I've been meaning to post about the election again, to fight the ennui that I feel as I watch how it fails to be decisively won and how people continue to mischaracterize each others' positions instead of working on plans to save our country from the Bush affiliates like McCain (he once wasn't, but he is now, I'm sorry) and other rich people who don't give a damn about the actual issues in the country. Obama may not be poor, but he does give a damn. This I believe.
I've been meaning to post because I read an article in Harpers recently called "Numbers racket: Why the economy is worse than we know", by Kevin P. Phillips. (you have to be a subscriber to read it online. I encourage you to subscribe or check it out in the library.)
In this article, Phillips discusses the past decade of presidents cooking the statistics to make things look better than they are. Statistics like the unemployment rate, the rate of inflation (did you know certain foodstuffs and other things that have gotten more expensive lately are excluded from the consumer price index?) and the gross domestic product. What is very clearly stated in this article is that this is something the Clinton administration did just as much as any previous administration, and they also did not correct the deceitful, misleading practices of years' past.
The Clintons are part of the problem. Part of the entrenched deceit and the ignoring of real troubles, masters of the "spin" factor. Nobody could spin things like Bill Clinton's people. And I don't trust his wife, either.
No, knowing and stating these things about the Clintons doesn't mean they aren't true about Obama. We don't know him as well, do we? But the article points out that one of the critics of manipulating national statistics is one of Obama's campaign consultants. He's talking to the right people and he sounds like he's willing to listen. To listen to all Americans, especially the small Americans who don't have a lot of cash, but who care. To discuss important things. And I WILL vote for him if given the opportunity.
The fact that the entrenched two-party system could rob me of that opportunity saddens me immensely. What do we do if he doesn't win the primary? Leave? Revolt? Vote for him anyway? Bitch Moan and complain? I'm starting to feel like we need a backup plan, here.