I could go through a long, drawn out thing on why I'm not able to vote for him but I'll instead note this from Ian B. Murphy (Metro West Daily News):
Freezing the $258 per-employee increase for unemployment insurance would free up money for businesses to pay for inventory or hire more people, Cahill said, but would reduce the available pool of unemployment benefits for the unemployed. Cahill said he would work to bring Massachusetts' unemployment benefit system more in line with other states, and not among the most generous in the country.
“Are you telling me it’s going to be easier to hire more people when you’re paying $258 more per employee?” Cahill said at a meeting with the Daily News. “I can’t ask businesses to fund that whole thing.”
Now some reading that will agree with Cahill. If you do, that's who you should vote for. But my family is working class, union people. And that proposal rubs me the wrong way.
I could offer other examples. I won't. You vote for who you want. You don't owe me an explanation, you don't anyone an explanation. You don't even have to vote. Voting's a right. You can choose not to vote. But whatever choice you make, I hope it's the one that's right for you. I have a friend who beat herself up for years for voting for Ralph Nader. As I told her, "If you believed in that vote, that was the best vote for you to make."
You don't owe me or anyone else an explanation or even telling us if you voted and, if you did, who you voted for. It's your business. This country was built around the belief that your vote is your business. Vote the way you want (which includes not voting if that's what you want) and be glad with the decision you made.
Again, Tim Cahill's campaign website is here. To ___, you are happy with your choice so I am happy for you. I hope everyone is as happy with their choice as you are. Other than that, I'm not really concerned about the way someone votes.
My son Mike has a website. If our family all gets behind one candidate, you'll read about it there before you will here. He's also happy to share who he's planning to vote for. (I know he's voting Green in every race that there's a Green candidate.)
I will share that I wish John Kerry was running . . . so I could vote against him. My anger towards him only increases. In our state, we went for Hillary Clinton, overwhelmingly. But John Kerry and Ted Kennedy -- our senators -- ignored the will of the people, the people who elected them. John Kerry's latest bits of insulting voters really makes me eager to see him out of the US Senate.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: