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White House Avoids Standard Assurance About Economy

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino declines to offer a standard economic assurance at a briefing on Sept. 17, 2008. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

By Dan Eggen
Following a shift in message by GOP presidential candidate John McCain, the White House today avoided asserting that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy are strong -- a regular talking point for President Bush and his aides.

Instead, White House press secretary Dana Perino said "a mixed picture" of positive and negative developments have led to "challenging times" for the U.S. economy.

"It's not clear-cut, in terms of all the -- is it all positive, is it all negative," Perino told reporters at the daily press briefing. "There's a mixed picture. But we do have the strength to be able to deal with it."

Perino refused repeated entreaties from reporters to be more direct in answering whether the fundamentals of the economy are strong.

"I answered it the way I was going to answer it, and I'll answer it the same way again," Perino said, adding a moment later: "I know as soon as I say something you're going to turn it around and it will be a part of the 2008 campaign, and I'm not going to play the game."

McCain got into a bit of message trouble on Monday when he said that "the fundamentals of our economy are strong," even as stock prices were taking a nosedive amid news of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and other Wall Street calamities. The remark prompted immediate mocking from Democrats and a rapid-fire television ad by Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

By Tuesday morning, the Arizona senator had dramatically shifted his message, acknowledging the seriousness of the financial crisis and vowing to end "reckless conduct, corruption and unbridled greed" on Wall Street.

During previous times of financial tumult, the White House has made it almost an article of faith to assure Americans that the U.S. economy is fundamentally sound and that any bad news was offset by rosier developments, including meager growth numbers that have kept the economy out of an official recession. "I believe the foundations of this economy are strong," Bush said on July 31.

During the press briefing, Perino also addressed the question of why Bush, an avowed free-market advocate, has now presided over a series of unprecedented federal bailouts with the backing of taxpayer money, including the takeovers of mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and Tuesday's $85 billion rescue of insurer American International Group Inc.

"I can understand why a lot of Americans would be confused as to why this company, and not another company," Perino said. "...The president's economic advisors had determined that there were some -- some of these companies were so big that to allow them to fail would have caused even greater harm and damage to the economy."

For his part, McCain, after flatly rejecting the idea of a federal bailout for AIG on Tuesday, said today that the rescue was unavoidable because of the risk to millions of policyholders and investors.

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Ms. Perino, are you in Grand Rapids, or have you finally landed AirForce One with W onboard in CEDAR RAPIDS, where all the trouble occurred over the last 5 months? You're a little late, just as with Katrina, and now Ike, and you are an embarrassment to everyone back here in the Rocky Mountains. Before you leave, take a stand for the truth like Scott McClellan so you can sleep at night.

From FOXNEWS, always fair and balanced:
"The GOP ticket touched down at an airplane hanger here to cheers, but as soon as Sarah Palin took the stage she forgot which Rapids she was actually visiting, “Thank you so much Iowa it is so good to be here in Grand Rapids!”

Palin did just travel from Grand Rapids, Michigan this morning perhaps causing the confusion."
Got brains, Palin? Ready to deal with the the world's largest economy? Maybe your and Cindy's new friend who just abandoned Hillary can roll the Bunco dice and all will be well . . .

Posted by: mountainman | September 18, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Ok it's whining to want a better economy?? The Repugnants been in office for 8 long years, and what have they done?? crashed the economy, bailed out big business that outsource our labor, bail out insurance companies with your tax dollar, failure to prosecute fraudulent lenders, spend 10 billion and 4,160 lives for a war that should not have happened, and you say i'm whining?? If i am i will continue to do it until that Repugnant administration is out of office, and i will encourage people not to ever vote Republican again. The Repugnants are the ELITISTS, not the Democrats, they dont give a rats @ss about the American people as long as they can continue to fleece you for your money. I have help register over 1200 new Democratic voters for this election and will continue to stump for Obama, we do not need 4 more years of Bush's failed economic and foreign policies, and God forbid McCain and Palin win and he drops dead, that airhead woman would have us in a nuclear war with Russia.

