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Obama Pushes Domestic Agenda to Boost Economy

By Dan Balz
MIAMI -- Barack Obama used the Democrats' weekly radio address to pledge to voters that he will press for his ambitious domestic agenda of tax cuts, health care and energy independence as part of the answer to the financial crisis that has gripped the economy this past week.

Obama said the seizure in the financial system that put the markets in turmoil did not begin suddenly. "It grew out of quiet storms you've been feeling in your own lives for years," he said.

He reiterated his support for the work, led by Treasury Secretary Henry J. Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in consultation with congressional leaders, to put together a plan for the federal government to take over much of the bad debt on the books of the financial institutions. But he said much more will be needed to solve the problem, once those measures are in place.

How much the next president's flexibility will be limited by the response to this week's crisis isn't clear, although there are obvious budgetary implications to guaranteeing all the bad debt. But Obama said he won't stop there. "We're also going to have to take some additional steps to strengthen our economy from the bottom up," he said.

Obama outlined three big initiatives. First are the tax cuts he has long proposed, which he said will cut taxes for 95 percent of all families. Next, he again pledged to enact a major health care plan that he said would provide affordable health care to all Americans. Third, he said he would "create the jobs of the future by transforming our energy economy." That initiative, he said, would cost $150 billion over 10 years.

He also promised more spending for education to recruit more teachers and raise their pay.

Obama made only a passing reference to the potential cost of all these measures. "I won't pretend that the changes we need will come without a cost, though. I've proposed a way to make these changes in a fiscally responsible way," he said.

Not everyone believes he has found a real way to pay for them, however.

Obama could not resist taking a shot at John McCain for saying last Monday that the economy's fundamentals were strong. "America, we cannot afford a president who's that out of touch," he said.

McCain, of course, has accused Obama of not even saying whether he supported the federal bailout of insurance giant AIG and of failing to support any action when it might have mattered to deal with problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Comments

I heard this speech on the radio and it was long and much more detailed than this implies. I am glad McCain is going with the democrats on this-- but, its not enough. Let us not forget that McCain has been part of the problem for 27 years-- he supported deregulation of these industries. If it were up to me I'd let the house fall. Send the gamblers to rehab and the Bush administration criminals to jail.

Posted by: mel | September 22, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans got you into this crisis, how can you dexpect a group of people in denial to get you out of it.

WE are going to have a recession, quite possibly a long one, but its a hell of alot better than the depression we are certainly headed into if the government is unable to contain this problem.

Its no more business as usual on Wall STreet and on main street and it isnt going to be business as usual on the campaign trail.

Posted by: nclwtk | September 21, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

At least McCain paid for his cars... Obama gets a "sweetheart deal" from a Chicago crook on houses and probably everything else he purchases... You chardonnay slurping, quiche eating, God and gun hating left wingers are so agitated by visions of class warfare dancing in your constipated fact stuffed brains that you have no clue what the vast majority of middle americans care about. Isn't it interesting that all of a sudden there is a defection of many of Hillary's high end supporters to McCain. They obviously are not fooled by your candidate. Sit around and preach to your own small choir of left wing friends who uncritically bought the same anti-American propaganda program dished out daily in the Ivy league schools They will love you, but the day after the election, you will all be headed for Jonestown with cases of Cool Aid.

Posted by: billy bob | September 21, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

In a few weeks we will make a choice that will decide our future.
I follow a economist named bob proctor who has called the top and bottom of every market crash since the 70s correctly.
He perfectly predicted the current real estate market meltdown ,and the picture he paints about what will happen in the next couple years
Is terrifying. He thinks it will be worse then the great depression.
Banks in the US are going under one after the other. Country wide the largest morgage bank in the world
Bear Stearns and Lehman brothers , and Merrill Lynch which are 3 out of the top 5 wall street firms.
And now Fanny and Freddy which hold 50 percent of the home loans in the United States.
The goverment took them over because they are essentially bankrupt.
If they didn't the entire financially system would virtually shut down, the stock market would crash
And we would suffer beyond what any of us have seen before
The future of these companies will fall into the hands of our next president
Bush just like Mcain doesn't understand the economy.
That not just my opinion its his own words. Not only does he not understand how to fix it
He does not understand exactly what is broken. Its no surprise that he doesnt. The people that make up these
securities use complex math models very few people understand.
Bush and mccain both can take the credit for this mess since they helped deregulate the laws that were protecting us.

Bush's economic advisor Phil Graham wrote the deregulation bill that allowed banks take risks with all of our future.
Now Phil Graham is the head of mccains economic policy ,and mccain wants to make him the next secretary of the treasury.
No one in this country can afford for that to happen. The last time bush met with his economic advisors was in march. He either didnt realize or didnt care that anything was wrong. Phil Graham had the guts to say we are in a mental recession after he helped create the worst economy in our lifetime.
It will take the best and brightest minds in the world to get us out of this nightmare. As bad as bush has done mccain would be
incredibly worse because things are in much worse shape. The next president will not inherit a surplus like bush did but a tanking economy and a 11,600,000,000,000 deficit. Most of Bush created and it will take decades to pay it back.
If you do what you have always done then you will do get what you have always __________
When it comes to policy bush and mccain are the same 90 percent of the time.
So why are the polls even close then ?
The chairman of mcains campaign recently said that people don't vote on issues
they vote on a personality composite which means. He is trying to sell you personality instead of results.
He believes people will vote against there own self interests.
Lets teach him we are smarter then that .
Mccain cant even use a computer to send email. He would make this problem much much worse.
Hold them accountable now while it will still help
Elect Obama Biden 2008

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

In a few weeks we will make a choice that will decide our future.
I follow a economist named bob proctor who has called the top and bottom of every market crash since the 70s correctly.
He perfectly predicted the current real estate market meltdown ,and the picture he paints about what will happen in the next couple years
Is terrifying. He thinks it will be worse then the great depression.
Banks in the US are going under one after the other. Country wide the largest morgage bank in the world
Bear Stearns and Lehman brothers , and Merrill Lynch which are 3 out of the top 5 wall street firms.
And now Fanny and Freddy which hold 50 percent of the home loans in the United States.
The goverment took them over because they are essentially bankrupt.
If they didn't the entire financially system would virtually shut down, the stock market would crash
And we would suffer beyond what any of us have seen before
The future of these companies will fall into the hands of our next president
Bush just like Mcain doesn't understand the economy.
That not just my opinion its his own words. Not only does he not understand how to fix it
He does not understand exactly what is broken. Its no surprise that he doesnt. The people that make up these
securities use complex math models very few people understand.
Bush and mccain both can take the credit for this mess since they helped deregulate the laws that were protecting us.

Bush's economic advisor Phil Graham wrote the deregulation bill that allowed banks take risks with all of our future.
Now Phil Graham is the head of mccains economic policy ,and mccain wants to make him the next secretary of the treasury.
No one in this country can afford for that to happen. The last time bush met with his economic advisors was in march. He either didnt realize or didnt care that anything was wrong. Phil Graham had the guts to say we are in a mental recession after he helped create the worst economy in our lifetime.
It will take the best and brightest minds in the world to get us out of this nightmare. As bad as bush has done mccain would be
incredibly worse because things are in much worse shape. The next president will not inherit a surplus like bush did but a tanking economy and a 11,600,000,000,000 deficit. Most of Bush created and it will take decades to pay it back.
If you do what you have always done then you will do get what you have always __________
When it comes to policy bush and mccain are the same 90 percent of the time.
So why are the polls even close then ?
The chairman of mcains campaign recently said that people don't vote on issues
they vote on a personality composite which means. He is trying to sell you personality instead of results.
He believes people will vote against there own self interests.
Lets teach him we are smarter then that .
Mccain cant even use a computer to send email. He would make this problem much much worse.
Hold them accountable now while it will still help
Elect Obama Biden 2008

Posted by: jon | September 21, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

this suddenly deafening barrage of anti-Obama tirades is interesting. I've been reading the political news on this site for weeks and all of a sudden it's an echo chamber of hate mail. Did you all get the GOP memo that said "50 cents for each anti-Obama message you post"?

weird...

Posted by: BenS | September 21, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

MCCROOK IS A DISHONEST LIAR!!! HE UNETHICALLY TOOK CAMPAIGN FAVORS AS PART OF THE KEATING FIVE SCANDAL!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | September 20, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Listen people both Obama and McCain received money from Freddie and Fannie....Obama received $123,000 from the employees of the company, while McShame received $168,000 or there about, from the Ceo, company officials and directors of the company...people need to do research before repeating lies and nonsense...this is just another lie told by the Palin/McShame "America Last" team..CNN had the facts on their web site..look it up..both took funds, but just from different folks...Obama grassroots=McCain from the Big guys...

