Don’t let Obama be the banker in a game of Monopoly!

The Obama/Biden ticket exposed it’s true self today in media interviews and campaign stops across the country today. 

From the first time Biden hit the airwaves today, the star of last night’s debate-Joe the Plumber- was villified.  On Good Morning America, Biden said that he and Obama were not worried about Joe the Plumber but rather the “Joes” that make less than $250,000 a year.  He continued on the Today show by sating that he did not have “any Joe the Plumbers in my neighborhood that make $250,000 a year.”  and also sated that he wasn’t worried about anyone who would not get a tax cut under Obama’s plan. 

Obama continued his running mate’s undermining of the American work ethic (you know the one about working hard to succeed) on the stump today when he called Joe the Plumber out.  While campaigning today in NH, Obama asked the audience how many of them had ever heard of a plumber making $250,000 a year and repeated his often used phrase ” a tax cut for 95% of all workers”.  This was after he blasted McCain for wanting to stand up for a plumber was told by Obama that his success would have to shared with everyone not making as much money as he would if he was a small business owner. 

Of course under the leadership of Obama/Biden, the media and other Democrats across the country took to vilifying Joe the Plumber as well.  Stories about his lack of plumbing skills hit the Internet, the newspapers and the airwaves as fast as they could be reported. (Note: I did not say confirmed.)  He was called out for his inability to pay back taxes (Wait, didn’t Obama/Biden pledge to raise his taxes thus increasing his already sizable burden?) by the media as well.  Bloggers have accused him of being racist, a plant by McCain,  and called into question his ability to even cast a ballot (Diane Sawyer even did that) as well as attacking the use of the “Joe the Plumber” moniker because his real name is Samuel(according to records unearthed by bloggers with no lives), and have even called him a REPUBLICAN!!!!!!!!

What did Joe do to deserve this kind of attention?  He asked Obama a straight and hard question!  The true colors of the Obama/Biden campiagn were unfurled today as they continued to attack a man whose only crime was trying to better himself and his station in life.  That is the true platform of the Obama/Biden campaign-success will cost you.  Hopefully every “Joe the Plumber” will use this as their wake up call and realize that redistribution of wealth of a decidedly un-American thing to do.

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RObamaTS

RObamats:  a supporter of Barrack Obama who can recite the talking points of tax cut for 95% of Americans,  health care for all, end the war in Iraq, blame Bush for everything and use ‘middle class’ to describe all of those points.  Beware, when engaged RObamats will stretch the facts to historic proportions and repeat stated talking points until they think they won the debate.  Can usually be found surrounded by media. 

If you find one don’t waste your time trying to deprogram it.  Robamats are hard wired to suppress reality.  Rather state one of the code words “Hilary” or “fact check” and the RObamat will immediately shut down long enough for you to leave. 

On Nov 5, 2008 all RObamats are scheduled for reprogramming in one of two instances.  If Seantor Obama fails to become President they will immediately try to undermine the election with talking points about the “Bradley Effect” and their services will be retained to lead riots and accuse the Republicans of stealing the election.   If Senator Obama is elected President, the memory of all RObamats will have to be erased so they do not remember the wild promises candidate Obama made while campaigning and he can start failing to keep his promises without repercussion.

Biden’s Kitchen Table Looks Good in Palin’s House

Joe Biden’s America revolves around the kitchen table.  It is a metaphor I can relate to having a large family.  Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents, brothers, nephews, nieces and in-laws are all part of my life.  When we get together the discussions are always centered at the kitchen table.  They might be serious or benign but they happen while indulging in a variety of comfort foods and drinks.  It is something I think of as unique despite it’s relative commonness. After tonight’s debate, however, I think Joe needs a new metaphor.

In tonight’s VP debate, Sarah Palin took over the issue of the “kitchen table”.   In a classic move that few will herald,  Palin looked through the camera to Americans everywhere and told them why she should be Vice President.  She became, once again and without editing, the candidate we all can relate to in our homes.  When she talked about not having health insurance or being a member of the proverbial middle class or even when she talked about her own family, Palin was talking about the last decade, slightly more.  Palin was able to connect over that kitchen table with America.  She was able to show through her own experience that as VP she would understand, in  a way Joe Biden never could, what Americans are going through. 

