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Hope Theme Makes a Comeback as Obama Tours N.C.

By Shailagh Murray
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Sen. Barack Obama returned to his rhetorical roots today, reprising core campaign themes of hope, change and unity, while condemning Sen. John McCain's attacks as "outrageous."

Speaking before a mostly African American crowd, Obama noted that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had cited campaign tone as a factor in his decision to cross party lines and endorse the Democratic nominee. In an interview this morning on "Meet the Press," Powell expressed disappointment with the blistering heat from the McCain campaign in recent days, including a series of tough automated phone calls and direct mail fliers.

"Colin Powell reminded us of what's at stake in this election -- for America and for the world," Obama told the crowd. "He reminded us that at a defining moment like this, we don't have the luxury of relying on the same political games and the same political tactics that are used every election to divide us from one another and make us afraid of one another."

Obama also is returning to rally mode in the campaign's final days -- and drawing huge numbers in doing so. In St. Louis yesterday afternoon, 100,000 people turned out for a rally that was his largest stateside event all cycle. A few hours later in Kansas City, Mo., Obama drew at least 75,000 people. Today in Fayetteville, he filled the local coliseum and urged supporters to vote early. Local polls were even open on Sunday afternoon.

McCain, Obama said, is "out of ideas, out of touch, and running out of time." And the attacks are only going to grow more harsh, he warned the crowd. "You will get more of these robocalls, making these outrageous accusations, and more fliers in the mail, and you will hear more outrageous attacks calculated to mislead, inflame, and divide. The other side will continue to make a big election about small things."

Arguing is one thing, Obama said, but "we've got to have a line that we don't cross."

Citing a comment by a top McCain aide yesterday that northern Virginia wasn't "real Virginia," Obama asserted: "There are no real or fake parts of this country. We are not separated by the pro-America and anti-America parts of this country. We all love this country, no matter where we live or where we come from."

And then he returned to themes laid out in the speech that first made him a national figure -- at the 2004 Democratic National Convention: "The men and women from Fayetteville and all across America who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America -- they have served the United States of America."

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McCain likes to lie and say Obama will "raise your taxes!" to scare voters, nothing but an absolute lie. Obama's tax plan is very clear cut and will lower taxes for 95% of Americans. The 5% who will pay higher taxes are the wealthiest Americans who wouldn't be wealthy if it were not for the rest of the American people who have worked so hard for so many years to create the prosperity we once enjoyed. Those who have grabbed all of our money, in the trillions, in either tax cuts or WASTING it on Iraq like Bush has done OWE THE WORKING CLASS and it's time to pay up! This is now OUR time and we will take this country back from them if we have to rip it from their greedy hands. McCain likes to say as he did in the debate that if Obama raises taxes on the wealthy, their companies won't be able to hire people and create jobs? Well I have this to say Mr. BS artist McCain, for 8 years YOU supported Bush and his huge tax cuts for the wealthy, and we now have the biggest jobless rate in US history and the most dismal economy since the great depression, so take your lame tax plan and economic agenda and STICK it. I'll take my chances on a serious departure from the failed policies of Bush, McCain and the Republicans and vote for Barack Obama for REAL change, that we need, desperately before America becomes one big wasteland, disaster area. OBAMA ALL THE WAY.

Posted by: Hillary08 | October 21, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Did the 41 block ANY action on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Those who attempt to blame the Democratic-controlled Congress for the financial crisis are completely ignoring the power of 41 - the number of Republican Senators needed to filibuster. From that bastion of conservatism, The National Review: "A Republican filibuster in the Senate, or the threat of one, has forced the Democrats to back down on issue after issue." ( see http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_6_60/ai_n25127986)

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Posted by: annieb346 | October 20, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Talk about "spewing".

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

twinharbor spewed: "[typical it's the democratic congress' fault spew]"

BUSH had 1 1/2 terms to correct the core problems with a REPUBLICAN CONGRESS who did his bidding. All he did is set everything up for the fall. The housing bubble happened under BUSH's Republican Congress and a lot of people said the poop was going to hit the fan.

UNFORTUNATLY for Repulbicans, it blew up in their face one year too soon

This economic crisis will FOREVER BE THE REPUBLICAN'S FAULT

And ever American who hasn't been brainwashed (like yourself and thecannulla) by FOX NEWS and right-wing-extremist radio knows it!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

you need to update your talking points. Gas is below $3/gal.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

TO ALL MY FRIENDS…
LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE…
FYI only.

