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DEAR MR. OBAMA, We’ve Heard You, Now Hear Us!

Dear Mr. Obama;

I have heard what you have said.

I have heard you call upon ending unfinished wars abroad while waging your own campaign of class warfare here at home.

I have heard your entire presidential campaign pit the working class against the wealthy and used the economic prosperity of some as a scapegoat for everyone else. I have listened to you suggest that the wealthy must fund a larger government bureaucracy that spreads their wealth.

I have listened to you outline plans that deal with everything except the principles of freedom that have fueled our economy and been the backbone of all that makes our nation great. In fact, in listening to your campaign rhetoric, it sounds like freedom is the enemy.

Your Robin Hood economic plan limits financial freedom while growing the size and scope of government so that the federal bureaucracy can determine all that individuals should determine.

Your education policies denounce the use of school vouchers and impair the ability of parents to exercise the freedom to educate their children in the school of their choosing.

Your energy policy invests historic amounts of government spending into achieving energy independence through alternative methods, a decade from now, while restricting the freedom to tap into the domestic natural resources available to us now.

Throughout your campaign I have heard you plot an economic plan that grows the size of a government that decides more for more people by limiting their freedom to make those decisions for themselves.

I have heard your plans to stifle the American entrepreneurial spirit and to make government replace free will by adopting a degree of socialism that more accurately reflects Cuba than our own constitution..

I have heard you promote the government doing more of what it shouldn’t at home while you advance a policy that would have the government doing less of what it should abroad.

When it comes to the international community you oppose pre-emptive actions that would reduce threats from foreign enemies. You have called the removal of Saddam Hussein “stupid” and our efforts to defend freedom “unnecessary .

I have heard you advance Nancy Pelosi’s tea with terrorist policies and your willingness to accept the unacceptable in order to negotiate with terrorist regimes.

I have listened to all your words but I have also listened to the words of others.

Others have not waged class warfare. Others have not called the cause of freedom stupid and others I have listened to have even accomplished things. They have been involved in what they speak of and some have even made sacrifices for what they believe in. In fact, out of all that I have heard from you, none of it has been as meaningful as one man who I have heard from only once in my life. His words are so profound and so poignant that I think it’s time for a change. Instead of me listening to you I want you to listen to him.

 

So, Dear Mr. Obama,

I have heard your arguments and after careful contemplation I have concluded that freedom is not the enemy and that government is not the answer to all of our problems.

I have concluded that government can however, provide the enemies of freedom with the right answers so long as our government is willing to give freedom the respect that it deserves.

I have concluded that government serves us best by allowing me and freedom to flourish and that government is best served by John McCain.

 

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Obama’s plan to spread Joe the Plumber’s wealth is a plan that dilutes all of our well being and clogs up our free path to opportunity and prosperity.

STAND UP AND FIGHT!

 Unclog the crap that impedes us in Washinton, DC.Plunge Barack Obama’s plans to send the American dream down the drain. 

 

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BARACK CARTER and JIMMY OBAMA

In 1976 Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter campaigned for President by preaching “change” and urging Americans to “clean out Washington”. The peanut farmer turned one term southern governor, eked out a relatively close victory. After Watergate, Americans fell for the freshness of Carter’s appearance on the national stage. Some even liked the fact that he spoke about his evangelical Christian faith and even more believed in his mantra for change.

Well they got that change. It came in the form of one of the most dismal economic times in our nation’s history since the Great Depression. It was the type of change that brought about double digit inflation and unemployment rates, out of control interest rates, long lines for gas, higher taxes, stagflation and even a new economic index….the misery index. The change he brought us was what Carter himself called “a national malaise”.

Change also came in foreign affairs. Here, America’s standing in the world was reduced to one of empty words, no influence and utter humiliation.

In Carter’s pursuit of human rights, he supported overthrowing the Shah of Iran who was friendly to the United States. That led to the Shah being overthrown and replaced with the Islamic theocracy that is still our enemy today. It also resulted in their taking over of the American embassy and humiliating the United States by holding American citizens hostage.

When Soviet backed revolutionaries killed Adolph Dubbs, our Ambassador to Afghanistan, and began the march to invade Afghanistan, Carter was powerless and reduced to being a mere spectator.

Carter’s friendly, pearly white smile projected sincerity and confidence. He was seen as the change we needed, a change for the sake of change. What we got was a nation that needed it’s economy rebuilt, our military rebuilt and a direction in foreign affairs that stood up to our enemies and allowed the United States to change the events in the world rather than be changed by the events. A direction that allowed us to shape history rather than be sidelined as a witness to history.