Joe Biden filled our ears with memories of a time in Scranton, a place he needs a GPS to find yet claims kinship with.  He told the yarn about his dad’s lack of work in Scranton.  He touched us all briefly with the story about his wife’s death but that is as close as he got to getting to the kitchen table.  His experience with the proverbial middle class is experience he internalized when he observed his dad losing his job or  encounters with blue collar Americans while on the campaign trail.  Biden, and Obama, filled their kitchen table with promises for America but lack the personal insight to fulfill these promises in a meaningful way. 

I know that I will be seeing my family soon enough and I will once again gather with them at the kitchen table when that time comes.  I don’t know when Biden and Palin will once again have time to sit around their kitchen tables and discuss family matters.  But I do know that when Biden hits the campaign trail again tomorrow, his bus will be a little bit lighter.  Palin’s performance tonight gave her a clear victory and I can’t help but wonder if she put his kitchen table next to the lipstick she stole from Obama.

“Don’t Worry Joe, I’m Here” Says Eiffel

Tonight’s Vice Presidential debate has the potential to continue the bias the media has towards Barack Obama.  With GwennEiffel as the moderator tonight, the media has another shot at taking down Sarah Palin despite her clear monetary stake in this election, I believe Eiffel should be retained as moderator. 

You can’t argue that Eiffel’s book, entitled “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama”, is not laudatory manuscript towards Obama.  The title is dripping with bias.  In addition her coverage of Palin has been anything but objective.  During the RNC, Eiffel reported on Palin’s speech from the floor of the convention by saying that it belittled Obama and his work in Chicago.  These two items alone would be grounds enough for a lawyer, judge or jury member to recuse themselves from any trial proceedings, yet Eiffel is still in place.   

As moderator,  look for Eiffel to ask the readiness question of both Biden and Palin.  If it is directed or redirected at Palin look for Eiffel to say something about her relative inexperience in the world compared to Biden’s 36 years of experience in the Senate.  Look for underhanded comments about Russia’s relevance to Alaska and praise for Biden’s trips abroad on the taxpayer’s dime.  And look for questions of family as Eiffel tries to show that Joe Biden put his family first when he was a new Senator while pointing out (slyly) that Palin will not be around much for her kids as VP. 

Keep Eiffel in as moderator, despite her clear bias.  Joe Biden knows he has home court advantage tonight, a situation Palin can clearly take advantage of to come from behind  and win.

Everbody’s Working For the Weekend (Well, Almost)

“Throughout the entire debate, he didn’t say the words “middle class.” Not once.”——Barack Obama talking about John McCain while praising himself for Friday night. 

I can’t say it enough.  Unfortunately for Senator Obama, actions speak louder than words.  John McCain was in Washington, not as part of a campaign stop but as a member of the 110th Congress, since last Friday working on what has become known as the “Emergeny Economic Stabilization Act of 2008”.   Senators Obama and Biden chose to disregard their duties as members of this Congress and continue their campaign stops. 

It is ironic that McCain can be/will be labeled ‘out of touch’ even though he is the only member of Congress currently running for President who could speak to the provisions BEFORE it hit the Internet.  It is also ironic that if Pres. Bush signs and Senator McCain votes for this bill, Senator McCain’s support  will be portrayed as ‘voting with Bush’ by the Obama campaign despite the presumed need for the bill by both parties. 

It’s 3am. America is facing an economic crisis.  The phone rings. Who do you want on the other end?  John McCain who is already working on a solution?  Or Barack Obama who gave specific instructions to his advisors to call only if he was needed?  On November 4, you decide!

Back to Work!

It’s the day after the first debate. Both Presidential candidates are back out on the campaign trail stumping for votes and talking about how they will lead America.  Oh wait, that’s a lie.  Only SENATOR Barack Obama was back out on the campaign trail today while SENATOR John McCain was in Washington working on the bailout legislation.  SENATOR Joe Biden,  SENATOR Obama’s running mate,  was also out campaigning today. 

Why is this so important to note?  Because voters are being told today that Senator McCain’s performance last night was condescending and arrogant and that he even talked down to Senator Obama during the debate.  The reason they are being told this by the pundits and press is because Senator McCain answered every question with specifics and highlighted his experience and accomplishment in those answers.   Senator Obama repeated the same argument about Bush and McCain whenever he had the chance and gave virtually no specifics in answers to the questions.   Yet on the day after the debate, when Congress is in session to work on what could be the most vital piece of legislation in decades,  Senator Obama chose to take the day off (again) from his duties as Senator and do what he has done for most of his political career, campaign,  instead of gaining the experience McCain talks about regularly.  Today, Senator McCain went back to work and chose to let his actions speak louder than his words once again.   

