Thank You, Paul Ryan

According to numerous polls, including Gallup’s “Obama Job Approval” tracker, President Obama has solid approval from the American People.

The biggest reason: The GOP’s vote to essentially end Medicare as we know it and turn it into a voucher program. They can thank Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan for boosting the President’s ratings.

It turns out that the overwhelming majority of Americans (from Democratic to Republican) oppose leaving seniors to fend for themselves in the health insurance market (because, you know, insurance companies are falling over themselves to insure the elderly…).

It is obviously too early to predict the result of the 2012 Presidental Election. But, if the public reaction to Paul Ryan’s objectivist wet dream is any indication, President Obama may be in office until January 2017. Hopefully by then, we will have a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants, no more Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA – bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage), a steady and growing economy, and an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as our involvement in Libya.

So, I must say “thank you” to Paul Ryan for solidifying the difference between the two parties in the eyes of the American public. Not even President Obama could have hoped for something like this.

 

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California Election Results

California Attorney General Jerry Brown will serve a second term as governor…nearly 30 years later. With 75 percent of precincts reported, Democrat Jerry Brown had 54 percent of the vote vs. his challenger, Republican Meg Whitman, who had 41% of the vote. I voted for Brown. *check*

Jerry Brown

Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer will serve a third term as United States Senator. With 74 percent of precincts reported, Boxer had 52 percent of the vote vs. her challenger, Republican Carly Fiorina, who had 43 percent of the vote. I voted for Fiorina.

Barbara Boxer

CALIFORNIA BALLOT INITIATIVES

Proposition 19 (“Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010”) failed. I voted NO *check*

Proposition 20 (“California Congressional Redistricting Initiative”) passed. I voted  NO

Proposition 21 (“Vehicle License Fee for Parks Act”) failed. I voted YES

Proposition 22 (“The Local Taxpayer, Public Safety, and Transportation Protection Act”) passed. I voted NO

Proposition 23 (suspension of Global Warming Act of 2006) failed. I voted NO *check*

Proposition 24 (Repeal of Corporate Tax Breaks) failed. I voted YES

Proposition 25 (“Majority Vote for the Legislature to Pass the Budget Act”) passed. I voted YES *check*

Proposition 26 (“Supermajority to Pass New Taxes and Fees Act”) passed. I voted NO

Proposition 27 (Elimination of the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission) failed. I voted YES

 

To see the reasons for my votes on the propositions, see https://micahstwocents.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/my-two-cents-on-the-2010-california-ballot-propositions/