OK, now for something a little less snarky

Tyson Chandler, who plays basketball for the New Orleans Hornets, and therefore makes more than $250K a year, had a great post last week about his take on Obama’s tax plan and Obama as a candidate. Here’s an excerpt:

He’s just one of those dudes who comes off so poised, calm and just touchable. I’ve never felt like a Presidential candidate was touchable, that you could actually sit down and have a conversation with him. But with Obama, I feel like I’m in touch with him, like I understand what he’s talking about.

I’ve watched debates in the past, and I never knew what was going on. I never realized what the President was talking about. But Obama breaks it down so that I can understand, my grandparents can understand, anybody can. He bridges the gaps and brings everybody together.

I’ve never known anything about politics before, never got involved. It was just too over my head, and it seemed like I could never do anything about it. I felt like my voice wasn’t to be heard or anything. And for whatever reason, Obama makes you understand that you do have a voice and what you do effects this country, no matter how major or minor.

He was saying that it’s gonna take the whole country to make a change, and it’s gonna be up to parents to cut the lights off a little earlier, put the video games away and help your kids study. And I felt that.

Obviously, I haven’t paid too much attention to politics, but to me, that’s something I’ve never heard before. And the way he speaks, it’s like he’s really truly trying to bring the whole country together and help this country get better from the inside out, starting with our own children and our own families and taking that responsibility.

It was just amazing to hear this man speak. He so much reminds me of my grandfather, the way he’s so soft-spoken, and respectful, and poised, just a man of honor. I told my wife that he reminds me of an educated version of my grandfather. And that’s not a knock on my grandfather. Obviously, he grew up in a time where he didn’t get an education, but it says a lot about the way I feel about Barack, because I respect my grandfather more than any man walking on this Earth. And for me to compare Barack to him says a lot.

It’s funny, because when Obama was giving his speech, he said he was gonna give a tax cut to 95 percent of the people. He says, “If you make under $250,000 a year, raise your hand.” And everybody there raised their hand, except for this one small section of guys. That was our section. And everybody around us was laughing.

But you know what, it’s a bigger cause. And the way I look at it is that I can afford to pay more in taxes. But my parents, my grandparents, my cousins … with what they make, they can’t afford to cut back in their household with what they’re trying to survive with. I can afford to make cuts and still survive. They can’t take that knock.

I think that’s what’s going on now and the reason why the middle class is struggling so much. The upper class, we can take that hit. Obviously, nobody wants to take it, but we still can. And we can afford to live nice lives.

I’ve lived in both situations. And not only that, I’m obviously the only one in my family that can say that I’m a millionaire. I’ve seen my entire family struggle. So, would I rather see my whole family struggle while I get a break, or have me not get a break while the rest of my family gets one? I’ll take my entire family getting a break.”

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~ by realsupergirl on October 15, 2008.

2 Responses to “OK, now for something a little less snarky”

  1. great blog!

  2. I’m grateful for anyone who looks beyond their own financial situation to the myriad of other issues involved when they vote.

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