My Political Profile

Last Tuesday I took it to the polls and voted, and that means that I’m allowed to be political because I actually do something about it πŸ˜‰ Actually, I’m allowed to be political because I live in a democratic country where my voice is not stifled due to my sex, religion, or race. Three cheers for America, y’all.

Anyway, I rarely get political or too serious here, but since this is my platform and I am the author, I think it’s ok to speak about passions. I’m not endorsing a candidate or party (though I may mock someone’s hair or limited knowledge of history), but I think there are some serious qualities and stances I’d like my next political leader to have…

  1. Higher Education needs to be affordable. I’m not saying that college should be free (honestly, I’m not), but I know that my friends and colleagues will be paying their student debt for a long, freakin’ time (especially since many of them are teachers who make a deservedly low income teaching the future doctors, leaders, artists, and authors of the world *cough-sarcasm-cough*).
  2. Parental leave. It’s comical to me how poorly we treat the people in this country that take care of children: parents, teachers, social workers, etc. The little Jenner girls have more money in their purse than I will ever see in my life and my best friend can’t afford to take off more than 12 weeks to raise her daughter. Like, what the hell? But at least there is maternity leave…. I mean, paternity leave is a joke. But that’s because we’re an advanced nation with equalist beliefs where the woman is supposed to take the time to raise the children- oh wait. Seriously though, why haven’t we figured this out yet?
  3. Affordable Health Ins. And I mean the kind of healthcare that small business owners who bring in more than +$40,000 a year need to sustain life and stay healthy. For example, we are two working, thriving, self-employed (K) middle class adults and we don’t qualify for any government assistance (which is good, because that’s the goal in a democracy, right?), but our monthly payment is disgusting. And I got a letter in the mail last month letting me know that the payments are increasing and the yearly deductible just went up by $1,000. Hope our parents don’t want grandkids because we can barely keep ourselves alive. I’m about to see if the vet will take human patients.
  4. Marriage. Actually, this is one thing I don’t want my president to mess with. Two consenting adults are free to marry each other. Good job, America. Now leave this alone and go debate pot.
  5. Encouraging small business. Did I mention we own a (fairly successful, national but small) small business? You know what would suck? If we were taxed so heavily that we folded because gov’ment. That’d suck.
  6. Minimum wage. My husband and I differ here (mainly because he shells out the moo-lah forΒ  his employees’ paychecks- which he requested I mention are above minimum wage), but the current minimum wage is laughable. Laughable in a maniacal, crazy, borderline-tears way. And I know because I work full time and earn a decent wage but I also work part time and make just cents above m.w. I guess you could scold the cashier at McDonald’s and tell her to go to college (and bury herself in debt) and get a job or start a business (and pray to the health ins. gods for a miracle), but then you’d bitch because there’d be no one to serve you an egg mcmuffin. Guys, the US minimum wage is $7.25 (Ohio’s is $8.10). $7.25 is $290 a week (40 hours) and $15,080 annually. That’s gross (both numerically and emotionally), so take taxes and stuff out of that. And that’s what we’re promising to the budding youth of America post-college as they search for their “career” which is sure to be promising unless they’re a woman, in which case get a few good years in before you have kids because good luck balancing all that.
  7. Compassion. This isn’t really a front runner in the debate format, but I’d like to have a clear idea of my political leader’s opinion on compassion. How do they feel about Syrians fleeing for their lives from a violence-ridden country and risking their lives (and their family’s lives) to reach some sort of refuge? I know D. Trump is all about the Great Wall of Texas, but is everyone good with grabbing undocumented immigrants by the scruff and stuffing them into a canvas sack, bound for the river? I need a president that fully grasps the idea that people are people. Like, short people are equal to tall people. And people with male anatomy are equal to those with female anatomy. And regardless of where you were born, you deserve love, compassion, and humanity. Is that weird? I was gonna toss in my hat for President 2020 but I feel like I might be off my rocker.
  8. Animals. For the love of God (or Buddha or Allah or Mother Nature), outlaw animal testing for cosmetic purposes. It’s that freaking simple.

Alright, I think that about sums it up. Am I too demanding? Am I a liberal? I’m pretty sure I’m not a conservative… What are politics?

Guys, I know that there are government assistance programs. But I want this stuff to be affordable so there’s no need for assistance.

As promised, I will not be endorsing any certain candidates here, but let me say this: If Donald Trump makes it to the White House I am invoking my duel citizenship and heading to the Swiss Alps.

Hope you’re still my friend after all that political garbage!!

-Louise

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15 thoughts on “My Political Profile

    1. Thank you, Christine. I still feel a little shaky about posting it (mainly because I don’t like to stir the pot and I appreciate that others don’t always share these views), but I figure getting it out while I’m calm and pleasant verses posting something political during a televised debate- when I’m probably fired up- is much safer πŸ™‚

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  1. I don’t totally agree, but I’m on board with 3, 4, 5, and OF COURSE 8! Try isidewith.com to see what you’d be ‘labelled’ on the political scale. Not always correct but it’s neat to see.

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I’ll have to go check that site out!! I hope that everyone’s on board with #8… if not that might be the only one I’d hold against someone! Ha!

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  2. i’m 8 for 8 with you! we are so samesies πŸ™‚ i am also so glad you put this out there because i know how scary it can be since you never know how people will respond but like you said…your space is yours! internet high fives for putting it all out there and heck yes to all of this. i’d totes vote for you!

