questionswill you be "voting" on november 6, this year?

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I must be missing something...why is "voting" in quotes?

I do plan to vote...probably Libertarian....

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I will but since it's an absentee ballot coming from overseas I have my doubts about it actually counting for anything.

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@morriea: I was just trying to put the emphasis on the voting aspect, as it correlates to how we cast votes on Woot!

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Well, yeah...duh. I'll be voting, and with an informed mind, too. I think it's irresponsible as a citizen NOT to...and I can't stand hearing the BS of no suitable candidates being an excuse not to. Write someone in if you have to, FFS.

Americans have become too complacent/apathetic, imo, and all too soon have forgotten what a cherished right we have. It wasn't too long ago that we had no voting rights at all (esp. certain groups), and there are many cultures/countries whose citizens have no voice in their government to this day. Contrary to popular opinion across our nation, WE. DO. HAVE. A. VOICE. I get so sick of hearing we have no voice in our gvmt, b/c we ARE our gvmt!!!! It's not "us against them" and "they" do not control us...we ARE them, and WE control ourselves. Quit voting, and that goes away. Speak up--even it it's only to write in a candidate to let those currently in office KNOW that you are not happy with their service to you thus far.

Hops down off my soapbox now

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@reginafilangee: I agree. I have voted in every election, local, state, and federal since I turned 18. In many cases I have cast a "none of the above" sort of vote by writing in of voting third-party.

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I will absolutely be voting November 6, and I will be voting a straight Republican ticket. As a people we have to do something to limit federal government growth. The Republicans are imperfect, but with the Tea Party influence they are trending the right direction. The Democrats are totally lost to the concept of Bigger Government and higher taxes.

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Absolutely! It's one of our God-given rights as U.S. citizens (emphasis on citizens)! As others have mentioned, it's completely irresponsible NOT to vote...

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Yeah. If I don't vote, I cant complain about our politicians.

I suppose I could always just say "Well, I didn't vote for him!"

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@nortonsark: I find your logic puzzling. The previous republican president George W Bush expanded government spending by a higher magnitude than the current democratic president Barack Obama. Being as Mitt Romney wants to restore Bush politics, a vote for him would conceivably be voting for more government spending, not less.

Personally, I see Obama as the most conservative president we've had since Hoover. Under him we have seen far more federal government retraction and contraction than expansion. In comparison to Obama, both Bushes and Reagan as well are liberal presidents.

I might actually vote Mickey Mouse or Ficus Tree for president this year as there is no liberal on the ticket. People seem to think I am crazy for wanting to bring our country to the same social standards as the rest of the developed world with regards to education, health care, and worker's rights.

And in case you're wondering I did not vote your comment up or down.

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Probably, who knows who it will be for though they're all idiots.

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@lparsons42: I don't like Romney but Obama is a fool.
you would do great in another country.

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@lparsons42: Wow, that is just so factually inaccurate I don't even know where to start.

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@ruger9mm: Please do find somewhere to start. I welcome feedback. Brushing it off does nothing to further conversation.

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I don't understand the concept of voting a straight ticket. Candidates still have different values, even though they are within the same party. I research the candidates and figure out which one has values that most closely align with my own. I wish that we could do away with the party system and the electoral college system as well, though I'm not sure as to how much of a mess it'd lead to. IMHO, something needs to change though. (and not Obama's "change")

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I will be voting. I generally vote early as they bring early voting booths to City Hall where I work. I am of the mind that anyone who does not vote has, by default, voted for whoever wins, by passing their right to choose on to the rest of us. I consider voting, like other rights of citizenship such as jury duty, to not just be a duty but a privilege. There are people fighting and dying in other countries for the rights we take for granted in this country. Failing to participate in our government erodes democracy.

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@davidschronic: It is more difficult to get out of this country than one might think. Plenty of people repeat the "take it or leave it" mentality with no concept of how hard it is to just "leave it". I have a 4 year degree in one of the hard sciences and I am working on a PhD in the same discipline. Yet even getting a job in Canada is no trivial matter as other countries would prefer to hire people from their own country, even in cases of highly trained and educated people applying for jobs. And being as the US has no reciprocal agreements with any countries that resemble what is in place in the Euro Zone, we have essentially handicapped our skilled workers from leaving.