Senator Obama answered that abortion was above his paygade while at the Saddleback forum.  Perhaps his actions during this crisis also show that the economy is also above his paygrade.

Fun With Paraphrasing

The difference between the candidates paraphrased:

Barack Obama:  I will be at the debate tonight, with or without John McCain.  The American people want to hear me and my ideas.  If the Senate needs my vote they know where to find me but I’m running for President for the 95% of Americans who will get a tax cut when I’m President.  So I will debate with myself tonight and show the American people I believe in change and tell them how I hope to change America.

John McCain: The American people want to see a debate and I will debate Senator Obama after this crisis is resolved.  If a deal is in place,  or at least the framework of a deal,  that we can begin writing into legislation and prepare for a vote tomorrow or Sunday, I will be at the debate.  But until we shore up the economy, and restore confidence in the markets,  I will be at my desk, in meetings, or wherever I am needed to work out these sticking points.  I am working closely, in a bipartisan manner,  with Speaker Pelosi and the majority leader, Harry Reed as well as the chairman of the Banking Committee, Chris Dodd, to hammer out a deal that will begin to restore confidence to American markets.  My first job is to the American people as a Senator and this is no time for a debate on foreign policy. 

Cynics (and the media) respond:  Look at McCain’s obvious political ploy.  He is playing politics with the economy and look, just the other day he said the fundamentals of the economy were strong.  McCain should go debate that is what America wants to see right now with only 49 days left until election day.  This country first thing he does is all politics, no one can believe in America that much.  Besides we have reporters in Mississippi already, we can’t change our plans now. 

Joe Biden: What I meant was—

 (even Bill Clinton applauds Sen McCain’s actions–Good Morning America 9/25)

McCain Leads

McCain is ahead of Obama in the latest poll from Gallup by 3 points.  This means Obama LOST the approximately 5 points he gained from the convention bounce 2 weeks ago. 

It’s good news but there is still a lot of work to do before election day. 

 

http://news.aol.com/elections/article/mccain-moves-ahead-of-obama-poll-says/163776?icid=200100397x1209238245x1200490524

A Catholic Democrat Says What?

If Nancy Pelosi is Catholic, then Jesus has lowered his standards.

On Sundays’ Meet the Press, Speaker Pelosi was asked to defend Sen Obama’s remarks on abortion from the Saddleback Ranch forum last week.  During the forum, Sen Obama said that the question of when life begins was “above his pay grade”.  Speaker Pelosi tried to defend Sen Obama by saying that as a Catholic, and after studying the teachings of the faith, she knew that even the Catholic church could not define when life began.  In her defense she did cite St Augustine’s, born 354-died 386 AD, views a proof.  By the way St Augustine was born in 354 and died in 430 AD, a time when life began when divine intervention told them there was a baby or a woman started to show.  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02084a.htm

I’m not sure when Speaker Pelosi last saw the inside of a Catholic Church or when she last heard a sermon from a Catholic priest on life, but I can say without a doubt that the Catholic church believes life begins at conception.  The church goes so far as to say that using any contraception is a sin as well because contraception prevents life from starting.  I’m also pretty sure that abortion still falls under the umbrella of “Things to tell the Priest while in confession” for practicing catholics. 

I’m not trying to persuade your views on abortion.  The issue is defended vehemently by both sides. Personally, I feel abortion is wrong and Sen Obama’s views on late term abortions are morally reprehensible and brings into question his other stated values.  But Speaker Pelosi’s argument in defense of Sen Obama was ignorant, uninformed and a down right lie.  Consider this as well. One day after naming a Catholic VP running mate to the ticket,  Sen Obama’s surrogate (Pelosi) was on TV defending Obama using the “teachings” of the Catholic church.  Have the Democrats found religion or just launched a new “It’s okay to vote pro-choice now, we have a Catholic nominee too” campaign? 