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

Scott: Listening to George Will, about divided government, these days is like paying careful attention not to scuff the teak decking after the Titanic struck the iceberg.

Posted by: tanaS | September 18, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

George Will on yet another reason to vote McCain/Palin-

"Divided government compels compromises that curb each party's excesses, especially both parties' proclivities for excessive spending when unconstrained by an institution controlled by the other party. William Niskanen, chairman of the libertarian Cato Institute, notes that in the last 50 years, "government spending has increased an average of only 1.73 percent annually during periods of divided government. This number more than triples, to 5.26 percent, for periods of unified government."

By picking Palin, McCain got the country's attention. That is a perishable thing and before it dissipates, he should show the country his veto pen."

Posted by: Scott | September 18, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Having Bush paying attention to the failed economy is like Hitler learning Hebrew.

Posted by: tanaS | September 18, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Thekatchaser - you are just another upset liberal that's whining.

Who has had oversight of the lending organizations? Dems?
Who wanted to make changes in 05? McCain.

Who demanded that loans be given to people without means to buy homes? Our government.

You mean to tell me that people are honestly out there buying homes with no idea of the possible cost? That sounds like some intelligent liberals to me.

It is NOT a fact that republicans are less fiscally responsible.

It is a fact that republicans allow me to be freer and have more of my money than a democrat.

What has Nanci Pelosi done? What did Obama do as senator? What about Kerry?

I agree, all hands are in the cookie jar (Obama's $500K from Freddie/Fannie).

The real change we need is for people to be responsible. There is nothing such as a free lunch. If you couldn't qualify for a home before, and now all of the sudden you can...something is fishy. Nobody forced people to buy a home...especially one beyond their means.

Oh...and what percent of the country is losing its home? This is not the great depression or soup line America long as we keep Obama out we'll be fine. American strength always shines through when people are more economically free.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | September 18, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Wow the idiocy of people who think someone purposely got in over their heads in a sub-prime mortgage.Some of these people didnt even know what a sub-prime mortgage was until they lost their properties to foreclosure starting with a mortgage that was $600 a month, then turned into $1200 a month, a price they could not afford but the frivilous lender and scandalous bastid didn't explain to them how a sub-prime mortgage worked. Sub prime lending should be outlawed in this country, thats a blatant fleecing of the American people at the whim of a greedy lender. As for you anonymous, you are right for remaining anonymous because your family and friends would be appalled at the idiotic statement you made. The Gov't is DIRECTLY responsible for the mortgage crisis because they deregulated those stupid money grubbing thieves, now they wanna take our tax dollars to bail the idiots out with no penalty or criminal charges and allow them to relinquish their jobs with multi-million dollar severance packages, when all their @sses should be in the penitentiary. Obama will be the next president of the United States to get used to it bubba, and i guarantee this country will get back on the right track. It's known throughout the history of this country that when a Republican is president, this country gets up to it's neck in debt, and when there is a Democratic president the budget balances and there is surplus money when they leave office. Lets face it folks, Democrats are more fiscally responsible than the ELITIST Repugnant party, even down to taxes. Alan Greenspan , a money WIZARD says that McCain's economic package will not work but Obama's will, and you fools still support that idiot McCain with his eskimo pie sidekick who is dumb as a box of rocks and blatantly said on public TV that she would preempt a strike on Russia if they invade Georgia because of their NATO ties which they don't even have yet. This woman has no clue what international diplomacy is or no foreign policy experience and would make an assinine statement of that kind. McCain as president could croak any day now, and we would be stuck with Miss Alaska, the little beauty queen that cant pee straight much less run a country for a president??? Get real people, your future and the integrity of America depends on it~!

Posted by: thakatchaser | September 18, 2008 3:19 AM | Report abuse




Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Yippee! Say all the liberals. The market's taking a dip!

Good news for socialists everywhere.

Never mind we have dumba$$ people that bought more than they could afford and now are paying the piper.

Guess what...we've gone through this before...we will again..and we'll be stronger for it. I hope some people learn a such thing as a free lunch.

