Archive for October 16th, 2008

Obama’s New Slogan

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Some of you might know that President Harry Truman kept a plaque on this desk that said “The Buck Stops Here”. It was Truman’s way of saying that he took responsibility for all the decisions the government at that time made. Although he was a Democrat, he was one of the more tolerable ones. He had a decent sense of responsibility and made many very difficult decisions during his administration.

The Buck Stops Hee

Meaning no disrespect to President Truman, I’d like to have some fun with his plaque and make a point about what we can expect if Obama gets elected.

Instead of “The Buck Stops Here”, Obama’s plaque would read “All The Bucks Stop (and Stay) Here”.

McCain Gives ‘Joe the Plumber’ Prominent Billing in Debate

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Who is Joe the Plumber?

He is Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio man looking to buy a plumbing business who came to symbolize the notion of spreading the wealth in Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

Earlier this week, when Wurzelbacher got a chance to speak with Obama during a campaign appearance in Toledo, he told Obama that his tax plan would keep him from buying the business that currently employs him.

Sensing an opportunity during the debate, McCain cited that exchange when the candidates were asked to explain why their economic plans are better than their opponent’s. McCain said Obama’s plan would stop entrepreneurs from investing in new small businesses and keep existing ones from growing.

“Joe wants to buy the business that he has been in for all of these years, worked 10, 12 hours a day. And he wanted to buy the business but he looked at your tax plan and he saw that he was going to pay much higher taxes,” McCain challenged Obama.

“You were going to put him in a higher tax bracket which was going to increase his taxes, which was going to cause him not to be able to employ people, which Joe was trying to realize the American dream,” McCain said.

McCain then looked directly into the television camera and said: “Joe, I want to tell you, I’ll not only help you buy that business that you worked your whole life for and I’ll keep your taxes low and I’ll provide available and affordable health care for you and your employees. And I will not stand for a tax increase on small business income.”

Obama denied that was true.

“Not only do 98 percent of small businesses make less than $250,000, but I also want to give them additional tax breaks, because they are the drivers of the economy,” Obama said. “They produce the most jobs.”

So what did Wurzelbacher (pronounced whur-zell-BAHK-er) think about becoming the center of the debate?

“It’s pretty surreal, man, my name being mentioned in a presidential campaign,” he said minutes after hearing McCain utter his name.

Wurzelbacher came up again when the debate turned to a discussion of health care policies. McCain charged that Obama’s plan would fine the company Wurzelbacher wanted to buy; Obama said small businesses were exempt.

“Hey Joe, you’re rich. Congratulations,” McCain said mockingly.
Wurzelbacher said Obama’s reaction left him feeling uneasy.

“I didn’t think much of it the first time I heard it,” Wurzelbacher said, adding that he still thinks Obama’s plan would keep him from buying the business.

About McCain: “He’s got it right as far as I go.”

Even so, Wurzelbacher declined to say which candidate would get his vote on Nov. 4.

“That’s for me and a button to know,” he said.

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“McCain Wins Debate” by Jennifer Rast

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

More debate news here, this time from our dear friend, Jennifer Rast over at Contender Ministries.

I believe McCain was the clear winner in the debate tonight. Fox News seems to be the only media source who must have watched a different debate. Even the AP is giving it to McCain.

McCain finally decided to fight back, and show the American people why Obama deserves a closer look before voters make the mistake of trusting him. Ayers and Acorn were given a brief mention this time, and I felt Obama’s response was severely lacking. Regarding the ACORN vote fraud that is becoming a huge problem in states all over the country, Obama was dismissive. He half heartedly gave an explanation that basically over simplified it and made it seem like Obama didn’t think it was a big deal. He said something like, “um, uh, basically some volunteers for Acorn were supposed to get some registration forms filled out and they filled out more than they were supposed to.” He said it in a way that made it seem like it’s nothing we really need to be concerned about. That won’t help him with the American people in my opinion. The Acorn scandal is all over the news, and it’s making a complete shambles of our voting system, to the extent that it may cause something even worse than the Florida debacle of 2000. Dismissing vote fraud of this magnitude is a big mistake. He also never really addressed McCain’s statement that Obama paid ACORN over 800,000 for what his campaign erroneously labeled “staging and lighting” in their campaign’s financial reporting. Obama later corrected it to reflect the truth. It was given to ACORN for “get out the vote activities” – the very activities that generated hundreds of thousands of fraudulent voter registrations for the Democrats.

On Ayers, I thought Obama also looked weak and a little flustered. But, McCain was probably wise not to push it any further. He said enough to get the American people curious and interested, and Obama said enough to make it look like a legitimate complaint about Obama’s connections, character, friends, and judgment. I was left feeling like a whole lot of Americans just might feel compelled to go to their computers after the debate, and read up on Obama’s relationship with Ayers, and others. I do wish McCain had pointed out that Obama flat lied when the controversy first came up by saying that he didn’t even know Ayers. When Obama confessed in the debate that he did work with Ayers on the Annenberg project, McCain should have pointed out that Obama was obviously lying again when he claimed earlier not to know him, and later said he was just a guy in his neighborhood. But, we can’t have everything we want, and I think overall McCain handled it well.