Democrats have long appealed to voters hearts while undermining or confusing their sensibilities.  Pelosi’s arguments on abortion this week were an example of this.  Catholics know that life begins at conception but by pulling at the heartstrings of Catholics who admire Sen. Obama,  Speaker Pelosi hopes to be able to sow the seeds of doubt over their faith and give them the opening they need to justify a pro-choice vote. 

Read a transcript here: http://onemom.wordpress.com/2008/08/24/nancy-pelosi-meet-the-press-transcript/

Who’s on my $20 now?

In the past few weeks Obama has become the embodiment of the hopes of America, he has redecorated the White House with a new basketball court and less TVs,  and has taken a Presidential trip overseas.  Now he has cast himself as a new face of American money. 

On Thursday, Obama reiterated his charge that the Bush and McCain team (?) were trying to make voters afraid of him.  In several speeches, Obama accused the Republicans of saying “You know, he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name, you know, he doesn’t look like all those other Presidents on the dollar bills.”  Then in defense of the statement, David Axelrod and others have been saying that McCain started it.  The question is HOW?

Sen McCain has never used a racial slur against Obama.  Ted Kennedy was the one who got mixed up and called him Osama in an introduction he was making to voters.  Obama was the one who gave “The Race Speech” to let voters know he was black after the Clinton’s made several reportedly racial remarks.  The worst Sen McCain has done was to liken him to celebrity’s who happened to be white women.  It has also been widely stated, almost reverently at times,  that only in America could we be facing the choice of a Presidential candidate with the middle name of Hussein. 

Sen Obama is again deciding to use the race card in this campaign to draw attention to himself.  In the same breath he is trying to paint a picture of a McCain Presidency as a third Bush term,  a charge Obama is using to incite the same fear he is accusing McCain of promoting.  Yet, in every attack McCain has used there has been real policy differences discussed.  Obama has only used his “Hopes and Dreams” scenario in a majority of his ads.  The accusation that McCain was the one who started this race issue is LUDACRIS (hear HIS new song?) and baseless. 

If Sen Obama wants a real discussion of what Americans are afraid of he should look at his own policies, not his race.  On energy, Sen Obama does not support any measures that will help Americans in the long or short term.  Offshore drilling is a scheme to him, yet when the ban was lifted by President Bush two weeks ago the price of a barrel of oil and the price at the pump dropped.  Nuclear is risky for Obama yet produces clean power at a much higher rate and is safer than traditional power plants.  And incentives to find alternative power sources are nothing more than political pandering to Obama.

On the issue of Iraq, Sen Obama wants us out of the country in as little time as possible.  He did not and still does not support the surge despite its ongoing success (10 soldiers and 510 civilians died in July, a 75% drop from the same period last year).  He disagrees with the commanders on the ground, possibly because of his extensive knowledge of the military, and would only listen to them if it fits into his plans as Commander in Chief.  Obama also wants to refocus our military might to Afghanistan, citing the surge of violence there in recent months, but also wants to meet with Iran and Syria with no preconditions to discuss options in the region. 

On health care, Sen Obama wants to give coverage to everyone to the tune of billions a year.  Not a bad idea except that the cost would be prohibitive.  Obama says not to worry that the money being spent on Iraq would fund his initiative.  What Obama does not say is that the money being used for Iraq is already being taken out of various Government agencies who would have to continue to operate on a lower budget or cut services even more.  To fund the war each agency has to give a portion of its budget back to the government for war funding, so the $10 billion we are spending in Iraq is not the free money Obama sees. 

On the issue of the economy, Sen Obama supports tax increases for “wealthy” Americans but has yet to define who will be defined as “wealthy”.  He supports PAYGO policies and the limiting earmarks (good) but also supports more stimulus payments with no spending cuts.  Obama also wants to tax windfall profits, again without an explanation of what a windfall profit margin is, and raise the minimum wage to what some call a living wage.  Both of these practices would raise prices across the board and further weaken the economy by hurting the small businesses that run our country.  In addition his guarantee of paid sick days for all workers will further weaken small businesses who are just starting out and can not provide such benefits. 

Sen Obama was again partially correct when he said that the Republicans were trying to scare voters.  However his insuation that McCain and his supporters are using race to frighten voters was off the mark.  The majority of voters do not care about his race or ethnic background and Obama is the only candidate who highlights his diversity and calls it an adversity.  What voters are scared of is not who is on their money but rather who will help them earn and keep more of their money.  In that scenario, voters should be scared of calling Obama Mr. President.