Monday, October 13 — Assigned Reading


McCain Vows to Whip Obama’s ‘You-Know-What’
(FROM: Associated Press) Every time I think John McCain gets it, he does something a few days later that takes the wind right out of my sails. This time, I’m hoping things will be different. Not only do I like the enthusiasm from the Arizona senator, I like that he will be offering a fiscally conservative answer for our current economic crisis — reduce capital gains and dividend taxes to foster investment and economic growth. If he must dismiss his voting for that disaster of a bailout bill as a tourniquet rather than a cure, this move goes along with that mentality nicely. Stop the bleeding with the bailout (which it apparently didn’t), then work toward a cure by reducing taxes on those who make the economy work. You know, in the past few months, McCain has seen two significant bumps in the polls: the first came after the days leading up to the convention and the convention itself, when McCain named Sarah Palin–a conservative–as his running mate and ended his own acceptance speech with rallying cries to fight; the second came after his exceptional–and exceptionally conservative–performance at the forum at Saddleback Church. Perhaps he’s finally figuring out that acting like a conservative may get him into the White House.

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The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama
(FROM: The New York Times) Frank Rich ought to have his head examined. While every family has a crazy–or downright dangerous–uncle, the republicans and conservatives who support John McCain have nothing whatsoever on many who support Barack Obama. Those on the political left have long turned to civil disobedience to make a point, some–but, gosh, nobody that Barack would know, of course–even turned to setting bombs to make a left-leaning political point. Just a little over a week ago, while Al Gore was encouraging civil disobedience to prevent companies from breaking ground on new coal plants, Obama was busy telling his supporters to “get in the face” of republicans and others they did not agree with. Those who have been speaking out and yelling and getting fired up at McCain’s recent rallies–one of our readers was at the rally in Wisconsin which sparked this Frank Rich column–have been doing so more out of frustration with John McCain than hatred for Barack Obama. Either way, Rich needs to take a good, long look at the rarely-showered masses who share his ideological beliefs before pointing fingers in a rightward direction. Or, perhaps he can just look for the folks wearing “Sarah Palin is a C*nt” tee shirts.

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Obama’s 95% Illusion
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) For as much as we hear the words “I’ll cut taxes for 95 percent of those here in the audience” from Barack Obama, it’s a good idea to see exactly what it means. I’ll admit, because my wife and I struggle each and every month, the additional “tax credits” sound kind of nice, but the total bill of these “tax credits”–essentially a more political centrist-friendly euphemism for “welfare”–could reach more than $1 trillion, most of which would be going to people with no tax liability to begin with.

The Tax Foundation estimates that under the Obama plan 63 million Americans, or 44% of all tax filers, would have no income tax liability and most of those would get a check from the IRS each year. The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis estimates that by 2011, under the Obama plan, an additional 10 million filers would pay zero taxes while cashing checks from the IRS.

How in the world does this message get across to the average independent voter? People look at the promises made by Barack Obama, just as I did at the promises made by Al Gore in 2000, and they vote with their heart. How can McCain, or anybody for that matter, relate such specifics to those easily swayed by what could amount to another month or two in the black instead of the red?

Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama
(FROM: Christopher Buckley, The Daily Beast) What’s funny about this piece is that I’ve had to tell my own father almost the same thing — sorry, but I’m voting for McCain. People have their reasons, I’m afraid, and that’s why I’m so hesitant to bash somebody for voting for Obama. So long as people know their facts and don’t just vote because they like his neckties, they can do what they want. Sure, I cannot understand how people don’t understand that raising taxes in this economy would have disastrous consequences; sure, I cannot understand how Catholics could vote for someone who wanted to stop a bill that prevents infanticide; sure, I cannot understand how Americans could vote for someone who closely associates themselves with people who vehemently hate America — but that’s their decision, and they’ll need to live with it. Hey, we can’t all be intelligent. (That was a joke.)

