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Barack Obama declared the other evening that, “It’s time for America to chart a new course.” (Quite possibly the scariest words in American politics.) And who wouldn’t buy what this guy is selling???
Obama promised affordable education and declared that a college education should be a birthright for every American! Obama promised affordable healthcare for every American and that all of us will have the same top-of-the-line healthcare as members of Congress in four years! Obama promised to take the record profits of big oil and “make” them reinvest in alternative energy sources and pay for pollution! Obama promised good paying jobs for the jobless! And for such a young man with little experience, Obama has done very well for himself in finding enough people to buy into the hype with their votes.
First, Obama does not seem to appreciate that education, especially higher education is something that should be earned through hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice. What kind of a birthright is Obama talking about? What kind of message does that send to slackers in high schools across America if the government will ensure that you get a college degree whether you’ve earned it or not? How many excellent future graduates will then have their degrees discounted because the market is flooded and employers can’t determine whether these degrees represent any significant achievement? Obama doesn’t understand that promising government-backed college education does not raise the bar, it lowers the bar for everyone. Obama doesn’t understand that information, i.e. education, is a commodity that students buy and that college education is an investment in yourself that shouldn’t be passed out to people who haven’t earned the privilege.
Second, Obama doesn’t appreciate the fact that compared to private sector compensation, full-time civil servants and elected officials in the Federal government typically make far less money in public service. One of the incentives to retain well-trained and competent employees and leaders is to provide an excellent healthcare incentive package. The idea that EVERY American should be entitled to the same government healthcare benefits package is simply pandering for votes. So, why work for the government anymore? And more importantly, Obama’s plan cannot work well simply because healthcare services are limited and finite. Anyone who has visited an emergency room lately already knows this. If the government begins footing the medical bills of every American and disregarding the limited resources available and increasing the demand on our skilled medical professionals, we will be begging for the days of the 3 1/2 hour emergency room waiting experience. Further, individuals will have less incentive to be proactive in maintaining their own health (quitting smoking for example) because medical bills will be a thing of the past. (Well, not exactly, but I’ll get to that.)
Third, the evil “big oil” corporations. Since when is actually making money such a problem in America? I really don’t understand how people in cafes can complain about $3.75 per gallon gas while simultaneously paying $64.00 per gallon for their lattes with tipping to boot. Think about it. We hear a lot about big, bad, American oil corporations and their outrageous profits, but Starbucks is making out like a bandit! And Obama needs to brush up on corporate formation. Last time I checked, it’s the shareholders, i.e. regular Americans, who actually own these companies and invest in them! Obama promises to punish these oil companies for excessive profits, force them to reinvest in other energy sources and make them pay for global pollution. So Obama’s policies will actually punish the investors, i.e. you and me! So what’s the point in investing in stocks or mutual funds of American companies if the government is going to limit your opportutnities to amass wealth or save for retirement? IT IS OUTRAGEOUS that Obama is going to take profits from hard-working, investing Americans and claim that he will help us and the economy by doing so. The government already rakes in billions of dollars with a “B” through corporate taxes and fuel taxes. If you wish to revive the American economy, the answer cannot be found in punishing with EVEN MORE TAXES the very industries driving the economy in the first place. Furthermore, Obama doesn’t explain why American oil companies should have to pay for global pollution but not other countries such as Mexico, India, and China.
Finally, Obama promises good paying jobs (not good jobs) for the jobless–all 5% of them. This can only mean one thing: raising the minimum wage. If you haven’t already figured this out, artificially raising wages decreases the overall standard of living because prices rise as well. You have “more” money, it just has less value. So rather than raise the bar for everyone and strengthen the economy, minimum wages discount everyone’s dollar–all 100% of us. Thanks, Barack! So while a jobless person may find a new job, it won’t necessarily be worth it. The taxes taken out of their pay check to fund American college educations, universal health insurance, global warming initiatives, and massive job programs won’t leave much after the bills are paid. And any money left over won’t be worth investing in companies since profits are evil. So Obama’s policies won’t be free at all. All of us will pay much higher taxes, have much greater dependence on government and have less money and fewer opportunities for ourselves and our families.
So Obama really knows how to work a crowd and get people excited about “change” even though no one really seems to understand that change can be very, very, bad. He appears to many as a political saviour, yet his policies only represent the tired old liberal ideas that have never worked. Obama has the least experience of any Presidential candidate in modern times. I ask you, “How is that change we can believe in?”