Posted by: necie4010 | September 20, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with criminal REZKO.Do we need the criminal president?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

ProudLiberal whatcha smoking?You got to quit cause its freezing ur brain. Your logic is faulty....your head is messed up.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Liberal and proud of it baby!!

Liberal=Progressive

Conservative= Regressive

This guy Eric must be like 10 years old or something? Are you on crack son? Your logic is faulty....your head is messed up.

OBAMA-BIDEN 2008

Posted by: ProudLiberal | September 20, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Opps, Eric, just so you know, I'm not anomymous. Just forgot to write in my name.

Posted by: washingtonstate2008 | September 20, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Poor m tobias you dont have any brain at all...well like all liberals.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Eric, I have read this from you on other posting sites, sayin the exact same thing over and over. Are you out of your friggin mind? So we vote republican now so we can vote for Hilary in four years because by then she'd be 69 and in eight years too old? That's just plain scary that you could truly believe what you keep writing.

Hillary deserves better than that from you and she's fighting against that very thing right now. I think Hillary is going to have an even bigger impact on important issues as a result of her campaign. I also think it would be tragic to put the wrong woman in the WH based of your flawed logic. It's not over for Hillary. Use your head! I personally think she'd make a great secretary of state or secretary of health.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Funny how these anonymous postings turn up so quickly.
I guess McCain has pain operatives to post the first moronic
ideas that come to their pea brains.

Posted by: m tobias | September 20, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

people be smart. DONT vote for Obama. this guy is evil's clone. Wake up and take a close look at his every lie

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

We have had a democrat majority in congress for the last two years and they have done what? All Nancy P. and her friend Joe have done is run their big mouth.Yeah, That's right Obama and Biden other wise known as babbling and bumbling voted for the bridge to (N0 Where) but that's okay they are democrats.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I think solving the Economy, Islamic Terrorism, and the Energy crisis, might be above the pay grade of a community organizer.

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Not only this-Muslim Obama is not the best choice to fight Islamic Terrorism and taking bribery from oil companies he is not the best choice to solve Energy crisis either

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Gina posted :I think solving the Economy, Islamic Terrorism, and the Energy crisis, might be above the pay grade of a community organizer.

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Not only this-Muslim Obama is not the best choice to fight Islamic Terrorism and taking bribery from oil companies he is not the best choice to solve Energy crisis either

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

people be smart. DONT vote for McCain. this guy is Bush's clone. he will continue to screw up this country the same as Bush has done, or even worse. Even if you dont like Obama, vote for him anyways. I guarantee you that Obama will do a better job at running this country than McCain any day. What good has McCain done so far??? He supports Bush on everything he does. He wanted us to remain, and i quote, "100 years" in Iraq if thats what it takes!! Think of how much money the gov spends on war. one tank, just one, is a couple million dollars. think of what this country could do if instead of throwing away the money on war, they use it to help boost the economy. They could use that money for schools, for new roads, construction, etc. And those people who blame Obama for not choosing Hillary, dont blame him. Hillary lied alot during her campaign, and made tons of attacks on Obama. So she deserved not to get picked as V.P. Dont get me wrong, I wanted her to win, but after all the lies and trash that she talked, she got what she deserved.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Right on Green5! Well said!

Posted by: washingtonstate2008 | September 20, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama=big gvmnt=equally divide money between everybody=communist ideas= communist=Racist+Stalin=future dictator

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

After watching Bill Clinton and the Republican, Newt Gingrich, Contract for America Congress in action from 1994 to 2000, I have decided that I am going to vote for Obama and Republicans for my state's Congressional delegation. Why? Because the combination seemed to lead to those budget surpluses we all experienced for the late nineties, something we hadn't seen in decades. Of course it lead to a serious recession in the 2000's, as the effects of money heading back to lenders was felt. That led to Bush's tax cuts and spending increases being easy to sell to panicked Americans.

For all our checks and balances, we don't seem to have much of a check on our government to balance its check book.

Posted by: Bill | September 20, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Omidal: Because someone goes to Harvard doesn't mean they are smart. Book learning doesn't give you common sense. I have seen a monkey ride a motor cycle, but you couldn't turn him loose in traffic.
Lets see, Obama went to Harvard, associates with known terrorist, receives money from Muslim backed organizations was where in the corperate ladder of (Fannie May and Freddie Mack) Got how much money?
Want to see American under the leadership of Obama. Look no further than the state of Michigan folks. The governor there taxed the state right into zero job growth. Way to go socialist, education yes, common sense she has none.

Posted by: Michael Tucker | September 20, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Vote for Obama and you will EFFECTIVELY END Hillary's chance at EVER becoming President!!

Obama has already destroyed Hillary's chances for this time around. He couldn't even do her the honor of making her VP. Don't let him end her
Presidential prospects forever.

Consider this:
If you elect Obama for 2008 , Hillary CAN'T RUN IN 2012!! The incumbent always runs for their party in reelection. This means Barack
Obama, if President, will automatically be the Democratic nominee in 2012.

Hillary would then be 69 YRS OLD when she would get her next chance to run as President in 2016. Then people would simply call her too old(like they do McCain who is 72) and she would NEVER get a chance to become President.

Reagan was 69 when he got elected BUT he wasn't trying to break the glass ceiling at the same time.

So if you care at all about Hillary, you will VOTE AGAINST Obama this time around. Plus, you will break the glass ceiling and Hillary WILL
BE THERE in 2012!!

Think about it!! It makes sense!!

If you support Hillary, YOU MUST VOTE AGAINST OBAMA!!!

Posted by: Eric | September 20, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I think solving the Economy, Islamic Terrorism, and the Energy crisis, might be above the pay grade of a community organizer.

Posted by: Howard | September 20, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Gina, You are an empty shell like the Palin-McCain Ticket. I would rather have a community organizer who went to Harvard instead of a guy who admittedly said that he does not understand economics and he still need to be educated.

Posted by: Omidal | September 20, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I think solving the Economy, Islamic Terrorism, and the Energy crisis, might be above the pay grade of a community organizer.

Posted by: Gina | September 20, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

To show you how ridiculous liberals are, I am NOT the same as "Anonymous."
To show you how ridiculous liberals are, I am NOT the same as "Anonymous."

To show you how idiotic liberals act, telling me to "play in the sandbox" is an old Nazi trick. Separate the "Juden" to exterminate them. "Play in the sandbox" - don't you mean "in the oven"?

Liberals can say nothing positive about Obama because there is nothing. Read any post by any blogger - NOTHING but bashing.

Posted by: TommyF | September 20, 2008 4:18 PM


Well for starters he graduate from Harvard Law, with honors, editor of the law
Review. That laves the rest in the dust right there. No family connections either!


Dear Tommy Boy,
In the interest of sensitivity I won’t mention McCain's accomplishments along these lines.

I know he was in a stinking rat hole for 8 years, laudable indeed,
But it doesn’t make him intelligent bastante to be President.

Posted by: Daniel screed | September 20, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse


His brother George Obama stuggles on $1/ day in desolate hut in Kenya. If he does not care for his own brother well being, will he care about you and me??
Charity begins at home!
McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: vic | September 20, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The truth about Obama:

(1) "No more same old politics" - PHONY!

(2) "I will debate any time, anywhere" - PHONY! COWARD!

(3) "I will use campaign financing" - LIAR! OPPORTUNIST!

(4) "I wrote a letter to Paulson warning him about the housing crisis" - LIAR!

(5) "John McCain wants to privatize Social Security" - LIAR!

(6) "John McCain is late to the game" - LIAR!

Posted by: TommyF | September 20, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

STOP McCain and Palin!!!

Check the link and spread the word: http://www.cafepress.com/MarcsPlace.30059444

Posted by: Marc G | September 20, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

To show you how ridiculous liberals are, I am NOT the same as "Anonymous."

To show you how idiotic liberals act, telling me to "play in the sandbox" is an old Nazi trick. Separate the "Juden" to exterminate them. "Play in the sandbox" - don't you mean "in the oven"?

Liberals can say nothing positive about Obama because there is nothing. Read any post by any blogger - NOTHING but bashing.

Posted by: TommyF | September 20, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"theodosia1"

I can just imagine a "elite" group of 65 year old marines choking down their Ensure and struggling to take their morning medications before the enemy storms their area.

The televisions will be turned up so loud that they won't be able to hear the enemy coming over reruns of Lawrence Welk, Jackie Gleason, and Ma & Pa Kettle.

If they are captured I am positive that they will only give their name, rank, serial number, & name of their president "Herbert Hoover". They will mean George W. Bush , but when you are 65 and under pressure your memory tends to fail you. Just ask John McCain, that is if he can still remember what memory means. After crashing five airplanes there is a good chance not much of him works right anymore.

Posted by: RW | September 20, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

JEWELS:
I doubt you have these at al:
JEWEllS:
1 Between the legs- you sound like a brained wash eunuch
2- in a gold box: you sound to stupid to have material succeeded enough to have those kinds.

3, Metaphorically: as in “your a real jewe”l- you clearly not one.
Maybe you should take a walk in some barren desert, and the voice of your God will tell you where to find some. You won’t need a compass or a map HE will tell you where to go.

Posted by: Lux lumina | September 20, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

What is with the scare mongering on higher-income brackets going back to pre-G.W.Bush tax levels. Our taxes will still be lower than in the Reagan era. Back to those days not so long ago when we had a balanced budget!!

Taxes come on PROFIT and INCOME That's what you get after you pay your employees and expenses. Pay packages should NOT be as disparate as they are. Evening things our WILL HELP regular folks, and increase the number of jobs, s will Obama's plan to invest in our domestic needs, including our infrastructure (schools, streets and so on). Remember WWII when this country came together to work for the greater good?

And as for employees of a specific company giving more to one candidate or another.. it's important to watch but it does not need to mean corruption. Some of us business owners LIKE laws that help make sure we are all competing on the same playing field... especially us smaller ones that need help playing against the giants. But why wouldn't regular employees be invested in keeping their employer honest? That's why restaurant owners should like health inspectors, business owners like safety inspections, financial sector SHOULD be willing to be TRANSPARENT and AUDITED! (Use another non-financial example. Look at all the babies who died in China from milk tainting and tell me all regulation is bad and government should stay out of business! Giant corporations are about making profit only, usually in a short term way. Government needs to make sure they protect PEOPLE along the way)

Obama's key points for what is essential to a bail out plan are right on. McCain is acting hot-headedly and impulsively (McCain has ALWAYS prided himself as a deregulator - we should NOT BELIEVE his current populist tone as any more than the lies they are)

We're all in this together. Let's get back to acting that way.

Posted by: pnsllf | September 20, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

JEWELS

God is mad at you for pretending you know his will, and so he made you stupid. Face up and shut up.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Yep...the GOP is going down. Good riddance to this party of narcissists, crooks, liars, and warmongers. It will be obvious as Obama's lead widens in the coming days. Look for Karl Rove style attacks, smears, swift boat deceptions and the whole litany of dirty Republicans tricks that they use to manipulate and scare the unconscious electorate. It is not going to work this time. To all Republicans- your karma is coming back to you and not even Jesus can save you. You are about to learn the lessons of the golden rule first hand. Good riddance to the Republican menace and its idiot cohorts.
OBAMA-BIDEN 2008 ALL THE WAY BABY

Posted by: ProudLiberal | September 20, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

As I said in a more complicated post below. The economy is dying because of the military obsession of this country. With the Bush administration the Iraqi war was the main destructive blow to our economy.
I realize I got a bit intricate, and historical. So I’ll try to make it simple.

The remedy for our economic situation is simply to cut our offensive expenditure rather massively.
NOTICE I DON"T CALL THEM DEFENSIVE expenditures. My reason is, to be frank, that characterization is pure BS, hogwash, and mendacious nonsense.

What we need today - is little more than a high tech national/world delta force, sort of a global version of CSI-but not so cheesy, of course.

Our real enemies are no longer million men armies, but relatively small groups of radical, terrorists bound by various and diverse ideologies- usually religious (what a cross religion has become for the human race to bear!)

These enemies are diverse and scattered. Thus they must be taken on and be rooted out in situ (at their commandment locations) and destroyed with tough, battle hardened, efficient mobile units expertly trained in anti terrorist warfare.
Backed up by a medium size high-tech air force, and medium size units of battle ready air troopers.

This effect is much more effective, realistic, and certainly much less expensive.
This is the way to accomplish military superiority: it not with models that go back to the first half of the 20th century --huge armies, and clashing nation states over vast areas.
That model is defunct.

Posted by: Lux lumina | September 20, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

We cannot fail to recognize the seriousness
of this fanancial crisis. It now becomes
a matter of national security. A country
in financial ruin is frightenly vulnerable.

After the Great Depression, regulations
were put into effect to prevent a repeat
of the financial markets failure. Through
the years, these regulatons have been
removed to allow the investment banks
and mortgage lenders to practice business
any way they chose in a manner more
beneficial to their executives and wealthy
investors. John McCain sponsored and
voted for these deregulations and, in fact
calls himself "the greatest deregulator
of all time". This practice merely
advocates that "the big boys don't have
to play by the rules".

In 2000, Goerge Bush espoused the famed
"trickle down" theory. This simply meant
giving tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and major corporations on the basis of
these providing jobs to the "little
people" and thus making everything work
right for everybody. Well, the jobs
have been sent overseas by these big
companies, American workers have been
laid off by the thousands and the middle
class that has always been the back
bone of this country is being rapidly
obliterated.

Our "smaller government", "fiscally
responsible" Republican administration
has spent money like a drunken sailor
on a war that was waged on false reports
and lies to the American people. Our budget
is greatly in the red, we are buying
far more foreign goods than we are
selling. Our public schools are in
a disgraceful state. In John McCain's
26 years in Washington, he has consistantly voted in favor of everything
that has put us in this mess and against
everything that would have kept us out
of this mess. Now he's asking us to
put him in the White House.

Harry Truman once said:

"I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out who's hitting you? It's about time that the people of America realized what the Republicans have been doing to them,"


Posted by: Green5 | September 20, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that when Obama talks he always says we will all have to pitch in to fix the economy, he isn't talking about physical labor here folks! We will all be paying more and not just the rich. Money doesn't fall from the sky people.

Posted by: Katee | September 20, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Gov Palin is the elitist in the McCain campaign.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"theodosia1"

You are a wealthy wannabe. People like you think if you support the policies of the richest one percent of Americans and other "elite" wealthy around the world that some of their wealth will trickle down on you. Well the only thing that is going to trickle down on you is their warm urine as you kiss their feet.

I would write more and try explain how you could really help this country be stronger by making sure that there is justice for all in the country and make it a place that people once again are honestly proud to defend, not just a place where the only job a kid can get is in the military, but it is clear from the idiotic things that you wrote in your post there is no chance of you understanding anything more than what someone pounded into your uneducated head the first day of boot camp.

Posted by: RW | September 20, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: skippy | September 20, 2008 2:57 PM

Thank you for pointing out that he won't cut taxes on those that don't pay taxes.. Or you could look at it as he will cut taxes on those who don't pay taxes but they won't recognize it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Guess who will be paying for Obama's economic plan? All of us! Make no mistake about that. The money has to come from somewhere and it isn't going to fall out of the sky. People think things are bad now, if Obama gets into Office we will be kicking ourselves for putting him there.

Posted by: Katee | September 20, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

So far, neither McCain nor Obama is owning up to our financial mess.

Posted by: jsteele321 | September 20, 2008 2:45 PM

Neither man has the power and to talk too much about what to do now will be mucking up government efforts to deal with this crisis. Obama has been relatively clear about what he wants to do in the future, His stimulus for the economy did not involve the financial sector which is in ICU right now.McCain's economic policy is to attack Obama. This is how Bush ran for the presidency so if you are interested in platitudes and idea less economic policy then you can repeat four more of the last eight. It also involves relying on the financial sector that will be incapable of meeting our needs.

I think Obama has the ability and ideas to get the job done.

There are times for small government. 2000 may have actually have been such a time. But a dispassionate assessment of our current situation is that at least for the next four to eight years, small government will be a disaster. I do think that deregulation is dead in the lifetime of ant thirty year old.

Posted by: Rico | September 20, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I do not for one minute believe Obama will cut taxes on 95% American families because only 80% pay taxes. Tell me, how do people get a tax cut when they don't pay taxes? Also, don't forget about the AMT that is hitting millions of working people right now. He has never said he'll eliminate it. His other promises are just too good to be true. Only people living in LaLa Land will believe them. It also troubles me that he NEVER talks about cutting spending. I just read that after the Wall Street bailout, our national debt will increase to 10-11 trillion. Obama is going to ignore this and continue to push for more spending and more give-aways. It shows that all he cares about is getting elected, not the reality or the future of the country. You think he's going to change this country for the better? You'll be in for a big surprise if he becomes the President.

Posted by: skippy | September 20, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey RW - I was quoting Gov. Wallace to explain how the word communist is used in the political context. Not a fan of Gov. Wallace.

