting the economy back on track ASAP, but there's only so much the president can do in that regard.

Polamalu Princess
10-23-2008, 08:09 PM
Many things come into play for me: Integrity is #1, and that is based on track record.

I also consider it incredibly important that my candidate is principled without losing sight of reality, someone who believes positive change can be attained, but only through hard work and setting realistic and achievable goals. It's also of the utmost importance to me that this country not slip too far right or left. I don't want a Theocracy any more than I want Socialism, but I see "lines drawn in the sand" that lead me to believe that there are currently too many destructive influences from the fringes on the far edges of the parties who are closing in on achieving those "goals".

Neither help "We, the people", but both advance narrow ideologies embraced by a few who have managed to concentrate power in a government that was, ironically, built on the idea that these very things could NEVER occur.

Great points!

Polamalu Princess
10-23-2008, 08:11 PM
Sorry to be the skeptic, but good luck with that. To answer the question though, the most important issue to me would be getting the economy back on track ASAP, but there's only so much the president can do in that regard.

I know - it is hard not to do the mud slinging here, but I am trying!!!! The economy getting back on track is certainly very important, no matter what party you vote for in the election.

TheWarDen86
10-23-2008, 08:13 PM
Sorry to be the skeptic, but good luck with that. To answer the question though, it would be getting the economy back on track ASAP, but there's only so much the president can do in that regard.

I agree that the economy should be at the top. My issue however is a little more....sentimental? Honorable? And not necessarily everyone's top priority:

I want our troops to finish the mission and come home triumphant. I want us to finish what we started. What I don't want is for them to be pulled out early and have all the lives lost be in vain (sp?). Our politicians have done that in the past and it is wrong in so many ways. I could go on, but that's the skinny on where I stand.

GBMelBlount
10-23-2008, 08:22 PM
Sorry to be the skeptic, but good luck with that.

That's what I started to tell her when she asked about starting this thread.....but I stopped because I didn't want to sound too skeptical. :chuckle:

Polamalu Princess
10-23-2008, 08:27 PM
That's what I started to tell her when she asked about starting this thread.....but I stopped because I didn't want to sound too skeptical. :chuckle:

:flap::flap::flap::flap::flap::flap:

tony hipchest
10-23-2008, 08:55 PM
1) education
2) military

Makaveli
10-23-2008, 08:59 PM
God

Loved ones

Glory

Life

Purpose

Preacher
10-23-2008, 09:02 PM
1) Abortion-- I believe that it is immoral for me to support a candidate that supports abortion.

2) Military-Iraq-- I want a candidate that is will to take his hands off the military and allow the military to win the war in Iraq.

3) Economy-- I want a candidate that believes the economy is self-correcting 99 percent of time and does not need to be messed with. However, I want that candidate to be willing to turn the justice department loose on anyone caught tampering with or playing dirty pool in business.


My choice of candidate flows in that order, 2) is why I couldn't support the constitutional party candidate, though I gave him a hard look. It is also why I couldn't support a couple other 3rd party candidates. 1) is why I wouldn't have been able to support a McCain Lieberman ticket.

Makaveli
10-23-2008, 09:08 PM
1) Abortion-- I believe that it is immoral for me to support a candidate that supports abortion.

2) Military-Iraq-- I want a candidate that is will to take his hands off the military and allow the military to win the war in Iraq.

3) Economy-- I want a candidate that believes the economy is self-correcting 99 percent of time and does not need to be messed with. However, I want that candidate to be willing to turn the justice department loose on anyone caught tampering with or playing dirty pool in business.


My choice of candidate flows in that order, 2) is why I couldn't support the constitutional party candidate, though I gave him a hard look. It is also why I couldn't support a couple other 3rd party candidates. 1) is why I wouldn't have been able to support a McCain Lieberman ticket.

PERSPECTIVE,......is the most absolute truth of an existence comprised of "flesh".

Borski
10-23-2008, 09:08 PM
Several issues

Economy
Alternative Energy
Foreign Policy
War on Terror
Abortion
as well as others

TheWarDen86
10-23-2008, 09:11 PM
Several issues

Economy
Alternative Energy
Foreign Policy
War on Terror
Abortion
as well as others

Man, would I like to see someone take a serious...let me say that again SERIOUS look at what we can do to rid ourselves of our dependancy on fossil fuels (mostly, foriegn oil imports). AND, in a reasonable time-frame. Ex. Cars that run on my own urine by 2011. :chuckle:

Borski
10-23-2008, 09:31 PM
Man, would I like to see someone take a serious...let me say that again SERIOUS look at what we can do to rid ourselves of our dependancy on fossil fuels (mostly, foriegn oil imports). AND, in a reasonable time-frame. Ex. Cars that run on my own urine by 2011. :chuckle:

Yes, I cannot stand the BS timeframes they put out there. I wanna hear a timeframe that is within 8 years so if they don't meet it they will be accountable.

Preacher
10-23-2008, 09:38 PM
PERSPECTIVE,......is the most absolute truth of an existence comprised of "flesh".

I understand perspective.

I also understand the philosophy of perspectivalism.

What I don't understand is what this post has to do with an answer on a thread, "What is important to you?"

GBMelBlount
10-23-2008, 09:49 PM
Man, would I like to see someone take a serious...let me say that again SERIOUS look at what we can do to rid ourselves of our dependancy on fossil fuels (mostly, foriegn oil imports). AND, in a reasonable time-frame. Ex. Cars that run on my own urine by 2011. :chuckle:

Isn't that why the DOE was formed 30 years ago by Carter I think? To reduce our energy independence, explore alternative sources of energy, etc? I think there are 10,000 or 15,000 government employees plus another 50,000+ contract employees, and probably 25 billion in spending annually and I honestly have no idea what they've accomplished.....