Vote for Obama! It’s easier than thinking!
Hillary in Bosnia spoof: This has to be one of the funniest political videos I’ve seen this election cycle.
Soundbytes are not usually fair representations of significant issues and always inappropriate when used out of context. He who has ears to hear, let him hear what these two pastors are saying:
followed by this…
Now that you’ve heard more from these pulpits, does that change your perspective? One is Obama’s pastor. One is McCain’s spiritual advisor. If only Obama would change his position on abortion, then he would at least be consistent with the overall message given by these ministers. I’ve got to admit, that while I feel very blessed to be an American, I also don’t always feel that America deserves God’s blessing. I think most people can understand that distinction. After watching these longer clips, I’m reminded of the necessity for prayer on my knees, “God save America.”
Wait until it’s free…
Despite all that, the Democrats’ plan probably beats McCain’s if you’re scoring on political viability. Their program doesn’t involve anything that smacks of a cut in benefits, and it’s just easier to win with largesse.
But on economic merits, McCain wins. For all its problems, at least it puts the consumer in charge. Would that create a world where we’re forced to dicker with heart surgeons? No. It will create a world where health care is treated as the precious resource that it is, rather than a costless entitlement; where nationwide competition pushes down the price of catastrophic care and consumers focus their attention and budgets on what’s really crucial to their health. That’s an important first step. The price of health care is never going to get under control until patients get what they deserve: the right to be customers too. [emphasis mine]
Full Article: WHY McCAIN HAS THE BEST HEALTHCARE PLAN
FYI: Obama’s Plan
Last night it was surreal to see my favorite presidential candidate effectively win the GOP nomination. Last summer this maverick candidate was left for dead on the campaign trail, but I think that’s one of the qualities I can’t help but love about McCain–he’s a fighter.
If you’re like me, I’m generally disgusted with politics. I don’t much care for the “Republican” or “Democrat” labels and the folks who would rather wrangle over power than actually work together. I think McCain might feel the same way. I’m interested in seeing the people we elect get things done!!! (Even if it means both sides have to compromise a little on something.)
You know, some things never change. The Federalists arguing for the passage of the U.S. Constitution claimed that it was sufficient in and of itself as drafted. The Anti-Federalists at the time didn’t want a strong national government at all and they refuted the bold assertions of the Federalists and demanded that a Bill of Rights to be added for greater protections to the citizenry. Well, guess what? Without a little give from both political parties, we might not have a U.S. Constitution or a Bill of Rights today!
That’s why I trust McCain to get things done!
If you want “CHANGE” in Washington D.C., who better than the guy who has consistently worked to bring both sides together on important issues!? I trust that McCain will continue to work to secure the nation’s borders without infringing on human rights. I trust that McCain will continue to work to nominate conservative judges and justices to the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court. I trust that McCain will continue to support the new government in Iraq until they can fight the radical jihadists without us. I trust that McCain will continue to support policies that promote the sanctity of human life. I trust that McCain will continue to fight wasteful spending in government and fight for lower taxes. And I’d much rather get 80% of all of that for example, than nothing at all.
So what must McCain do to win the presidency? First, I think he needs to be faithful to the convictions that got him this far. But second, his vice presidential running mate will make or break his campaign. I really don’t think Romney or Huckabee will do either. It’s not McCain’s style and I think either of those two will impede momentum. It would be in McCain’s best interest to steal some more “change” thunder from the Democrats, i.e. select a woman and/or a minority as a conservative running mate!!!
Condoleezza Rice anyone? You’ve got to admit, McCain and Rice compliment each other very well! She has lots of foreign affairs experience as Secretary of State and understands international security issues inside and out. She actually has REAL national and international U.S. policy experience (unlike another lady running for office who shall remain nameless). But why give any voter the dumb excuse to vote for someone simply because a candidate is the first “fill-in-the-blank”? McCain can make that a non-issue by doing essentially the same thing, but with a conservative running mate! Both parties and voters will then have to re-focus on the real issues at stake!
Or how about Collin Powell as a VP pick for many of the same reasons?
Or how about former Congressman J.C. Watts as a VP pick for a younger, vibrant midwestern conservative? (Great thought Neil!)
I’m sure there are many more excellent choices, but whoever McCain ultimately asks to join the ticket–his choice is absolutely critical.