Monday, October 30, 2006

Governor Debate

Tony Knowles is a professional politician. He is a gifted public speaker and well schooled on the issues. But he should be after eight years as governor. My problems with Tony are 1. I don't want an income tax. 2. I don't believe that abortion is protected in our State Constitution (as he stated). 3. I don't believe that taxpayers like me should have to pay for the health benefits of same sex partners of our state employees.
Sarah Palin was up to her old tricks of dodging questions. The problem is that she is not as good at it as Tony is, and it becomes obvious to the audience what she is doing. I think she is trying not to alienate anyone by answering in such broad terms, when in fact, she IS alienating voters who really want to know where she stands. If she believes that creationism should be taught in public schools, then say it! A Governor can't make that happen, but can still believe it personally. I like her moral ground, but let's face it, she is green. It will definately be a slow start in office while she is learning the ropes if she wins.
Andrew Halcro is somewhere in the middle. He stands up there and CLEARLY states where he stands. I admire that a great deal. The problem is I don't agree with his liberal perspectives. He sounds like he would be a fiscal conservative, but like Knowles, he is too liberal in social issues. One other small problem....his percent of votes is only single digits.
In a nutshell, there you have it. A vote for Halcro is a vote for Knowles. A vote for Knowles is a vote for the liberal agenda, although his experience may get us a pipeline quicker. A vote for Palin is a vote for morality, both in state government and in the social arena; however, is she too green to effectively deal with the oil companies?
Next week we shall see the will of the voters! Fun isn't it?

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