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Obama Paints McCain Economics as Bushism

By Jonathan Weisman
The Ad: Economics ... by John McCain. Support George Bush 95 percent of the time. Keep spending ten billion dollars a month for the war in Iraq...While the Iraqis sell oil for record prices. Giving Iraq a $79 billion oil surplus...And hurting our economy. Barack Obama's plan: End the war responsibly. Better schools. No more tax breaks for oil companies. Barack Obama ... the Middle Class first.

Analysis: After a series of positive ads, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is following his hit on John McCain's status as a "Washington celebrity" with a new slam on the senator for Arizona, this time taking his economic policies to task.

The new ad, entitled "Book" and playing in 16 battleground states, is not so much about economic policy, however, as it is an attempt to link McCain to President Bush and the issue that might hurt most with middle class voters: the Iraq war and its costs.

With a faux text book -- "Economics," by John McCain -- as the tableau, Obama's ad hits McCain for voting with Bush 95 percent of the time, spending $10 billion a month in Iraq while the Iraq sells oil at a record profit and has begun to run a government budget surplus.

The ad's notion that tax dollars going to Iraq are hurting the U.S. economy is one promoted by Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, but it is hotly contested by other economists of all political stripes. The U.S. economy is being buffeted by a credit crisis spawned by a collapsing housing market and surging energy prices triggered by rising global demand for oil. The U.S. invasion of Iraq may well have curtailed some supply from that oil-rich country and added political instability to the wider Middle East. But Iraq's growing budget surplus is a sign that the Iraqi oil industry is getting back on its feet.

That means any shock to the oil markets from the Iraq war is fading, not growing.

Such details may be beyond the point of a political campaign, however. Anger over Iraq's budget surplus in the face of a U.S. budget deficit approaching a half trillion dollars is bipartisan. The recently passed Iraq funding law demands that Iraq take more responsibility for funding its own reconstruction, but that would barely make a dent in the $10 billion a month war price tag, since nearly all that money goes to the U.S. military, not the Iraqi.

By combining the Iraq war issue and gas prices, Obama may have found an incendiary mix.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 1:41 PM ET
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I was a big Obama fan from the start and lately i have been wavering. I read these posts, and I verified these were all pretty true things these people said, and i have to admit i am not voting for obama. I don't love mcCain, but I think he's a better choice...

Posted by: eric, denver | August 14, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Presidential Race a Tossup as Obama Lead Slips, Pew Poll Says

By Brian Faler

Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. presidential race is a tossup as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has lost what was once an eight-point lead over Republican rival John McCain, according to a new poll.

The Washington-based Pew Research Center for the People and the Press said today that Obama now leads McCain 46 percent to 43 percent among registered voters, down from June when the Illinois senator enjoyed a 48 to 40 advantage. His lead narrowed to five points in July, the survey said.

The nonpartisan group attributed the shift to McCain's progress winning over core Republican voters, including white evangelical Protestants along with white working class voters. By contrast, the poll said, Obama has made ``little progress'' expanding his support among Democrats over the past two months.

Posted by: Bloomberg News | August 13, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA: So I want to first of all acknowledge your great mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, who has been...

... on the frontlines -- has been on the frontlines doing an outstanding job of gathering together the leadership at every level in Detroit to bring about the kind of renaissance that all of us anticipate for this great city.

And he is a leader not just here in Detroit, not just in Michigan, but all across the country. People look to him. We know that he is going to be doing astounding things for many years to come.

And so I'm grateful to call him a friend and a colleague. And I'm looking forward to a lengthy collaboration in terms of making sure that Detroit does well in the future.

Posted by: Barack Obama on my Kwame Kilpatrick - Indicted Mayor of Detoit | August 13, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

You can't stop what's bout to happen, we bout to make history
The first black president is destined and it's meant to be
The threats ain't fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
So get off your ass, black people, it's time to get out and vote!

Paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified
McCain don't belong in any chair unless he's paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and I throw 'em like candy wrap
'cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
and you the worst of all 43 presidents

Posted by: Ludicrous | August 13, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

"You cannot trust Barack Obama with our party's nomination, he has no experience and has accomplished nothing as a Senator."

Posted by: Hillary Clinton | August 13, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I just thought it would be nice to have a vacant pice of land next door to Barrack Obama's house.

Posted by: Tony Rezko (convicted felon) | August 13, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

America is a downright mean and hateful place. I have never been proud of my country until now.

Posted by: Michelle Husein Obama | August 13, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama Junkie,

GD America!

I love Barack!

Posted by: Reverend Wright | August 13, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama Junkie,

I'm not sure i see anything wrong with the McCain policies you are talking about. Just ask the British TV crew that was beaten at the Olympics by the Chinese police, the families of the dead Georgians that had their loved ones killed after Russia agreed to a cease-fire and then attacked them, or the Israelis who are watching the Iranians build nuclear bombs while they threaten to wipe israel off the face of the earth.

You are pretty naive my simple-minded friend, but don't take my word for it, ask the people I referred to above.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Save the Nation...

Save your unintelligent fear-mongering for yourself. Electing McCain (aka McWar) will make America even more weaker both economically and reputation-wise. McCain has spoke of "bombing Iran", countering the "military rise" of China, and now speaks of "preventing the spread of the Russian Empire". Our economy will go burst under the "rantings" and policies of John McCain.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 13, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It's about time the Obama campaign started thumping the McCain campaign ties to Bush and his policies. This is smart of the Obama campaign to tie an unpopular Iraq War with an even more unpopular economy in the name of Bush and McCain.

The American public is generally pretty dumb when it comes to complex issues like energy policy and economics. We all want simple and direct answers.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 13, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I would urge all of you Obama supporters, regardless of your hatred for George Bush or your profound disappointment with Speaker Pelosi and Senate Leader Reid, to resist voting for Obama. He will weaken our country, he will take our money, and he will align the USA with terrorist groups like Hamaz and Hezbolah. He is very dangerous, and you will regret helping to elect him because you think he will help make everybody in the world like you more.

Posted by: Save The Nation | August 13, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama is hated by so many people and whack job groups that he will likely be whacked before he gets into the white house So you dems may as well vote for his vp pick...or Hillary - she'll probably do the whacking.

Posted by: baggins | August 13, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain is pandering again. McCain is spineless to stand up to the lobbyists. Time and time again he has "straight-talked" at events and double crossed the people in private. Someone I once had respect for is now a complete fraud to me.

Posted by: casey | August 13, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Do not see anyway that McCain's economic policy differs from Bush's. I would be glad to learn how. Forget what Obama says, what does McCain say that is different than Bush on the economy?

Posted by: Ronnn | August 13, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain married into a crime family. You can't much much more corrupt than that. If he'd been born into it, I'd almost understand. But to marry into one...

Posted by: Corruption Anonymous | August 13, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse


I think when you look at corruption, you have a an overall good outlook; however, you must remember that Barack Husein Obama had a little issue with recently convicted felon Tony Rezko. You might remember that Rezko bought a piece of property for BHO next to his house and then sold it to him on the cheap. Sounds a little corrupt if you ask me.

The Dems thought John Edwards was such a nice guy too and that he cared, except we found out what he cared about - his little friend. There will be more to come on BHO, be patient.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I honestly have to wonder why people are so hung up on the idea that Obama may not have much experience.

Congressional approval ratings are the lowest in history. Our congressmen are all too often career politicians doing only what it takes to win their next election. They are self-serving, and the longer they remain in office, the more so this becomes true.

They make it a career to blow smoke, while at the same time kissing the asses of corporations to secure million-dollar salaries in the event they lose their spot in congress.

