This will be short, but I should also mention that I will be talking about politics on occasion here. The reason being that this is my blog and, well, I want to talk about politics a little. You’re free to ignore the posts on politics, or argue with me if you feel the need to. Anyway, on to the topic on hand.
I just read on a Yahoo news article (thank you Yahoo for putting interesting tidbits of news on my email) some things that McCain has recently stated that have forced me into a “WTF?” situation. I’ll quote the article and the specific passages for you so any of you remotely interested in my political rambles can also join me in the WTFery that is the McCain/Palin campaign:
Republican John McCain, taking a cross-state bus tour aimed at keeping vote-rich Florida from swinging to the Democrats, on Thursday accused rival Barack Obama of saying “anything to get elected.”
While criticizing Obama, McCain also targeted his own party. He complained the Bush administration was not yet buying up mortgages so homeowners facing foreclosure could renegotiate them at a more favorable interest rates. The GOP nominee has proposed a $300 billion plan, but a similar one is included in the $700 billion Wall Street bailout recently passed by Congress. Both McCain and Obama voted for that plan.
“I call on the administration to act now and buy up these mortgages and keep people in their homes,” McCain said before singling out Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. “And why is the secretary of the Treasury not ordering them to do that?”
“Whether it’s Joe the Plumber in Ohio or Joe over here,” McCain said, pointing into the crowd at All Star Building Materials in Ormond Beach, “we shouldn’t be taxing our small businesses more, as Sen. Obama wants to do. We need to be helping them expand their businesses and create jobs.”
WTF? So, Obama will say anything to get elected, but McCain won’t? Really? Let’s talk about that for a moment:
- McCain has been caught putting out ads that intentionally lie about Barack Obama in an attempt to paint Obama as a bad person and untrustworthy.
- McCain and Palin have actively sought to paint Barack Obama as a terrorist by repeatedly pointing to the same two or three things (mostly the Ayers fiasco), inciting anti-Muslim and racist verbal attacks (like the clever “Kill him” and “He’s an Arab”).
- McCain has repeatedly lied about Obama’s tax plan regarding small business orders and continues to do so because it’s a cheap political point and pretty much the only thing he has going for him as far as the economy is concerned. The problem is that his lying forces people to ignore the truth, which is that Obama’s tax plan will actually give more people more money than McCain’s plan. The only people that should be pissed off about Obama’s plan should be those making over $250,000 a year. If you make less than that you’ll actually spend a hell of a lot less in taxes with Obama than you will with McCain. Remember, McCain wants to give the biggest cuts to rich people, not to the 99% of Americans who aren’t rich. McCain’s plan is a big “fuck you” to the people that actually drive the economy and a nice hand job for those that most of us hate for being rich, filthy, immoral jackasses. Think about that. Obama wants most Americans to get more back, because if you’re going to give a tax cut you should give it to people that will actually use it to build up the economy.
- McCain has now turned to criticizing the Bush administration because his association with Bush has obviously hurt him.
So, the end result is that McCain is just a hypocrite. Obama may be a politician and he probably is saying things just to get votes, but that’s sort of how the game is played. The difference is that McCain has turned to a rhetoric dominated by negativity and smearing; Obama is trying to appeal to the people: us. Obama is saying things and promising things that we want; McCain is promising things that either don’t make sense or that we don’t want.
And don’t get me started on Palin, who is probably as corrupt as Presidential candidates come (just read up on all the crap that she’s been pinned with lately).