Do you want someone like you to be president?

United States
September 30, 2008 9:42pm CST
In 2000 a majority of Amreicans said that they voted for George W. Bush because he seamed like a guy they wouldn't mind have a beer with. Now Sarah Palin says that she is like "Joe Sixpack", haven't we been there and done that. Do we really want someone in the White House that is like us, or do we expect more from our president?
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11 responses
• United States
1 Oct 08
Frankly, if someone like me would be President, then America might as well run for cover! I'm extremely sarcastic. I like to play jokes, I head bang often to metal music. Oh yes, that's just a perfect President right there. I just want a President will do right. George W. Bush may have seemed good at the time, but as he got into office, that's when things started falling apart. So to McCain and Obama, learn from his mistakes and try your hardest not to re-create them. We don't need another Bush.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I wouldn't mind if the president was like me but, and that's a big but, I want someone extremely smarter than myself. I don't want a "C" student or a bottom of the class student. I want someone that puts importances on education. America wants to produce the "best and brightess" in the form of our children yet if we continue to elect the "worst and dimmess" than what exactly are we saying?
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@irishidid (8732)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I've been told I'm mean and scary. Would you really want me in office? Then again I might come in handy.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
1 Oct 08
The fact is that's what gets people elected all the time. It got Bill Clinton and George W. Bush elected. I think the best example of how I feel happened in a conversation a friend of mine had with a guy at a bar who said "I'm voting for Bush because he stutters and stuff and is a lot like me". My friend responded saying "Yeah, but I don't want YOU for president."
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I thought that was the stupidest thing I'd ever heard back in 2000 and I think it's even more ridiculous today! All the things we're going through in this country and people want to vote for someone who is like "Joe Sixpack"? Give me a break! I didn't hear the interview where Palin said this but I understand she was saying her family was a "working class" family" but from what I understand that isn't true, unless a typical working class family makes a million or millions per year and own their own plane. I'd really have no problem with any politician's wealth or lack of it, I just can't stand it when people try to act like they're something they're not. I'm beginning to wonder if Palin's "folksy" way of talking is to make herself seem to be "like us", which frankly is condescending if you ask me. Gee, I didn't answer your question, did I? Absolutely NOT, I don't want someone like me to be President. I know I'm not stupid but I'm certainly not qualified to be President or Vice President. Our President should be the best our nation has to offer, definitely someone well above average. If that person comes across as "elite" to some people, who really cares? We tried the frat-buddy type, now let's go back to someone with brains and class. Annie
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
1 Oct 08
"unless a typical working class family makes a million or millions per year and own their own plane." Um... Palin's family isn't making millions per year. Where on Earth did you get that? Now don't attack my numbers because they aren't exact, but as I recall she makes roughly $165,000 as governor and her husband makes about $92,000 as a platform operator or something like that for BP. As Governor of Wasilla she was making roughly $65,000 prior to giving herself a pay cut. That income is certainly nothing to scoff at, but it's a far cry from being a millionaire, she has five kids, and cost of living is much higher in Alaska than in most parts of the country.
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@anniepa (27240)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I was listening to the TV as I was online earlier tonight and someone said that; I think they were referring to her entire family and they were saying about the various businesses members of her extended family own, etc. Where I'm from, if your family combined together brings in millions every year you're not "working class"...lol! By the way, MY extended family is definitely working class. Annie
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• United States
5 Oct 08
Annie, I agree with you 100% that she is saying something that she is NOT, and that bothers me alot. If you are an elitist and are honest about it, than I am ok with that. But, when you say you are something you are not, then that is Lying, and this is exactly what Sarah is doing here. Atleast that is what normal Americans think, but then again I am not a normal Alaskian, maybe it is different up there.
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@myklj999 (20970)
1 Oct 08
I can't even run my own life. We'd be screwed for sure if we had someone like me for President.
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• United States
5 Oct 08
myklj, thanks for your response, I don't think that I would want the job either.
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Well personally, when it comes to the President of the United States and deciding who you want for President, a lot of times it does not really matter if they are like you or not in a lot of respects. I think most of us are looking for someone who is for them and the ideals and things plaguing them as of today more than if the person is exactly like them for sure. Because no matter who is running for any office out there, you will always find something of fault in them. You just need to look for the person most willing to help out in the areas that appeal back to you as well.
