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 Post subject: Re: MC CAIN or OBAMA
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:09 pm 
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You may be right about McCain if we could turn back the clock. I don't think that the current version of McCain is the "maverick." And I believe that the selection of Sara Palin is just the latest example of McCain trying to please a very powerful segment of the Republican Party. If he was truly a "maverick" and willing to buck party demands, I think that he would have gone with Lieberman (that is just my opinion).

McCain was right that this country has never cut taxes when going to war and was likely right to oppose the original tax cuts. That was not a popular view among the Republican base and he has shifted his stance. He is close friends with former Senator Gramm and, from what I understand, Senator Gramm (1) used to be an economic consultant on his staff; (2) is still a consultant on other matters for McCain and (3) Senator Gramm was intimately involved in instituting law which helped deregulate a number of financial industries which are currently on the verge of collapse and, according to my uncle in Albuquerque who is a financial analyst and broker, has led this country to the verge of economic collapse. I am far from confident that McCain's economic policies - whatever they may be - are the answer.

I do believe that Obama has surrounded himself with some pretty heady economic advisors and believe that there are a fair number of wealthy economic specialists who are not predicting the end of a market economy if Obama is elected.

As far as Democratic spending is concerned, I would like to see the budget deficit numbers for the past 8 years, 6 of which involved a Republican Congress.

As far as earmarks are concerned, we've heard McCain say that he would veto any bill that contains earmarks and that he will identify the requestors publically and he will "make them famous." He said that he won't allow any more governmental spending for studying the DNA of black bears. Yet, when Palin was confronted with the fact that the Alaskan Wildlife Commission (or whatever dept it is) requested over $2M to study the mating habits of a particular kind of fish, she stated that the earmark was an "open" request for $$, not a "hidden" request for $$ tied to lobbiests. I may be wrong, but that sounds awfully nuanced to me. Is the McCain position that any earmarks will be vetoed or only those earmarks that are somehow "hidden" and tied to lobbiests? Its my opinoin that McCain is far from the "Straight Talk Express" that he used to be.

McCain is, IMO, currently just another politician. When the experience argument didn't work against Obama, he all but abandoned that argument. When he didn't make much headway with the "Obama is just a celebrity" or "Obama is not God," campaigns, he dropped them. So . . . he took a page out of Obama's playbook. He got himself a celebrity with very little experience and is campaigning on "changing" Washington. It may have been very smart politics but it doesn't mean much else - at least to me.

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 Post subject: Re: MC CAIN or OBAMA
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:01 pm 
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McCain has to have a headache today. This has been a terrible week for him. Just imagine what it means that George Will has gone on record big time against McCain and his thoughts on our economy. That speaks volumns about his chances in November.

Every Sunday morning talk show blasted McCain for his statements this week-- from knee-jerk reactions of wanting to fire the SEC head (who is very respected by most) to his Monday statement the the economy is fundamentally sound.

Unbelieveable.

It's also apparent the the Palin mo is quickly fading as is John. He still can attract a crowd because she's there with him, but fewer and fewer people think she can handle the job if necessary. Just imagine her in control when this economic mess happened. Anyone out there think she could manage the country through this crisis?

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 Post subject: Re: MC CAIN or OBAMA
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:04 pm 
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BTW-- what about the flip-flopping by McCain on regulate vs de-regulate for a lifetime. I guess government isn't such a bad thing now.

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