I would love to let politics go and yet I keep getting pulled back in. Perhaps part of that this morning is seeing what women went through to get the vote.
I was unaware of the Night of Terror inflicted on the Suffragettes on November 15, 1917. Alice Paul was tortured for weeks and Woodrow Wilson and his cronies tried to have her declared insane so she could be permanently institutionalized. The doctor refused saying, "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."
We sometimes get discouraged over what is ours to do right now, but our freedom was hard-won. It is important to remember that, and I am quick to retreat into my inner luxurious spaciousness, and we need to be here, too, insuring that each person is valued and uplifted.
McCain had this to say at the convention. "I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can. My opponent will raise them."
This drastically simplifies what the candidates' tax plans would do. Mr. McCain would preserve all of the Bush tax cuts, while Mr. Obama would let them expire for those making more than $250,000 a year. Mr. McCain would also double the child tax exemption to $7,000 and reduce business taxes. Mr. Obama would reduce income taxes and provide credits for people earning less than $250,000 a year. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found that Mr. Obama's plan would amount to a tax cut for 81 percent of all households, or 95.5 percent of those with children. The center calculated that by 2012 the Obama plan would let middle-income taxpayers keep about 5 percent more income on average, or nearly $2,200 a year, while Mr. McCain would give them an average 3 percent break, or about $1,400. The richest 1 percent would pay an average $19,000 more in taxes each year under Mr. Obama's plan but see a tax cut of more than $125,000 under Mr. McCain.
It seems to me that the rich can afford to pay $19,000 more in taxes. They certainly don't need the $125,000 they would gain under McCain. I think no matter what our income, it is very clear that a vote for Mr. Obama is the way to go.