Clueless in Cornville (Arizona)
It is no secret that John McCain's campaign has fallen like a rock with the recent fall of the economy. Quinnipiac University polls have Obama breaking the 50% barrier in four battleground states: Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, while double digit leads in National polls are popping up with regularity.
The fact that McCain claims to live in world-famous Sedona, Arizona, rather than where he actually resides in the tiny town of Cornville, some 15 miles southwest, says to me that he is trying to portray himself as something he is not. Sedona represents class while Cornville is, well . . . Cornville!
McCain seems to be the same way when he opposes Barack Obama. First, he didn't look him in the eye during an entire debate. What kind of a man does that? Then he said he would "turn the page" and attack him personally because to talk about the economy means a certain loss. He does not appear able to deliver a speech without criticizing Barack Obama. His surrogates cannot talk about his "program" without criticizing Barack Obama. He exhibits all the characteristics of a fighter that has taken one too many hard blows.
He is a stubborn man, and his selection of Sarah Palin is an example. Furious that the Republican Party would not accept his Guardian Angel, Democratic turncoat Joe Lieberman, as his running mate -- McCain said to himself, "I'll show them", without even putting her through the proper vetting process. It is this "shoot from the hip without thinking mentality" that makes this man a dangerous candidate for the Presidency and for the country.
He attacks Barack Obama for a very limited association with a 60s radical whose acts took place when Obama was 8 years old, yet he himself has a long list of not only questionable but dangerous associates. William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime. The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein's government.
Jim Hensley, Convicted Felon
G. Gordon Liddy, Convicted Felon
Charles Keating, Convicted Felon
Raffaello Follieri, Convicted Felon
Rick Renzi, Under Indictment
Rick Davis, Freddie Mac Lobbyist
Charles Black, Lobbyist for Dictators
Richard Quinn, White Supremacist
Pastor John Hagee, Bigot
Pastor Rod Parsley, Bigot
Todd Palin, Member of Secessionist Group and husband of Sarah
Andrew McCain, Resigned Manager Savings & Loan
General John Singlaub and the dangerous right-wing group, US Council for World Freedom.
John McCain's closet is overflowing with skeletons. Today, he unveiled his "Pension and Family Security Plan", outlining tax cuts for seniors, reductions to capital gains for investors and government takeovers of bad mortgages, and acceleration of tax losses for write-offs. "The hour is late and our troubles are getting worse. We have to act immediately. We have to change direction now. We have to fight," McCain said.
In order to fight, McCain MUST appeal to the middle class and he just doesn't seem to get it. He said he believe that someone who makes $5 million per year or less is "middle class". Obama's tax plan identifies the middle class as those earning $250K per year or less. Clearly, John McCain is OUT OF TOUCH. Perhaps the fact that he owns 7 houses and 13 cars has distorted his thinking.
McCain's RESCUE PLAN does absolutely NOTHING for the middle class. It's like they are invisible to him. It is RIGGED FOR THE WEALTHY. He proposes reductions to CAPITAL GAINS. The middle class just had its equity stripped away by the Financial Services industry and DOESN'T HAVE ANY MORE EQUITY. The same bank whose appraiser told me my house was worth $485K a year ago now tells me that my home is worth $350K. Why? It's the same house!
It seems that they did the same thing to lots of people in my neighborhood, which despite its location in one of the hottest tourist spots in the United States, has seen a rash of foreclosures. A $525K house on the golf course nearby, is on the auction block for $189K. They made the loan, then foreclosed and now they own the house. They'll start over, make a new loan and lots more money, and the previous owner and all his neighbors are screwed.
Now let me get this straight. The bank takes away our equity and we are giving the banks billions of dollars. Now that our credit is screwed up, the banks, with their new stricter lending standards, WON'T LEND TO US.
And WE OWN THEM? That is funny!
While we are on the subject of TAXES, are you Confused by the Candidates' Tax Plans?
You can use this TAX PLAN CALCULATOR to compare how the two candidates' plans will affect you.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden will cut taxes for 95% of working families, and provide at least three times as much tax relief for middle class families as John McCain and Sarah Palin. The Obama/Biden plan provides $1,000 of tax relief for workers and new tax benefits to help families pay for college, childcare and save for retirement.
Forget capital gains and profits for 100 million middle-class families. We are not concerned with profits! We need JOBS and job security. We need to be able to afford to feed our families and stay in our homes. McCain is talking about helping his definition of the middle class. He has no clue as to the everyday American in need. He wants to reduce taxes for seniors. Middle class seniors are not overburdened by taxes. Only wealthy old seniors, like John McCain. His RESCUE PLAN provides NO NEW JOBS! His plan further proves that he has no clue. On the one hand he says he wants to encourage people NOT to take money out of the system, so he wants to allow retirees to WITHDRAW funds from their retirement plans WITHOUT PENALTY. He is giving them incentives to do what he does not want done. Amazing!
In contrast, Senator Barack Obama on Monday expanded his economic platform, including proposals:
- to spur new jobs,
- to give Americans penalty-free access to retirement savings to help them through the downturn,
- to extend unemployment benefits,
- to urge a 90-day moratorium on home foreclosures and
- to lend money to strapped local and state governments.