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Hark! The Economy!

This morning I watched a little early morning MSNBC while I finished my coffee, and I saw a Campaign Alert(!!!!) that read: "John McCain to Criticize Barack Obama on Economy at 9AM."

This struck me as just a tad weird, that a contrarian policy speech in a presidential race would merit a Campaign Alert(!!) before it even occurred, but there you have it. Although I'm not sure the economy is a message McCain ought to pursue. NPR reported on the results of a Pew poll yesterday during All Things Considered that shows Obama leading McCain on economic issues by 15 points. I'm fairly sure that +/- 5 of that is due to party affiliation.

I think it is funny that McCain says he is interested in "keeping taxes low" for American families but that his actual policies endorse keeping taxes low for business and wealthy people. I'm not even going to make the argument that Barack Obama isn't really going to propose tax increases, because he will - on the wealthiest individuals and on corporations that have enjoyed years of loopholes and wink-wink deals that prevent them from paying their fair share.

You know what? I'm glad Obama wants to raise taxes on those that should be paying more in the first place while giving a break to working families. I embrace it, because I would like a government that pays for what it is doing and asks everyone to chip in, not just the people that don't have a strong lobby.

Being given the opportunity

Being given the opportunity to live a better life is what we should be thankful of. We have our financial freedom which in other countries isn’y possible. In other places, just like Somalia, people don’t have access to things such as payday loans. It has been a home of civil war for over ten years and still overpowering. Industry and development have been slow to the war torn country, and there isn't a great deal of social mobility, unless of course you happen to be one of the local warlords. Some citizens have found a way to make themselves a good living in these times of trouble, by turning to one of the worlds' oldest professions, but it isn't one you're likely to see an ad for in the paper – there isn't a benefits package, retirement, or even much job security, but many people have turned to it at times – that is, piracy. Yes, Virginia, pirates. Now when most people these days think pirates, they conjure up images of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, but that isn't what pirates in the modern world are like. Modern pirates use high speed boats, AK-47s, RPG launchers, and GPS equipment. In recent months, a Ukrainian vessel carrying military equipment and a Saudi ship carrying about 2 million barrels of oil have been captured and their cargo and crews held for ransom. This is one of the primary ways for ordinary citizens to achieve some financial independence in that area, and foreign militaries are starting to send in their navies to fight off the pirates. Now, if you get stuck in a sudden financial pinch, don't even think about turning pirate – check out your options such as payday loans instead. Click here to read more on payday loans.

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