George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years. The first six the economy was fine.
A little over one year ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at
a 2 1/2 year high
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%
4) The DOW JONES hit a record high– 14,000 +
5) American’s were buying new cars, taking
Cruises, vacations overseas, living large!

But American’s wanted ‘CHANGE’! So, in 2006 they voted in a Democratic Congress and yes–we got ‘CHANGE’ all right. In the PAST YEAR:
1) Consumer confidence has plummeted
2) Gasoline is now over $4 a gallon
And climbing!
3) Unemployment is up to 5.5%
(a 10% increase)
4) Americans have seen their home equity
Drop by $12 TRILLION DOLLARS
And prices are still dropping
5) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure
6) as I write, THE DOW is probing another
Low ~~ $2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS HAS
EVAPORATED FROM THEIR STOCKS,
BONDS & MUTUAL FUNDS
INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS!

YES, IN 2006 AMERICA VOTED FOR CHANGE…AND WE SURE GOT IT!

REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT HAS NO CONTROL OVER ANY OF THESE ISSUES, ONLY CONGRESS DOES.

AND WHAT HAS CONGRESS DONE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

NOW THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT CLAIMS HE IS GOING TO REALLY GIVE US CHANGE, AND HE HAS THE BACKING OF A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS!!!!

JUST HOW MUCH MORE ‘CHANGE’ DO YOU THINK YOU CAN STAND?
NOT HAPPY DEM. IN NC

Posted by: twinharbor | October 20, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

The fact that Obama will not be inaugurated is completely independent from any individual State.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 6:23 PM |

Obama has not said exactly how much the added payroll tax on those earning more than 250K will be but it will be around 3-5% not the ~15% you said. The tax will not go into effect for some ten years.

Don't forget, for you personally no tax is too high. But I put you in a special category.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Jake D:

Your bravado has decreased from Obama will not be inaugurated to McCain/Palin winning in NC. You may have inside information on what kind of slimy tricks will happen in NC. I however do not know whether you are right or not but NC is not a tipping point state.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain-Palin will win North Carolina.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

"The Democratic Party... attracts people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints."

LOL! The donkey clan long ago purged itself of moderates, families, and anyone who lives more than 15 miles from either coast and is not either a government employee or government client.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 19, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Some of you should have seen John McCain being roasted by Chriss Wallace, yes that's right Chriss from FOX NEWS SUNDAY. Even FOX NEWS has seen something is wrong with McCain. On the other side, it's all his fault anyway that not many groups or important people are supporting him.

3 biggest problem John McCain has and that's:

1.Same as Bush
2.Sarah Palin
3.Republican Party labeled with bad labels

-------------------------

Well, maybe you could add:

4. Inconsistent and rash
5. Losing campaign team
6. Maverick character (a maverick is not a leader, it is an anti-follower roaming around alone)
7. Racist without even understanding he is....

Posted by: paulstewart | October 19, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

subugged1: This has got to be the most ridiculous, insipid, STUPID comment I have ever seen:

"Also, it is unconstitutional for someone to run for president if they are Muslim'

No, it's not. There is no religious requirement for running for office, you DOOFUS. Why do you think we have FREEDOM OF RELIGION in the USA?

Geez, where DO you idiots come from????

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 19, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

With Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama, John McCain is in DEEP political DOO-DOO.

And so is SILLY SARAH (Palin). OsiSpeaks.com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | October 19, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

alex111: Well said, dude! Well said!!

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 19, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama's magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC's and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner's personal 1040!

If you're the owner, you're going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you're an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

"From each according to this ability, to each according to his need"
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Colin Powell says? He is old news.

Posted by: morena77 | October 19, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Powell has stated what is painfully obvious to all: the Republican Party is now the party of the far right-wing of US politics; it is the party of intolerance, ignorance, religious superstition, and racial separation. It includes none but the religious, be they the elderly Jews of Florida, the fanatical 'christian right' and an odd assortment of radical Catholics ... the brand is finished, because it stands against progress, against peace, against the future. In Islam it sees an enemy because it sees itself; the Republican Party seeks not a caliphate, but a christian-judeo empire, and empire, in the 21st century, is an impossibility.

The party of hate has lost its leaders, lost its vision; as Powell says, Palin was the final piece that showed how far to the right the republican party has drifted to appeal to its 'base'.

Doesn't matter what happens in this election: The future of the republican party is that of any other radical movement - its greatest moment was when congress was shut down to attend to a dying woman in Florida. From that moment, there was and is no return.

