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September 5, 2008

The Next 60 Days

Well, 2 weeks of conventions have passed and America is probably a little better informed about the candidates. I have to admit that after Obama’s speech I was impressed with his message. After thinking about it for a while, however, it dawned on me what his message really was. You really had to read between the lines but I got from it was higher taxes, kiss the terrorists asses, and McCain is a weenie.

Obama promised to just raise taxes on the rich and corporations and I stated in a previous post that I don’t think those 2 demographics are going to be to supply the money needed for Obama’s proposed plans. They very well might, however, Fred Thompson summed it up best:

Now our opponents tell you not to worry about their tax increases.
They tell you they are not going to tax your family. No, they're just going to tax "businesses"!

So unless you buy something from a "business", like groceries or clothes or gasoline ... or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small "business", don't worry ... it's not going to affect you.

They say they are not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket, just the "other" side of the bucket! That's their idea of tax reform.
A lot of talk went on about each party’s qualifications and experience level. Although Palin has had more government experience as a Governor and Mayor than Obama, who held positions on several Board of Directors. In my opinion, neither is very impressive, although their positions were probably very demanding at times. But at least Palin has some experience in government and has an impressive track record to boot.

McCain is a true hero, I get it. He went through some pretty rough times as a POW. I get that also. I just hope that we don’t have to hear about his torture and his triumph every time someone speaks about him. Again, I look at his record and there are some things I like and some things I don’t like. Overall, I am more impressed with McCain’s record than Obama as well as McCain’s character.

Both the RNC and the DNC speechwriter’s should be commended on the VP and Presidential nominee’s speeches. They were all well thought out and expertly delivered. But I take all this with a grain of salt. It was all just a dog and pony show and hopefully, over the next 2 months, we will get to the meat of the candidates, get to the substance that will make up our minds.

Obama is a great speaker and a sharp looking man. His very persona appeals to a lot of people who are tired of the last 8 years of bullshit. McCain looks like the same old story and selecting Palin as his VP was a brilliant move. But I hope that America sees through the smooth talk and fancy suits and actually listens to what both sides say.

A guy in my office, who was going to vote for McCain before he heard Obama’s speech last week, didn’t even bother to watch the RNC. I just have to shake my head.

Another liberal at my workplace told me that Obama has his vote because of the renewable energy plan. True, since we work in that industry, that is a valid point. My coworker also countered my view of higher taxes under Obama as misunderstood. Obama is only going to tax the higher tax brackets and big businesses. He also poiinted out how many billions of dollars of tax breaks hte Bush administration has given the oil companies. I told him that McCain and Obama are going to put a stop to that but that the taxes will still go up under Obama because the tax hikes to businesses will be compensated for in higher prices. The coworker said that the energy plan will compensate for that.

He just didn't see the effect of higher taxes on businesses that sell things that he will buy. When I pointed out to him that he will continue to buy gas, groceries, clothes and DVD's under Obama's presidency and those taxes will cause those prices to go up. He finally got it but he didn't want to admit it so he commented that it wouldn't matter if those costs went up because he would be making more money.

This same guy also told me that Obama will change our foreign policy and help the world see us in a better light. I asked him which countries- Russia, China, Iran, North Korea? How about the Arab countries we send millions of dollars to each year that also hate us? Are those the countries we need to pander to?

"Hey, man. We all have our opinions", as he leaves the room. I guess if you can't defend your position or your candidates you can cop out with that phrase.

It is going to be a wild 2 months.


  1. Well bro here I am again. Salt Lake is so far away now but it was an experience. You know me but as time rolls on it becomes far away. Respect and pride I always have for you and your family have the best in Cali.
    As for your support for McCain.....8 years too late, Not a maverick no more, Cant debate head to head with Obama.....I liked McCain years ago but like I said his day came and passed. Men like him have absolute honor and Bush is a embarrassment. If only the clock could be turned back.
    The up side is that more voter turnout, young adults are getting involved, and minorities have become the majority. Times have changed. AMP

  2. I sat with Michael and listened to Obama's speech - asked Michael what he thought, and he said, 'He gives a hell of a speech'. Then we watched Palin's speech when she was named as McCain's VP - asked him what he thought, and he said, 'That's our next VicePresident'.

    Michael can't remember if he's ever registered to vote or not (memory loss is a bitch) - so I went to the Republican Headquarters in town and got him the forms to register - we're waiting till his name change goes through, though,so he can register as Michael Misch :-)