I am an elistist. I belonged to a specialized elite Marine Corp outfit. Now 65 years old and have not been discharged. I was one of the testers of the Boeing 747 which came to be used as Air Force One and another modified 747 - the Doomsday Machine. There is another modified 747 yal-1 ABL that can knock out any missle before it clears it's launch site.

Elite is good.

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 20, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain is losing so expect more negative ads on Obama and more POW, war talk. McCain knows his only hope is to scare Americans - just watch and see.

Posted by: Julescator | September 20, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

This post by WaPo does point out what I knew before this crisis, Obama will not be able to deliver on everything he promised. His thinking has been on a whole ahead of the curve and McCain's thinking is behind the curve. It is not just the man but the man's judgement. Who his advisers are is the clearest expression of his judgement.

It was Monday, after the collapse of Lehman's was announced and AIG announced its problem that McCain praised the economy. If nothing else it shows that Monday in the midst of the crisis he did not bother to check with his advisers or worse yet, his advisers were out of touch. This is a failure in leadership, a failure at the administrative level. So being out of touch is part of the problem but not having his organization functional and equipped to perform in an emergency is worse.

McCain thinks it is more important to say something, to act like he is on the ball. Even if it means retracting it later or totally contradicting himself he is compelled to pretend he is a leader He does not have the skills to manage a team effectively. We do not need a war hero, we need a person to lead a government which is a large operation.

The longer this campaign goes on the more blemishes I see on Obama and the more warts I see on McCain. What this week proved for me is that McCain is unfit for duty and that Obama is up to the job and I will Have to hope that Obama is not just blowing smoke.

Posted by: delmar | September 20, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Ross Perot would have dealt with this in a clean cut, to the point, fix the damn thing, way. It has always saddened me that he was dealt with in such an underhanded way.

I really think that the same people that rammed Bush down our throats did that to him.

Posted by: marcus | September 20, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Jsteele - Explain to me why Obama would take responsiblity for the current financial and National security meltdown when the GOP has been leading this nation since 2000? Are you kidding me. When the GOP loses it's not their fault. They want to win elections but they fall short on governing the country. Even Karl Rove said it's not about governing it's about winning. After that the GOP has nothing to office. They just want a "win" in the win colume. Then the country get's put on "auto-pilot" while they try to democracize the world so they can be in the history books!

Well they will NOW be in the HISTORY BOOKS BIG TIME for the SECOND DEPRESSION in US HISTORY.

Posted by: Julescator | September 20, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"theodosia1" Please tell me aren't actually as brainwashed by the right wing wealthy elitist as you seem.

Imagine that you have just walked out of a shopping mall or a ballpark and there is a huge parking lot there in front of you. Now imagine that you are looking at the late model cars under seven years old in that parking lot. Who do you think owns these cars? the people in the mall or attending the ballgame? The answer is no or at least not most of them. Most of the people that drove these cars to the mall or the ballpark only hold a small equity stake in these cars and do not legally own them at all. So who owns these cars? Unless the cars are financed through a credit union the answer is for profit lending institutions. Well the next question is who owns for profit lending institutions? or at least owns stock in them? The answer is a small percentage of the stock of these companies is owned by retirement accounts like 401K's and IRA's but the vast majority of the stock in these companies is owned by the wealthiest one percent of the people in the United States and countries around the world. Most of who would easily identify with the Republican Party.

Today "Our" cars are being financed for five six or seven years allowing these financial institutions more interest money than ever. Most of these cars are "purchased" with little or no money down, making them almost impossible to ever pay off. In fact most people just go get another car after two or three years and tack their inequity on their new loan, thus making them a captive of the lending institution. This often goes on a few times until the person has a job loss or medical problem and can't keep up with their payments. You would think that is where this story ends, but unfortunately it is not. Now this poor broke soul has to have transportation so next they enter the world of predatory high interest lending. The so called "special finance" or "by here pay here dealers", that are often owned by the same people that owned the original for profit lending company that they "bought" their original car through. Now they are captured souls destined to pay high interest for everything that they ever try to buy on credit, and absolutely no opportunity to negotiate the price of any future cars they purchase. So much for the Republican cry of let the market set the price. At this point these people are no longer customers, but rather slaves to the owners of the auto dealerships and predatory high interest lending institutions.

The sad thing is that our fathers and grand fathers could afford to pay between twenty five to fifty percent down for their cars and only financed them for two or three years at most. So who do you think is receiving all of this wealth? If you guessed wealthy Republicans you guessed right. Vote Democrat on November 4th. If you are racist don't do it for Sen. Obama, do it for your self and for your children. After your life improves maybe you will reconsider your racist views and become a better person.

Posted by: RW | September 20, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

****************"Using the tax code to rob from the rich and give to the poor is not an American economic plan."

Taxing everybody and giving it to the rich was the tax code for the last 8 years.

Now that we need liquidity, where is all that money? It didn't just disappear. The rich that they gave that money to are sitting on it, waiting for deals and even more profit. We starve and they keep accumulating wealth they will never use or spend. Taxing them and redistributing it is the only way to get this economy healthy again. We don't "Give" it to the poor. We just don't tax the middle class as high. I don't want to bleed the rich dry. I just want the hoarding and the concentration of power to stop.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

John McCain - lies - everyone knows he is lying but he and Palin were comic relief until Monday, September 15th. McCain is no longer funny he is down right scary.

People are finally confronting the issues!

Posted by: Julescator | September 20, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

We need a candidate like Ross Perot (but less nutty) to tell the American voter the hard truth: The party is over, our country's credit card must be burned, and our debt load must be lowered through spending CUTS and allowing the ill-advised Bush tax cuts to expire. If we don't, we will face the mother of all credit crunches not many years down the road when we stop running surpluses with social security. So far, neither McCain nor Obama is owning up to our financial mess.

Posted by: jsteele321 | September 20, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

GOP:

Save face - realize the Karl Rove tactics are dead. You all really look silly addressing serious issues by attacking Obama. Why can't you tell us how great mcCain the liar is. Oh that's right - you don't know his positions, because he changes them daily. Don't bail out AIG - Tuesday. I am happy they bailed out AIG - Thursday! What tha...... McCain is becoming a comic book character and you all know it. Good luck with the Palin/McCain ticket

Posted by: Julescator | September 20, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Agressive IRS audits and inforcements are on the way.

The bailout will be paid through seizures by the IRS of homes, bank accounts, cars, securities, garnishment of wages/income and so on. Find a good lawyer!

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 20, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"theodosia1" Please tell me aren't actually as brainwashed by the right wing wealthy elitist as you seem.

I keep hearing about the so called "Main Stream Media" (MSM) and how liberal and supportive of the Democratic Party they are, so that made me ask myself some questions. Who mostly owns stock in big corporations that own newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television networks and local television stations across our country and in fact the world, poor people, middle class people, or wealthy people? I think the answer is obviously wealthy people. When wealthy people own the majority of stock in a company they control it. So the wealthy control the media all around the world.
The next question is where do media companies get their income from? The answer is advertising. Who spends the most on advertising? The answer is big corporations. Often, even when a local store advertises it is paid for at least in part with coop advertising money from big corporations, and therefore has to fit into their advertising protocol. So I think I have established that the media is controlled by wealthy people that own stock in major corporations. So why does the Republican Party the party of the wealthy and privileged complain that the media is too liberal? Two reasons, one is because it is a big SMOKE SCREEN to keep average Americans from really knowing how controlled we are by the wealthy and the second reason is ENTITLEMENT. The wealthy know that they have paid for the advertising in the media and in fact the media outlets themselves. So when some unsuspecting reporter attempts to tell the truth about something the wealthy feel cheated because they think they are ENTITLED to have the news stories told the way that they want them told since they have paid for the entire process.
The problem with this kind of thinking is that the U.S. Constitution states "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The U.S. Constitution does not state ""We the WEALTHY people of the United States", but when Republicans read it that is what they see, because they believe they own this country and the U.S. Constitution only applies to the wealthy. That is why it is so easy for them to deny justice to average and poor Americans. The wealthy believe they are ENTITLED to the protections of the U.S. Constitution but then they try to use the very same document to deny justice to others. That is why it didn't bother the Republicans to illegally and unconstitutionally wire tap millions of Americans.
As wealthy as the top one percent of America is they don't see any distinction between a "middle class American" and a dirt poor Mexican crossing the boarder. You see when it comes right down to it average and poor people are just units of labor to them or pawns that they can use to fight their wars. When I used the term Republican above I am not referring to the poor misguided souls that they have brainwashed to vote for them. I mean real Republicans, people of wealth, power, and influence, not the pawns they use to get elected. You know the ones I mean, the ones that own seven or more homes, but conveniently forget it when asked by the media.