Leftoverhard
10-23-2008, 09:52 PM
Education.
Restoring diplomacy.
Focusing our military.
Alternative energy.
Ending corruption in government.

HometownGal
10-23-2008, 10:03 PM
Homeland security first and foremost. If we are attacked again, we may not be in a position from 6 feet under to worry about all of the other issues.

I am fiercely pro-life, so I would naturally support a candidate who is against murdering innocent babies.

Upholding the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

tony hipchest
10-23-2008, 10:27 PM
Isn't that why the DOE was formed 30 years ago by Carter I think? To reduce our energy independence, explore alternative sources of energy, etc? I think there are 10,000 or 15,000 government employees plus another 50,000+ contract employees, and probably 25 billion in spending annually and I honestly have no idea what they've accomplished.....yes, thats why the DOE was formed, but in the 28 years since carter, a bush has been in the whitehouse for 20. thats right. 10,000-15,000 employees and 25 bil a year to protect the interests of "big oil".

in addition of 20 years of bush we have fought 2 major wars. one with iraq, and the other with... yep, iraq. sure we liberated kuwait, but we also were there to protect our big oil ally- saudi arabia. in the meantime. big oil co. is reaping record profits in a time of economic turmoil for americans.

remember how at the end of the clinton administration companies such as Fuelcell were all the rave? you know, electric powered cars and hydrogen powered batteries? check the ticker symbol for FCEL. lowest point in.... yep, the past 9 years.

steelwall
10-23-2008, 10:57 PM
No matter who's the next president....Congress is our problem. If a candidate said I'm gonna get the lead out the congresses arse and hold them accounable. He'd have my vote.

TroysBadDawg
10-23-2008, 11:09 PM
What is important is

Life = anti abortion Equal rights for unborn women and men
Economy = stop the pork and giveaways for votes
Military = with a strong military we can protect our borders if necessary
Intelligence = to know what is really going on not what the media tells us.
Education= to now how to use Intelligence



I think this says it best, I can not do it any better:

In reply to tony hipchest

545 PEOPLE
By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic
problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the
House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to
regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation,' or 'politics' that prevent them
from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

Please don't get me started, it was the Dems that pulled us out of Nam by voting for the recall the troops. When I left we were winning.

stlrtruck
10-24-2008, 08:55 AM
Security of our borders
Foreign policy
Economy
Abortion
Godly principles
Taxes


*not in any particular order

Godfather
10-24-2008, 09:41 AM
For me, it's a simple matter of judgment. Look at the biggest foreign policy issue (Iraq) and the biggest domestic issue (the financial meltdown). McCain made the right call on both. He criticized W from the beginning for not putting in enough troops, and when we got rid of Rummy and did things McCain's way we got the problem under control. Obama, on the other hand, thought the surge was doubling down on a bad bet.

McCain, while normally a deregulator, was calling for greater oversight of Freddie and Fannie and the financial markets three years ago. Obama said there was no problem. Just like with the surge, McCain was right and Obama was wrong. Given Obama's short record there isn't much else to go on.

Obama's associations are also a red flag about his judgment--Ayers, Wright, Pfleger.

devilsdancefloor
10-25-2008, 05:47 PM
fiscal responsiblity
Military (let them do their job they will do it well IE surge)
Someone not affraid to stand up for a policy and not worry about the poles
Someone who believes AMERICA is the answer not the problem:thumbsup:
Energy
Taxes

SteelCityMan786
10-25-2008, 05:59 PM
Education, Economy, Energy, the War.

Polamalu Princess
10-25-2008, 08:35 PM
Simply abortion. There are many other issues that are important to me, but abortion is the first and foremost stand that I am concerned about - tenfold.

ohiosteelerfan20
10-26-2008, 05:22 AM
The economy. But I would really like the next president to make an all out effort to get Bin Laden and the people responsible for 911. Hav'nt heard too many reports of Bin Laden rolling around in Bagdad. Why are we there again? And also pro CHOICE here. I have two little girls, and the thought of them having no choice just seems crazy to me.

Steeler in Carolina
10-26-2008, 09:48 AM
My most important thing is for the Steelers to make the playoffs and then the Super Bowl. It really does not matter who is president, neither guy is going to change very much.

stillers4me
10-26-2008, 10:45 AM
National Security, and getting the economy back up and running by keeping taxes low and cutting spending. Also, the next president will be responsible for several new Supreme Court justices. One candidate and his running mate have the most liberal voting records in the senate. One candidate will name judges who will follow the constitution and the other one will nominate judges who will create new legislation from the bench to fit a liberal agenda.

Hines0wnz
10-26-2008, 12:21 PM
Security of our borders
Foreign policy
Economy
Abortion
Godly principles
Taxes


*not in any particular order

I think you are the first to say this, well done! :thumbsup:

SteelCityMan786
10-26-2008, 12:48 PM
Simply abortion. There are many other issues that are important to me, but abortion is the first and foremost stand that I am concerned about - tenfold.

That's another one I am as well as Border Security.

Steel Duck
10-26-2008, 01:35 PM
1. The economy..keeping jobs in America

2. Capturing and murdering Bin Laden

3. Universal healthcare

4. Ending the war in Iraq

5. Protecting Roe V Wade

6.Improving benefits to Veterens

Godfather
10-26-2008, 01:43 PM
Cars that run on my own urine by 2011. :chuckle:

That would never fly in SEC country. We need our urine for throwing on opposing fans.