I for one will eagerly take someone with NO congressional experience, a solid education, a bit of compassion, a rational thought process and a lot of common sense. The ability to justify actions through evidence and reason rather than emotional arguments is much more important to me than how many years one has pandered to campaign contributors.

To me, 'experience' just means corruption and more favors owed. You don't get into congress and stay there without a lot of back scratching.

While Obama isn't a perfect candidate in by and measure, he does seem to be a much better choice this time around. Republican used to stand for individual rights, small government and balanced budgets. These new republicans have lost touch with thier history and by many measures are more "liberal" than the so called liberals. Republicans of the past would never have started a war without properly funding it. Through the 60's, the Democrats were the ones calling for tax cuts, where the Republicans (responsibly) were more concerned with a balanced fiscal policy. Where is the common sense now?

Posted by: noexperiencenoproblem! | August 13, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Here's the record on the rookie Illiois Senator in case all of his fans missed it:"I will take public financing and spend within the cap" (he opted out after he gots lots of money privately)"I will not run negative ads" (that's all he runs these days)"I am against offshore drilling" (now he supports it)"I never heard the Reverend Wright speak like that" (you were in his church 20 years, he married you and baptised your kids)

Posted by: Let's Review Obama | August 13, 2008 3:15 PM

I don't even recognize the John McCain of 2008, is he going senile?

-McCain is the McSame as Bush - On tax cuts...

In 2001, McCain voted against Bush's tax cuts, saying "I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle-class Americans who most need tax relief." He also voted against additional tax cuts in 2003, later saying that "I just thought it was too tilted to the wealthy, and I still do."
*Today, McCain wants to make Bush's tax cuts for the rich permanent*

-McCain is the McSame as Bush - On immigration...

In 2005, McCain supported comprehensive immigration reform, which included a pathway to citizenship.
*Now, McCain claims that "if his original proposal came to a vote on the Senate floor, he would not vote for it."*

-McCain is the McSame as Bush - On abortion and Roe v. Wade...

In 1999, McCain said that he would not support overturning Roe v. Wade "in the short term, or even the long term," because that would "force X number of women in America" to undergo "illegal and dangerous operations."
*Today, McCain has campaigned on overturning Roe v. Wade*

-McCain - On his revisionist history regarding Donald Rumsfeld...

In 2004, McCain refused to call for Rumsfeld's resignation, saying that Bush "can have the team around him that he wants around him." In 2006, retired generals called for Rumseld's resignation, but McCain did not.
*Now, while running for president, McCain has claimed that "I’m the only one that said that Rumsfeld had to go."*

-McCain is the McSame as Bush - On torture...

McCain has traditionally been against torture, citing his experience as a POW for his decision.
*Now, McCain voted last month "against a bill that would require the Central Intelligence Agency to abide by the restrictions on interrogating prisoners outlined in the Army Field Manual."*

Ever since McCain started running for President he has missed more votes in the Senate than any other Senator and when he has bothered to show up and vote he has voted in lockstep with the Bush Neocon agenda.

McCain's pro Bush voting record:
2005: 81%
2006: 86%
2007: 95%
2008: 100% - so far this year

Posted by: Let's review Grumpy McCain the "straight-talker", shall we? | August 13, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"McCain, like his Republican brethren, have been in big oil's pocket and have fought against energy independence. And after the energy crisis of '73 there's just no excuse for that. The Republicans and Big Oil sold out America."

Oh yeah I forgot, repubs have been in power for the last 35 years huh?

People like you make me laugh, blaming all our problems on the repubs and not realizing the dems, who are in power now and have been in power before, did nothing to ease our oil independence either.

Then you're naive enough to fall for Obama, an unproven rookie who's only talking point are :McCain=Bush and I'll get us out of Iraq.

Obama's economic plan is much like his campaign-POPULIST. While he preaches tax breaks for the middle class (because that is where the votes come from) what people fail to realize is he is going to KILL small buisness with his increased taxes and the taxes he is going to raise on them and large corporations is just going to get passed onto the consumer aka THE MIDDLE CLASS.

He's like a magician, showing you one thing-tax breaks for the middle class but with his other hand he is really raising them on everbody.

Posted by: Obamagic | August 13, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain is just like Bush, he's see's things economically in terms of how can he make his rich friends and big corporations (Big Oil) even richer and yet still pander to the lower and middle class average Joe and Jane Sixpack voter.

Phil Gramm is an economic adviser for McCain and the man who has written McCain's economic policy, who was until April a registered lobbyist for UBS, the world's largest manager of personal
wealth. Gramm is also currently a vice chairman for UBS's investment arm. A former Texas senator and economics professor at Texas A&M, Gramm was still a lobbyist when he advised McCain on the campaign's economic policies unveiled earlier this year.

Additionally, Gramm was a senator who took cash from the banking industry and introduced - and passed - a law that removed consumer safeguards in place since the Great Depression. This allowed banks to merge with financial investment institutions and begin selling risky investment products, including speculating on mortgages. This led to the subprime meltdown we have today which is destroying our economy. Then Gramm quit the Senate and went to work for UBS, a gigantic international bank that took advantage of Gramm's new law and gobbled up investment firms, then had Gramm lobby George W. Bush to remove the remaining consumer safeguards on predatory lending.

Posted by: This is our chance America, let's make the Rethugs 4th Party Gadflies | August 13, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama is hated by so many people and whack job groups that he will likely be whacked before he gets into the white house So you dems may as well vote for his vp pick...or Hillary - she'll probably do the whacking.

Posted by: Billbo Baggins | August 13, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

It would be a waste for America to leave from Iraq without first having them sign the contracts for their oil. (By the way, that really IS one of the benchmarks before withdrawal.) Do you people want all of our 4,000+ soldiers to have died in vain? Remember, Exxon is an American company = American profits = American wealth and prosperity.

/Sarcasm (kind of...)

Posted by: Gaffney | August 13, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

luvwknd, you are truly the idiot, go ahead and vote for someone that you can have a beer with that has no clue and watch him rob you to the point that you won't even be able to afford a beer, then see if your beer drinking friend will buy you one. Idiot...

Posted by: laj82 | August 13, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Here's the record on the rookie Illiois Senator in case all of his fans missed it:

"I will take public financing and spend within the cap" (he opted out after he gots lots of money privately)

"I will not run negative ads" (that's all he runs these days)

"I am against offshore drilling" (now he supports it)

"I never heard the Reverend Wright speak like that" (you were in his church 20 years, he married you and baptised your kids)

Posted by: Let's Review Obama | August 13, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Frank, that was brilliant. I don't think those supporting McCain have a head on their shoulders. It's beyond me as to why anyone would vote for McCain come this fall. I'll tell you one thing, I'd rather take a "newb" than someone who represents a party that's pretty much downed this country to shame and poverty. What have we got to lose? Another 4 years of the same motto, or change?

Posted by: Proud to be an American... | August 13, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

obama knows next to nothing about the economy. All he does is say "Bush", "Cheney" "Iraq", "lobbyist", "Haliburton" and liberals start cheering like hes somehow cured what ails the economy. Reactionary politicians like Obama don't belong in the US Senate much less the White House.

Posted by: erik | August 13, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

They should run an ad pointing out Magoo's similarities, both in technical knowledge and persona, to MST 3000's 'Tom Servo' character as evidenced on this link:

Posted by: VoteMcGooHe's72 | August 13, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

McBush.....if you do some research comparing Bush to McCain, its scary how close they are....its like they are voting brothers or something lol

Here's a link that will show you

Posted by: oregon4obama | August 13, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

So if Iraq has $78 Billion in the bank, why cannot they pay $10 billion (or even just $7 billion) a month to support the US troops.

With the income they are generating, they may be making more than that billion a month. They still will have this money in the bank when we are gone.

Has anyone asked this question?

Posted by: Debera | August 13, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse


unfortunately, when you people had your boy in power, Slick Willy, he was the one that had a chance to avoid going to war but he wouldn't take Al Quaeda out. We live in a world that is sometimes unkind, and I'm sorry if you resent having been the little wormy kid that got beat up on the playground, but you need to move on.

Posted by: huseinismymiddlenameobama | August 13, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Here is the botom line, this economy is ideal for the rich as they get more tax breaks and are able to retain more profits. They are happy with the way things are. Saying that with McCains old Washington attitude, way should he try to change anything. The more he plays in with the lobbiest the more money he gets to go towards his campain.

Also on the other side of the coin while McCain and Obama is taking up most of the Media, Bush is forcing congress to vote with no stipulation on a bill to open up the US continental shelf for drilling and is also tring to pass into law a bill to allow PROJECTS on areas with out the oversight of the wild life protection agencies, which means more money in his and everyother gready, good for nothing government officials with ties to the oil companies pockets. I am so sure there aren't any under the table deals going on! RIGHT!!!

Posted by: Ryan | August 13, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Better yet; they should show Magoo among his contemporaries in this clip:

Fact: he is actually OLDER than these people!!!

Posted by: Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! | August 13, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

If McCain’s economic plan is Bushism then Obama's economic plan is Marxism. Corporations and small business supply jobs. Obama’s plan will eviscerate them in order to fund his great give away programs. If you want the government to wipe you’re a$$… fine, I just don’t want to pay for it. Making an environment that will encourage corporations to conduct there business here in the United States makes more sense then mugging them to fund a nanny state. I see Obamatons all over these comments Ommmmmmmm Scary

Posted by: MikeC | August 13, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse


I am amazed at the anger and rudeness you and your cohorts profess. It's pathetic! And you have the gall to talk about angry white Republicans, you should look in the mirror and stop your hating. Maybe that should be Obama's theme: "Don't be hatin"

Posted by: Hillary Fan | August 13, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I think I know how Dennis Leary would respond to your comment, something like: kiss my Irish arse.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Here is a better ad: show the 'high tech' imagery on this link with a voiceover of Magoo talking about anything.

Posted by: Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! | August 13, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain says: Give the troops a win in Iraq.
How many more troops killed or maimed is a win worth?

Obama says: End the war. End the killing and maiming of our troops.

Weird thinking, Senator McCain!

Posted by: S. Pierce | August 13, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

JUST ONCE. I'd like to see a Republican make the case for why Sen. McCain's policies are better than Sen. Obama's for peace, prosperity, health care, education, energy independence, and the environment. Just once.

And not the tired, old lines about how the Bush tax cuts need another four years to work their magic. We've seen what they've done to the country.

A big oil, military economy helps Putin, not middle America. McCain doesn't get that. He'd be Bush on steroids.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey huseinismymiddlenameobama.

Obviously another idiot here! Experience? Oh, like GWB has huh? You ever think that maybe that's what people want? A non-politician, non-experienced person that can come in with FRESH eyes and not be blinded by the typical BS politics that has gone on for so long in this country, every think of that you idiot!

Posted by: luvwknd | August 13, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

If out founding fathers rose from the dead they would kick all our asses!

Posted by: ELKURTO | August 13, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I think we should all listen to JR from boston, Mass - home of Ducockus, Kerry and Ted Kennedy. That's an impressive resume.

Posted by: McCain for President | August 13, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse


You don't like Obama so you are voting for McShame, you might as well not vote because if you're a Dem & you vote Repuk - YOUR VOTE DON'T COUNT YOU MORON!

Posted by: luvwknd | August 13, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait til the convention when all of the Obama supporters come riding in on their Unicorns and see the real nominee of the party, Hillary, show you dreamers what a true presidential candidate looks like.

