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Comments on: Who should bikers vote for? http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=183 Good question . . . I write about motorcycles and why we ride them. en Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:46:55 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.2.2 by: <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>527</b><br /> <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>96</b><br /> Roger http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=183#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2008 19:03:04 -0700 45726:183@http://www.whybike.com/blog
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I guess I just don&#8217;t see the world the same way you do. On the issue of gas prices, we both know that Republicans are bought-and-paid-for by oil companies in specific and corporations in general &#8230; so if you think a Republican is going to bite the oil-company hand that feeds him, you&#8217;re nuts. For me, this issue is Obama 2, McCain 0. On the issue of fuel efficiency, well, one of the reasons I ride a bike is because it&#8217;s more efficient than a car. I&#8217;m retired Army, and I don&#8217;t like knowing that our soldiers are dying for foreign oil. Again, on this issue, Obama 2, McCain 0. Then there&#8217;s the final issue of helmet laws. I honestly don&#8217;t know anything about either candidate&#8217;s position on that topic &#8211; so I&#8217;ll score them both at zero. I liked your discussion about the &#8220;intangibles", though &#8211; clean air, the lives of servicemen overseas, etc. I honestly believe McCain will bring us more of the same. Because of his inexperience, Obama represents a risk, but as riders we understand risk &#8211; every time we get on a bike we take risks. This is a risk worth taking. After all, it&#8217;s about our freedom.
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I guess I just don’t see the world the same way you do. On the issue of gas prices, we both know that Republicans are bought-and-paid-for by oil companies in specific and corporations in general … so if you think a Republican is going to bite the oil-company hand that feeds him, you’re nuts. For me, this issue is Obama 2, McCain 0. On the issue of fuel efficiency, well, one of the reasons I ride a bike is because it’s more efficient than a car. I’m retired Army, and I don’t like knowing that our soldiers are dying for foreign oil. Again, on this issue, Obama 2, McCain 0. Then there’s the final issue of helmet laws. I honestly don’t know anything about either candidate’s position on that topic – so I’ll score them both at zero.

I liked your discussion about the “intangibles", though – clean air, the lives of servicemen overseas, etc. I honestly believe McCain will bring us more of the same. Because of his inexperience, Obama represents a risk, but as riders we understand risk – every time we get on a bike we take risks. This is a risk worth taking. After all, it’s about our freedom.

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Roger, From one ex-Army to another&#8230; I guess you learned the Army way of critical thinking. First, and least important, the 1-0, 2-0, etc. was a running total. You got two 2-0&#8217;s in a row because nobody scored on the helmet issue&#8230; get it? Now, as for the issues: Let&#8217;s suspend our respective realities for a moment and make the assumption that the Republican party is uhhh&#8230; &#8220;bought-and-paid-for by oil companies in specific and corporations in general". Okay, now explain why that makes a new and targeted (read: unconstitutional) tax a good idea. Betchya can&#8217;t do it. Next, I&#8217;m sorry that you &#8220;know&#8221; that our soldiers are dying for foreign oil. I &#8220;know&#8221; no such thing. For ex-Army, I&#8217;m sorry to to see you cheapen their efforts to such an extent. Finally, if we suspend reality and assume for a moment that they ARE dying for foreign oil&#8230;. they would not have to if we had enough domestic oil for our energy demands. Domestic oil to which your Democrat heroes have blocked access for 30 years. Now who is to blame for all those deaths? I sure hope you were a standout soldier, because your political thinking is no better than most of those poltroons in the two houses of Congress.
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Roger,

From one ex-Army to another… I guess you learned the Army way of critical thinking.

First, and least important, the 1-0, 2-0, etc. was a running total. You got two 2-0’s in a row because nobody scored on the helmet issue… get it?

Now, as for the issues: Let’s suspend our respective realities for a moment and make the assumption that the Republican party is uhhh… “bought-and-paid-for by oil companies in specific and corporations in general". Okay, now explain why that makes a new and targeted (read: unconstitutional) tax a good idea. Betchya can’t do it.

Next, I’m sorry that you “know” that our soldiers are dying for foreign oil. I “know” no such thing. For ex-Army, I’m sorry to to see you cheapen their efforts to such an extent. Finally, if we suspend reality and assume for a moment that they ARE dying for foreign oil…. they would not have to if we had enough domestic oil for our energy demands. Domestic oil to which your Democrat heroes have blocked access for 30 years. Now who is to blame for all those deaths?

I sure hope you were a standout soldier, because your political thinking is no better than most of those poltroons in the two houses of Congress.

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I agree 100% with Paul. Being a retired Army Chaplain and an avid biker of 45 years I&#8217;ve seen my share of politicians &#8220;doing the right thing&#8221; for everyone. The availability of gas was questioned in 1975 and the lines at the pump just boosted the greed in the oil companies. Congress attempted to &#8220;control&#8221; the price but as you know they (price) just went up. Being a Vietnam veteran, I can vouch for the &#8220;resource management&#8221; theory of leadership displayed by most politicians. The individual soldier is a &#8220;resource&#8221; in some military leaders&#8217; minds and in the Congress. Hate to say it but oil is a minor concern when it comes to the Mid East. Corporate concerns are the cash cows over there. McDonalds, Pepsi, etc. Not to discount the construction contracts. As a soldier I was &#8220;in country&#8221; to defend the weak, and to develop a safer environment so that the natives could develop a governmental system of more liberty and OUR government could meet it&#8217;s objectives. More realistically speaking I was &#8220;over there&#8221; protecting and backing up my &#8220;buddies". Whether or not the ulterior motive of our Congress is to &#8220;get oil&#8221; is moot. I don&#8217;t question motives of low lives and pit vipers.
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I agree 100% with Paul. Being a retired Army Chaplain and an avid biker of 45 years I’ve seen my share of politicians “doing the right thing” for everyone. The availability of gas was questioned in 1975 and the lines at the pump just boosted the greed in the oil companies. Congress attempted to “control” the price but as you know they (price) just went up.
Being a Vietnam veteran, I can vouch for the “resource management” theory of leadership displayed by most politicians. The individual soldier is a “resource” in some military leaders’ minds and in the Congress. Hate to say it but oil is a minor concern when it comes to the Mid East. Corporate concerns are the cash cows over there. McDonalds, Pepsi, etc. Not to discount the construction contracts. As a soldier I was “in country” to defend the weak, and to develop a safer environment so that the natives could develop a governmental system of more liberty and OUR government could meet it’s objectives.
More realistically speaking I was “over there” protecting and backing up my “buddies".
Whether or not the ulterior motive of our Congress is to “get oil” is moot. I don’t question motives of low lives and pit vipers.

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As a longtime motorcycle rider I believe in preserving our freedom that so many have fought and died for. McCane and the Republicans don&#8217;t respect the Constitution. They&#8217;ve ignored basic freedoms and liberties guaranteed in the Constitution like the right of habeus corpus and the right to be protected from search and seizure. Obama and the Democrats support and believe in the Constitution. Republicans only appear to want to cut taxes for the rich, provide windfall tax breaks and public welfare for oil companies and other large corporations, and rape our environment for personal gain. I am opposed to those Republican programs.
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As a longtime motorcycle rider I believe in preserving our freedom that so many have fought and died for. McCane and the Republicans don’t respect the Constitution. They’ve ignored basic freedoms and liberties guaranteed in the Constitution like the right of habeus corpus and the right to be protected from search and seizure. Obama and the Democrats support and believe in the Constitution. Republicans only appear to want to cut taxes for the rich, provide windfall tax breaks and public welfare for oil companies and other large corporations, and rape our environment for personal gain. I am opposed to those Republican programs.

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