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    MIAMI - With passions running high, Floridians began casting their ballots Monday as early voting opened statewide.

    The Sunshine State is again key in the presidential election, and long lines formed outside polling stations.

    "I truly believe that this is by far the most important election I've witnessed in my lifetime," motivational speaker Alexandra Oliva, 38, said outside the Miami-Dade Elections Department.

    She voted for Democrat Barack Obama because she's concerned about the composition of the Supreme Court, the money being spent on the war in Iraq, and the degradation of America's reputation overseas.

    "You're ashamed to say you're an American and I'm not comfortable with that," Oliva said. "I'm ready for people to say: 'Hey, Americans are cool again.'"

    Coral Gables retiree Georgina Esteva said she was "very anxious" to cast her vote this year."I believe Obama is a radical leftist and I am totally against all his views," said Esteva, 72, a Cuban-American who voted for Republican John McCain. "I had to leave my country because of a radical leftist and I don't want to leave this country."

    President Bush won the state in 2004, but both Obama and McCain are fighting for it this year.

    About 150 waited in line outside the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office, many wearing Obama stickers, T-shirts and hats.Dee Keener, 70, a retired secretary, said she voted for Obama - even though she is a registered Republican.

    "Obama's got the inspiration, the intelligence, the will to stay above all the dirty politics. It's just the man. I don't know how to explain it ... I'm shaking just talking about Obama," said Keener, who added she hasn't voted for a Democrat since 1992. "He just has all the right answers as far as I'm concerned."

    Keener said McCain's negative ads turned her off, but she would have voted for Obama, regardless. "I think he's the only reason we've had this turnout today," she added, noting that she always votes early but is usually among only a dozen or so in line.

    Voters waited up to 45 minutes to cast ballots at the Escambia County courthouse in downtown Pensacola after polls opened at 8:30 a.m. and the line grew longer throughout the morning.

    For Dennis Collins, 58, and Curtis Munro, 59, the chance to be among the first Floridians to vote for Barack Obama was worth the wait. Both are Navy veterans but said McCain's military service wasn't enough to sway them. "John McCain has done a lot for this country," said Munro, who served on a minesweeping ship off the coast of Vietnam during the war. "But I've been listening to the campaign rhetoric and paying a lot of attention. I think Obama is the right person not only for the United States but for the world."

    Collins, who grew up in North Carolina, recalled his mother voting when polling sites were segregated. He said it was a bit emotional to vote for a fellow African-American. But Collins said he didn't vote for Obama because of his race. "I listened to the debates, to what they said and I made an informed vote," he said.

    After the voting fiasco with butterfly ballots in Florida eight years ago, several people said they were more confident about the optical scan voting machines being used this time.
    "I have no fear of it happening again. Everybody is watching," said Archie Gallon, 60, an instructor at Edward Waters who voted for Obama at the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office in downtown Jacksonville.
    At a restaurant in Sarasota, Gov. Charlie Crist spoke to a small crowd about the importance of voting, especially because the presidential contest is expected to be very close.

    "It's all about voter turnout now and it happens today with early voting. It's very important to exercise that right," Crist said. "Whoever you vote for, get out and vote. It's real important."
    Later, the governor proved he meant it when he approached two diners wearing Obama T-shirts at a Melbourne restaurant. He shook hands with them and asked: "Are you ready to vote? Two weeks from tomorrow, good luck."

    He then posed for pictures with Le'twan Tate, 28, and Karen Jimenez, 31. Tate said he already voted by absentee ballot and Jimenez said she planned to vote Tuesday for the Democratic nominee.

    Nationwide, about a third of the electorate is expected to vote early this year. That would be up from 22 percent in 2004 and 16 percent in 2000. Early voting continues until Nov. 1 in Florida.

    Back in Miami, Nelson Santos said he voted early to "avoid all the craziness on Nov. 4" - a prediction that appeared to be bolstered by the already brisk turnout. "I waited in line for 20 minutes on the first day of early voting," said Santos, 37, an audio engineer for a television station. "I imagine it's going to be out of control on Election Day."

    http://www.jacksonville.com/apnews/s...93UBNUG0.shtml

    Interesting side note, The Florida Times Union in Jacksonville which is Florida's most conservative paper isn't endorsing McCain. They basically told people "It's your call."