Posted by: alex111 | October 19, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The next US president will need to work to restore America's standing in the world.
Colin Powell understands that.
As Powell said , Obama is an "exciting person on the political stage." He has energized a lot of people in America," said Powell. "He has energized a lot of people around the world. And so I think he is worth listening to and seeing what he stands for."
Now, the time is for unity not for division. Dabor, France.

Posted by: rdabor | October 19, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Powell is a closet terrorist, why else would he back Obama?
Also the supreme court ruling in the Ohio case is PROOF that all 9 are terrorist sympathizers. Buckley and Noonan are known communist party members. Bush and all who voted for the bailed out are obviously trying to slide us to socialism. Also, it is unconstitutional for someone to run for president if they are Muslim. All the editorials backing Obama are all from the un-American states. In fact, states that vote blue are un-American. If a majority of the populace votes for Obama then their votes shouldn't count because the liberal media made up their minds for them.
I would tell you more secrets that the MSM doesn't want you to know but men in whites coats are here with my next dose of thorazine...

Posted by: sobugged1 | October 19, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Some of you should have seen John McCain being roasted by Chriss Wallace, yes that's right Chriss from FOX NEWS SUNDAY. Even FOX NEWS has seen something is wrong with McCain. On the other side, it's all his fault anyway that not many groups or important people are supporting him.

3 biggest problem John McCain has and that's:

1.Same as Bush
2.Sarah Palin
3.Republican Party labeled with bad labels

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

AMYBODY GOT PROBLEM WITH SOCIALISM, BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY SYSTEM LEFT TO SAVE US, OR WE WILL WAIT IN LINE FOR FOOD AND WORK FOR CHINA UNDER OUR CURRENT SYSTEM.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin STILL cannot give a coherent interview. If you think that qualifies as "passing with flying colors" you are truly delusional.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 19, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

No, Governor Palin has NOT passed with flying colors. You must be in an alternate reality if you think that.

The main reason that Obama raised 150 MILLION $$$'s in September was because of Palin.

She will go down in history as being the biggest joke of any presidential election EVER. She is a psychotic liar, among other things. Her ethics problems are just beginning in Alaska.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 19, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

It will take republican party at least 30 years to come back on its feet. Powel is clear exampple that there is nothing left of that party that would be good for citizens. In the last 8 years people have seen enough of cronism, crooks, lies, cheating, stealing, attacking other countries, being hated, powerty and McCain is more likely to cover it up and just keep on going same. Thank you General Powel, and American people are welcoming your service within any party, even republican.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"Life is not meant to be easy."

Has the thought ever penetrated your thick skull that the dumber and more gullible you are, the harder life gets??

What?-the last 8 years and what they did to the nation is enought for you??

You know, in Iran they have a holiday where everyone runs around flogging themselves on the back -you would love it.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 19, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Th absurd "book banning" canard has been debunked so thoroughly that even the most rabid moonbats have given it up. Apparently you didn't get the memo.

The fact is that Gov. Palin has been subjected to a degree of scrutiny never before required or even imagined. And she has passed with flying colors.

Gov. Palin, thank you for your selfless service and your bravery in the face of these vile attacks. You will be an outstanding VP, and we can't wait!

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party is a big tent party. It attracts people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. The Republican Party is a small tent party. Its tent consists of a white sheet with two holes cut out to see through.

Posted by: hamishdad | October 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

.
judgewisely"
"As more and more people start supporting Obama you will soon realize the only people who will continue to support McCain are white racists and religious nuts."

Sure, call me a racist. That the mentality of many Obama supporters.

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Posted by: Billw3 | October 19, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain's gift to bankers will be $300 billion additional to make up for the bad bets that they made.

Did you see the interview with one of the bankers whose bank, the SEC of Treasury saved by pouring in our tax dollars.
They asked if he is out of the wood yet. He said no because he bet on a margin of 41-1. That means he put up less than $3 of the bank's money for every $100 of mortgages he controls.

And we bailed him out. Lehman bros. only bet $78 billion on a bet of $680 billion. They actually complained and wonder why they were not rescued too. A Jew asking why the fed saved a White southern bank and not the Jewish bank?
What a dunce. He only bet 9-1. If he had bet enough to bring down the nation, maybe they would have saved his bank too.

And McCain wants to give these guys $300 billion MORE, of our money.
And he goes on and on about how Obama is a socialist for wanting to increase the number of people under paid insured health care. Weird. What if he were really proposing that everyone in our country be covered with good healthcare, and NO INSURANCE and NO INSURANCE COMPANIES.
We dont actually NEED insurance companies if we really did go to a socialist plan. McCain wants to have it both ways.
Give billions to his banking friends. Stop Obama from covering children with health care and lie and pretend Obama's is a socialist plan.
Amazing. Apparently enough people can read, because McCain seems to be losing the propaganda war, if you can believe the polls.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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mavisdarling:
"Billw3: You need to grow up, dear."