On top of that, having a conservative government that is not inclined to further scientific research does not help the cause either. Few companies are willing to look at the long term benefit of funding scientific research as well, which only furthers the brain drain and disenfranchises scientists in general.

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Yes, for Gary Johnson since Ron Paul will likely not be on the ballot.

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I can't wait to vote and hopefully put an end to this scary downward spiraling that's been going on for too long. Nortonsark: Bush may not have been perfect, but this has been downright anti-American, and much worse than when he was in office. All of you: please listen to all the media outlets and make up your mind with ALL the information available.

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@lparsons42: It is funny you mention voting for Mickey Mouse. He was actually very influential in the 2012 Wisconsin recall elections! :)

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70429.html

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@lparsons42: ya, harder than "one" might think. My point is simply that maybe American's don't want to be social progressives. In that case, you may be better served living in another country if you do not wish to embrace this country's ideals. The reason you can't find work in those countries is because they are collapsing and their own people aren't even working. Have you seen the unemployment levels in Spain and England?

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@lparsons42: Obama is many things, and I won't say whether I support him or not, but he sure isn't a conservative.

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@davidschronic: Have you seen the unemployment levels in Canada, Japan, Australia, and Germany? Those are the top countries for the work I do. They have plenty of work to be done and their governments are nowhere near collapsing. For that matter, the real US unemployment numbers are on par with many other countries. The number reported is artificially low thanks to the mathematical adjustments to it that were passed while George W Bush was in office.

As for whether or not Americans want to be social progressives, that is hard to measure when they haven't been given the chance. We haven't had a progressive president since FDR, nor even a candidate who really represented progressive ideals. Whether this is due to lack of interest in such ideals in this country, or rather just a reflection of corporate interests at work in the system, is a question with no certain answer.

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@intensesupernova: I agree and I even take it a step farther and question why some people blindly vote for some political philosophy. To date I haven't found one that I agree 100% with (conservative and liberal being the two most prominent in the US). It strikes me that some people find it easier to just vote for some party/philosophy than to have to think for themselves.

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@tsfisch: I'm curious how you conclude Obama to not be a conservative. There has not been a single bill - not even the health insurance bill - that he has signed that George W Bush would not have signed. Not. One. Single. Bill.

Being as Romney is the conservative candidate who aims to replace Obama, by touting the brilliance of George W Bush's decisions, how is Obama not conservative?

Or to phrase it differently, why is is that Bush's decisions, when made by a president with an (R) after his name, are called conservative, yet when they are made the same way by a guy with a (D) after his name, they are terrible Un-American socialist takeovers?

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@sgrman05: How is voting a "god-given" right? God didn't give you the right to vote; your country did. Remember the whole "taxation without representation" and the revolutionary war and whatnot? Yeah, that was humans who did that, not god. If it's a "god-given" right wouldn't all humans be able to vote no matter what country they lived in?

Give credit where credit is due. Your fellow Americans (past and present) are responsible for you having the right to vote. Not voting would make their efforts and sacrifices all for naught. Let's all go vote to show pride in our country. Obama FTW!

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Actually, I don't know why anyone would want to be president. Look at all the problems Obama faced when he walked into the job. It is an incredibly stressful job just trying to get Congress to agree on anything. I wonder how much more Obama could have accomplished with a Congress that worked together with the well-being of the country in mind, rather than their own party's agenda?

I would like Bernie Sanders as President, but since he is not running I will vote for Obama again.

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@lparsons42: You're dad probably worked very hard to earn you that education, what would his sentiment be? What exactly do you expect in terms of social programs? Free health care for anyone citizen or not? Extended unemployment? Development of welfare programs?

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@mtrlgrl: I think a good president would be able to get the majority of elected officials to work together. And I honestly think that is what it will take to get this country moving forward again. Neither of the "main" candidates are qualified to do such a thing.

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Statistics tell me I'm far from alone, but I'll be the first to admit it- no I will not and have never voted.

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@mtrlgrl: I will say that when Obama walked into office, Democrats had control of both the House & Senate and the only thing that got accomplished was the passing of the Obama Healthcare bill, which is a whole other can of worms...

