Archive for October 30th, 2008

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Just 15 more days until we have a new President

October 30, 2008

Via NY Times

November 4th 14th is the day our President elect will be announced.

I have been saying all along that I will not wake up on November 5th with a President elect.  I hope I am wrong, but I doubt it.  It looks like Ohio will probably be 2008’s Florida.  This time rampant voter registration fraud is responsible for 200,000 red flagged ballots.  If Ohio is close…I mean, When Ohio is close these provisional ballots are going to be very important.  Ohio has until November 14th to count the ballots.  I hereby announce by availability to count these ballots.

-reagan21

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Democrat Senators are Better than Republicans when it comes to Recycling.

October 30, 2008

Liberals are always asking all of us to do our part to slow, or even reverse, global warming.  While I lived in San Diego we had mandated reycling.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  However, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee should be an example to us all.  Here is a photo of the amount of recycling they do in one day.  From what I hear, the Committee always decides to recycle more when an election nears.  Way to go!!!

In case you cannot read the sign here is a closer look

I hope we can follow in the footsteps of the great recyclers of our time…TYCO, WolrdCom, Enron, and now the Democratic Senatorial campaign Committee.  We should all be so cognizant of our environment…I hope that bag is biodegradable.

-reagan21

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Bill Clinton on Obama during the Economic Crisis

October 30, 2008

From our friends at FoxNews and HotAir:

“I haven’t cleared this with him and he may even be mad at me for saying this so close to the election, but I know what else he said to his economic advisers (during the crisis),” Clinton told the crowd at a Wednesday night rally with Obama in Florida. “He said, ‘Tell me what the right thing to do is. What’s the right thing for America? Don’t tell me what’s popular. You tell me what’s right — I’ll figure out how to sell it.'” 

Clinton said when the crisis broke, Obama called his own advisers as well as those of the former two-term president, Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffet and others. 

“He called those people. You know why? Because he knew it was complicated and before he said anything he wanted to understand,” Clinton said. “That’s what a president does in a crisis.” 

The seeming praise may come off as a backhanded compliment, especially since Obama repeatedly accuses McCain of admitting he doesn’t know much about the economy. McCain’s campaign said Clinton’s remark shows Obama was uncertain when Wall Street seemed to be on the verge of crumbling. 

“Barack Obama had no idea what the right thing to do is or at least that’s Bill Clinton’s impression,” McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said. 

“It’s disturbing that … Barack Obama’s response to this is ‘Tell me what to do and I will sell it,'” Goldfarb added. “That’s been Barack Obama’s entire campaign — is one big sales job.” 

During the height of negotiations in late September, McCain briefly suspended his campaign to work on the economic bailout package and even threatened to sit out the first presidential debate. 

Obama teased him for it, and after a mid-week summit with President Bush, congressional leaders and the presidential candidates ended in disarray, his Democratic supporters criticized McCain for “injecting” presidential politics into the debate. 

Before the inter-campaign sniping began, the two presidential nominees released a joint statement urging the nation to “rise above politics for the good of the country.” 

Goldfarb said he can’t speculate on the content of the advice Obama solicited in late September but that, “The result was to sit back and do nothing.”

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Iraqis on Obama

October 30, 2008

McCain Wins…in Iraq.

How can we trust Obama to finish the war in Iraq…and any other similar conflict…if the Iraqis don’t even trust Obama. McCain was the strongest proponent of making sure we being home the troops with honor, the Iraqis recognize that.  McCain was the one who wanted to increase troops for the surge, the Iris recognize that.  Obama wanted to immediatly pull troops from Iraq…he has since changed his mind…and the Iraqis recognognize that.  Obama wanted to cut funding for our troops, and the Iraqis recognize that. 

Long story short, if the election were held in Iraq, McCain would win.

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New McCain Ad: Slippery Slope

October 30, 2008

H/T hotair:

Where will the tax hike plateau begin? 250,000? 200,000? 150,000? As has been noted the 150,000 number is where Biden sees “rich” as starting but he did not indicate that 150,000-200,000 would see a hike but we all know it would happen.

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Franken Down 43-39

October 30, 2008

Al Franken’s campaign is the funniest thing he has ever done.  Don’t Worry Al…you are good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, 39% of voters in Minnesota like you.

-reagan21

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CBS Factcheck: Obama Infomerical and the Cost of Obanomics

October 30, 2008

Wyatt Andrews of CBS writes about the cost of Obamnomics

Without question, the Barack Obama infomercial served as a very slick and powerful recitation of the biggest promises he’s made as a presidential candidate. But the very bigness of his ideas is the problem: he seems blind to the concept his numbers don’t add up.

Let’s start with his highly suspect, and widely discredited, claim that he can find federal “spending cuts beyond the costs” of his promises. Very few independent economists believe he has identified the savings needed to offset his remarkable list of tax credits, tax cuts and spending pledges.

Fact: Even if you believe Obama intends to fix health care, most independent analysts say the cost is massive – $1.2 trillion over ten years, according to the highly respected Lewin Group. When the new Congress wakes up next year to a $1 trillion deficit, and answers the overwhelming new demands for another stimulus package, will the leadership really bite on a health care reform package that digs the deficit hole so much deeper?

And that’s just the beginning of what Obama would spend.

Fact: The tax cuts he promises, which are mostly refundable tax credits (code for cash back), will cost $60 billion just in year one, according the National Taxpayers Union, though the Obama campaign’s own estimates in July put that figure at $130 billion.

Fact: His new promise to give businesses a $3,000 tax credit for each new job created will cost $40 billion. But economists say this credit is far more likely to benefit companies already planning to expand and will likely not be enough to help companies create new jobs or forestall layoffs.

Fact: Obama’s claim he will lower health care premiums by $2,500 is: 1.) guesswork, which is 2.) based on health care savings that might, in a perfect world, happen over 10 years – a fact Obama neatly glosses over.

Fact: Obama, when referring to savings he can make by leaving Iraq ($90 billion, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates), has spent these savings several times over, across several different promises depending on the crowd he’s addressing.

Most of the time he spends the Iraq savings in the context of the roads he wants to build; sometimes it’s for the teachers he wants to hire. Tonight, he riffed rhetorically on the savings, asking how many scholarships could be funded, or how many schools could be built. In the end though, presuming he really saves $90 billion, he can only spend it once.
Remember he also mentioned rebuilding the military ($7 billion/yr); his education initiative ($18 billion/yr); and his energy initiative ($15 billion/yr). He did not mention the $188 billion that he would spend on the brand new stimulus package he has proposed.

If he closes every loophole as promised, saves every dime from Iraq, raises taxes on the rich and trims the federal budget as he’s promised to do “line by line,” he still doesn’t pay for his list. If he’s elected, the first fact hitting his desk will be the figure projecting how much less of a budget he has to work with – thanks to the recession. He gave us a very compelling vision with his ad buy tonight. What he did not give us was any hint of the cold reality he’s facing or a sense of how he might prioritize his promises if voters trust him with the White House.