2. As a moderately affluent American, I don't see the point in tax cuts that almost exclusively benefit the rich. Bush's tax cuts meant an extra case of wine a year for me - maybe $500. Do I need this money? No. Does someone who's earning fifteen times what I do deserve $80,000 in tax cuts? Hell no. If they're making that much money already, I don't see the point in giving them more money so that we can go into debt, reduce government services, and fight wars without obvious justifications. On a similar note, I am a firm believer in paying taxes and getting services in return. I'd rather pay 3% more in taxes and have universal health care. That's just how I feel. I'd rather live in a society where everyone is on a more stable footing.
3. All men are created equal - unless they're gay, right? I don't buy this for a minute. As a citizen, I pay as much in taxes as anyone else does, and I damn well deserve the same benefits from the government. I believe in government as service provider, not government as arbiter of morals. Marriage is a social contract, not a covenant. I find it immensely saddening to know that my death wouldn't just hurt Dan emotionally, but also financially.
4. Iraq. Over and over again, I found myself wondering why exactly it had suddenly become such a huge problem, such a pressing issue. Up until, oh, September 15, 2001, I don't think anyone cared about Iraq; they hadn't invaded anyone, hadn't really done much beyond the usual repress-their-own-populace. Now, three years later, we've spent how many billions of dollars? And what did we get for it exactly? I don't get the value for money proposition here at all.
5. Ever heard of the cultural cringe? Well, ever have a relative show up at a party whose presence embarasses you? Bush is like that. Every time he opens his fool mouth and says something like "Look, I'm going to say it one more time. If I -- maybe -- maybe I can be more clear. The instructions went out to our people to adhere to law. That ought to comfort you. We're a nation of law. We adhere to laws. We have laws on the books. You might look at those laws, and that might provide comfort for you. And those were the instructions out of -- from me to the government." - I cringe. Of course, this is nothing compared to all of the lies I've heard from Bush and company over the past several years - either they're talking smack about John McCain, whom I greatly admire, or else they're finding new and creative ways to avoid talking about cocaine use, prior arrests, etc. Finally, is there anything more appalling than Bush accusing Kerry of not getting wounded enough in Vietnam, even though Bush pulled all the strings he could to get a cushy position in the National Guard, only to disappear two years before his commitment was up? Disgusting - taking government money [for pilot training] and not fulfilling your obligations in return [showing up for work].