Oh...and the media coverage is classic. If the media and liberal applied the same logic to driving a car we'd focus on how many people dies yesterday in car accidents and eliminate driving or tax it so people can't afford it, or tax the car companies out of business so we can't buy what we want.

Fundamentally, this is just wrong. What percent of the population is homeless or losing their home?

Sorry ain't soup line America yet...Obama isn't President.

Hey MakeUsProud:
You're not paying attention buddy. It looks like your guys, the Repugs who are the Socialists now. Under what Democratic administration did we ever have to nationalize a Fortune 500 company like AIG?

And who's dollars are paying for this? Your's you fool!

"Reality has a liberal bias" - Stephen Colbert

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain was the champion of the no-regulation

For the first 6 years of this Administration, Republican Party and President Bush had the control of the country. Bush had paralyzed the house during the last two years requiring a super majority to pass any legislation over the President veto.

As I recall, Senator McCain was the champion of the no-regulation over the last some 25 years. The contention of the Republican Party has been that regulation reduced the effectiveness of industry and business. The statement that the “best regulation was no-regulation” was often heard.

Republican Administration had changed the staff of many of the regulatory organizations to those that favored no-regulation. Please examine Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) degradation since time of President Reagan Administration. EPA was reduced to an ineffective organization by replacing the scientists with lawyers and with those being previously regulated.

Even during President Clinton, the Republican Party had the majority in the House and they controlled the Senate most of the time. They did seriously damage the regulatory organizations. The name of the game, they said, was to make money.

Please Senator McCain, don’t try. The breakdown in our economy is mainly due to the Republican Administration and people like you.

Posted by: Saint Michael Traveler | September 17, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Fight fascism, vote Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

no such thing as a free lunch
Unless you are one of phil gramms friends
make the poor slobs who hung around until the closing bell pick up the tab.

Posted by: seems to me | September 17, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

John Mccain would have a sex change if that would get him into the white house.

Posted by: seems to me | September 17, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm. Let's see. First McCain is the "candidate with the experience we need". No, that didn't work. Experience = "Washington Insider". How about "McCain, change you can believe in". Hmmm, that doesn't seem to be working either. Too much baggage to be a "change agent" and too much like Obama. I know! McCain the "populist"!! I'm for the "little guy"! I'm the next Harry Truman! I wonder how long this incarnation will last... Pathetic.

Posted by: Chris in Texas | September 17, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Great picture of Dana. She does a great job in lying with a poker face! Can't wait to buy her book after she leaves the "rat pack."

Posted by: Johann Wagener | September 17, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Yaa I watch her three times on CSPAN refuse to say the economy is strong..Finally someone that refuses to lie....

Posted by: dickcheneyisacorruptliar | September 17, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Yippee! Say all the liberals. The market's taking a dip!

Good news for socialists everywhere.

Never mind we have dumba$$ people that bought more than they could afford and now are paying the piper.

Guess what...we've gone through this before...we will again..and we'll be stronger for it. I hope some people learn a such thing as a free lunch.

Oh...and the media coverage is classic. If the media and liberal applied the same logic to driving a car we'd focus on how many people dies yesterday in car accidents and eliminate driving or tax it so people can't afford it, or tax the car companies out of business so we can't buy what we want.

Fundamentally, this is just wrong. What percent of the population is homeless or losing their home?

Sorry ain't soup line America yet...Obama isn't President.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | September 17, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

It makes me sad that Dana has an Italian last name.

Hopefully she only married into the family and is not really one of us.


Posted by: toritto | September 17, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I've got a whole lot of stocks I'd like to sell Dana.

Dana, are you listening?

Posted by: Dana Sucks? | September 17, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Gold prices had their biggest one day rise in history.

Today money fleeing the equity markets went by the tens of billions into 3 month Treasury bills - at ZERO percent interest - just looking for a safe place.


Are you waiting for Jesus?

Posted by: toritto | September 17, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse


McCain didn't "agree" with Bush on troop levels in Iraq, global warming, campaign finance reform, and stem-cell research (just off the top of my head). I could look up 100 more if you'd like me to.