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@davidschronic: Your sweeping assumption is quite wrong. My father didn't pay squat for my education, nor did my mother or anyone else in my family. I worked my way through undergrad and am working my way through grad school.

Your assumption that I expect "free health care" is also bogus. I never said free. I am perfectly willing to pay taxes for universal health care. Currently I pay in to an HMO that I despise. I could tell you about how the HMO I was on when I was still an undergrad quite nearly drove me to bankruptcy, if you'd like to hear it.

As for unemployment, the best way for the government to address that is by better education subsidies. Every year education becomes less attainable for the lower economic classes. If we did more to make education available we could spend less on welfare and prison programs. This doesn't mean everyone needs a PhD; community and vocational schools would be a huge help to many.

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@lparsons42: I'm happy that you were/are able to work your way through school, as I did. It's nice to see people not asking for a handout, however, I don't think that unemployment is something that the government can address by providing better education subsidies. A more educated populus does not mean an increase in the number of available jobs. Take a look at the latest reports that almost half of recent college graduates are unable to find work. In addition, the argument that educated people never require welfare and do not commit crimes is false.

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@theselected: The "Obama" Healthcare Bill was largely written - and then rejected in vote - by the republicans. Obama and the democrats tried to come up a bipartisan piece of legislation rather than sticking to the "my way or the highway" mentality and then were punished (in the midterm elections) for doing so.

It is wrong to call it the Obama Healthcare Bill as he had nothing to do with it's writing. he signed it, yes, but that is like calling the Patriot act the "Bush Patriot Act". A better name would be "The Health Insurance Company Bailout Act" as it was ultimately another big handout to big business.

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@lparsons42: I'm just trying to determine where these anti-american feelings come from. Usually that kind of sentiment comes from people who feel they were "owed" something from the government that was not delivered on. If you yourself worked to earn your education, how can you be so anti free enterprise? Where your parents American born? The fact of the matter is that government funded health care programs are a losing investment. There are too many people who care nothing of their health (drug abusers, proudly overweight individuals etc.) that put a strain on the system. It's ironic that the people who place the highest burden on the health care systems are the ones who, in a public health system, contribute the least by way of tax revenue. I work hard to stay in excellent shape to prolong my life and health and have always paid more than my fair share in taxes.

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Halo 4 comes out on November 6th.

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@theselected: For one, education can also include job training (as I mentioned vocational and community colleges). That does have a positive effect on lowering unemployment as it enables people to train for better jobs.

Second, job creation on the private sector comes overwhelmingly from those who have achieved a higher education. Very few companies are started by high school graduates or dropouts. Higher education is a critical tool towards helping people from where they are economically to where they want to be.

Indeed, some people with higher education do end up unemployed nonetheless. However if you look at the unemployment numbers currently, you'll find that in the US people with a 4 year degree have dramatically lower unemployment rates currently, and those with a master's or PhD even lower yet. Or as has been said by others, there effectively is no recession if you have an advanced degree - their unemployment rate has not changed significantly in years.

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I'm planning to vote. I won't say for who, but you can probably guess by the issues that are important to me.

I think everyone in our country should have health care. It doesn't have to be free, just affordable. I've seen too many people who've been working for years, but because their jobs don't have a health care plan, or have a horrible health care plan, they have to do without. If the insurance companies can't let go of some of their greed, then the government should step in to do what's right for its citizens and offer options.

I think that the churches and stodgy old men should leave my uterus the hell alone and stop putting so much thought into what in the end really doesn't effect them. I'm pro choice not because I'd ever get an abortion, but because I am offended at the very notion that there are people out there who think they have the right to tell me if I can or not. Don't like abortions? Don't get one. Don't like birth control? Don't use it. Simple, isn't it?

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@lparsons42: Really?? 'Largely written by the republicans???' First of all, it's only a nickname in referring to it as "Obamacare," because he, Obama, announced in February 2009 that he would begin working with Congress to 'construct a plan for healthcare reform.' The bill was written after discussions between 3 (R) and 3 (D), but I would press upon you to find me the list of authors for the bill.

