A couple thoughts on the debate — the format was awful, but I expected more of Tom Brokaw. We didn’t get any new information out of this debate (other than McCain’s call for more bailouts, but I’ll get to that). Neither candidate was able to challenge his opponent’s comments in any depth, and this worked great for Obama. It drives me nuts every time I hear Obama’s claim that 95% of the people will get a tax cut under his tax plan. As we all know, a much lower percentage of Americans actually pay taxes. He is never challenged on this claim. Since we know the economy will continue to struggle for a while, it makes sense to force the government to sacrifice some of its largesse for the good of all Americans. That’s why I believe John McCain was on the right track when he proposed a spending freeze (with a few obvious exceptions). If we are forced to make tough budgetary choices in our own lives, then the government must make some spending cuts as well.
While I have serious doubts about many of Barack Obama’s spending proposals, John McCain insists on proposing to spend $300 billion more taxpayer dollars on buying up mortgages. Can’t we start this election over with two different candidates? If there’s any other candidate who is more tone-deaf to conservatives than John McCain, I have yet to see one. As a candidate of reform, he should have fought the bailout and the pork added to it, as well as casting a vote against it. This bailout was eventually going to pass, so there would have been no political risk to McCain if he made a real maverick choice for once. He also should have promised to review the bailout deal after becoming president to see if that deal is producing the desired results. This would have put him in a much stronger position on the economy, since there was and is much public opposition to the bailout deal.
It’s because of my opposition to Barack Obama and his plans for this country and for our economy that I am supporting John McCain and encouraging others to do the same. One thing’s for sure…no matter who wins this election, it won’t be a fun 4 years.