Posts Tagged ‘McCain’

John McCain: Clear debate winner

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

nashville2 Well the townhall/debate between Barack Obama and John McCain certainly was a simple affair this evening.  I’m sure someone counted the questions and no doubt scores will be given.  I’m sure that several days ago both sides started fact checking what the other side might say and the outcome is probably posted already.  However, I listened to the debate and really heard only 2 topics, foreign policy and the economy. 

The economy is a bit messy right now and I do think it is beyond most of us to comprehend an exact course of action.  What I saw was Democrat candidate Barack Obama, who with his wealth redistribution plans, would have us rise from the ashes as a socialist nation complete with some sort of new loyalist civilian corp.  Neither socialism, nor its cousin communism, have a really good track record around the world of serving citizens.  I’m really not sure why anyone would knowingly turn the socialist direction.  I favor John McCain’s direction.  He at least leans toward a solution that would rebuild our economy through less government and more private business. 

The foreign policy topic seemed to really showcase a host of nations and regions that both candidates agreed were dangerous areas that the next president would have to address.  Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Darfur, Pakistan, Georgia, Russia, North Korea… it was really quite an extensive list that begged only one question.  Do we want one of the most inexperienced candidates in history to lead our nation in this dangerous world, or do we want John McCain, an experienced military and civilian leader.

Barack Obama may be able to take John McCain in a thumb war, but this debate, and I pray our nation, goes to John McCain.

Debate: Four way tie

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

4way I’ve watched or listened to two debates in the last few days and for the most part found them to be like JV football games.  I felt like I had to be there because my kid was playing, but as a game/debate it really wasn’t much hold my interest nor to talk about afterwards.  Sen. Rossi, Sen.Obama, Gov. Gregoire and Sen. McCain all spent way way way, ok one more way too much time with campaign points. 

No matter what the question or rebut, all responses seemed to be something I’ve heard before.  I don’t think I learned a single new fact, not a single apparent factual paradox resolved, and certainly the only candidate who seemed to lose there composure a bit was Gov. Gregiore, but that seems to be the norm for her anyway.  I also saw/heard a continually arrogant Sen. Obama, a too polished Sen. Rossi and a John McCain who was confident, yet still a bit too reserved. 

I can say I felt the debaters landed in a four way tie, but I’m still stumped as to whether it’s a winning tie or a losing tie.  I’ll hope that a little later in this now short season, we will be past all the campaigning and start the debating.

Send John McCain to Washington

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

S190 In case you can’t read the graphic on the right it’s just a listing of a Bill introduced in Jan 2005, like 3- 4 years ago, called Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005.  If you look close you will see that Sen. John McCain was a co-sponser on the bill.  Well I’ve never heard John McCain claim to be financial wizard and many Democrats are very quick to point this out, but at least he seems to have had some notion that we were headed for disaster.

May 25, 2006

Statement by John McCain
Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]: Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

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For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.

I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 1 90, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation.

If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.
I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.

Free Republic

Let’s look at that next to the last line again shall we.

If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

Years ago, John McCain recognized the enormous risk that is our current the financial problem.  Perhaps we do need him back in Washington this week helping to fix the problem.  It’s a cinch we can’t expect someone like his opponent, who made so much money from the situation, to help solve the situation.

Well there it is; one senator profited from the problem while the other senator worked for a solution.  I’ll take one problem solver back in Washington for the next 4 years.  Go McCain!

Rumor has it

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

All the wild baseless accusations and nasty lies regarding soon to be VP Sarah have grown tiresome and pedantic.  With mainstream media, progressive media and left leaning bloggers all contributing, I’ve had my quota.  And in this full up to here state, it’s always refreshing to hear just a quiet well delivered rumor.  This one put a smile on my face because I already knew it to be nothing more than a rumor. 

Nope, I’m not talking about the rumor Sam Taylor is spreading over at the Herald blogs; you know, the Sarah quotes that Sarah didn’t actually say.  At least Sam had enough decency to tell us they were not real quotes; not enough decency to quit spreading the rumors; just enough decency to tell us that the rumors he is passing along are false. 

The quiet well delivered rumor that I’m talking about is being spread through many channels, but locally it is running over at HamsterTalk in a post titled She Whose Name Should Not Be Spoken Would Ban These Books.  It’s the low key, just want to let you in on a fact, kind of rumor, that grows subtly.  The kind that has a little speck of fact, already has an audience who wants to believe it, and never really raises an eyebrow until it is firmly entrenched in many minds as fact.

Here is a portion of the rumor as posted on HamsterTalk

A friend of mine who is a retired Librarian sent me the following information.

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The following is the list of books that Sarah Palin tried to have removed from the Wasilla Library when she was mayor of Wasilla. This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board. When the librarian refused Palin tried to get her fired, an attempt that failed due to the residents who rallied in defense of their library.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

HamsterTalk: She Whose Name Should Not Be Spoken Would Ban These Books

Of course the list goes on and on and on.  But isn’t that great rumor?  All the key elements of a great rumor without the attention grabbing conspiracy edge found in rumors like Sarah’s baby really belongs to her now pregnant daughter;  And with the added personal touch of coming from a friend who’s a retired librarian, this rumor is priceless.  But sadly, no matter how juicy this rumor is, nor how many left leaner want it to be true;  this great rumor is just false.  It has been dispelled by many more than just the few I touch on here. 

First, snopes.com and truthorfiction.com both pretty much have carbon copies of the rumor, minus the personal touch, but including the long book list and intimidating line about trying to get the librarian fired.

Claim: List catalogs books banned from the Wasilla, Alaska, public Library by Mayor Sarah Palin

Status: false

Example:

This is the list of books Palin tried to have banned.  As many of you will notice it is a hit parade for book burners. 

This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board.

When the librarian refused to ban the books, Palin tried to get her fired.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Snopes.com

Of course the book list still goes on and on.  I just didn’t want to list them all here.  Mostly because the list is long and no matter how long the list is, it doesn’t make the rumor any more truthful.   If you want more of the truth you might want to pop over to USA Today who actually looked into this false rumor.

Mary Ellen Emmons was Wasilla’s librarian at the time. She told a local newspaper, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, in December 1996 that Palin repeatedly had asked her about removing books from the library, but said Palin never mentioned specific titles, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

“Sarah Palin has never asked anyone to ban a book,” Griffin said. “It shouldn’t be surprising that the new mayor of a city that had seen recent protests over books and was in the process of re-evaluating the book-challenge policies at its library would ask the librarian what those policies were.”

USA Today: Palin did not ban books in Wasilla as mayor

So bottom line is that there are mean and nasty lies meant to discredit Sarah and there are subtle lies meant to discredit Sarah, but I have yet to see anything truthful that would discredit the wonderful choice that John McCain made in Sarah Palin as his running mate.