Carter believed that we needed to give our enemies a chance to vaildate their conduct and the opportunity to negotiate acceptance of their unacceptable actions. He tried to negotiate the release of our citizens by Iranian Islamic radicals who had no reason or willingness to negotiate their release and give up their ability to humiliate America. It was a humiliation that we endured until the very moment that Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the new American President. It was only then that the Iranians suddenly feared military reprisal from the new Commander and Chief.

Jimmy Carter came out of nowhere and stepped on to the national stage. The novelty of his newness and his attempts to be everything that everyone wanted won him the Democratic nomination and eventually the White House. It was a victory that took decades for us to overcome and in many ways it’s negative effects have helped blossom into some of the major international conflicts that we face today.

Enter Barack Obama, a community activists turned state senator and junior United States Senator from Illinois. His newness is refreshing to many and he is campaigning on “change”.

Much like Carter, Obama’s sense of change in the economy is rooted in Carter’s philosophy of raising taxes on some and redistributing it to others. It is a policy that leads to a reinventing of the misery index, higher unemployment and an unraveling of the economy that goes well beyond Wall Street and directly to the kitchen tables of every American family.

Obama preaches the virtues of reaching negotiated agreements with our enemies. He has called for unconditional talks with our enemies and discounts the fact that we should not negotiate intolerable conduct and that which is unacceptable. Like Carter he, promotes a tolerance for the behavior of others even though their behavior is akin to poking a finger in our eye.

I would suggest that our enemies must be compelled to stop poking us in the eye before we look them in the eye and negotiate any agreed upon deals. But Obama and Carter want to reward bad behavior.
They may be different people but they have the same mind when it comes to policy.

Perhaps one of the greatest similarities between Carter and Obama comes in the form of their own words. In July of 1979: Carter said:

“I ask Congress to give me authority for mandatory conservation and for standby gasoline rationing. . . . And I’m asking you for your good and for your Nation’s security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense — I tell you it is an act of patriotism.”

In May of this year, Obama said:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times . . . and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”

There is nothing wrong with conservation. It is something that even in the best of times we should all employ. However, Obama and Carter’s use of conservation in addressing problems neglected to point out that there are things that government can do to keep up with the needs of it’s people. Both remarks are a strange twist on J.F.K.’s call to “ask not what your country can do for you but what you could do for your country”. It is their way of saying….. ask not what your elected officials should do for America, but what you have to do because your elected officials refuse to do what is right.

Rather than allow government to lift it’s bans on access to natural resources, they tell us to fill our tires with more air and drive less. Rather than trying to solve our problems, Carter and Obama tell us to just deal with the problems that they are a part of.

On foreign affairs, instead of telling our enemies that certain conduct must cease before we negotiate any agreement, they suggest that we will negotiate an acceptance of their reprehensible behavior.

These are roads that we have been down before. Both men are partisan liberals with instinctual liberal tendencies. Both men ran for President at time when they had little experience and no substantial records of accomplishment. Carter was the fresh face that would be the agent of change that we needed and now Barack Obama is the messiah that will be the new agent of change that we need. It sounds good, but history repeats itself and the nice sound of change that Obama offers is an echo of the same change that Jimmy Carter offered us. It’s the type of change that America can not afford and it is the type of change that voters can help prevent our nation from repeating only if we understand the similarities between Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

Clinton & Pearly Gates

When Bill Clinton was put under during his heart surgery he saw himself at the at the Pearly Gates.

After knocking at the gates, St. Peter appeared. “Who goes there?” inquired St. Peter.
“It’s me, Bill Clinton.”
“And what do you want?” asked St. Peter.
“Lemme in!” replied Clinton.

“Soooo,” pondered Peter.

“What bad things did you do on earth?”

Clinton thought a bit and answered, “Well, I smoked marijuana but you shouldn’t hold that against me because I didn’t inhale. I guess I had extra-marital sex — but you shouldn’t hold that against me because I didn’t really have ‘sexual relations.’ And I lied, but I didn’t commit perjury.”

After several moments of deliberation St. Peter replied, “OK, here’s the deal. We’ll send you someplace where it is very hot, but we won’t call it ‘Hell.’ You’ll be there for an indefinite period of time, but we won’t call it ‘eternity.’ And don’t abandon all hope upon entering, just don’t hold your breath waiting for it to freeze over.”