Posted by: RW | September 20, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Dan: communism is government ownership of businesses: Sounds like the GOP did that last night! Where have you been - the GOP gave us both Communism and Socialism in one fail swoop! Learn to read more and talk less.

Posted by: Julescator | September 20, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

michael:

How's this for specifics -
Bush/mcCain added 11.3 million to tax bills of the American people this week

Bush/McCain have spent $1 trillion for the war in Iraq wasting our money and 4500 lives.

Bush/McCain - deregulated the financial and banking industry.

Bush/Mcain - cut taxes, rasied gas prices, rasied real estate taxes, raised sales taxes (all 50 states raised taxes with the bush tax cut)

McCain's pal Phil Gramm brought us the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

McCain graduated at the bottem of his class - Obama at the top.

We will go with the smart guy this time.

Posted by: Juolescator | September 20, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Using the tax code to rob from the rich and give to the poor is not an American economic plan. It's called Communism, and WWII Veterans are rolling over in their graves all across America.

Posted by: dan | September 20, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: aafromla

Aafromla thinks we should vote for mcCain because we know "where he is coming from". Yes he is coming from the Party that gave us this total devastation. He is coming from the Party who has expanded government more than we can imagine. He is coming from the party that gave us the $1 tillion War that cost 4500 American Lives needlessly. He is coming from the party that gave us a $11.3 trillion addition to the deficit THIS WEEK. He is coming from the party that hails de-regulation, tax cuts and smaller government. He is coming from the party that will put Obama in the White House by a landslide in November - have I made it clear enough for you?

Posted by: Julesctor | September 20, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Senator O'drama's speeches are continually empty of any specifics, just as his voting record was empty of meaningful votes.

Why?

a) his vocabulary exceeds his actual grasp
b) he has a "say anything" to get elected agenda
c) he honestly doesn't know
d) all of the above

The people choosing to support O'drama are in for the shock of their lives if he's elected--and it's going to make the presidency of George W. Bush pale in comparison.

I am curious to know what the Democrats are going to do after the first, second, and third years of his term when it has become ever more painfully clear that he lacks the substance to CHANGE anything.

He's already tacitly acknowledged the truth in the allegations that he lacks foreign expertise with his stupid selection of Joe Biden, who represents the very worst of the lot.

Was that the best choice he could make? Hardly--but he did, didn't he.

That's a theme that's going to be reprised over and over again during an O'drama presidency and it's not going to be pretty.

Posted by: Michael | September 20, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jewels - I think you need to talk with God. Whatever, you do dont read the Old Testament. Oh, by-the-way, stay away from Revelations.

Don't go near the National Pathologycal Museum at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

What I have said was intended to be educational not disrespect.

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 20, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Another useless Washington post article, trumpeting Obama spoke but pretty much saying that he said nothing.

Posted by: TommyF | September 20, 2008 11:38 AM
You certainly did not read what Obama said so what is your source talk radio or Fox News? Though I might not phrase it so absolutely I think that Obama's policy is just that policy and not political rhetoric like McCains policy,

Posted by: Jerry Mander | September 20, 2008 2:26 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Dear - I won't cut spending:

Yes and we put those "clueless" people in the White House for 2 terms! You are right, mcCain and Bush are clueless which is why we are taking the guy with the least amount of TIME IN WASHINGTON. That leaves McCain out of the equation.

Posted by: julescator | September 20, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

You certainly did not read what Obama said so what is your source talk radio or Fox News? Though I might not phrase it so absolutely I think that Obama's policy is just that policy and not political rhetoric like McCains policy,

Posted by: Jerry Mander | September 20, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama calls his tax program "tax cuts". His running mate calls them what they are, "patrotic tax increases". Obamas' tax program is to raise taxes on the productive people who already pay most of the taxes paid in the U.S. (The top 40% of tax payers pay over 99% of federal taxes. The bottom 40% pay 0%.) His tax cut is a tax refund to people who do not pay taxes. It is another welfare program. This "tax cut" program along with the dems plan to expand labor unions and restrict free trade will push the U.S. and the world into a depression, if implemented.

Posted by: Red Neckerson | September 20, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

It's funny watching, Ernest, Pastor 123, Anonymous and the other GOPers in here melting down like the GOP economy.

I guess it's hard to watch your platform of tax cuts, deregulation, strong national security, & smaller government implode before your eyes.

Your desperation is showing. Don't waste your time. Obama will win in a landslide, not only because he has been right on everything from Iraq to the economy, not because he is far more intelligent that Bush and McCain combined, but because in addition to all the aforementioned, he has CHARACTER. Neither Bush nor MCCain has any!!!! mcCain is a LIAR and a disgrace.

Posted by: Julescator | September 20, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama is scum all the way around no matter how you look at it. But the real man is not who he is trying to fool the American people that he is , HE IS A FAR LEFT BABY KILLER. How anyone with a heart could vote for this Inhumane Monster, regardless of all the other problems we face is still beyond me. When will people realize that God's will must come first if we as a nation expect to prosper and receive his blessing. Do you think it's God's will to watch the genocide of the unborn, and with Obama, now with also the newly born. God said "I knew you and formed you in the womb". These innocent babies are his children no matter how the culture of death spins it. Wake up America and take back this country and fight for our Christians traditions and roots. Then we will again be truely Blessed.

Posted by: jewels | September 20, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain tax policy would take away the tax break that Obama wants to give to those who are America's strongest consumers and give it to the investors also known as the rich. Who got us into this mess? The investors. Who will get us out? The consumers.

Give it some thought. It is simplified but it is accurate.

Posted by: Jerry Mander | September 20, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Aycee - Well said.

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 20, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Okay - here is how you know the Repulicans are in trouble in the polls, the bring up:
Muslims, Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Michelle Obama, Obama is a Liberal, McCain was a POW, he is BLACK etc.
The GOP will LOSE this election and they know it so time to paint Obama as one thing or the other. Good luck with that as you lose in a landslide. YOu need a lot more racists that you have to support this theory. American is not that country anymore. There are 11,000,000 more Democrats in this country. That is not country all the newly registered Demos- the GOP has lost people.


Give is up bigots - this ain't 1950 - sorry

Posted by: Julescator | September 20, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

First, let's remember, when assigning blame to Congress for any of the problems we are facing now, that throughout Bush's term, both houses had a Republican majority until very recently when, we, the people, after having enough of their abusive power and lack of political representation, elected Democrat senators and shifted control over to the Democrats. The Democrats have since introduced many good bills only to have Bush veto them. The economic measures we are taking now, are in response to corruption and abuse. There has never been proper oversight over securities. Insider trading and bad mortgage writing practices have been the norm for years. And this administration, along with a Republican house and congress, has failed to protect our country from the threat of economic collapse throughout Bush's term. Now we are in a crisis and have to react by throwing tax payer money at the problem. It's not even a choice, we have to, for fear that our economy will fall apart.

Posted by: Aycee | September 20, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

St. Jacques - you are so wrong!

Obama, unlike McCain, is actually reading the bill presented to him. He will NOT shoot from the hip like Bush and McCain which is why we are HERE.

Let's look at President McCain:

Monday - After the 504 pt fall of the stock market he said "The economy fundamentals are strong" ooop - I meant the other fundamentals - the Amermican people (he even knows this was stupid)

Tuesday - The government should NOT bail out AIG. This will hurt the American people.

Wednesday - Wednesday - McCain said - We should not bail out Wall Street.

Thursday - McCain said - " I am glad we bailed out AIG. We couldn't let them fail. They are an important part of the financial system (now why didn't he figure that out before he shot off his mouth/)

Friday - McCain - loves bigger government for Wall Street he is all for regulation NOW. He flipped so much this week - we can't keep up. McCain says he is fundamentally for DEREGULATION!

McCain is a fool and it shows. People are sick of the lies of Bush and McCain. This is one problem they can't lie their way out of. The American people have smarteded up.

Shooting from the HIP is NOT Presidential, taking an indept look at a bill and undersatnding the ramifications of what you are signing is what my President will do. OBAMA

Posted by: Julescator | September 20, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Pastor 123 - A little about Muslim. They believe in one God. They claim Abraham as their father. Likewise, Jews claim Abraham as their father.

The Ku Klux Klan are white christians. Yet they placed a bomb in the 16th street Baptist Church which killed 4 young black girls. They also assassinated a white mother of 5 - Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo April 11, 1925 ~ March 25, 1965. She supported voting rights for all people. She paid with her life for displaying christian virtues.

The Catholic Church for decades blammed the death of Jesus Christ on the Jews. What they failed to understand is that Christ's inner circle were Jews. Not only that but there were so-called christian crusades and the Inquistion to make the who earth Christians or kill those who refused to be christians.

Timmothy McVey placed a truck bomb at the Murray building which killed a number of people. He was not a muslim.

