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Obama’s Speech - it should provide red meat for the Republicans
Posted by: McQ on Friday, August 29, 2008

If these are the specifics Obama plans to run on, it should be open season for Republicans.

Before I get to a couple of those, did anyone else notice these moments in the speech?

Here is Obama denigrating the philosophy of self-reliance:
In Washington, they call this the "Ownership Society," but what it really means is that you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck, you're on your own. No health care? The market will fix it. You're on your own. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, even if you don't have boots. You are on your own.
Yet his self-identified "heroes" (as well as those cited by Biden and Michelle Obama) did precisely what he denigrated earlier:
In the face of that young student, who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree, who once turned to food stamps, but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships.


And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business or making her way in the world, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman.

She's the one who taught me about hard work. She's the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me.
Choices, consequences, reassessment, resolution - what most people call "life".

And this redefinition of "progress" was enlightening:
We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of go down $2,000, like it has under George Bush.
I can only find evidence of 15 million new jobs under Bill Clinton (as a total - which seems a much more important than a stat which measures jobs created but ignores jobs that go away). Under Bush, to this point, the total is 10 million (source). Also note that under Clinton the unemployment rate averaged 5.6% while under Bush it has averaged 5.03%. That tells me a lot more about jobs than nebulous claims such as Obama's.

Wages? Clinton's era saw the average annual wage grow from $22,001.92 - $29,229.69. And Bush? $30,846.09 - $37,078.27 (2006).
And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

We will do this. Washington — Washington has been talking about our oil addiction for the last 30 years. And, by the way, John McCain has been there for 26 of them.
And Joe Biden has been there for 36 years.

But that aside, this is rhetoric without foundation. I know, I know, that's what they said when JFK (and that was what this represents) promised the moon in 10 years. But the technology to do that was already there.

Mass produced alternative energy sources are decades away. It's a science thing. The technology just isn't there. And Obama says that he will pump 150 billion of your dollars into money hole (you do know that the US oil companies have already invested 100 billion in that endeavor, right?)

And I loved this one:
As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America.

I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars.
Anyone know how you "tap" natural gas reserves? Yeah, you drill. And you drill the OCS (and you find oil with the gas).

Note also the change on nuclear power - and btw, have we been using unsafe nuclear power to this point?

And lastly, he's going to "help our auto companies re-tool" as well as "make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars?"

Who is going to pay for this?
I'll invest in early childhood education. I'll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries, and give them more support. And in exchange, I'll ask for higher standards and more accountability.

And we will keep our promise to every young American: If you commit to serving your community or our country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.
The traditional Democratic solution to education - throw more money at it. And add 10s of billions of your dollars to pay for college for others as well.

Last but not least (and really there's much more but this hits the high points), health care:
Now — now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American.

If you have health care — if you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves.

And — and as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.
This of course is simply a statement of the impossible. You can't make health care affordable by requiring insurance companies to accept and pay for those whose health care costs the most. That's just a simple fact.

It is similar to saying he's going to cut taxes for working families and raise corporate income taxes. Oh, wait, he said that. Well, when he raises corporate income taxes he raised taxes for anyone who buys their products.

If insurance companies are required by law to accept and pay for all comers regardless of health, those costs are going to be recovered by raising premiums to the other members of the insurance pool.

Now you may or may not like that fact, but it reflects reality. What Obama promises, and that goes from many of his specifics, doesn't.
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Obama’s speech=Fascism 101
Written By: Ernest Brown
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A couple of my thoughts after reading his speech
“More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can’t afford to pay, and tuition that’s beyond your reach.”
You lose your home, or you have a car you can’t afford to drive, or have bills you can’t pay, and tuition beyond your reach. WTF??? Are you kidding me? Shouldn’t someone be encouraging people to make BETTER choices? Telling them ‘we’ll bail you out this time because it’s all George Bush’s fault’ is pathetic.
“John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time.”
So a guy who went across party lines 10% of the time is a BushBot. OK. Got it. Obviously, if you EVER vote the other way, you’re a bad man…
“We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage;”
Even a mortgage you shouldn’t have? A 500K mortgage when you should have bought a 350K house? Really?
"I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.”
WTF???? Define middle class. And back to my point the other day – cut taxes for the middle class, raise them on the rich… not a single mention of CUTTING spending
“America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise – that American promise – and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.”
So not voting for Obama is turning back. I get it. An economy needs fix’n… gotta save them farms. Protect them families. Yup, that what a President is s’pposed to do.

Written By: meagain
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Jobs were easy to calculate from the BLS website: 22,744,000 from Jan. 1993 to Jan. 2001. However, it is not completely fair to compare with Bush until his term end in Jan. 2009, but from Jan. 2001 to July 2008 5,146,000 jobs were created. When talking about jobs it is standard to use CES data. Your link above is to CPS data.

During the election when talking about jobs Republicans can try to pull the wool over the voters eyes by looking at the CPS or can be honest and admit that less jobs were created but have a good explaination as to why. Although, neither Bush nor Clinton were really responsible for job growth. Unless of course you believe the government is responsible for everything that goes on in this country.
Written By: Tom
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Tom, you of course have a cite where CES is defined as the standard.
Written By: SDN
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First, CES counts jobs; the CPS does not count jobs. That’s what we are talking about: the amount of jobs created. Second, you can try and play games and use the CPS, but there are too many people out there smart enough to see through it. Every month the jobs report comes out and the market reacts to it. This jobs report comes from the CES. The unemployment rate also comes out at the same time as well (the market reacts to this as well) and there is the CPS. Third, voters probably won’t react well if they know you are trying to deceive them. Fourth, face up to the numbers and come up with a game plan to explain them.
Written By: Tom
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I think the overall translation is that every problem has a giant, expensive government solution.
Written By: the wolf
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Did Obama give a talk last night? Huh.

McCain’s pick of Palin for VP just proves that he’s so far inside Obama’s OODA loop that it’s kinda scary. For Obama, anyway.
Written By: filbert

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