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@xtinelee (3378)
• Singapore
2 Oct 08
No, I wouldn't want to be the president because I will have no private life, and I will have to make so many major decisions that can affect my country, or even the whole world. Too much stakes, too little pay... not a good deal after all. :P
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@dlbruce85 (110)
• United States
1 Oct 08
If I were elected President, I would decrease our overseas budget by bringing the troops home from Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and all the other allied or neutral nations that we are paying to keep military residence in. We spend over 700 BILLION a year in foreign countries, and that is excluding the "War on Terrorism" in Iraq and Afghanistan. The official estimated Federal Budget for 2009 is $2.6 trillion. 54 % of that budget is for military, defense, and "discretionary" past military expenses. If we left every neutral or allied country immediately, we could save almost $800 billion a year. If we put them under the microscope and flush out some of the excess spending in those areas, I'm sure we could free atleast another 50-100 billion in "pork barrel" spending. Then there's the 8% of this total amount that we are paying towards the national debt. That is $200 billion dollars a year. The national debt is what we owe to the Federal Reserve Bank for loaning us our own money. If we shut down the Federal Reserve Bank and restore the authority of printing currency to our Congress, that would no longer be an expense. Now we've knocked off another $250 billion bringing our annual budget from $2.6 trillion to $1.5 trillion. At this point we could remove the federal income tax, as it contributes 1.2 trillion. There you have it. Eliminate the income tax so that every family has more money to put back into the market. Remove pointless foreign occupancies and cut federal spending. Not so difficult really. Some of these numbers are approximate, but are derived from official government sites and charts. Once we leave Iraq and Afghanistan, that would be an additional 700 billion a year. That money could be applied to college funds, welfare programs, schools, hospitals, etc. We currently spend roughly 780 billion a year on public welfare (medicare, medicaid, etc) meaning that we could apply the excess 700 billion we saved from ending the war on terrorism to cover social security,etc. All while enjoying an income tax-less income. Not having a federal income tax would put another $300 a month in a minimum wage workers pocket. That's an extra $600 a month at minimum wage for two people. If you make 15$ an hour full time that's an extra $450-$550 per month in your pocket. All the federal expenses would be covered by other taxes and every working person would have more money in their pocket. This would decrease the average household debt, and gradually decrease the need for social welfare programs, etc. clearing up more tax money for more purposeful uses. The less taxes we have, the better we will be. If I had an extra $300-$500 a month, that would help me signifigantly. Whatever you're income would be, it would be flat. $10/hr=$400 , $20/hr=$800 , $40/hr=$1600 , etc. It would help the market by allowing people more room to pay their bills without getting so overwhelmed. Of course when people have more money they buy more useless stuff, promoting a healthier consumer based economy than what we have today.
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@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
1 Oct 08
Im not american so i dont have any say in who runs your country. But if it was me id love to have a bit of both. The leader would have to be down to earth. They must be able to relate to people in all sorts of situations, financial or whatnot. If you get someone who is well off, thinks they're high and mighty, whatever, they wont even think about the little guys out there. But they also have to be serious obviously, take their job seriously. Its not like its a job at a store, or a business. Your running a country, you call the shots and you can determine some of the biggest decisions that will affect everybodies lives, you have to take that incredibally seriously. Ahh if only you had the best of both worlds.
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• United States
1 Oct 08
Here is a question for you... Do you want someone who you can trust like a friend? A true friend. Why vote for any of them? They are all lying. The plans that they have to fix this country is not going to fix it. I vote for the persone who will give me the most money.
• United States
2 Oct 08
Short, thank you for your response. I don't trust any politican at all, and I have never met an honest one. Your statement that you vote for the person that will give you the most money is intersting. George W. Bush cut taxes giving you more money, but he also turned a blind eye to our current credit crisis that will cost you, your children, and your grand children billions of dollars in interest. So I guess that idea does have some holes in it, but if it works for you then go for it.
• United States
2 Oct 08
Let me explain that. My husband is in the military. If they want to give him a pay raise, I'll vote for them.
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• United States
5 Oct 08
Thanks for your repsonse Short. I am very interested in knowing if you are going to vote for McCain. He has a horrible voting record on veterans rights, and has voted against numerouse pay increases for our troops. I was shocked when I learned this because you would think that a former verteran like McCain would take care of his own, but that isn't the case. Don't take my word on this, look it up, I was surprised to see how he voted. But, when you think about it, he will never have to worry about going to a VA hospital, nor will he ever have to worry about living off of his military pension.