Alderidge Ames, former FBI, spied against the United States. A number of CIA, FBI and other agents lost their lives because of his greed. He was not a muslim.

Don't stereotype on physical features. Watch and listen for those who would harm us.

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 20, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

It says in this aritcal obama plans to spend 150 billion over the next ten years to try and boost the economy. And people ask how is he going to pay for this. Well, how are we going to pay for trillions more in war debt. People would rather invest in killing people for reasons unknown than investing in our countries future. How are we paying for health care now, giving all of our money to insurance companies that spend it on huge salaries and lawyers so they can find ways not to pay for the service they said they were going to give. People would rather direct there money to business costs and profit than a federally controled system where all the money goes into health care. It is just ridiculous how people think. I pay thousands a year for health care and my family and I rarely get sick. I would hope that money went to pay for someone elses care. The governement needs to control this part of our economy, not the finacial sector, with bush wanting 700 billion for bail outs. And you say socialized health care is communism what about that?? How would we pay for a better health care system? All the money we pay for insurance would go into the health care system and the costs of care can be forced to go down my the government. The government can enforce price cielings, and that is not communism. It shouldn't cost 15,000 for a broken ankle. Republican thinking is just a big contradiction based on propaganda and ignorance.

Posted by: Mavrick | September 20, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

pastor123- maybe if you had a consciousness and intelligence above that of a dead fish you would see that the problem is not with Obama...the problem is with your projections of "Muslim" onto Obama. Obama is clearly not Muslim. The other problem is your narrow minded ethno-centric mentality. You are a programmed robot. It does not surprise me that your name says "pastor" and that you are a GOP sympathizer. Fundamentalist stupidity and GOP go hand and hand.

Posted by: ProudLiberal | September 20, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Julescator post;Pastor 123 - give it a rest. It's the economy!!!! We are way past that "obama is a Muslim" smear. Don't try to insult the intelligence of the American people. Please!

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NO We are not past that "obama is a Muslim" . There are strong indications that Obama is indeed the communist.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama said he won't stop there. "We're also going to have to take some additional steps to strengthen our economy from the bottom up,"

Posted by: Lisa | September 20, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Pastor 123 - give it a rest. It's the economy!!!! We are way past that "obama is a Muslim" smear. Don't try to insult the intelligence of the American people. Please!

Posted by: Julescator | September 20, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama=big gvmnt=take money from rich and give it to support lazy guy=communist=Stalin=dictator

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

obama=osama both talk about a fake ideology. One about islam and another about change.

all dictionaries must replace the word change with osama

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Coal is the cheapest way of producing energy in USA. Obama has promised T.Boone Pickens that he will produce 100% of american energy from clean sources. Which is bull to somebody who knows about the capital involved in doing so. It takes approximately 1 billion $ to produce 1000 MW from coal. That amount is higher for other sources. US has an installed capacity of 1 million MW. now do the math to achieve 100% clean source energy in 10 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The central point here is it was that the reaction of the Bush administration, and their jumping opportunistically on a false pretext derivative of the events of 9/11. ; It presented a justification for neocons to advance their geopolitical agenda. This perverse coincident was the single most influential factor in this economic undoing that has been so visible in the last week, but in the making since 2002. The main factor was clearly the Iraqi war. I f you disagree love to why, but I am not interested in fricative, emotional polarizing labels. Use your head pleas, frontal lobes of the cerebral cortex as opposed to the centers of emotion

I am amazed at all the simplistic dichotomies that the republican conservatives throw about. With total lack of definition or precision. : Big government democrats vs. small government. Economic bloated vs. the frugality of the republicans.

Come on guys the biggest Pig trough is the false military expansion. Running an incredible expensive war based on a false premise.
What should have been a very precise, small focused antiterrorist action against a relatively small group of radicals who had a once in a century success with minimal forces and no technology. These criminals could have been contained, and destroyed with a tenth the expenditures against the few thousand true die-hard radicals in the border country of Pakistan, and the Afghanistan eastern mountains.
This action was at first waged with reasoned intelligence, in the limited way that would have made obvious common sense.

The hard-core Al Quaeda membership was, perhaps, 10,000 fighters in a contained area thousands of miles from Iraq
Thus it was certainly absurd to launch a major attack, a full-fledged war on a country of 50+ million, a thousand miles from the seat of the evil criminals
The stress, the ravage caused by such a maneuver on our economy and the world economy, can easily be envisioned with the most minimal exercise of political and economic insight.

Then Bush administration spread the catastrophe, exponentially and senselessly at a cost of 100s of billions of dollars, and the loss of 4000 plus American lives, and many times that number of Iraqis life’s, What a waste of resources this was FOR NO GOOD REASON, except to create the abyss e are now falling into.
And after this we, of course, were obligated to rebuild this country we destroyed--FOR NO GOOD REASON!

Then concomitantly as a reaction to the event Greenspan and company lowered the fed rates to absurd levels some how to adjust to the great attack, no reason is clear as to why this was necessary
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This ludicrous overreaction to this once in a millennium event of not serious strategic impact was a huge mistake.

It was a great attack, but not one of serous strategic Impact on the US. Maybe Bin Laden was correct when he bragged several months after the attack, that "the economy of the United States" had been destroyed. Perhaps he was a genius to have had insight into these incredible pandering, emotional overreaction to what was respect to deaths.

On the other hand I don’t give it parity to the hundreds of thousands (millions) of human deaths occurring in south East Asia in this decade as a result of “ natural” events.
But I think the Iraqi attacks to be as absurd a reaction as attacking the earth and the skies for the natural disasters.
These Afghani militants did this murderous act with the aid of a great deal of luck, and vision, but with little large-scale military capacity.
Our reaction of attacking Iraqi as a remedy for the problem was as absurd as that of primitive peoples who might sacrifice babies to the gods for a horrific event like a volcanic eruption, by tossing children into a different volcano. But had not efficacy, That mistake was clear and obvious to any one who thought about it Certainly all the prerequisites for this insight were their by November 2002.
Again I say maybe Bin Laden was right and tricked Bush, Cheney, and McCain into ruining our economy. Think about it. We had been tricked, and as simpletons we took the bait.

Posted by: lux lumena | September 20, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Cutting the size of govt is the only answer. We should require a 5% cost cut from every department. This is what any business does when confronted with lower revenues.

Posted by: mr. mr. | September 20, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Okay, a little about the word communist in the political context:

Alabama Governor George C. Wallace: July 4, 1964: "You and I know that that's extremely difficult to do where our newspapers are owned by out-of-state interests. Newspapers which are run and operated by left-wing liberals, Communist sympathizers, and members of the Americans for Democratic Action and other Communist front organizations with high sounding names."
"However, we will not be intimidated by the vultures of the liberal left-wing press. We will not be deceived by their lies and distortions of truth. We will not be swayed by their brutal attacks upon the character and reputation of any honest citizen who dares stand up and fight for liberty."

"..and I say . . . segregation today . . . segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever.” 1.14.1963

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 20, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Now we are looking at the Bush/McCain Tax cuts for the wealthy in play. So not the taxpayer (the middle class0 tax bill is $11.3 trillion and climbing.

Now you can all see the end result of the GOP platform of lower taxes, deregulation of the financial and banking industries, more jobs (how many lost their jobs just this week = 33,000 and climbing), National Security - well we won't even go there. Oh yes and my personal favorite - SMALLER GOVERNMENT. I am not sure with my MBA limited education - but how is increasing the deficit by $11.3 trillion SMALLER?

I need a Republican to explain this to undereducated little me.

Posted by: Juelscator | September 20, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

iam for change and i want will vote for Obama. I have no doubts he will change America into Somalia. He will also change the rich into poor and change to poor to filthy rich.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

My problem with Obama isnt the economy. My problem is I actually have a strange fear he really might be a muslim sympathiser The video of him reffering to his muslim faith? Why did he go to pakistan for 3 weeks while he was in college, People say it doenst matter but it does matter. If he is hiding it, then that would be a big deal. Not to mention theyre is a war of ideas going on right now. I like Obama and want to give him the benifit of the doubt. I just wish he would put this suspicion that he may have some kind of muslim attachments to rest all ready. I would love to vote for him.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 20, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama faces a choice between three alternatives regarding the proposed $700 billion bailout of our over-extended lending institutions: 1. He can adjust his proposals for spending and/or tax revenues to compensate for "the fiscal math" of $700 billion in new spending and support the bailout responsibly; 2. He can oppose the $700 billion in new spending to keep "the fiscal math" of his spending and tax revenue proposals intact without acting irresponsibly on fiscal policy; or 3. He can ignore "the fiscal math" that is forced upon everyone by the $700 billion spending plan and simply add it on to his already-expensive spending proposals, adopting a purely irresponsible fiscal policy.

