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Which Candidate Is the Better Investment?

Dear Disenchanted Voter:

Let’s be honest: Recessions go in cycles. No matter whom you elect, the economy is probably going to improve over the next four years. The 12 million jobs that Mitt Romney is promising are what economists have said we’re going to get no matter who is in office. And as for gas prices, any candidate who promises he can affect the amount you pay at the pump is lying. There are limits to what a president can do. And because this is a campaign between two men who represent the moderate wings of their respective parties, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that it doesn’t much matter whether Romney or Obama wins on November 6.

But it matters. It really matters.

For those of you who are attracted to Mitt Romney’s business background, I think it is useful to view the choice between Obama and Romney as a choice between two very different business strategies. Ignoring all the more explosive social issues for a moment (and foreign policy, where their views are largely similar), let’s go issue by issue and ask ourselves:

Which candidate is the better investment?

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HuffPo #7: 10 Reasons You MUST Vote–and Vote Democrat

I have tried in the past to avoid writing hyper-partisan stuff on this blog, but this is an important election.  I can’t help but offer my two cents.

Check out my latest on The Huffington Post or read it after the jump:


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Al for President

Did any of you actually listen to Al Gore’s recent speech on renewable energy? I folded laundry to it today, and let me tell you, it is some powerful stuff (the speech, not my laundry, although my laundry is also powerful). I know that in this soundbite age, it is rare for any of us to listen to a whole speech from start to finish, but I really recommend it in this case. Some highlights:

“We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change…”

“Scientists have confirmed that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world’s energy needs for a full year. Tapping just a small portion of this solar energy could provide all of the electricity America uses. And enough wind power blows through the Midwest corridor every day to also meet 100 percent of US electricity demand.”

“When we send money to foreign countries to buy nearly 70 percent of the oil we use every day, they build new skyscrapers and we lose jobs. When we spend that money building solar arrays and windmills, we build competitive industries and gain jobs here at home.”

“Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.”

But listen to it yourself. The whole thing. Fold laundry to it. I recommend. Go to www.wecansolveit.org to hear the whole speech. Then sign the petition. And try not to spend too much time wondering how the last eight years might have turned out differently. If only… That way lies madness.