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August 31, 2008

Palin Booed on the Campaign Trail

McCain’s vice presidential nominee was booed on the campaign trail in Ohio, a swing state, while attempting to appeal to Hillary’s voters when she praised Hillary’s trail blazing bid for the White House.

No one is fooled by John “Coat Hanger” McCain by putting her on the Republican ticket. Palin is an obvious ploy that is an attempt at pandering to Hillary’s base; this is not a pro-woman move; this is a desperate attempt to get Hillary’s voters and it is not working. McCain believes Hillary’s base is stupid enough to jump party lines to vote for him just because Palin is a woman. Wrong! Palin is anti pro choice that goes against the grain of Hillary’s base and they are not fooled; no one is fooled. McCain just sealed the deal that will put Obama in the White House by putting this woman on the ticket and here is your proof: Palin is getting booed on her first campaign trail appearance.

August 30, 2008

The Truth About Sarah Palin

If you are looking for the mark of a statesman here it is: Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, in his first ad since the Democratic Convention does not lambast McCain’s vice presidential nominee; in fact, he does not even mention her name. In his ad he stays on message that McCain is more of the same failed Bush policies, a message that is as true today as it was yesterday. However, if you are looking to learn more about Sarah Palin from one of her constituents, then you may want to check out this Alaskan’s views on her and learn the truth and forget the spin.

Spin: She has a 90% approval rating.

Truth: Yes, she’s a popular governor. Her all time high approval rating hovered around 90% at one point. But bear in mind that the 90% approval rating came from one of the most conservative, and reddest-of-the-red states out there. And that approval rating came before a series of events that have lead many Alaskans to question the governor’s once pristine image.

Spin: That she is qualified.

Truth: Just months ago, when rumors surfaced that she was on the long version of the short list, she was questioned if she’d be interested in the position. She said she couldn’t answer “until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day. I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration.

Spin: That she wants to drill in the ANWR region for oil.

Truth: Yes, she does and so does every other politician in Alaska.

Does she want to open ANWR? Yes. Every politician in Alaska wants to open ANWR. It’s basically a requirement if you ever hope to get elected for anything. Even Mark Begich, the progressive Democrat running against the indicted Senator and Alaskan institution Ted Stevens, is pro-drilling. That’s the sea we swim in up here. There are a few anti-drilling folks, but you have to look hard to find them, and work hard to have them admit it.

If you want to learn more about Sarah Palin read this one Alaskan’s views.

McCain Choose His Running Mate

In choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate, he is not thinking “outside the box,” as some have said. More like out of his mind.

Palin a first-term governor of a state with more reindeer than people, will have to put on a few pounds just to be a lightweight. Her personal story is impressive: former fisherman, mother of five. But that hardly qualifies her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

For a man who is 72 years old and has had four bouts with cancer to have chosen someone so completely unqualified to become president is shockingly irresponsible. Suddenly, McCain’s age and health become central issues in the campaign, as does his judgment.

In his first presidential decision, John McCain has shown that he is willing to endanger his country, potentially leaving it in the hands of someone who simply has no business being a heartbeat away from the most powerful, complicated, difficult job in human history.

This really sums up John McCain’s ability to be President of the United States; he is not qualified and neither is his running mate, Sarah Palin.

August 29, 2008

Do Not Believe McCain

Presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain Sen. John McCain issued a statement minutes after Obama wrapped his speech: “Tonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was so fundamentally at odds with the meager record of Barack Obama.

“When the temple comes down, the fireworks end and the words are over, the facts remain: Sen. Obama still has no record of bipartisanship, still opposes offshore drilling, still voted to raise taxes on those making just $42,000 per year and still voted against funds for American troops in harm’s way.

“The fact remains: Barack Obama is still not ready to be president.”

McCain the man who does not know how many houses he owns, “I’ll have to ask my staff.”? John, it is seven. McCain also has stated that the economy is great shape while the number of personal bankruptcies have soared over the last year, not mention the number of the business failures, bank failures, foreclosures, and a credit crisis; not least to mention you claim that we have become a nation of whiners. Really, John, whiners? Given that you make five million dollars a year and do not even know how many houses you own it hardly qualifies you to make that statement about Americans; it makes you sound like Hoover as Americans move into McCainvilles.