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REPUBLICANS TO MCCAIN: NAME MITT ROMNEY YOUR TREASURY SECRETARY

In an earlier post I presented a campaign strategy for McCain to pursue . It included a number of sub themes to hit upon in addition to a homestretch strategy that laid out a schedule of releasing a new policy initiative on some of the most important issues facing us and to present them every other day. This would help McCain to control the news cycles rather than be controlled by them. It would also allow Americans to see the kind of President that he could be rather than see how well or poorly he can campaign for President.

As we all know, the economy is the issue dominating our minds at the moment. In light of that, if McCain were to use the strategy that I have previously proposed, he should present an economic stabilization package.

If I were managing his campaign I would assemble his economic team and hammer out the details. Then I would have that package carefully reviewed. Weigh the pro and cons, rip it apart to the same extent that Barack Obama would and be prepared to tear down and disprove those criticisms.

Once that has been done, give the media six hours notice and present the following press release.

At this press conference, as alluded to in the release, John McCain should start off by explaining how we got to where we are today. Outline the lack of responsibility practiced by the government, the unethical practices of private sector loaning practices and the lack of personal responsibility that many Americans have exercised.

McCain should use this press conference to signal his intention to gear us in a new direction. A direction that forces our society to deal more with hard money than fake and speculated money. A direction that focuses on what we have more than what we don’t have and living within our means as opposed to beyond our means.

State that such a direction begins by example with our own government.

From that point on, get into the details of the stabilization package. Outline initiatives which explain budget cuts. Call for a legislative reform of the process which allows unassociated riders to be placed on bills which produce wasteful pork barrel spending and funding for things that have nothing to do with the bills that they are attached.

Outline the tax cuts which will stimulate the economy, help to increase employment and grow our economy .

Senator McCain should also announce an executive order that would put a halt to the long standing Clinton National Homeownership initiative which forced Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to enter into hundreds of thousands of sub prime, high risk loans. Loans which helped to inflate the housing bubble that recently burst because it was over inflated by extending loans to people who could not afford to pay them back.

There are several other aspects to an appropriate stabilization package that must be announced as a part of this proposal and after doing so John McCain needs to tie the package up with a ribbon that makes his initiatives more than acceptable but hopeful.

He should announce that Mitt Romney will be the person who will implement this package and oversee the treasury of our nation as John McCain’s secretary of the United States Treasury.

He May Not Still Be Running For President, But  He Can Help Get One Elected

He May Not Still Be Running For President, But He Can Help Get One Elected

This would be seen by some as cocky. To present a cabinet before you have the house you will put them in may seem unusual but in this case it is more than appropriate. In this case it is a move that doesn’t leave Americans open to surprises. The man running against John McCain is full of surprises. He has no record of accomplishments for us to get a sense of what he would do and he is associated with some of the most corrupt, shady and dangerous characters that politics has to offer.

From fundraiser and friend, convicted slum lord Tony Rezko to racist, American hating Rev. Wright and domestic terrorist William Ayers, one must wonder who Obama will bring into his cabinet. What kind of people would he have steer our economy?

This is John McCain’s opportunity to be bold and upfront. Leave no doubt in in the minds of Americans about John McCain’s judgment. Announce his economic team. Put forward names like Meg Whitman of Ebay. Suggest a position for Michael Bloomberg. Tell us who your director of the Office of Management and Budget would be and declare Mitt Romney as the chief financial director of our nation.

Mitt Romney understand s how the economy works. He He has created wealth in the private sector, grown business and economies. He has increased employment in both the state that he ran and the companies he helped to build.

He took the state of Massachusetts and overcame it’s Taxachusettes moniker by lowering taxes and meeting budgets.has operated under budgets both as a head of state and CEO. He has created wealth in the private sector, grown business and economies. He has increased employment in both the state that he ran and the companies he helped to build.

Additionally, Mitt Romney has never failed at any responsibility given to him. He took a corruption strewn, beleaguered Olympics in Salt Lake City that was losing money and turned it around . He made it one of the most secure, smooth running and profitable Olympic spectaculars in history.

Mitt Romney has never led a business into bankruptcy and required a government bailout or exited from the stage with a golden parachute. He grew businesses and helped others to grow their own. All in all Mitt Romney has been a solution to problems not a part of the problems and that is what we need . It is what McCain needs and any future President needs.

Therefore McCain should be bold. He should not only use this campaign to outline his direction, he should make public, the names of the people who will help him carry out that direction when he is President.

A guy was lost in the mall at the Washington Monument.

He stopped a cop and asked, “What side is the State Department on ?”

