I’ve been troubled by distortions I’m hearing and reading this past week in people’s thinking about Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.
There’s a woman whom I hear frequently encouraging others to vote Republican because “all Barack Obama wants to do is raise your taxes.” And, she bases this on what? Tired, old, outdated perceptions of the Democratic party? What facts about Barack Obama’s plan is she familiar with? None! She hasn’t read anything. Yet, she spews this misinformation like nobody’s business. If she and her husband made more than $250,000 per year, she’d be right. But, her family income is no where near that.
She’s not open to hearing anything other than her own voice. To debate the issues, it would be good to be armed with facts. This person isn’t properly armed and never will be.
I calmly explained to the person next to me about my blog post comparing Barack Obama and John McCain’s taxation plans. He appreciated seeing a side-by-side comparison and said he was voting for Barack Obama. “Enough, ” he said.
I found more distortions this morning when I read Mudflats blog and discovered the following in a post by Doug, a gentleman who decided to go out with a large placard proclaiming “Palin Lies” to get his concerns about Sarah Palin out to others up in Alaska. He writes:
…I was accosted by a couple of 60-year old women….Suddenly they were quoting Palin’s approval rating and Obama’s record as America’s most liberal senator (reminding me they got their information straight from CNN). They were joined by their husbands and a couple of other tourists. They stood over me and shook their fingers. Did I want to be a socialist? Did I remember Jimmy Carter’s administration? Was I really for health care for “all” people?
Let’s examine these assertions.
So, Obama is America’s “most liberal Senator?” Really? How has he had time to achieve this? That would be quite an achievement given his limited time in Washington, D.C.
Barack Obama is in favor of Socialism? No. Republicans love to throw out loaded terms like “liberal” and “Socialism” to describe Democrats. We’re seeing before our very eyes right now Socialism on a scale we’ve never seen in the U.S. The Bush Administration is embracing Socialism by spending perhaps $1 trillion to recover from the train wreck of deregulation and oversight neglect.
I’m not in favor of bailing out reckless corporations and executives, but, that’s what we–the American taxpayers–are going to do because, on the GOP watch, the Bush Administration has just about brought about a collapse of our economy (see statements by Bernake and Paulson this past week) unless we toss a life preserver to the companies who’ve caused the problem. Sweet!
There’s a price that the U.S. will pay on a longer-term basis in the global credit and capital markets. $1 trillion will take the pain away, but, if we don’t find systemic solutions, we’ll be right back here again.
A free market system is about letting things succeed that shoud succeed and letting things fail that should fail. To see things as “too important to fail” and bailing it out with taxpayer money is to embrace a Socialistic solution. This is Socialism at its finest. We’ve not seen this since the Great Depression.
Health care for everyone? Do these people think it should only be for a privileged few?
As for Jimmy Carter, excuse, me, but did these women forget about the budget surpluses and period of prosperity that we enjoyed as a nation under the last Democratic Administration led by Bill Clinton? Hellllooooo!!! Jimmy Carter, a wonderful human being, was not our best President. George Bush has been much, much worse. A McCain-Palin administration will do nothing but further erode our country and its standing in the world. McCain has hardly been able to put together back-to-back sentences this week on this issue without stumbling. Thank God he’s not in charge now.
There are many issues that this great nation faces. The Republicans favor those who are wealthy, those who aspire to be wealthy, and some special interests that they pander to each election year, e.g. the Christian evangelicals. The Democrats are concerned, rightfully so, about the destruction of the middle class under GOP rule.
For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone would even consider the McCain-Palin ticket at this point. McCain and Palin are completely non-sensical to me. Both of them are out of control with power and ego and offer no change. It’s time for a change. Enough!