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While I agree with you that the waterboarding was wrong, I can see why Obama would be hesitant to prosecute the perpatrators. I'm sure a lot more stuff like that goes on that we just don't know about. We all love to think and say how free we are, but we rarley really want to know what is being done to keep us that way. Now I'm not saying that torture is the answer, but I'm sure there are exceptions to this case as there are to most anything. I don't know, I am kinda indifferent to the whole subject and when it comes down to, I really have no idea on what the best way to maintain the saftey of an entire nation that is hated by much of the world, but I would guess that some less than respectable procedures are carried out. Just my 2 cents on the issue.
Other than that, I have been presently suprised by a few of Obama's moves. Coming from a conservative, I am happy that he pushed back his proposed new capital gains taxes back to 2011 instead of immidietly (I can't fucking spell that word) along with the death tax and a few income based taxes. I think it will allow people to make the most of what they have left to help spending increase a bit and not totally drain the wallets of the people while at the same time still implimenting some new tax policies to help balance the budget. It's also nice to see the head representative of our country not making an ass of himself infront of other foreign leaders and pursing diplomacy a little more seriously. I really have no complaints thus far to be honest, it is not reasonable (conservative or liberal) to expect him to resolve this whole mess within his first couple years let alone the first 100 days. Healthcare on the other hand, I am still skeptic. I understand that yes, education, fire dept, police depts. and many other aspects of our system are socialized, but as far as healthcare, I feel that it will just create a multi-tiered system in which all of the worst Dr.s will end up in the socialized system and the good dr.s will end up in a seperate private sector that will cost even more than today. I think the real things to blame for the healthcare mess, and yes I do agree it is in a mess, is the lawyers and insurance companies. Something does need to be done however, perhaps if there was a law against private healthcare, but I really dont think thats feasable and could prevent potentially great dr's from ever entering the field due to the high prices of med school and much less income in return. Im sure it is not the worst thing in the world by any means, I just think there is probably a better solution.
Sorry for the essay/rant there