Obama has chosen option number 3 and the coming fiscal disaster his presidency will represent is writ large in this choice. We now have had our first look at how Obama will face a fiscal test. And he has failed it.

Posted by: StJacques | September 20, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

well, the half-billion per day being squandered in the Bush Oil War surely would be helpful for domestic issues.

Posted by: George W. McLiar | September 20, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Now that america economic down and bad,i think that we need is reform,change,new political idea and new leader and that obama,pls forget about mccain because he a failure,bush is failure and republican party is a total failure,so hope the best.

Posted by: Ernest | September 20, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse


Anonymous wrote: Obama is the communist with a communist agenda for this country.Do we need a communist in WH?
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What a ridiculous comment! Do you have one shred of evidence that Senator Obama is a communist or did this just come from one of those little voices that you hear in your head? If you can't produce hard evidence, then put a lid on it and get back to your cave! Your smear tactics aren’t working as suggested by the latest polls -- or do you think that all of Obama's supporters are communists too?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

real facts -

The total listed for Obama is $126,349 — a tiny fraction of the approximately $390 million his campaign has raised, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.The list shows McCain has received a total of $21,550 from Fannie and Freddie employees. The list includes donations of at least $200 from those who receive paychecks from Fannie and Freddie.

The New York Times has published a separate list looking at contributions from "directors, officers, and lobbyists for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" for the 2008 campaign cycle. That list — using figures from the Federal Election Commission — shows McCain receiving $169,000, while Obama received only $16,000.

Check it out - http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/19/fact-check-did-obama-profit-from-fannie-and-freddie/#more-19364

Posted by: save his fanny | September 20, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

aspect777, well how are we going to flip the bill on the war and such? You know how money works right? Like buying a car and loan? It's an investment. Like the New Deal & the Great Depression you should look that up it'll help you learn more about money and government. Here's a hint McCain = Herbert Hoover and right now Obama plan is The New Deal. Why don't you run along and read more about your history before you repeat it again?

Posted by: mythicalprogrammer | September 20, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain cannot fire the SEC Chairman. No President can fire the SEC Chairman. Only Congress can remove the SEC Chairman. The SEC is independent of presidential control.

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 20, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

One of the problems I have with McCains plan is tax breaks for dependents. To me this further rewards overpopulation. The population of the world is at over 6 billion. It's on track to be half that again higher in the next 25yrs. and exponential after that. Daily life is going to start looking very different from how we live now. Resourses, infrastructure, energy, public transport. Barack Obamas plan better fits into a model for the future. I also like the tax cuts for the elderly on their homes.

Also an entirely capitalistic approach historically doesn't work. As we've seen history repeat itself the greed fator invariably enters in. Just think about how much Americans spend on supposed health care and meds. To me it's legalized mafia ... all about power and greed and has absolutely nothing to do with caring about health. Doctors cannot compete in the good old fashioned way because of malpractise insurance. Big business takes over and creates a very expensive life for the rest of us.

There must be some governmental regulation to level the playing field and make it possible for diversity in business. Europeans are as research shows, happier people because the basics are covered. It's stressful to constantly have to throw money at businesses with ballooned salaries. Gas prices, insurance, especially insurance taking advantage of the elderly and inheritances ( your hard earned cash going into the pockets of some greedy jerks in the insurance industry rather than bettering the lives of your children), big block stores snubbing out small businesses and setting the prices on our consumables (little competition left there), the list goes on. We end up paying way more money to big businesses cornering every aspect of our lives than we ever do in taxes. Without regulation competition for the common man or woman becomes mythology. That's where John McCains plan doesn't work.

I certainly don't believe the pendulum should swing too far and that can engineered into the plan. Basically it's putting tabs on excessive greed. Just look what happens if ya don't, first we pay through the nose for the corraled markets and now we have to pay even more for their bad business practises. Americans should really stop putting up with this and demand better. I would like to see more protection and support for small businesses inherent in either proposed plan. Maybe it's there and haven't yet been advised.

Posted by: plain Jane | September 20, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

What good is a few dollar tax cut? Our congress has failed. We have shipped some many good jobs with benefits overseas, our economy will get worst until we put Americans in good paying jobs again.

How much does an overseas worker put in the US economy by buying goods and services in the US? NONE!

We have so many without health insurance eventually they will strapped with debt and it will be cheaper to be on welfare than work.

We have loosened law so cooperate greed and criminal activity is the norm. Special interest has bought out our leaders in DC and many states leaders.

Watch as America melt down...enjoy your leaders selling you out.


Posted by: Bill | September 20, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Dude those anon are propaganda. They repeat the same ideas including the outrageous communist stuff. It's almost as if it's copying George Orwell's 1984 Big Brother. Brainwashing that's amazing.

Posted by: mythicalprogrammer | September 20, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

It is so bad that d america economic has turnout to be like this,but we should trust in god and he will lead ourway,i believe that american's need changes and it only a radicalist that can bring changes and that obama not mccain he too conserviative

Posted by: Ernest | September 20, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Would the senator(s) who took money from Freddie and Fannie so to do nothing, please resign.

Posted by: pete | September 20, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

It is so bad that d america economic has turnout to be like this,but we should trust in god and he will lead ourway,i believe that american's need changes and it only a radicalist that can bring changes and that obama not mccain he too conserviative

Posted by: Ernest | September 20, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Where is all this money coming from? Obama is promising a few million here, a billion there, another billion there...obviously he is really naive or lying. He is all about spend, spend, spend. Didn't his mother teach him that money does not grow on trees????

Posted by: aspects777 | September 20, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Where is all this money coming from? Obama is promising a few million here, a billion there, another billion there...obviously he is really naive or lying. He is all about spend, spend, spend. Didn't his mother teach him that money does not grow on trees????

Posted by: aspects777 | September 20, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

RW,

If McCain dies, becomes unable to govern, or resigns while in office, Palin would become president.

For more info, see http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Vice_President.htm -- read "Presidential succession."

Hope this helps,
Zack

Posted by: Zack Anderson | September 20, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Finally, an intelligent and thoughtful president! The Republicans posting here can't stand the thought of someone intelligent running the country. Their inferiority complexes due to their low IQ's can't tolerate it. I love it!! Hah..Hah..Hah...Obama is ahead in the polls and in the electoral college polls and his lead is getting wider by the day. Americans are waking up to the fact that the Republicans and their narcissistic mentality have practically ruined this country. Soon, both houses of Congress and the White House will be in the Dems control. So long Republicans...and good riddance. Your pathetic party and twisted warped followers are dying a hard death. You deserve it...you corrupt warmongers.
OBAMA-BIDEN 2008

Posted by: Rob | September 20, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama = flip/flop liar=communist=criminal
Liberal = bad economy=disaster
Bad combination

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama's agenda is what ever seems to work on a given day. He likes Buch tax-cuts and he hates them. He thinks we should drill for independence from Middle-East oil, but not really. Rural Americans "cling to guns and religion," but only when he's speaking to San Francisco. he attacks Fannie-Mae, but he is one of their top contributions. He is all about racial harmony, but spent twenty years in the Trinity church of hate....
Don't be the media's fool, America.
Visit:
http://americanpoliticalblog.wordpress.com/

Posted by: Larry Clifton | September 20, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Here is my conclusion, The older bush ruin the economy before he left, Clinton ended his 8 years with surplus, Bush 43 is going to end with even more. McCain is not proposing anything different from what we have now which is obviuosly not working as the facts have shown. Democrats seems to at least know how to balance budget. I will rather vote for someone diffent from the curent, it may or not work but at least least 50% is better than 0%

Posted by: Joe | September 20, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you people get it. Obama will discontinue the tax rebates to the wealthy ( who already pay so much) and in Biden's own words "redistribute" or give it to the rest of us ... NO new jobs will be created!!! It will be a small token to keep poor, waiting for their handouts AND VOTING FOR THEM!! Get wise people ... Just say "NOBAMA"!!!

Posted by: c3momma | September 20, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Why are the liberal nuts so terrified of the BARACUDDA? LMAO

Posted by: Newmexicobear | September 20, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

At least we know where McCain is coming from-he has a track record. Obama just promises pie in the sky with nothing o back anything up.He's Mr. Leave No Footprints in the Legislature. And Obama has NO KNOWLEDGE OF ECONOMICS-REMEMBER HIS PERFORMANCE AGAINST HILLARY IN THE DEBATES?

