Just Wondering…

…just wondering a few things as the 4th quarter of 2012 kicks off:

*Will the 3 Presidential debates, the first of which is this Thursday, really change anybody’s vote?  Will they sway undecided voters?  Or will they just be times for the candidates to recite their taglines?
Personally, I really do not think they will be as impactful as they have been in the past.  Mitt Romney is a known commodity who has been running for President for 6 years or so.  President Obama is also a known commodity.

*Do people who call President Obama a “socialist” who wants to “redistribute wealth” realize how taxes work?
Unless you are one of the chosen few (are there any?) who gets a say where his or her tax dollars are spent, any tax you pay is, by nature, redistributive.  Think about it this way:  you pay payroll tax, or sales tax, or property tax, and your local, state, or the federal government fund programs as they deem necessary.  You and I do not get to sit here and tell our elected officials that we want our particular tax dollars to go toward education or maintaining roads or funding the military.  Tax dollars are pooled, and redistributed.

*As a whole, does our population understand the difference between “deficit” and “debt?”
I see these two terms being used interchangeably all the time, so I am going to guess that most people do not.  A deficit is a shortfall in revenue (source), whereas debt is an amount that is owed (source).  So when people rail about our national debt versus a budget deficit, and cannot correctly identify the two and their differences, are they misinformed, uneducated, lazy, or something else?  Except for a brief time in 1834-1835, our country has held debt, but there has not always been a deficit in our national budget.  Since 1901, there have been 31 budget surpluses; the rest have been deficits.

*Would I, if placed in the same situation, react they way Dakota Meyer did back in Afghanistan on September 8, 2009?
I just started reading his book, Into The Fire, and I have not made it yet to his detailed account of the battle, but I have been in awe of him since I first heard his story and the actions he took that ultimately saved a lot of lives and saw Meyer be awarded the Medal of Honor.  I would like to think that I would, but I do not know that for sure, and I am not bothered by that.  What Dakota Meyer did was truly an act of heroism, and we are not all cut from that cloth; I can tell you that his motivation was not to be awarded a Medal of Honor, it was much simpler than that.  It was to save the lives of his comrades.

I just had a few things on my mind this afternoon and figured I would share.


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