Why is that, Sweetie?

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Posted by: Billw3 | October 19, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to thank all you Far Right, Racist, KKK-esque and "Fringe" Republican posters for continuing the negative posting and propagating easily debunked hype. You are driving the Centrist Republicans, Independent and Undecided voters that they desperately need away from McCain and Palin in droves. With your help and the continuing ignorant remarks and robocalls from the McCain campaign, Obama and Biden will most assuredly be elected in November. Colin Powell got it right and we're happy to see that he and more and more of McCain's other Republican friends are endorsing Obama.

Posted by: utoosouthzone | October 19, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Last I heard we were selecting a President, not a messiah.

Sen. McCain is a hero and tested leader. Peel away the Kool-Aid fueled mythology, and Little Barry is just another garden variety armchair socialist several graduate seminars removed from the real world. Real hope means saying nope to the dope.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 19, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The poster who says someone is attacking Palin need to read the official report of the investigation by the Republican majority in the Alaskan Senate. She broke the law, against abuse of power for personal gain and she also made her employees do so on pain of being victims of her vengeance.
She tried to ban books from the Wasilla library.
She did indeed use Yahoo, in order to avoid truth seekers using the Freedom of Information Act, and she ordered her employees to use Yahoo to defeat citizens trying to exercise their rights to follow the governors' doings.
None of that is about being a political activist, calling for murder of opponents, beating supporters of the opponents, calling the opponents Un American.
She is both a criminal in the way she does her business and a corrupt form of politician, on the model of Joseph McCarthy.

May we be blessed to see the end of her candidacy a loss so she can go back to Alaska to lose the civil suit against her and then be impeached for her crimes against the state which this campaign has revealed. Nothing personal.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin is asking for trouble when she parades her kids around like stage props.

Obama has been attacked for TWO YEARS. He's been the subject of outright lies and rumors, has endured countless racist epithets and taunting. And he's still standing.

Nope, Sarah Palin can't hold a candle to Obama. All she can do is attack; she has no substance, no morals and NO intelligence.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 19, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Keep slurping that Kool-Aid, Mavis. It's he11 if you ever stop.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 19, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the McCain/Palin base is now populated solely by those whose IQ's match their shoe size. I hope McCain disavows any allegiance to these low information types before election day so he can retain his hard won dignity and reputation.

Posted by: bflagg | October 19, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I just saw clips on MSNBC of Obama being heckled by ill mannered redneck children in a barbeque joint in Fayetteville. They shouted, "Socialist, socialist, socialist." Is this is the level of the far-fight fascist agenda -- to turn little children into agents of intolerance? McCain's failure to stop this kind of behavior is dishonorable.

Posted by: IndianaPearl

Dear Pearl
It is precisely the failure of persons who could and should do something about it, like Gov Palin, Sen McCain and those children's parents, that caused General Powell to stand up to the liars and fascists and support the candidacy of Sen Obama.

VOTE OBAMA in 08 and end the false division of America.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 19, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the best thing to happen to the USA, nay the WHOLE WORLD, in a LONG LONG time.

Funny that he drew a crowd of 100,000 in a RED STATE yesterday.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 19, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

To Billw3,

As more and more people start supporting Obama you will soon realize the only people who will continue to support McCain are white racists and religious nuts.


Posted by: judgewisely | October 19, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The attacks on Sen. McCain and especially on Gov. Palin (and her children!) have been vicious and relentless. Talk about blaming the victim! The difference is that Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin can take the heat, unlike That One.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 19, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Billw3: You need to grow up, dear.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 19, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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Powell joins the list of Obama friends and/or supporters who are radicals, terrorists, anti-Americans, crooks, racists, and crackpots, such as:

Ayers
The Black Panthers
NAACP
Farrakhan
Al Sharpton
Wright
Rezko
Hamas
Castro
Ortega
Chavez
Al Qaeda
Jane Fonda
Jesse Jackson
Michael Moore
Pfleger
Weathers
Muslim-American Society

As they say, blood runs thick.

