Even though I'm not the sort to ever shy away from politics, this election has given me pause. While I chide myself for not having posted this earlier I am relieved to see how many people remain undecided in this election.
I'm sure all of you are familiar with the presidential election. I will skip the background and launch right into this. Keep in mind, while I am looking up all of my information, feel free to check it yourself.
John McCain has called for the reform and regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac many times, years before their collapse. He predicted the very crisis we are facing today. Link
In Barack Obama's scant four years in the Senate, he has received the second most amount of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of any lawmaker, to the tune of $126,349. McCain, in comparison, received a paltry $21,550 in his 22 years in the Senate. Link
John McCain supports keeping taxes where they are. Barack Obama, for all he says about not raising taxes, still opposes continuing the Bush taxcuts, which would mean an effective tax hike. Think only the rich are effected? If you're single and make $27,950, your taxes would go up 12%. Link
If you think that taxation will get us out of this mess, you're way off. When the economy is good, people are making money. Right now investors are scared, which is hurting the economy. There is little that would discourage somebody more from investing than knowing that they won't make the money back because it is lost in taxes. In a sense, taxing the rich is a bit like draining a pool from the deep end: it hurts those in the shallow end the most. As Churchill put it, "We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
Barack Obama blames the current economic troubles on the Bush Administration. This is not entirely fair: it was the Democrats who blocked attempts by the Bush Administration to regulate the situation that got us into this mess. Link
John McCain was the first to push for the troop surge that has changed the nature of the War in Iraq. Obama was supporting a pull out at the same time, declaring Iraq unwinnable. Had Obama's policy been followed, Iraq would not have been so dangerous that Obama couldn't have visited there during his campaign.
To cut and run from Iraq is to give a major advantage to Iran, to cause a regional war in a scale far beyond what is going on today, and to humiliate our nation, inviting further attacks. He have chosen the field of battle. The War on Terror is being fought overseas, not in our streets.
For those of you who think Iraq is pointless, allow me to point out Saddam Husein's nuclear program. If a nuclear bomb, or even a dirty bomb is not a weapon of mass destruction, I don't know what is. It's Bush's fault for not pushing this story, and conceding defeat on the WMDs.
This is going to be simple. What has the government ever done right, let alone well?
Social Security? It's headed for bankruptcy. FEMA? It's ineffective. The military? It gets all out of whack every time Washington tries to exert control over it.
As somebody who has spent most of his life uninsured or underinsured, I can tell you that healthcare is hardly a problem in this country. Doctors are, like all people, generally good. They are willing to take charity cases. They do what they can to make things affordable. Pharmacutical companies are much the same way, with generous programs to help those in need. Furthermore, no hospital nor doctor would deny care to somebody who could not pay, not least because that's illegal.
The one major flaw in our healthcare in this country is unavailability of care for those who have a chronic, but not life-threatening condition. While that issue will need to be addressed, it's hardly worth throwing away the best healthcare system in the world and replacing it with the sort of system that makes people from around the world flock here for healthcare. I know from family and friends that the wait time in England for a hemmerhoid operation is measured in months. Here you'll have your operation in a week. The X-ray machines in Canada would, in the US, be considered obsolete to the point of being hazardous. In Israel, healthcare is generally denied to the elderly because they are considered not a priority compared to the young.
Think it can't happen here? Oregon has a state health plan. An Oregon woman was to undergo cancer treatment, but was told that the state health plan would not cover it. They recommended assisted suicide, legal in Oregon, as an option. The state health plan generally lags, policywise, years behind the state of the art. As a result, they categorized the doctor recommended treatment for her condition as paliative care, and thus not covered under their health plan. On the letter they sent her, they appraised her that doctor-assisted suicide is an option covered by the healthplan. Link
Bureaucrats mess up everything they touch. I do not want them to touch my health.
Other Scary Things about Obama:
Barack Obama has had such a short time in the spotlight that there's very little we know about him. Far more can be inferred from the sorts of people he surrounds himself with.
People like Bill Ayers. A member of the now-defunct Weather Underground, a terrorist organization of the 1970s, Bill Ayers participated in the bombings of the Pentagon, the Capitol Building, and New York City Police Headquarters. Ayers, in a supreme irony, was quoted by the New York Times as saying saying "I don't regret setting bombs" and "I feel we didn't do enough", and, when asked if he would "do it all again," as saying "I don't want to discount the possibility."
The link, tentative as some argue it may be, between Obama and Ayers is harldy a connection between Obama and acts of terrorism committed when he was a child, it does show Obama's permissive attitude towards terrorism. This is the same attitude that leads him to want talks with Iran without prerequisits. The last time somebody this permissive was in the White House, it was Carter, and we saw where that got us.
I only have time to just brush over this, but I would like to list a few others Obama has been associated with. Jeremiah Wright, Father Pfleger, Rashid Khalidi.
I would also like to point out how little Obama has done for charity, or for his family. Obama's half-brother lives in a shack in Kenya. His aunt, in this country illegally, lives in a slum in Boston. The only family member Obama seems to care much about is his white grandmother who raised him, whom he threw under the bus. I would also like to point out Obama's curious donation practices, especially compared to McCain's generous contributions.
Obama views our constitution as an impediment to redistributing wealth. I like to think this is the case, as our constitution is set up to protect property rights. As Jefferson put it, "To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
Last, but far from least, is Obama's Civilian Security Force, which curiously disappeared from the official transcripts of that speech. That scares the heck out of me. Is this the voulunteer work he has been talking about for those young people who want college covered for the government? Is he planning a militarized youth in the same vein as 1984 or Hitler Youth? This doesn't sound like the Boy Scouts to me. Wasn't the third ammendment supposed to discourage this sort of thing? Isn't a free nation not supposed to turn its arms against itself?
Obama is a flawed candidate and is not the right person to lead this country. McCain, while not the most qualified person for the job, is a far superior choice. He has shown his character under pressure and I trust him to guide this country. Obama has done nothing but turn my initial optimism and trust in him into doubt and fear.