To which the cop answered, “Ours, I hope.” 

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THE MESSIAH MODE AND BARACK OBAMA’S POLITICAL MADRASAS

In the Islamic faith a madrasa is a school for the study of the Koran and Islamic thought,. Many madrasas are wrongfully used to teach extremist Islamic views and indoctrinate the young into jihad against what they call, the great Satan, the United States.

When used as a training ground for terrorism, madrasas are dangerous. They perpetuate a corrupted interpretation of a religion and breed violence and hatred all in the name of Allah.

Such schools of propaganda are frowned upon and not only discouraged but fought against. Yet here in the United States a growing number of political madrasas are cropping up in the gymnasiums and classrooms of our own public schools. They have grown in number from California to New York and were inspired by followers of liberal messiah Barack Obama.

Liberals have been blinded by hatred for Republicans and motivated by their jealousy of Republican electoral victories.  That same hatred and jealousy has inspired them to spread their message through the basic educational institutions within the nation’s school systems.

Just a few weeks ago a college level teacher forced students to complete an assignment that ripped apart Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention. A contrary approach that would have supported her speech by a student, who agreed with what she said, was unacceptable and did not fulfill the requirements of the assignment.

Shortly after that, low grade elementary school children were gathered together for days of rehearsal as they prepared for a choir performance that sang the virtues of Barack Obama.

Now in Missouri, another teacher was reprimanded for gathering students together for pro-Obama military like drills that shout out adoring chants for Barack. As you can see in the video, it is an eerie display of Nazi like military celebrations for Hitler.

In fact all of these public school activities and the training of children into liberal ideologies before thay have developed sense of personal independent thought are frightening. The biased indoctrination of youth by public school educators is appalling. The single digit aged kids singing in choirs for Obama is reminiscent of communist Chinese school auditoriums paying homage to Mao Tse Tung.

What I find most intriguing is the fact that the educators who are sponsoring these events are the very same people who refuse school prayer or the pledge of allegiance to be conducted in the public domain. They have thrown the ROTC off of campuses and refused to allow it as an option for children.  Yet they are more than happy to train school children to believe that Barack Obama is our savior and that he is the one person we must have faith in.

It is another example of liberal hypocrisy and a prime example of the same type of madrasa-like atmosphere that extremists use to brainwash children and draft them into jihad.

The problem, for me, is that this is still America. The Islamic jihad has not yet converted our population to their cause and the tactics that they use should not be adopted by American schools and educators. It is bad enough that many institutions of higher learning are dominated by liberal radicals like domestic terrorist and Obama buddy Bill Ayers who is now a Chicago professor. But the line must be drawn in our elementary institutions.

Liberals preach the virtues of tolerance and acceptance. They accuse all others who are not liberal of being

Class In Session At An Extremist Madrasa

Class In Session At An Extremist Madrasa

intolerant and prejudiced yet they have no qualms about brainwashing innocent children into promoting their own biases and intolerances. Just like the extremist madrasas promoting their sheep-like flock of terrorists.

All of this is a result of the very real messiah image that Obama has created for himself. An image that he, himself, believes and that his mindless, desperate, bitter, hateful followers agree with. For them Obama can do no wrong even though he has done nothing in his entire political career. For them winning is all that matters and for them no one is immune from their tactics to win, not even innocent children. It is dangerously similar to the bombing tactics of William Ayers or Hezbollah and it is unacceptable in a democracy, especially our American democracy.

It is time for Barack Obama to denounce such tactics and help to stem the prostituting of our youth in an attempt to promote a political agenda. Does he adore and endorse endorses these tactics the same way that Kruschev did when children from all over the former Soviet Union were collected and gathered in Red Square to sing his praises behind a backdrop of the latest military hardware? Or does Barack rejects such spectacles and tactics as an illegitimate and inappropriate parasitizing of children for political purposes? Having the messianic complex that he has of himself I think I know the answer to that question.

 

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Barack Obama is running down the street one day, and he sees a little girl who is giving away puppies that her dog just had.

He goes up to the girl and says, “Little girl, I think that it’s wonderful that you’re doing such a good thing.”

The little girl says, “Thank you, Senator Obama. Would you like a puppy? They’re Democrats.”

Barack declines and jogs onward. The next day Barrack jogs past the same girl and decides to talk to her again. “You know what, little girl? I think I’ll take one of those puppies after all, seeing as how they’re Democrats.”

The girl says, “I’m sorry Senator Obama, but they’re not Democrats any more. They’re Republican now.”