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain really a Bush puppy ? He follows Bush in every way, he even tries to dress like him. Now McCain favors the Government bail out of AIG, he didn't yesterday, but daddy (Bush) told him to support it & he has. Bush must be very proud of Little-Johnny.

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 17, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

That picture of Dana looks terrible -- does she not have any makeup on -- maybe she's not getting enough sleep?

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Like the Bush legacy, Wall Street was built on a republican house of cards and guess what, it's hurricane season in the beltway. If they think Americans can be distracted from salvation by another religous zelot I sure hope we are better than that. If not then Putin can have the place because he can ferret out Bin Laden and has every reason to do so rapidly.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | September 17, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

The equity markets have lost over a trillion dollars in value over the last three days.

Two major mortgage lenders, Countrywide and Indymac are gone.

The two largest mortgage intermediaries, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been taken over by the government.

Three of the five giant investment banks on Wall Street no longer exist as independent entities.

The largest insurer in the world got an $85 billion loan from the Fed today. It had been unable secure it in the private sector.

Hundreds of billions of dollars of home value has evaporated.

We have an enormous federal budget deficit and external debt which can only be financed by foreign lenders.

We are witnessing the impoverisment of America.

The Republican Party, which enabled all of this with their deregulation pipe-dreams now suddenly are for re-regulation.

The media was talking about lipstick and celebrity until last weekend.

Half of America thinks the world was created 7,000 years ago and are waiting for the rapture.

Where is our President?

....and this Party wants 4 more years??

Posted by: toritto | September 17, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse


I am, indeed, saying she was for the Bridge before she was against it -- this Bridge is hardly the same as a War -- that's why Kerry got lambasted. I'm an educated man, but since I am not a Republican "right-winger" I can't speak intelligently about their political habits. Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

values voter:

You do realize that Bill "Real Man" Clinton had a Press Secretary too (actually, more of them than Bush ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse


So you're saying she was for it before she was against it. Didn't Senator Kerry get lambasted for that sort of stance last election?

So, are right-wingers really against flip-flopping, or do they only say flip-flopping makes a person indecisive when it suits their political purposes?

Whatever happened to an honest to goodness Republican party that was actually filled with fiscally conscientious, principled, small government believing people instead of wing-nut right wing liberals that want to take over the world and tell me how to live my life?

Posted by: scott032 | September 17, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

She wants it.

Posted by: First Dude | September 17, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Alter-Ego JakeD:

The only poll that counts is on Election Day. We'll find out soon enough, my friend. Also, the Bridge-To-Nowhere line has not been debunked.,

She did tell Congress "Thanks, but no thanks" in September 2007 (regardless of whether she had previously supported it and/or took the money ; )

I heard her say it again just yesterday.

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Dana Peroxide sickens me. If bush were really a man, instead of a fake cowboy.....all hat, and no soul, the boy would come out and do his own lying, er, talking.



Posted by: values voter | September 17, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, it's getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the lies that come out of John McCain's mouth.

Here's McCain's Latest Lie:

"Two years ago, I warned that the oversight of Fannie and Freddie was terrible, that we were facing a crisis because of it, or certainly serious problems," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told CBS this morning. "The influence that Fannie and Freddie had in the inside the Beltway, old boy network, which led to this kind of corruption is unacceptable and I warned about it a couple of years ago."

And here is "straight- takin'" John McCain 10 months ago when asked about the subprime mortgage crisis:

"But so, in this whole new derivative stuff, and SIBs and all of this kind of new ways of packaging mortgages together and all that is something that frankly I don’t know a lot about. [...]"
"But I don’t know of hardly anybody, with the exception of a handful, that said ‘wait a minute, this thing is getting completely out of hand and is overheating."
"So, I’d like to tell you that I did anticipate it, but I have to give you straight talk, I did not."

I'm starting to lose track of all of these mavericky flip-flops from McCain and as usual our corporate media Republican water carriers won't report it because their job is to take every situation that arises in this Presidential race and ask:
"How is this good for McCain and how is this bad for Obama"?.