Obama is a total poser, which is why I am going to vote for McCain, at least he's real and he stands for something, not a spineless flip-flopper like Obama.

Posted by: HillaryFan | August 13, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

So what does Obama miss about economics. An on-going war needs support regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees to avoid another vietnam in which the US abandoned it allies and soilders. Also, as he should have learn in econ 101 at the Ivy league, governmental monies can not be spent until a budget is enacted by the legislature. Or will these be other one the job training issues we will have to endure?

Posted by: Kevin | August 13, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain, like his Republican brethren, have been in big oil's pocket and have fought against energy independence. And after the energy crisis of '73 there's just no excuse for that. The Republicans and Big Oil sold out America.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I love "Book" I think is one of the best adds so far.

Love the USA, vote Obama.

Posted by: lulu | August 13, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama has no experience and therefore no track record of what he would do as President. The American people will realize this before election day and send him back to the Senate to get some real experience - right where he belongs.

Posted by: huseinismymiddlenameobama | August 13, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Only reality, its truths, and their proponents back Obama. McCain's followers know better.

Posted by: George | August 13, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican snark... I guess you have nothing substantively to add to the discussion. Limbaugh sure has brainwashed you people to the virtues of ignorance...

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

We all wish you were too.

We don't claim to have it all figured out, only an fool would think that.

Just figuring out one thing helps. Start there JakeD...

Posted by: King | August 13, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

We all wish you were too.

We don't claim to have it all figured out, only an fool would think that.

Just figuring out one thing helps. Start there JakeD...

Posted by: King | August 13, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I wish we were all as intelligent as JR in Boston. Guy obviously has it all figured out.

Posted by: JakeD | August 13, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Good ad. Obama is going to destroy McCain. I can imagine McCain getting snarky in a debate and alluding to Obama's experience only to have Obama turn his guns on the guy who's been in the senate for almost 30 years and has voted against energy independence and for Bush's failed economic and foreign policies.

McCain can't win on policy positions. And, to use a baseball analogy, both benches have been warned about playing the race card to the point that the next one who does gets thrown out of the game. So McCain can't play that card. What is he left with? Snark.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

So the Obama supporters do know that Obama was the one that voted for the bill to give oil companies tax breaks while McCain voted against it. Right? You did know that? Oh wait, you didn't? You mean Obama's fans didn't actually know what his voting record was--hardly shocking.

Posted by: Phil | August 13, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | August 13, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain's plan for the economy is to steal the wallets off all the people he kills off in his crazy wars.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Tax breaks for Big Oil? Most say 'No.' Not Exxon John McCain with lobbyists running his show... There's two million reasons Exxon John McCain likes Big Oil: they've given him two million bucks to protect their spoils... The future in energy is alternatives they say, but that's not Exxon John's way... Exxon John McCain, when it comes to Big Oil, more of the same while the rest of us toil... Exxon John."

Posted by: Drain You | August 13, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Grumpy McCain doesn't have a clue as to how to go about fixing the economic mess that Bush made, in fact McCain thinks things will get better if we'd only just continue with the same disasterous policies that Bush has had the last seven years.:

Posted by: Phil Slowsky | August 13, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is whoever the voters want him to be. He will probably need back surgery to mend the back which has bent in so many diverse directions in his 'straight talking' campaign......NOT!

That is the #1 reason why McCain cannot be elected. No one but him and his handlers know who he is or what he stands for other than whatever lie it is that he hopes will get him elected.

Lets face it folks. His only claim to fame is being raised as a child of privledge by a wealthy family. Flunking through the military academy and into an expensive U.S. fighter plane which he managed to get shot down in. War hero? Get over it. Just another snot nosed kid out having fun at the taxpayers expense and now he wants to ride it to the presidency. My how our standards have been eroded.

Better him and the other fighter plane jock bush steal a plane and fly off together into the sunset. They have done enough harm to this country already......

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 13, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | August 13, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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