Barack says, “They are? How do you know? As a matter of fact, how did you know that they were Democrats at first to begin with?” 

She says, “Well, just after they were born they were Democrats, but now their eyes are open.”
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CAMPAIGNING FOR PRESIDENT WITH A STRATEGY THAT MATTERS AND MAKES A DIFFERENCE

One General Strategy I would Use In The Campaign

An Account of One General Strategy I Would Use In The Campaign

With about 1 month remaining to go in this election, I would suggest that the candidates use that time well. If I were managing John McCain’s campaign I would maintain my focus on those battleground states and place a priority on the issues most important to the voters in those states.

At the same time, McCain needs to not only differentiate himself from Obama but also 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 forces to Lebanon for a peace keeping mission which eventually led to the loss of nearly 300 Americans when a suicide bomber targeted their barracks.

McCain must point to legislative efforts that made him cross party lines in order to work with Democrats like Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Diane Feinstein, Joe Biden and many others.

This must all be laid out while shining light on Barack Obama’s partisanship and his lockstep, liberal leanings.

In addition to the contrast of Mccain’s bipartisan record and Obama’s partisan practices, McCain should drive home the fact that one can tell a lot from the company that they keep. Obama’s friends are quite telling too. They include Obama’s friends & fellow fundraisers, convicted, Chicago slum lord Tony Rezko and unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. His relationships also include his 20 years of worship under the American hating, racist, religious bigots Rev. Wright. All of which are just a few examples among a long list of radical, socialists and troublesome characters

All of the above are underlying themes. Themes which should be conveyed through television and targeted direct mail advertising and while that is occurring I would simultaneously set in motion a nationwide campaign effort that puts forth one major policy initiative every other day. This is the strategy that I would have the candidate personally conduct in his day to day activities. While overriding concerns with the economy and the war shall remain ever present and should be addressed, go beyond the obvious and tap into the underlying, less addressed, issues which are ignored.

 

 

Every other day I would present to the nation a legislative initiative dealing with all the other aspects of our lives. For the sake of time and megabytes I will outline a few examples.

McCain has had a problem with one issue that has fallen off the radar, immigration.

It may not be the priority that it was 13 months ago but it remains as troublesome now as it was than. McCain’s last attempt to resolve the issue was pitiful. The McCain-Kennedy initiative failed and rightfully so.  John McCain has since admitted that he has heard the people and they want our border secured before we make any other attempts to change the legal immigration process.

Knowing this, I would have John McCain present to the people a new and comprehensive plan called OPEN ARMS-SECURE BORDERS .

I would have McCain step up to the podium and declare:

“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 ten 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 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 points 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 7500 letter-size pages. Every time the federal government addresses the tax issue it’s code increases size, 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.  We can strike out the ridiculous and replace it the logical “.

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 to make poor people rich and that is not achieved by taking money away from the people. 

This has been said before and it has only helped to produce a more complicated and oppressive tax system. This time, with serious diligence and sincerity, it can be approached effectively and it can be made a rallying call that helps get voters behind it and the candidates pushing for it. Short of calling for a fair, equitable and simple flat tax, revamping the arcane old code is the least that can be done.

 While on the economy, I would advise that McCain admit to a tough transition that our economy must face. One that is steeped in a changing of generational attitudes when it comes to money. A change back to the thinking of our greatest generation, a generation that did not live beyond their means. Call upon Americans to deal with real money, not the fake money of plastic or predatory loans. declare that we must not rely on what we don’t have but rather what we do and state that by living beyond our means is one very real aspect of today’s shocking need to pay the piper. I would have McCain point out that the requesting for American citizens to stop living beyond their means doesn’t stop with them, but that under his administration, it will start with government.

McCain needs to demonstrate that Wall Street alone did not bring about the dismal economic picture, but that a government which mandated sub-prime loans to achieve homeownership and a mentality of borrowing for today without saving for tomorrow led to this crisis and that now we must stop borrowing from Peter to pay Paul and operate in real dollars not fake dollars. Such straight talk will allow McCain to take hold of the issue rather than be strangled by the issue.

With 4 weeks remaining such straight talk could be delivered on plenty of other issues. Issues like an energy independence and efficiency initiative and legislative reform process that eliminates the numbers of riders that get attached to bills and provide ridiculous government funding through sneaky measures. There are dozens of major issues that can be addressed in detail every other day during the next month and they should be. It is up to the candidates to bring them up, lay them out and focus our attention on them.

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 setting 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.

AN 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?

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