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    1. Thanks, Chelsea! I won’t lie… there were a few that I jotted down where I thought, “Well, I think Chelsea will at least agree if/when she reads it”, ha! I HATE putting my political thoughts out there, but sometimes you just gotta write it out. It definitely helps when readers/friends disagree respectfully. Like I said, my husband doesn’t agree with me on every point and that’s totally ok πŸ˜€

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  3. First off, I think more bloggers should talk politics, because hello, this is our space to do so! I had a rant last election day. Yours was much more politically correct. I’m with you on so many of these things. I actually just had a conversation with my mom about health insurance. She is a small business owner and her rates for insurance for her employees is going up 23% this year, after the 15% increase she had last year. That means she has employees that will actually get a better deal going on the exchange for their insurance than through her business and that breaks her heart. She wants to provide for the people that work hard for her, but rates are just outrageous!

    Next on to Trump. I have a co-worker that is so pro-Trump it almost makes me want to storm out of the office. She wants him to build his wall and kick out all the Mexican and yada yada (gag). I just don’t get it. Yes we need a president willing to bring about change. But build walls around our country that gained it’s strength through diversity? I just can’t get behind that. Or the hair. Haha. There’s an anti-government digital billboard by my office that always has funny quips about delegates and such. I almost peed my pants when I saw it after Donald Trump announced he was running. It had a photo of him, “hair” looking terrible as usual and it said “If Donald Trump wins the election there will be hell toupee.” Best pun ever.

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    1. My husband is the same- being a small business owner is SO expensive and it’s so hard to give your employees the best when you’re trying to stay afloat. There’s got to be a better way!

      UGH. I can’t understand the Trump-lovers… I just don’t understand- he’s just NOT a good person… How can we want someTHING like that representing our country 😦 I love that pun! I’m going to put it up in Kyle’s office!!! Ha! πŸ˜€

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  4. Here’s what I think: don’t believe in government assistance programs? They make the minimum wage a livable wage. It’s that simple. Not to say that that will eliminate the need for all food stamps, unemployment, etc. but that will mean that most single moms out there working at McDonald’s will be able to house and care for their kiddos. Reasonable health insurance bills will help that too. That should be a basic human right.

    Three cheers for everything you said πŸ™‚

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    1. PS, for those who say that “if you don’t want to pay for higher education, just don’t go,” have you looked at the state of the job market? A college degree is essential for most livable wages out there (ie, not minimum wage… which is not livable). That means it should be a basic human right. Most European countries make education nearly free if not entirely so… and some even pay you for going. I love our country, but come on. Student debt is crippling and is destroying out economy, because most Gen Y and Millennial Americans will never be able to afford to buy a house, let alone retire. We’re just screwing ourselves over in the long run (forgive my language).

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    2. When I crunch the numbers I just can’t imagine living on minimum wage- I don’t know how you could possibly get out of the hole without help or assistance or winning the lottery. I know that I live comfortably and I could make cuts, but I just can’t imagine the sacrifice to survive on minimum wage- especially if I had kids. The same goes for education. I so badly want to put my kids through college (my parents did that for me), but I want to throw up when I think what college may cost in +20 years! I don’t understand why we’re ok with crippling the youth and young adults in this country 😦

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  5. So much good here. I think you know where I stand on some of this as I’m pretty vocal about it. J owns a business and until last month I was a consultant/contractor meaning we paid for our own insurance… and holy cow. We don’t even have children and we were paying SO MUCH money every month. I am luckily a healthy person but that could change in an instant, you know? And it’s one of the reasons we still want to wait on kids. Well, that and number 2 on your list. Sigh. I am very upset at the thought of Trump as president. Our new governor (BARF) is actually getting compared to Trump and he’s going to end our ACA insurance (called KYNECT) here which is so wonderful that other states want to emulate our program. Any woman who is for Trump blows my mind. I need to understand HOW you’re okay with a sexist, misogynistic man leading our country? Please help me understand this. This is such a great post and I’m sorry for writing a book…

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    1. You guys just make my heart so happy… I was so nervous to publish this post! Even people that don’t agree 100% have responded positively. You can write a book ANYTIME on my blog πŸ˜€ Haha!

      I get so so frazzled when I think about having kids and paying for them and carrying health insurance. Even the cost of having the child (dr visits, hospital stays) is so scary. I read that it’s like $15,000?! And that’s before you become a parent! Our monthly payment would almost double and our deductible WOULD double. And that’s for a healthy child…. It’s just so so daunting.

      I am 100000000% with you about females endorsing Trump. Honestly……how can you dislike yourself so much? I can find pros with any other candidate (if I have to), but I just can’t understand rooting for someone that’s just SO mean and rude and hateful.

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  6. oh dang girl, I wish we had maternity leave…yes some companies allow you to take 12 weeks off if you can afford it, but you pay for that, not your company, and there is no law that says companies have to provide any pay at all when someone is on maternity leave. I personally think paid maternity leave needs to be established before we talk about sick leave and other types of family leave, but I agree that we treat families like crap. also, I think what I love about this post is that all of the things you talked about are really universal things that most sane people want to see happen. the only thing people tend to disagree with is how to make those things happen…it’s the process that people have a hard time seeing eye to eye on. thanks for writing this!

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    1. Maternity (and paternity) leave really annoys me… There’s so much thought put into education and STEM learning and grooming kids to succeed, but how can they do that without mom and/or dad home with them during the most important year(s) of their life? I always said I wanted to be a working mom but now that I’m older and closer to having kids it just breaks my heart to think about missing out on all the firsts because I HAVE to work +40 hours a week. When my best friend took maternity leave I believe she was compensated for half of it… so 6 weeks she went unpaid so she could raise her daughter. Ugh.

      I think you’re right- most people want some version of these points to happen, but we just can’t agree on how. (I tried to shy away from policy in my post, mainly because I just don’t know enough to have a strong opinion on it.) Thank you so much for commenting on this! πŸ™‚

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