At the same time, McCain needs to not only differentiate himself from Obama but also the separate himself from the perceived image of a typical Republican, the perceived image. He must also define Obama. All of this should have been done earlier but better late than never.
In doing this John McCain will have to point out that his career has been spent opposing republicans when they were wrong and working with Democrats when they were right and bringing both sides of the aisle together for that which is right. He has to show that he proposed increasing regulations on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, when he saw that a lack of regulations and monitoring of questionable recording practices were leading us to trouble. He stood up to Ronald reagan and opposed deploying forxes to Lebanon for a peace keeping mission which eventually led to the loss of nearly 300 Americans when a suicide bomber targeted their barracks.
“The fact that America has not enforced our immigration laws effectively and the fact that our border is so openly available to illegal crossings and potential threats is a travesty. That is why I stand before you today to propose OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS . This nine point plan secures our border with a high tech security barrier that is monitored by extensive and coordinated patrolling. The bill also streamlines the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and makes it more efficient. OASB also remembers that the word “illegal” means “not illegal” and in this bill illegal conduct is punished not rewarded. After a set amount of time allowing for implementation of this bill, illegal immigrants will have to comply with the laws that up till now, we have neglected to enforce or face deportation. The bill also eliminates the disruptive policy of snctauary cities ans increases steep penalties for businesses which ignore our immigration laws and illegally hire cheap labor by placing illegal immigrants on their payrolls”.
The OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS bill, which I have provided a link to for readers, has several other measures but you get the point. John McCain needs to address the issue, remind us of it’s importance and stake claim to his commitment to solve the problem when he is President.
Another issue that I would rekindle has a more nationalizing electoral component to it. Taxes.
Taxes are an ever present issue and it is an issue that the McCain campaign can use to help gain Republican seats or at least stabilize losses.
If John McCain were to come out and state “the complete Internal Revenue code is more than 24 megabytes in length, and contains more than 3.4 million words; printed 60 lines to the page, it would fill more than 7,500 letter-size pages. Every time the federal government addresses the tax issue it’s code increases in size, scope, megabytes and pages. Ladies and gentlemen, this is ridiculous and each additional page created to fix our broken tax code, only complicates it more. We need to simplify this and we need to make it more efficient”
At this point I would like to see John McCain propose a flat tax or as I call it National Flat Tax Equity Reform. I want the leaders of our big nation to think big and be bold. I believe a flat tax is equitable and provides the progressive rate of growth that our national economy needs. However I have no expectations for either of the major party nominees to be so bold.
Therefore I would hope that McCain could at least step forward and say……..“so I intend to go through each page of the tax code and together, with my colleagues and your representatives in congress, we can sift out the unnecessary from the necessary“.
I would do this along side of fellow Republican candidates for the senate and house and announce an American Tax Equity Committee comprised of Democrats and Republicans that will eliminate those codes dragging us down and those loopholes that are allowing the rich, powerful and well connected to skirt the system. I would also add a call for reduced taxes. A call that revives John F. Kennedy’s cry and rekindles the high tide lifting all boats. I would articulate the fact that our democracy’s goal is not to make rich people poor but make poor people rich and that is not achieved by taking money away from the people.
In presenting the issues, in such a way, for 48 at a time, the maedia will digesting, disecting and discussing each of McCain’s iniatives, thereby making “his” campaign the focus and forcing the Obama campaign to respond.
Instead of allowing each new media cycle to set the agenda, John McCain must take control of the media cycles. Regardless of his positions on the issues contained herein, and others not mentioned, McCain’s articulation on them can capture the agenda and possibly the majority of votes on Election Day.
IRISH OUTLOOK ON THE ELECTION
We, in Ireland, can’t figure out why you are even bothering to hold an election in the United States.
On one side, you have a lawyer who is married to a lawyer.
On the other side, you have a war hero married to a good looking woman who owns a beer distributorship.
What are you lads thinking over there?
Submitted by Dewey, Pensacola Fl.