A vote for the lying, slimy position reversing, silence my critics, Obama is a vote for the continued meltdown of the U.S.
www.blog.pumapac.org

Posted by: aafromla | September 20, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

if you remmember it is the high cost of energy that put us this in the housing problem to begin with people loosing there job,s and no one doing anything about the high cost energy and i do not have to name any names. who is the blame you figure it out.

Posted by: charles harris | September 20, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't James Garner the "Original Maverick"?

Posted by: RW | September 20, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse


Senator Obama is not the President of The United States. He has no control over the financial markets in the U.S. and overseas.

Stop! Look! and Listen! Place the blame where it is.

Your taxes have already been raised to pay for the Wall Street bailouts and the Iraqi war. See!

The U. S. dollar is secured by gold. The Treasury will be printing more dollars. Those dollars have no backing. The U.S. debt has exceeded the gold backing.

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 20, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain = flip/flop liar
Republican = bad economy
Bad combination

Posted by: HawkinCA | September 20, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

In 1994 when the Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress, the "in your face" partisanship began. Prior to that, both sides of the aisle seemed to be able to all work things out together after negotiating. No more. Now we've had a Republican President who has been incompetent and really uncaring. His cohorts in Congress marched in lockstep with him for his whole 1st term (which he stole, thanks to Scalia). Just look around at the mess this country is in! A war we were lied into, a complete violation of his oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution," he has abused power by violating that document and his oath. The partisanship - the beat goes on! Don't forget those big tax cuts for the richest of us! When do they sacrifice to help our war against terror? now finally, the price of deregulating banks and financial institutions - economic crisis! This President and McCain wanted us to put our social security money into these financial institutions. Please, young people, THINK about privitization of social security - what would have happened to our soc sec if we'd invested it with Wall St. finance? I can't think why any hard working Middle income American would even think about a vote for McCain to continue the disgrace tbat this country is becoming.

Posted by: Jeanne | September 20, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"Say Anything McCain" is at it again. So who and what is he today? A Conservative? A Democrat? A Populist? A Maverick? Or maybe just aptly, Bozo The Clown?

The week of September 15th will be remembered as the week McCain flopped around like a panic-stricken fish and lost cedibility by yo-yoing on so many critical position from day to day. What does this guy stand for except appeasing everyone and saying anything to get elected?

John McCain is a sell-out.

Posted by: sue | September 20, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

To thinker08 who posted on September 20, 2008 at 12:01 PM. Okay so you know how to trash someone. Where is your plan? How is anyone going to pay for anything when Bush / Cheney have managed to completely loot the treasury, the piggy bank and America's credit in the world. He has also devalued the dollar by printing money. McCain, no matter what he says, is more of the same.

Before you go trashing Obama or anyone else, you ought to first go and get some prespective. Then you might get some better ideas before you criticize someone else' good one.

And as for "anonymous" and TommyF who are likely one in the same - your mother needs to put a net nanny on your computer to keep you on the children's sites and away from the grown ups. If you think your lies are going to sway anyone, you are mistaken.

You should not waste real people's time on this real site. Go play in some sand box somewhere - where your childishness will be appreciated.

Posted by: Paul Stewart | September 20, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama's sleazy scumbag campaign is rife with lies and innuendo that the liberal might fall for, but I have confidence that most people will see through it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

thinker08-
If you haven't noticed, McCain is also claiming massive tax cuts. How do you propose he is going to pay for these bailouts?

Your post could have been just as accurately aimed at McCain as Obama.

Posted by: bip | September 20, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the communist with a communist agenda for this country.Do we need a communist in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with the criminal Rezko.Do we need the criminal in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

It is unfortunate this economic crisis is happening under a Republicans watch. The only winners will be the CEOs, lenders and share holders of these failed corporations. They have ruined our economy and if McCain is elected you can say goodbye to Social Security. It is time these Neo-Fascists are removed from positions of power. After cleaning house it will be extremely important to keep fools like McCain out of office so it doesn’t continue as it has for the last three decades.

Posted by: Ernie Nazario | September 20, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Failed republican policies -- supported by McCain -- led to this financial crisis. This is similar to the Savings & Loan scandal that McCain helped bring about, but McCain and the republicans didn't learn their lesson, and/or they don't really care about America, so long as they (McCain et al) can bleed America dry. Google Keating 5; this is a pattern of behavior for McCain!


McCain's sleazy campaign is rife with lies and innuendo that the gullible might fall for, but I have confidence that most people will see through it. (Are you kidding me??? McCain is now even trying to co-opt Obama's jacket off, sleeves rolled up look!)

Posted by: UliPele | September 20, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Putting a Republican in the WH is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Don't be surprised if you do, when all the chickens are gone and the fox exclaims profusely "they must have all run away with the roster". What can you do? It was just bad intelligence.

Posted by: PJW5552 | September 20, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I think I know the answer to this question but just to be sure I am going to ask all of you experts to help me out. If John McCain dies before the November 4th election would that make the person that came in second in the primaries the new candidate, or would Sarah Palin some that no one has cast a single primary vote for be the new candidate?

The reason I ask this question is that McCain seems to really be struggling under the pressure of the campaign. He has made several mistakes recently that have nothing to with whether I agree with his policies or not. It is very common that before people die they often become disoriented. So I think it is a fair question to ask who would replace him as the Republican candidate?

Would it be Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, or would someone else be selected?

I know there is a lot of joking around on here, but please take this as a serious question.

Thank you

Posted by: RW | September 20, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

And just what does the Great Obama plan to pay for all of his plans with. He say he will not tax all Americans, just those who make over 250000. What a crock of crap. Even a kindergartner can tell you that will not get us out of the financial mess we are in and Obama knows it. Every American is going to have to bear the burden of the "bail outs" that our sorry government has signed us up for. Obama is making promises and telling lies just to make it to his goal ... the White House. Wake up America and look behind the curtain ... he is not the great OZ who is going to bring you all you want ... he nothing more than a corrupt politician from Chicago playing the game of dirty politics.

Posted by: thinker08 | September 20, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I drive a truck locally. I make $15 and change an hour. My annual tax is appx. 15 to 20 percent, before consideration of $500. a month child support payments. I don't feel like I'm paying too much. I don't need a tax break. All I think is needed is that everyone pay their share. Whether you're in my category, or you're making $10 million, a rate somewhere between 10 and 20 percent should be imposed on everyone. Only people like young widows with children to raise and the handicapped, etc., should get a break. To me it is pathetic that anyone would not willingly contribute their fair share.

Posted by: gendarpres | September 20, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

McCain gave an interview to the American Academy of Actuarials last month.

John McCain’s article, Better Health Care at Lower Cost for Every American, is in the Sept./Oct. issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries. You might want to be seated before reading this.

Here’s what McCain has to say about the wonders of market-based health reform:

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.

So McCain, the new scourge of Wall Street, was praising financial deregulation like 10 seconds ago — and promising that if we marketize health care, it will perform as well as the financial industry!

Posted by: McCain wants to Deregulate Health Care also. | September 20, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with the criminal Rezko.All facts should be available by now.Do we need the criminal in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin will put that loser Obama on that bridge to no where.By Obama

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain continues to promote the Bush policies which have lead to this deregulated fiasco in the financial markets.
How do you defend what the GOP has wrought?
The invisible hand of the market has done a sleight of hand and ripped hundreds of billions from the taxpayer. DO YOU REALLY LIKE THE UNRESTRAINED GOP AGENDA?

Posted by: McCain is a sham | September 20, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Mccains proposals could do just as well as Obamas but with democrats controlling congress there will be gridlock. Obama will have the necessary votes to pass his proposals. Too many years of bickering have produced partisan divides that will not respond to a republican in mavericks clothing.

Posted by: seems to me | September 20, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama broke the law several times .Do we need the criminal in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

In today's print version of the Post on page A6, you repeat Senator McCain's lying accusations that Raines, who is NOT an Obama associate and Johnston form Freddie and Fannie, got parachutes of Public money. And that Obama has personally promoted and gained form this fianacial debacle. He is referring to donations to Obama's campaign form the people at Freddie and Fannie? McCain himself has received huge donation form Wall Street firms involved in this mess. Why don't you reporters point out the hypocrisy when you hear it?

Posted by: M Tobias, M.D. | September 20, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama knows nothing about economy.he has communist agenda for this country.Do we need a communist in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Let's investigate the Congress, including McCain and Obama, and see who comes out cleaner.

Posted by: TommyF | September 20, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Another useless Washington post article, trumpeting Obama spoke but pretty much saying that he said nothing.

Posted by: TommyF | September 20, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 20, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Notice how he never mentions cutting cost anywhere. It is a little scary given the extent of this bailout. Let the candidates know how you feel at http://www.boppoll.com.
I do not think either have clue.

Posted by: I won't cut spending Obama! | September 20, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

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