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Registered: 09-19-2006
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Mon, 10-15-2012 - 9:56am
Lately I have been thinking about how lucky we are to have 2 honest hardworking men running for the position of President of the United States. I have a preference, but it makes me very hopeful to know that I am comfortable with whoever wins. I don't agree with either of them on all the issues, but they both seem like thoughtful decent men. I think that is an important observation as we move forward in this season of heated partisanship. :smileyhappy: Robin
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2007
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 7:45pm

When people walk alot, we see things that others never see.   I see people driving their kids 300 feet to the bus stop.  Sit in their SUV with the motor running, waiting for the school  bus.     I've noticed the more obeses the person is, the closer to the front door they park.  Even if it means driving around and around the parking lot.     I see a lot of peole who can walk, but have become so spoiled by their car, they drive everywhere.     I walk in the snow, sometimes in the rain, cold, heat,  I walk and have others say I wish I could walk half as far.   Well, they can.   Just put one foot infront of the other.  Save gas.  enjoy the great outdoors.    Most of all save money.   Yes, I go thru a lot of shoes pretty fast.  But they are a lot cheaper than tires.  And I have hundreds of thousnads of Doctors that agree with me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2012
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 8:18pm

Yes, walking is beneficial in many ways...but as I said, in today's society, it isn't the optimal mode of travel for most people in most circumstances. And because walking isn't practical for most people and because it also isn't a practical method of getting goods and services to the market, Obama's anti-oil policies are proving really harmful to society and especially the poor and seniors on fixed incomes.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-28-2012
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 10:51pm

I think it is quite obvious that there is a complete disconnect on the left from the way markets work in a capitalist/free market economy and from what the left thinks should be forced on the market, and this is in no way a personal attack, but a commentary on the over all liberal agenda for a heavy handed government in this country. It just is not compatible with our system of government.

There also seems to be quite a disconnect from what it means to be free and make your own choices on how you do things. To even suggest that people should be made to walk more than they want to is completely foreign from the personal freedoms that this country was founded on. That is the role of an oppressive, dictatorial government, and has no place in this country.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2012
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 2:30am

Oddly enough, many on the left actually seem to want an oppressive, dictatorial government...but only if it imposes their vision of social justice on everyone else.  To force people to act as liberals decide they should act...to force people to accept liberal values, or the lack of them...and to take money from people who work hard to earn it, and give it to people who don't....unless, of course, it's the liberals own money.  I guess "let them walk" is the new "let them eat cake."  Liberalism is an odd ideology...I simply can't make heads or tails of it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2007
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 8:25am

Pfffftttt...... I forgot how a single phrase can be twisted and trun by the right so that it's no longer even close to the original statement.    Let me repeat,   Some could walk more and there for, drive less.  Supply and demand.    It blows my mind to see people lined up at the gas station to pay $3.99 a gallon.   I know a lot of people that jump in their cars just to go 500 feet to get their mail.       As long as people keep these habits up, the gas companies will be happy to keep raising the price of gas.    It's amasing how out of touch some are.   I know a lot of poor people and many of them have to walk to the store or to their job.   They can't afford a car, insurance, gas and repairs.  But nice try.     There are people that ride a bicycle to work cause they can't afford a car.    But then I live in the real world.       Of course, there are people that can't walk to work.  But, they could walk a few blocks to buy their smokes.    We are a very spoiled nation.     

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2012
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 7:39pm

I don’t think there are a lot of people who drive places they could conveniently walk to, especially with gas prices skyrocketing.  People pay $3.99 a gallon for gas for the same reason they pay higher prices for food…because they have no other option.  It’s a necessity.

It’s pretty rare these days for anyone, especially the poor, to live within walking distance of their job.  Actually, even before the economy tanked, a lot of people have had to travel long distances to find work.  And even the poor who take public transportation pay more because the municipality charges more for the gas in the busses.  Now bicycles are nice, but hardly a practical means of travel, especially in winter or in the rain…and kind of dangerous peddling down a highway being passed by cars doing 70 or trying to carry several bags of groceries on your handlebars.  But I do agree with you, it is amazing how out of touch some people are.

Community Leader
Registered: 01-03-2004
Wed, 10-24-2012 - 12:30pm

My two cents.

I am delighted we have a contest, a real contest. Two people whom Americans believe are qualified for the job are both working hard for our votes. IMO, that's how it should be. I think a candidate should have to earn our votes not just assume they'll get our vote.

That said, I'm also fond of pointing out to those who complain "about the government" that WE are the government in the United States of America. If we are unhappy with our government then we have only ourselves to blame. The most important thing we can do, and we fail miserably at doing, is VOTE on election day. IMO, not voting is a cop out. I have gone to the polls every election local or national since I turned 21. My candidate didn't always win but it wasn't because I failed to vote.

If you're really unhappy with your government than work for a candidate you do believe in or run for office yourself. Run for road commissioner, township supervisor, dogcatcher, city council, school board, state office, national office. Or, be a voice for your family, your community, your state, etc. Contact your elected officials with your concerns. Yes, it takes time. Yes, it's inconvenient. But if you don't PARTICIPATE in a democracy it stops being a "government by the many" and becomes a "government of the few."

We live in the greatest land the world has ever known (and yes, I really believe that is still true), and we spend our time whining and complaining about the status quo instead of getting off the sofa and getting involved. Whomever wins in November will need to raise the bar and motivate Americans to make things happen. Republican or Democrat in the whitehouse, I don't sit on my butt now and wait around for someone to hand me the answer. I work. I sacrifice. I participate. I make my own success or failure. I am responsible for my own success and happiness. No one owes me anything. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2007
Wed, 10-24-2012 - 6:59pm

I've been voting since I was 21.    I used to walk to the polling place, but they moved it last year.   It's a 3 mile hike there on a very busy highway.  No sidewalks.    So for the first time ever, I just filled out my absentee ballot.     it bothers me when people complain about the government, but never bother to vote.    If someone doesn't vote then they shouldn't  complain.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-19-2012
Thu, 10-25-2012 - 7:45pm

By "backwards" do you mean people will be expected to be responsible for their choices and the consequences thereof? That they'll have actually work for a living instead of sit on their bums and wait for the government to take care of them, employ them, feed them, pay their medical bills?

Oh, and the "barbed wire and dorms" is a Communist image. You should check Herr Comrade Obama's background for his association with Frank Marshal-Davis, a well-known Communist, back in the 1980s. Obama is the one taking this country "backwards" - he a single-payer health plan (govt) and a single-employer (govt) and a single religion: The United Socialist States of America. (Remember, the communists called Russia the United Socialist States of Russia...oh...and that worked out real well for the civilian population...millions starved and millions more died in their stupid wars.)

So, yeah, I really want President Mitt Romney. Hey, he's a Mormon, but at least I know what he believes. ;-)

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-02-2009
Fri, 10-26-2012 - 9:01am

Now I see the latest Obama ad comparing voting for the first time to having sex for the first time, aimed at women. Not, men. With men, it's issues, integrity, foreign policy, etc...

But with women, it's sex, birth control, abortion, etc... Because that's the way Obama sees women. Not intelligent people that care about the issues aimed at men. No, in Obama's eyes, women just care about sex, having babies (or aborting them), and if the candidate really cares about them.

Good grief, they try to claim that Obama is the guy that cares about women, yet treats them like idiots that are incapable of understanding the big, important issues that men care about. He is insulting to women.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."