I don’t understand the comment ” If Obama is running against McCain, I’m voting for Obama!”. I like to look at the issues, especially when voting for a President or Congressman. I can’t stand feel good rhetoric or visions of bridges that lead to the 21st century and beyond. Anyone voting against McCain based on his “liberal” views needs to seriously look at Sen Obama’s views on the issues.
On poverty, Obama is willing to establish 20 “Promise Neighborhoods” that will offer all kinds of social welfare services in areas that have a high concentration of poor and neglected families. He will sign a Fatherhood act that will basically establish Fatherhood as a right, not a privilege, as long as you pay for that right. He will increase the minimum wage every year, destroying an untold amount of small businesses. In raising the minimum wage every year, he will also destroy the idea that education is the road to success. The minimum wage was established as an incentive to move beyond your current status, not maintain it. It will also allow employers to forego merit raises knowing that their employees will receive a raise every year anyway.
On Diplomacy, Sen Obama will be out of Iraq in 16 months, believing we can not win despite significant progress in that country. He will maintain a presence somewhere in the region, however, and be ready to make strategic strikes in the Middle East if necessary. (Presumably with the military he just told they were not good enough in Iraq) He would offer Iran the chance to be involved in world affairs through the WTO and give them economic investments. The same Iran currently waving signs that state”Death to America” while they burn our flag. The same Iran that has a leader who believes the Holocaust was not necessarily a bad thing. He will also go to the table with other leaders in the world with no preconditions, a tactic that puts America in a weaker position to negotiate in its best interest.
On the economy, more tax breaks will be offered than ever before but not for anyone who seeks to better themselves by making more money. Tax breaks for the wealthy, defined as those making from $50,000-$75,000 or more, would be ended and only those people who make less or have more kids would be eligible for any tax relief. Sen Obama has also developed a multitude of programs that give money to anyone who wants it. College would be partially funded by the government, educational debts would be forgiven if you pledge yourself to national service in some form and any time you want a new job your health-care benefits and retraining will be protected and paid for by the government.
On Immigration, Sen Obama will support sweeping amnesty to promote “family” over “country”. Sen Obama seeks to fix the illegal immigration problem simply by offering more help to Mexico economically and increasing the number of border agents but not closing the borders. And while closing the borders entirely is not possible or will not solve the problem or preserve America as the melting pot it once was, supporting legal immigration with more simply more bureaucracy is not the solution. This is an issue that must preserve America and its values, not impose the values of other cultures on America. Admittedly, both parties need to do a better job of protecting American values on this issue.
Can someone please explain why Obama over McCain? Sen Clinton is even less liberal than Sen Obama! If the worst offense made by McCain is Mccain-Feingold, or McCain-Kennedy or even McCain-Lieberman, which seem to be the big 3 issues, why not get past these instead of voting for a complete polar opposite? I understand conservative values and the need to those values in the voting booth, but Obama over McCain? Hopefully, this is all just talk.