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Posted by: Billw3 | October 19, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

WAKE UP CALL: If you think "spread the wealth" works for you consider: Tony Rezko--Obama's political patron--took MILLIONS meant for low-income housing projects and left African-Americans FREEZING in Chicago slum conditions. Uhmm, Obama didn't KNOW this when his law firm worked for Rezko (on housing project cases?) Uhmm, Obama didn't KNOW this when he made a sweetheart real estate deal with Rezko's wife? Give us a break. Spread the Wealth? You betcha: to corrupt Democratic politicians! (Like the Fannie/Freddie Gang.)
But hey? Where would modern liberalism be without victims to patronize? NBA star, Charles Barkley, said black folks have been voting Democratic for 50 years, and they're still poor.
Subject: Top 10 Poverty Cities
Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961;
Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954;
Cincinnati, OH (3rd)..hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984;
Cleveland, OH (4th)..hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989;
Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor;
St. Louis, MO (6th)..hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949; NOTE: Obama drew 100,000 for his rally yesterday in St. Louis, No. 6 on list.
El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor;
Milwaukee, WI (8th)..hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908;
Philadelphia, PA (9th)..hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952;
Newark, NJ (10th)..hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1907.
Einstein once said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'
It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats --- yet are still disadvantaged.
The Disadvantaged remain disadvantaged because they are looking for a Liberal Democratic Government to give them something, when all they have to do is work for it.
(How can a person be 5th Generation Disadvantaged in this Country?)
From all the Joes and Janes who work: GET A JOB--NOT A TAX REBATE (WELFARE CHECK.)

Posted by: LaurainLA | October 19, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The hard working Joe and Jane workers of America with a dream to own their own business someday with 15 or ore employees or maybe they already have reached their dream will be those voting for McCain. McCain praises hard work. Life is not meant to be easy.

Those generations of welfare folk (nothing wrong with a temporary helping hand), those that don't pay any taxes, already get free medical care, the un-educated college students (not for any fault of their own through indoctrination under the likes of Ayers in our Universities) and that includes the same difinition for those that lust after that stimulus check will vote Obama.

Greed is not always at the top, it often starts and remains at the bottom. Greed also attracts greed. Where's mind scenario.

If Obama becomes President many hard working Americans have already stated they will be "working under the table" to take care of the "Family".

Posted by: salty2 | October 19, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"There are no real or fake parts of this country. We are not separated by the pro-America and anti-America parts of this country. We all love this country, no matter where we live or where we come from."

Hatred, Fear and Division. It's all they've got.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I just saw clips on MSNBC of Obama being heckled by ill mannered redneck children in a barbeque joint in Fayetteville. They shouted, "Socialist, socialist, socialist." Is this is the level of the far-fight fascist agenda -- to turn little children into agents of intolerance? McCain's failure to stop this kind of behavior is dishonorable.

Posted by: IndianaPearl | October 19, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Electing Obama or McCain does not mean that their tax plans will go into effect. They still need to convince congress. Who knows? Congress might have other plans that Obama or McCain might be forced to choose from.

McCain or Obama's only role as commander in chief is to be a good steward of America, not to direct us, not to "rule us" not to tell us what to do. Just like Bush and all before him, Presidents do not tell us what to do. They merely try to steer the ship amid a hurricane. Sometimes they go with the wind, sometimes against it. In the end, they have little control.

The greatest Presidents were those that merely inspired us as Americans to act in concert for the betterment of our nation. Washington and Jefferson did this. Lincoln did this. So did Teddy and Franklin. And of course, so did JFK.

Can McCain do this? Absolutely not. He is a liar and a divider.

Can Obama do this? I think he might be able to. He has shown that he can bring people together, and that in tough scenarios he can keep a cool head (the economic crisis, McCain's childish attacks on the road and during the debates).

This is why he gets my vote.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 19, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Taxes are about how much burden the citizens of a country can bear for a country's bills. So tell me who can bear the burden of paying our country's bills?The rich guy who makes millions of dollar a year or the struggling middle class who fights to keep its jobs in a failing economy. What is fair?

What Obama is proposing with the money he will get through taxes, is to invest in the American people. Invest in education, invest in healt care, invest in Green jobs in America. An investment in American Citizens.

What McCain is proposing - no burden on all people. No tax increases. And no investment in America. An America that is free for all - with lax regulation - where anything goes.

The choice for the people is stark.

Posted by: judgewisely | October 19, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Taxes are about how much burden the citizens of a country can bear for the country's hardships. So tell me who can bear the burden of paying our country's bills?The rich guy who makes millions of dollar a year or the struggling middle class who fights to keep its jobs in a failing economy. WHAT IS FAIR?

Posted by: judgewisely | October 19, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Robbin' de 'hood Mccain's spreading the wealth is the same as Bush's redistribution. Take from the poor and middle class and give to the rich. So pick your spreader.

Posted by: rue_dee | October 19, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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