John, you are so evidently out of touch with what is going on in your own senate that you do not even remember signing the Great Lakes Compact that Obama was a huge part of and that required immense bipartisan support and work to pass the senate unanimously, which means it has your signature is on it, or did you forget because you are too old to remember and too senile to understand what bipartisanship means? Also the bill has moved on into the House of Representatives who have already endorsed it, along with President Bush saying he will sign it. John, you are lying. Obama has already made it clear that he is not raising taxes on the middle class, he is raising taxes on people who are earning over $200,000 a year, but then when you earn five million a year I am sure you believe this is minimum wage. John, Obama does not oppose off shore drilling, he just does not believe, and rightfully so, that it is the answer to the energy crisis. John, it is not the answer. Oh, and John, our troops are in harms way because you support a war with no end, and no real purpose, a war that you say could go on for 50 to 100 years. John, you are the one who does not support or respect our troops.

Barack Obama is not ready to be president? Really? John, you just put a woman on your ticket, Sarah Palin, as your running mate who is three years younger than Obama and has no international experience, yet you criticize Obama? That, John, makes you a hypocrite. John, you are so transparent with putting her on your ticket. You are desperate to get Hillary’s voters, yet you fail to recognize that she does not appeal to her base as she does not support a woman’s right to choose among other women’s issues. This is not a bold move to get women’s votes either; you stupidly believe that women vote for political leaders based on their gender. That is insulting to women everywhere and incredibly sexist. You claim she is an extremely ethical person, yet she is under investigation by her state legislature for having her ex-brother-in-law fired from his job because of a messy divorce.

Gov. Sarah Palin’s own legislature launched a $100,000 investigation earlier this month, as the Associated Press reported, “to determine if Palin dismissed Alaska’s public safety commissioner because he would not fire (a state) trooper, Mike Wooten. Wooten went through a messy divorce from Palin’s sister. Palin has denied the commissioner’s dismissal had anything to do with her former brother-in-law. And she denied orchestrating the dozens of telephone calls made by her husband and members of her administration to Wooten’s bosses.

The facts are in and you, John McCain, are not qualified to be president, you are not even qualified to be the local dog catcher because you have no real policies, nothing to offer and rely on gimmicks like Sarah Palin to be your vice presidential running mate, and ad hominem attacks.

Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech

Filed under: Biden,Daily Observations,Obama,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 11:02 pm
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Obama’s speech last night proved that he is more than qualified to lead America to a better day; to right the wrongs of the Bush and his administration, to restore our standing in the world community; and to steer our economy toward a prosperous economy. Obama delivered on his speech by demonstrating that he has a plan for America and that he is presidential.

As commander in chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm’s way with a clear mission and a sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home.

I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression. I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation; poverty and genocide; climate change and disease. And I will restore our moral standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.

From Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in Denver, Colorado on Thursday night.

August 28, 2008

Obama right, McCain wrong

Filed under: Biden,Daily Observations,McCain,Obama,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 4:16 am
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Joe Biden

Joe Biden

As we gather here tonight, our country is less secure and more isolated than at any time in recent history. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has dug us into a very deep hole, with very few friends to help us climb out.

Should we trust John McCain’s judgment when he says there can be no timelines to drawdown our troops from Iraq – that we must stay indefinitely? Or should we listen to Barack Obama, who says shift responsibility to the Iraqis – and set a time to bring our combat troops home?

Now, after six long years, the Bush administration and the Iraqi government are on the verge of setting a date to bring our troops home. John McCain was wrong. Barack Obama was right.

I could not have said it better myself. Obama is right and McCain is wrong. It is that obvious.

August 27, 2008

It is Official Barack Obama is the Democratic Nominee

Filed under: Biden,Daily Observations,Obama,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 11:50 pm
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Congratulations to Barack Obama for being nominated as the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States of America, the next President of the United States.

