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Apparently more than 850 people in Illinois want “In God We Trust” on their license plate.  It is a specialty license plate that requires an extra charge to purchase if you so desire one.  Purchase of it is “…to raise revenue for families of Illinois National Guard members and reservists facing financial hardships”.  Which is wonderful.  Obtaining this specialty license plate is entirely voluntary.

Do you think we could get enough people that would want to buy a plate with a secular or even better, atheist message on it?

The secretary of state’s office only prints specialty plates when more than 850 registered motorists are willing to pay for them, spokesman Henry Haupt said.

If we could pull it off, do we have a choice as to where our money goes?  If so, what organization would you choose to receive the revenue?

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Maybe its the fact that I lean pretty damn far to the left on the political spectrum, but I don’t understand how people can actually want President Obama to fail.  It has been widely reported that Rush Limbaugh has said as such, and repeatedly.  There is even a group on Facebook that is called a conservative protest that in their mission, state that they are looking for Obama to fail.

If Obama fails, we have failed as a nation.  If Obama fails, it is in no small part due to the carnage left behind by President Bush.  If Obama fails, the economy, which is teetering on a precipice, could fall even further, causing nationwide business and personal catastrophe and tragedy.

If Obama fails, everybody fails.  And people, what is so damn scary about Obama succeeding?  Why I can imagine the horrors now, people actually can find a job at a living wage, going to the doctor doesn’t require deliberation because everybody has health insurance, we will no longer have troops deployed and dying in a war that was started based on lies.

I may not be a political scholar or an economist, but I do live in the United States.  I am a middle class mother that wants better for my kids than what we are struggling with now.  I no longer want an era of negativity, where it seems every week there was another crisis or fuck up.  I want my kids to learn compassion for others, and not being afraid of change, because things do change, for better or worse.  Am I fearful of change?  Of course, it’s always difficult to deal with a difference in the status quo and not knowing what the outcome will be, but there comes a point in time where the status quo is not only uncomfortable, but it is unhealthy to stay there.  Such is life.

A society is often judged on how they treat the “least” of their people, the minorities, the homeless, the destitute, the ill.  How will we be judged, and furthermore, how would we like to be judged?  We have a lot of freedoms in this country, freedom of choice, freedom of religion.  For the first time in 8 years we have a president who is not looking to narrow these freedoms but expand them.

In regards to the latest stimulus plan, yes I understand that it is a staggering amount of governmental spending.  But Obama didn’t create this recession, he inherited it.  At this point, it’s either spend or let the banks fail, which I don’t think anybody wants.  Is there another viable solution?

Ours is one of those families who thought that a tough economy would not impact us much, if at all.  We were wrong.  We have a 15 year old car that needs a $700 repair and after a week, we still haven’t decided what to do, we certainly cannot afford to buy a new or used car.  Thank goodness we can car pool.  The value of our house has dropped.  We have two young children, and just to buy the staples results in bigger and bigger grocery bills.  Every purchase I make is made deliberately and without impulse.  Yes we are fortunate to still be able to afford luxuries such as cable and internet, yet should my husband lose his job, we will pull the plug.

Things can not proceed as they have, things must change.

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