On issues, McCain spanked Obama. I really don’t see what the media Obamanoids love so much about Barrack’s speaking abilities. To me, he sounds clueless far too often, and he does far too much um, um, uuuuuuuuh, uuuuuh, becuuuuuuuuuuuzzzz, becuuuuuuuuzzzzz. He added to that, in this debate, a lot of smirking, laughing, and condescension. He acts like a man that thinks he’s got the election in the bag, and he doesn’t need to prove anything.

There was another winner in the debate tonight, though, and that was Joe the plumber. McCain got off his best argument by reminding viewers of Joe’s question to Obama on taxes. He repeated several times Obama’s comment that “he didn’t want to punish Joe for his success, but he just wanted to spread the wealth around”. Obama admitted to wanting to redistribute wealth, which to many voters is nothing less than Socialism. America may be getting more liberal in some areas of the country, but most Americans do NOT want to become a socialist country, and they don’t support socialist policies. Obama handed McCain a bat with Obama’s name on it when he admitted his plan is to take money from those who have, and give it to those he things deserve it more, even though they already don’t pay taxes.

Probably the best line of the night, though, was when McCain, accidentally I believe, referred to Obama as “Senator Government” when discussing his big government plans. It’s a fitting name for a guy who wants government run healthcare, wants the government to decide whose money should be taken away and given to someone else, and who thinks government is the answer to everything.

I hope McCain didn’t wake up too late, but I’m glad he finally did. He should have learned that the media will be against him whether he fights or not, so he might as well fight.

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“Liveblogging the last presidential debate of 2008” by Michelle Malkin

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Take a moment to read Michelle Malkin’s coverage of the last presidential debate.

McCain brings up The Plumber: Joe, I wanna tell ya. I want to keep your taxes low, affordable health care, I will not stand for tax increases on small business income. What you want to do to Joe the plumber is…have them not live the American Dream.

Obama brings up his 95 percent tax cut fantasy.

McCain blasts Obama for his “spread the wealth around” ideology. I want Joe the Plumber to spread the wealth around. Why would you want to increase anyone’s taxes right now? I’m not going to do that in my administration.

Obama invokes his friend, billionaire Warren Buffett in response.

Not such a bright move there, Barry.

We’re talking about a plumber and Obama leans on one of the richest men in the world as a crutch?

McCain: We need to cut people’s taxes, create jobs, not “spread the wealth around.”

Good. He drove that nail.

9:14pm Eastern. Schieffer asks what specific programs the candidates would cut.

Obama has been blabbing for two minutes without naming anything specific. Blahblahblahblah. He’s talking about making “investments” to prevent diseases.

He STILL hasn’t mentioned a single program.

9:16pm Eastern. McCain should have nailed Obama immediately for failing to name a single program he would cut, but he wants to return to the home ownership/prevention crap. Increasing home values. Blahblahblah. McCain segues into energy independence.

Finally, an answer.

McCain: What would I cut? Across-the-board spending freeze. Some people say it’s a hatchet. I’ll do the hatchet and then the scalpel. Would cut marketing assistance, ethanol subsidies, I know how to save billions.

Read the whole thing here.

World Markets Plummet on Recession Fears

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

I thought that the billions of dollars the government is robbing from me to pay to rich bankers was supposed to keep the market from doing this sort of thing.

From our sidebar ticker:
DJIA 8577.91 chart-733.08
NASDAQ 1628.33 chart+0.00
S&P 500 907.84 chart+0.00
10-15-2008 04:04 pm EDT

You remember the rich bankers don’t you? The one’s who come to mind right off the bat are the AIG executives who got their bailout and went to a luxury resort and spa, the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, California. They spent more than $440,000, of our money, for the retreat, including nearly $200,000 for rooms, $150,000 for meals and $23,000 in spa charges. You can read more about this little party here.

HONG KONG — World stocks tumbled Thursday, with Tokyo’s market plunging more than 11 percent, after another dive on Wall Street as worse-than-expected data about the U.S. economy heightened fears of a global recession.

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso blamed the renewed drop in markets, which had rebounded earlier this week, on investor concerns that the U.S. government’s $700 billion bank bailout was insufficient.

“Since it was insufficient, the market is again falling sharply,” Aso told lawmakers. He did not elaborate.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 stock average slid 1,089.02 points, or 11.41 percent, to 8,458.45, its biggest drop since the 1987 stock market crash.

In South Korea, the main index dropped 9.25 percent after Standard & Poor’s said it may downgrade the credit ratings of some of the country’s leading banks. The ratings agency warned the credit crisis could make it difficult for the companies to refinance maturing debt.

Hong Kong’s key index trimmed losses, closing down 4.8 percent after falling more than 8 percent earlier.

Benchmarks in Britain, Germany and France opened about 3 percent lower. Russia’s RTS also fell back.

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Quote of the Day

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

“The last Presidential Debates tonight are not a boxing match, nor are they a final episode of American Idol. We will soon be voting for the survival of Western civilization as we understand it.”
-Dr. Phyllis Chesler at The Chesler Chronicles.