In Denver, Colorado today by acclimation Barack Obama was historically nominated as the first black candidate of any major political party in the United States. Job well done!

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Sen. Hillary Clinton asked to cut the roll call short saying, “With eyes firmly fixed on the future, and in the spirit of unity with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let’s declare together with one voice right here, right now that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president.”

“Is there a second?” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California asked the crowd of more than 4,400 delegates.

Delegates then affirmed Obama as their choice with cheers.

McCain the Follower, not the Leader

Filed under: Biden,Daily Observations,McCain,Obama,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 11:37 am
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The McCain Campaign is living in fantasyland when they keep beating on the drum that McCain has the experience to lead while Obama needs to lead by judgment alone. McCain may have racked up several years in the Senate, yet those years in the Senate have not prepared him to be President of the United States, just like Bush’s gubernatorial experience did not prepare him to be president.

What the McCain campaign does not recognize is the McCain is still repeating the same thing Bush has been saying and doing in the last seven and half years. That a war with no end in sight financed with foreign money is good for America when in reality it has an inverse affect. He recognizes, like Bush, that America is addicted to oil, yet provides no real solutions to ending this addiction to oil, only to drill for more oil that will take another decade to get to. It will lead McCain to act just like Bush who groveled at the feet of the Saudi’s just recently like a crack addict to its dealer to increase oil production. McCain wants to drill in the ANWAR region just like Bush for oil and, just like Bush, does not care about the environment in order to get the oil, just get it. No solution there, even with experience. McCain says the economy is in great shape, just like Bush has, yet does not recognize that many are getting thrown out of work with no industry to replace the jobs with. Meanwhile there is a housing and credit crisis going on with no solutions offered, just outrage. That solves nothing. Not only does he sound like Bush, McCain sounds like Herbert Hoover a president who did not care that millions were thrown out of work; he even repeats his mantra that it is just our imagination, or just close your eyes and the problem will magically go away. McCain the maverick who speaks his mind and says what he thinks; hardly, he is saying and doing the same thing that the previous administration has said including what a president of 80 years ago has said and done. Clearly the three of them believe a recession and depression is the sign of a good economy.

This election season McCain has proven that he is only a follower and not leader. A leader has a vision and judgment; a follower only regurgitates what others have done and then presents them as their own, which is what McCain is doing. In this light McCain’s alleged experience is meaningless as it exposes his propensity to follow the heard, belying his Maverick image and underscoring the plain and simple truth that John McCain does not possess the experience and judgment to lead. McCain is presenting the failed policies of president Bush’s as his own.

August 26, 2008

Party of Substance? I Think Not

Filed under: Biden,Daily Observations,McCain,Obama,politics,Uncategorized — Julie P @ 12:00 pm
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The Republican response to the Democratic National Convention so far has been to criticize alleged Democratic rhetoric. They are claiming their party has an edge with substance, well, I dispute their claim.

For starters McCain is making the claim that he is a war hero, a claim that he has yet to prove. Sure he was held prisoner during the Vietnam War, but so were many young men who were drafted to fight in Vietnam, that does not make him special, or a war hero. It made him a prisoner with a lot prisoners remaining prisoners, so they would not have to rejoin the fight. A war hero would have been a person who saved the lives of their compatriots, or performed some other heroic act; like escaping from prison to rejoin the fight for their country. So much for being a war hero and a candidate of substance; McCain has proven he is neither.

McCain states we could be in Iraq for another 50 to 100 years; that is not substance that is idiocy. There is no nation in world history that has done that; in fact, wars with no end have brought down empires in the past most recently the Soviet Union. As much as Republicans like to take the credit for the downfall of the Soviet Union they willfully neglect that rebels in Afghanistan beat a very strong military by engaging them in fighting they could not win with billions, if not trillions in costs. This is not substance this is willful ignorance.

McCain states that the best way out of the energy crisis is to drill our way out it, yet that will accomplish nothing all it will do is give us more oil that will take us ten years to get to and use up in two to three years at our current consumption rate, even oil man Richard Pickens believes this is a bad idea. McCain cannot even listen to his own cronies on that subject; so much for substance.