McCain Lies, it's part of his campaign strategy and here's the documentation of his lies:

Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | September 17, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

If Stalin were alive he'd say that polls dont matter. And as for florida, if these old crackers elect a black president then i'll run nekkid thru a gay parade.(apologies to our governor)

Posted by: seems to me | September 17, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Seems like bush and mccain do think alike.

Mccain almost stripped his gears changing into reverse over his economic assessment.

Bush naturally followed suit.

He owes mccain big time for him taking a dive for him in the 2000 primary.

Time to pay up.

Posted by: seems to me | September 17, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain says the rescue of AIG was unavoidable because of the risk to millions of policyholders and investors. I bet he wanted to say because of the risk to investors but was advised to add policyholders to his statement.

Posted by: J Lauber | September 17, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm not into polls but swing states polls out today from Indiana, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida conducted Sept. 14 through Sept. 16th (in which Bush won over Kerry in 2004) have Obama ahead of McCain except for Indiana.

Bush won Indiana over Kerry in 2004 by 16pts, but the most recent poll has McCain leading Obama by only 6pts.

All of this polling was done during the midst of the financial market crisis involving Lehman Brothers & AIG, Obama's economic talk, and McCain and aides gaffes.

McCain and his campaign are in defense mode while Palin is still using her standard stump speech from Aug.29th minus the Bride-To-Nowhere line which has been debunked.

Posted by: Alter-Ego JakeD | September 17, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who can read the above article and not get whiplash:
Good economy? Yes! No wait...Bad economy!
Save AIG? Yes! No wait..Don't save AIG!
Government intervention? Noo!!! Oh wait...Yes!!
Government should pick winners? Nooo! oh wait...Yes!!!

The McKeystone Cops! Kerry's so-called 'flip flops' Palin comparison.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 17, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Dana Perino says: "I know as soon as I say something you're going to turn it around and it will be a part of the 2008 campaign", and Dan Eggen immediately proves her point with the following story:

White House Avoids Standard Assurance About Economy

Bush should really cut off any further contact with the WaPo.

Posted by: JakeD | September 17, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

just let it ride out!!!!!

Posted by: boruch yona loriner | September 17, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh God, who the hell cares what the White House says. Our country is pretty much leaderless right now and the turnip doesn't give a damn.

And everytime that insipid loser, Dana Perino opens her mouth, I feel like I am watching a commercial for OxiClean.

Step #1 - Elect Obama
Step #2 - Make Leiberman a total "Independent."
Step #3 - Drop off about 50 dumpsters in front of the White House on November 5th so they can start moving out asap.
Step #4 - Find a cubicle at the Heritage Foundation for "Tucker" Bounds (his parents must be so pround of him).
Step #5 - Reverse the K-Street Project.

I think that is it for now.

Posted by: TrickyDickBlack | September 17, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Looking back at history, McCain appears to be Herbert Hoover incarnation! With the economy in a cliffhanger, McCain proclaimed yesterday that “the economic fundamentals are strong” and boosted his anti-regulation credentials before he backpedaled, of course. McCain is clearly out of touch with reality, if thinks “fundamentals are strong” in the middle of this economic meltdown. You have Alan Greenspan, probably the person most identifiable economist to the common American, admit that this is a ONE IN A CENTURY EVENT, and is the worst he's ever seen it. You have the collapse of the real estate market, where the majority of Americans have their wealth and retirement tied up in. You have large investment banks and giant securities failing one after the other, and John McCain thinks the economic fundamentals are strong”! WTF!

Herbert Hoover who was president during great depression (1929) which lasted over 10 years was the first to assert the soundness of the economy, even as it was evaporating around him. Unemployment soared to 25%, banks were failing left to right, millions had life savings wiped out overnight. (Does any of this sound familiar, folks?)…Despite McCain wishful assessment, we are absolutely in a very difficult period and more than any other time, we need someone that understands the gravity of the economy. Steady hand that can bring about a viable and equitable change. We can’t afford another Hoover and definitely not McCain/Palin at the WH, dumb and dumber, when we need our smartest people to guide this economic ship to safety.

Posted by: John HOOVER McSame | September 17, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

bushco is extremely over-leveraged.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | September 17, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?" Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google searches.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.
Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.
Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but it is already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

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