And it's extremely difficult to a call something bipartisan when the votes for the bill in the Senate passing 60-39, with all Republicans voting against, and in the House Of Rep. 219-212, with all 178 Republicans voting against. Sounds really bipartisan to me, since not 1 Republican in either house voted in favor of the bill. And you're exactly right, Democrats were punished in the midterm elections for forcing the passage of the bill.

And if you want to call it the "Bush Patriot Act," by all means feel free. Just like they refer to them as the "Bush Tax Cuts..."

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@bsmith1: Our founding document, The Declaration of Independence, clearly states men are "endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights." Whomever or whatever you believe that creator to be ultimately the right to vote isn't given to you by any man or government, it's inherent. That being said, many men and women before us have given their lives to make sure that right isn't taken away from us which, in my mind, is as good a reason as any to exercise that right.

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@107bear: Tell me how the quotes affect your interpretation of this newspaper headline: City Mayor Photographed at Local Motel with His "Wife"

Using quotes (when not actually citing someone's exact words) generally indicates something not right, questionable, unusual, faked, and/or not reliable.

May I suggest using one of the old usenet newsgroup indicators of emphasis: just bracket the word or phrase in a pair of asterisks. In the text of a woot comment asterisks will convert the text to italics (yes, I know you know this, but some readers may not), but in the subject/title line they'll just ad emphasis in a way more in keeping with your original intention.

I'll now step down from the Pedantry Soapbox.

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I haven't missed voting in an election since I first turned 21 (which is what the voting age was at the time), and I don't expect to miss this one, either. I have little respect and much disdain for eligible citizens who don't register and vote.

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@theselected: What you've hit upon is the fundamental lack of understanding of how our government is supposed to work. People give the president too much credit when things go well and too much blame when they don't. Many people could benefit from taking a few seconds out of their day reading the section of the Constitution that lays out presidential powers and duties, I think most people would be surprised at how few he is actually given.

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@magic cave: I'm with you on that. I remember when I turned 18 how excited I was to be able to vote. I had to get an absentee ballot for the first few elections since I was away at college, but it was that important to me.

Now, in my local town elections I change my party affiliation just so I can vote in the primaries that actually matter. The town elected officials are almost exclusively one party (which is not the party I generally vote for, but on the local level especially it is so much more about the person than the "party") so the actual elections happen in the primaries because the incumbent party always wins the final election regardless of the candidates.

Several other folks have said the same thing - it is so important to not only vote, but to cast an educated vote. What each individual candidate stands for and will actually do in office is so much more important than their party affiliation.

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@reginafilangee: You can stay on that soapbox as long as you want.

I spent 28+ years on active duty with the Air Force so we can all retain our rights. It makes me sick to hear someone, for ANY reason, say they aren't voting.

My opinion - if you do not vote, you have NO RIGHT to complain about the government! You got exactly what you asked for - nothing.

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@purplefeather: Pro-life folks aren't out to control your uterus, they're trying to stop the murder of unborn children. You can agree to disagree on whose rights are more important (yours or your unborn chid's) but to paint it as "a bunch of stogy old men trying to control your uterus" is neither accurate nor helpful.

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I vote at every election. I do not countenance voting a straight ticket, as it makes no sense to just stick to a party and not an individual. While I am largely one party, I have been known to vote for the other. I have done this many times. I choose the best candidate.

It is up to us as individual citizens of the U.S.A. to vote for the best candidate for every position. Whether our representative democracy actually works is another subject. And, yes, we are a representative democracy, not a true democracy. With the Electoral college, it is representative of what they think we want, not the true "one vote can make a difference". However, it is still our duty and our privilege to vote.

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@mkdr: Same sort of thing always goes on in my hometown. Pretty much everyone runs as a member of one party even though many of them would not actually have a political philosophy that goes along with that party's policies. In many cases folks don't even have an opponent in the general election so once they win the party nomination they're done. In face, when someone ran as the other party they were generally accused of just doing so to have an easy path to the general election and normally didn't do well in that vote. It was always amusing to me when one party won all the elections in the county on the local level and then the other party carry the county at the state and federal level. It's gotten a little better in the time since I left but the two-party system still isn't in full force at the local level.

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@tsfisch: Are you trying to say that civil debate is better than name-calling? Surely you jest.