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    Dear Florida,

    DON'T FUCK THINGS UP.

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    Oh FFS, really--comparing Obama to Castro?? Wtf is that? Talk about misguided, I can't believe people really believe that.

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    Since Florida is well...Florida. How long into this election will it take before the Bugs bunny gif needs to be unleashed?

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    Omaba Isnt Even As Liberal As The Conservatives Up Here For Gods Sake..
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeyotch View Post
    Oh FFS, really--comparing Obama to Castro?? Wtf is that? Talk about misguided, I can't believe people really believe that.
    my Cuban father would seriously slap that bitch in the mouth,sorry.What an idiot.

    Please,Florida don't fuck this up.Again.
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    Headline News on November 5: In Bold Move to Save US Economy, Government begins construction of Florida Canal.

    If they screw it up again, I think we should just cut them off...kills two birds with one stone...gets rid of the fuckups in Florida and creates thousands of high paying jobs from engineers and architects to front line workers.

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    Obama is Cuban now? lol.

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    According to the McCain camp, he'll be Jamaican next week, and French the week after that. Oui, mon!!!!

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    Omaba Isnt Even As Liberal As The Conservatives Up Here For Gods Sake..

    It's that way in alot of countries. Some people just don't get how conservative American really is.
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

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    Quote Originally Posted by L1049 View Post
    Since Florida is well...Florida. How long into this election will it take before the Bugs bunny gif needs to be unleashed?
    Get Bugs warmed up and ready to saw at a moment's notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    It's that way in alot of countries. Some people just don't get how conservative American really is.
    Well, that would require LEARNING about how OTHER countries do things. Or learning about American history regarding taxation because the US used to have large tax rates like the Scandinavian countries or other "socialist" nations.
    Therefore, in 1909 Congress proposed the Sixteenth Amendment, which became part of the Constitution in 1913 when it was ratified by the required number of states. The Amendment modified the requirement for apportionment of direct taxes by exempting all income taxes—whether considered direct or indirect—from the apportionment requirement. Congress re-adopted the income tax that same year, levying a 1% tax on net personal incomes above $3,000, with a 6% surtax on incomes above $500,000. By 1918, the top rate of the income tax was increased to 77% (on income over $1,000,000) to finance World War I. The top marginal tax rate was reduced to 58% in 1922, to 25% in 1925, and finally to 24% in 1929. In 1932 the top marginal tax rate was increased to 63% during the Great Depression and steadily increased, reaching 94% (on all income over $200,000) in 1945. During World War II, Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments. Top marginal tax rates stayed near or above 90% until 1964 when the top marginal tax rate was lowered to 70%. The top marginal tax rate was lowered to 50% in 1982 and eventually to 28% in 1988. However, in the intervening years Congress subsequently increased the top marginal tax rate to 35% (the top marginal tax rate as of 2007).
    Taxation in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleWasHere View Post
    Dear Florida,

    DON'T FUCK THINGS UP.

    -America
    Here, Here!

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    Well, that would require LEARNING about how OTHER countries do things. Or learning about American history regarding taxation because the US used to have large tax rates like the Scandinavian countries or other "socialist" nations.
    No need to put 'socialist' in quotes regarding Scandinavia. Sweden, although it currently has the conservative Moderate party in power (conservative with a small 'c' since it's all relative in Sweden), has been ruled by teh Social Democrats, many times in a coalition with the former Communist Left Party, for much of the last century. It's worked out pretty well for them, by the way. Norway has too much oil to be truly Socialist and Denmark too many skinheads. But they do their bit for the cause...hehehehe.

    Anyway, as far as taxes, I think if we broke the American tax code down, even when it was at its highest, the rich were handed many a loophole and took advantage of them all. I mean, Averill Harriman, an extremely wealthy diplomat, did everything he could to not pay anything in taxes. What Bush did was bullshit because his tax cuts mainly benefited the wealthy and what Obama wants to do is basically re-instate the pre-Bush tax code. To my mind, a very good idea.
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