Bush’s North Korea Surrender Will Have Lasting Consequences
(FROM: John Bolton, The Wall Street Journal) If the history books are kind to the 43rd president of the United States, it will be because his principled efforts to combat global terrorism and nuclear proliferation have been attributed to staying actual disaster. This is why, perhaps, his short-sighted decision to remove North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism is so distressing. Isn’t this the same North Korea who just last year was assisting in the development of a nuclear weapons program in Syria? Isn’t this the same North Korea which, just in the past few years, has promised to cease weapons development and then started again, has test-fired missiles in close proximity to Japan, and has made veiled threats to America citing the outermost ranges of its delivery systems? Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, says that this was “in fact the final crash and burn of a once-inspiring global effort to confront and reverse nuclear proliferation, thereby protecting America and its friends.” I agree.

A Capitalist Manifesto
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Hard work, and reward for that hard work, runs to the heart of the American Dream. As we continue on this steady descent into socialism, it is hard not to wonder what will become of the chance of the American Dream for all because of the demand for the dream made by an apathetic few. Great article. Please give it a read.

De-Fund ACORN, Republican Leader Insists
(FROM: CNS News) Absolutely. Especially now that we know that the $300 housing bailout bill from this summer provided $500 million per year to the group, now being investigated for voter fraud in more than ten states. ACORN’s Web site touts that the group has registered 1.3 million new voters nationwide — remember that the 200 election was won by a mere 537 votes.

Obama’s Associations Matter, Despite McCain’s Failure to Explain Why
(FROM: Mark Levin, National Review) Back in the spring, I warned that any substantive attack against Barack Obama down the stretch would be responded to with cries of racial intolerance. And I was right. Now, we’ve got Obama supporters demanding that John McCain scold angry and frustrated supporters, while Obama refuses to repudiate charges of racial intolerance leveled against John McCain by a congressman supporting the Illinois senator. Quid pro quo, Clarice. But it doesn’t matter, because none of it sticks. If we try to assail Obama on his errors in judgment, pointing out his associations with terrorists and racists and the like, we’re called hatemongers and racists ourselves. If we try to assail Obama on his asinine economic plans, we’re called “rich” (look at me — ha!) and out-of-touch and unsympathetic for those who have less than we do. If we try to assail Obama on his support for ACORN, we’re racists because ACORN “does so much” for those in our inner cities. John McCain must quit being concerned with appeasing the lefties in the media. Quit apologizing. Barack Obama sure isn’t. This man will grind America into the ground financially, he will leave us open to attack from terrorists abroad, he will do everything in his power to hasten our descent down the slippery slope of socialism, and he will have the highest security clearance in the land despite close ties with unrepentant domestic terrorists. McCain MUST point this out to those who watch Sportscenter instead of Special Report and Oprah instead of Meet the Press.

Will Mainstream Media Report on Obama Membership in Socialist New Party?
(FROM: Newsbusters) You know, I can understand why the media is so quiet on the Berg lawsuit. They want proof, and hesitate to report until actual hard evidence surfaces either way. Same thing goes for Obama’s association with William Ayers. They want hard evidence. Now, the bias comes in because the mainstream press does not require such hard evidence when dealing with a republican — case in point, the alleged affair between John McCain and lobbyist Vicki Iseman reported on back in the spring by the New York Times full of innuendo and lacking a single named source. Here, there apparently IS proof that Obama lied about–once again–his left-leaning past associations. That being said, will the mainstream press report on it? Probably not. The press hasn’t looked at this election objectively yet — why start now?

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McCain Letter Demanded 2006 Action on Fannie and Freddie
(FROM: Human Events) That’s right, it did. And McCain, who many–including myself–derided as a dimwit when it comes to economic matters, warned of our very situation on the Senate floor in 2005. We know this. Now, it is McCain’s job to explain this to everyone else — a job that would have been made easier, I think, if he had stuck to his principles and voted against the $700 billion bailout socialist extravaganza.

Struggling McCain Debuts Comeback Speech

(FROM: Politico) The speech sounds nice, but I’m not so sure that John McCain is actually “struggling.” Sure, the polls reflect that he is behind, but who for the most part conducts the polling? Who reports on the results? Heck, wasn’t John Kerry ahead of President George W. Bush at this time in 2004? Besides, the nation is about 60 percent conservative and has been so for years; election results have depended largely upon turnout. I cannot see that conservatives, despite the inadequacies of John McCain, will be sitting this election out. Just like McCain is correct in saying that Obama shouldn’t be “measuring the drapes” quite yet, I don’t think we should be counting out the old dog in this fight quite yet either.

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