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"This Ain't the Summer of Love"

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I Really Can't Vote For Any of Them
by James Glaser

Special to The Libertarian Enterprise

John McCain, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton might all be fine Americans, but I don't believe any of the three have any idea of what it is like to be a working man or woman in America today, and I don't think any of them ever did.

Barack grew up in Hawaii, and from the fifth grade on he went to a very expensive private college prep school names Punahou School. I don't know what the tuition was when Barack went, but today it runs $16,675 a year. Barack Obama did not grow up in "the hood," nor did he come from a middle class family. After high school he was off to Columbia University and then on to Harvard Law School. Last year he made $4 million plus.

Hillary went to a public high school, but then it was on to Wellesley College, an expensive all girls school, and then on to Yale Law School. She and Bill made something like $20 million last year.

John McCain grew up in a military family and was sent to a college prep boarding school for high school, and went to the United States Navel Academy for college. He said he only made $410,000 last year, but his wife made millions, so the guy is not hurting. Even four hundred grand takes you a long way out of the middle class.

This past few weeks there has been talk about Barack Obama being from the elite class of America after he was talking down to rural people in America who he thinks cling to religion and gun rights when times get tough.

Well, the truth is, all three of these candidates are from the elite class of America. Sure Barack Obama is black, but he is black in color only. Average Americans don't go to Harvard, Yale, or the Navel Academy. Average Americans don't have million dollar incomes. Heck, Average Americans seldom become politicians in Washington, and that is the problem with Washington.

Politicians in Washington have no idea of what the cost of gas is doing to "average" Americans. They don't know that the price of milk has gone up 17% and that all food costs way more than before. Politicians have no need for health insurance as they have voted themselves the best policy in America... and it is free for them.

These three candidates don't feel our worry about the future, because none of them ever lived like most of us do. Yes, I know John McCain was in that prisoner of war camp and that was horrible, but he now gets something like $58 thousand in retirement pay from the Navy each year, as he should. With social security that is pretty nice compared to most Americans.

Remember, all three of these people running for President are millionaires. They all are getting a big pay check for being a United States Senator, but unlike most Americans, they don't even have to pretend that they are earning that money. All three of them have been campaigning full time for over a year, but still they cash their pay check from us.

These people are not average Americans, and they have no idea of what it is like to be one. They take their pay even though they don't work for it.

No, I'm not voting for any of them. They don't deserve my vote, or yours.

First published on Mr. Glaser's 'blog at


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