McCain says the economy is in great shape, yet refuses to recognize that it is not. There are bank failures, a credit crisis, job losses that are mounting from one of the weakest economic recoveries in my memory and has turned into another recession. He is unable to recognize that people who were thrown out of work right after 9/11 are no longer cyclically unemployed, but are structurally unemployed. The jobless rate is somewhere around five percent, but when I talk with employers I hear stories about getting inundated with resumes for jobs; more than once I have listened to employers talk about receiving 800 to 1,200 for one job opening. That is not substance that is denial with likes that has not been seen since Herbert Hoover.

McCain states that the Democratic National Convention is rhetoric from the 1960’s, yet is willfully neglecting the shear idiocy of such a statement. All he is doing is continuing a circular fight over social progressiveness that occurred in the 1960’s. This is an old, tired fight for the older end of the Baby Boomer generation that provides no results, and only divides, not unites. Additionally, McCain and the Republicans fail to recognize this tired fight is seen by all who are not a part of the older end of the Boomers.  This decades old dispute can explain Obama’s popularity, especially with driving out young and younger voters to the polls; the nation’s business is not getting taken care of because of this. So much for being an alleged party of substance; it is nothing more than a party of sour grapes. No substance there either, John.

Finally, as for John McCain using Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to attack Barack Obama; let me remind you, John that you come across as a candidate who has no real argument as to why we should vote for you. Instead you come across as weak little man who has no real vision, purpose, or the ability to command the strongest nation on planet Earth. John McCain you are a petty man who lacks substance and proves this daily by providing only ad hominem attacks.

August 25, 2008

Are You Better Off Now?

Ronald Reagan once famously asked during the 1980 presidential campaign, “Are you better off now, then you were four years ago?” He won the election, because plain and simple people were not at the beginning of the 1980’s. Today we are being asked the same question about our current president and, by association, the Republican Party after eight years of their rule. The answer is a short and sweet unequivocal no.

We are involved in a war with no end in sight that is costing American taxpayers billions of dollars a day with a national debt that is spiraling out of sight and no way to pay it back, not at this time. But, do not worry about it; we can pass this debt on to, well, no one. With debt that high, out of control, no end in sight to the cause for the debt, and it being financed with foreign money the problem is going to come home to roost long before the debt can be passed on to the next generation. The mantra of the Bush Administration has been to cut taxes and spend more money, with John McCain picking up the same drum beat. John McCain the presidential candidate who says we could be in Iraq for another 50 to 100 years. We could not afford George W. Bush’s policies and we cannot afford McCain’s either.

Eight years ago I was able to pay for a college education out of my own pocket, study abroad in Europe, pay a car note, credit card bills, and live on my own without a roommate or a spouse. It is eight years later and in the last eight years I have since graduated from college upon which it took me three and half years to find a job and career worth having because the job market was not providing me with enough job opportunities to find decent employment, in the mean time, I saw the economy contract to the point where it affected my income and financial security. Two years ago I had to make a tough financial choice that I would not have otherwise been forced to make because credit laws had been changed in favor of the banks and creditors. While that was going on the housing industry entered into a Ponzi scheme in order to finance homes to people who should and would have otherwise been turned down. As a result, for me, buying a house or condo, has been pushed back yet even further while the credit crisis straightens itself out and I work out my own finances that were ruined because of harsh credit changes. At the same time I have watched food prices, gas prices, and other daily necessities sky rocket, even though my income has gone up, with no thanks to Bush’s economy, but my own tenacity, I still am having a difficult time finding my way through the financial wilderness. Without proper governance put in place average people like myself who have worked hard all of our lives, and doing the right thing still are struggling in the American utopia.

It is eight years later and I am being asked, are you better off? I am not better off, I am getting by and I am hearing yet again that it is just my perception from the Republican candidate John McCain. Well, John, come out of your seven houses and live my life and then tell me it is just my imagination. Your tax cut and spend policies, along with denial that Americans are better off now sound more like the rantings of a delusional, out of touch old man.

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