To the Cheney’s: please go away

August 31, 2009

I’m not looking for your opinions on terrorism, the actions of certain CIA operatives during the Bush Administration, or anything else.

I, along with half the American population and 80% of the world’s population, endured 8 years of your crap.

I don’t want to hear or read about any one with the last name of Cheney in the news.

We know your positions. Please go away and stay away. Thanks!

Enough!

Democrat Dave


Top 5 health care reform lies

August 11, 2009

Courtesy of MoveOn.org:

The health care fight has turned ugly, fast. Right-wing mobs are crashing congressional town halls,1 lies are spreading via anonymous email chains,2 and Sarah Palin bizarrely said that President Obama was going to set up a “death panel,” whatever that is.3

Many of these claims are just incredible—but if we don’t fight back with the truth, the right will continue to poison the health care debate. So as part of our Real Voices for Change campaign this August, we’re working to set the record straight.

Check out the list below: “Top Five Health Care Lies—and How to Fight Back.” Can you spread the word by passing this email along to 10 of your friends today?

Also, if you’re on Facebook, please post the list today by clicking here: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51746. If you’re on Twitter, retweet: @MoveOn Check out the Top 5 Health Care Lies—and How to Fight Back. http://bit.ly/Bncs5

Top Five Health Care Reform Lies—and How to Fight Back

Lie #1: President Obama wants to euthanize your grandma!!!

The truth: These accusations—of “death panels” and forced euthanasia—are, of course, flatly untrue. As an article from the Associated Press puts it: “No ‘death panel’ in health care bill.”4 What’s the real deal? Reform legislation includes a provision, supported by the AARP, to offer senior citizens access to a professional medical counselor who will provide them with information on preparing a living will and other issues facing older Americans.5

Lie #2: Democrats are going to outlaw private insurance and force you into a government plan!!!

The truth: With reform, choices will increase, not decrease. Obama’s reform plans will create a health insurance exchange, a one-stop shopping marketplace for affordable, high-quality insurance options.6 Included in the exchange is the public health insurance option—a nationwide plan with a broad network of providers—that will operate alongside private insurance companies, injecting competition into the market to drive quality up and costs down.7

If you’re happy with your coverage and doctors, you can keep them.8 But the new public plan will expand choices to millions of businesses or individuals who choose to opt into it, including many who simply can’t afford health care now.

Lie #3: President Obama wants to implement Soviet-style rationing!!!

The truth: Health care reform will expand access to high-quality health insurance, and give individuals, families, and businesses more choices for coverage. Right now, big corporations decide whether to give you coverage, what doctors you get to see, and whether a particular procedure or medicine is covered—that is rationed care. And a big part of reform is to stop that.

Health care reform will do away with some of the most nefarious aspects of this rationing: discrimination for pre-existing conditions, insurers that cancel coverage when you get sick, gender discrimination, and lifetime and yearly limits on coverage.9 And outside of that, as noted above, reform will increase insurance options, not force anyone into a rationed situation. 

Lie #4: Obama is secretly plotting to cut senior citizens’ Medicare benefits!!!

The truth: Health care reform plans will not reduce Medicare benefits.10 Reform includes savings from Medicare that are unrelated to patient care—in fact, the savings comes from cutting billions of dollars in overpayments to insurance companies and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse.11

Lie #5: Obama’s health care plan will bankrupt America!!!

The truth: We need health care reform now in order to prevent bankruptcy—to control spiraling costs that affect individuals, families, small businesses, and the American economy.

Right now, we spend more than $2 trillion dollars a year on health care.12 The average family premium is projected to rise to over $22,000 in the next decade13—and each year, nearly a million people face bankruptcy because of medical expenses.14 Reform, with an affordable, high-quality public option that can spur competition, is necessary to bring down skyrocketing costs. Also, President Obama’s reform plans would be fully paid for over 10 years and not add a penny to the deficit.15

We’re closer to real health care reform than we’ve ever been—and the next few weeks will decide whether it happens. We need to make sure the truth about health care reform is spread far and wide to combat right wing lies.

Can you forward this email to your friends today? And remember, also post it on Facebook by clicking here: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51746. And on Twitter, by retweeting: @MoveOn Check out the Top 5 Health Care Lies—and How to Fight Back. http://bit.ly/Bncs5

Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Kat, Ilya, Michael and the rest of the team

P.S. Want more? Check out this great new White House “Reality Check” website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/ or this excellent piece from Health Care for America Now on some of the most outrageous lies: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51729&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=1

Sources:

1. “More ‘Town Halls Gone Wild’: Angry Far Right Protesters Disrupt Events With ‘Incomprehensible’ Yelling,” Think Progress, August 4, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51733&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=2

2. “Fight the smears,” Health Care for America NOW, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51729&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=3

3. “Palin Paints Picture of ‘Obama Death Panel’ Giving Thumbs Down to Trig,” ABC News, August 7, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51728&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=4

4. “No ‘death panel’ in health care bill,” The Associated Press, August 10, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51747&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=5

5. “Stop Distorting the Truth about End of Life Care,” The Huffington Post, July 24, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51730&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=6

6. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 11, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#i1

7. “Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan,” The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51737&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=7

8. “Obama: ‘If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor,'” The Wall Street Journal, 15, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51736&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=8

9. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#r1

10. “Obama: No reduced Medicare benefits in health care reform,” CNN, July 28, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51748&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=9

11. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#s1

12. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#c1

13. “Premiums Run Amok,” Center for American Progress, July 24, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51667&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=10

14. “Medical bills prompt more than 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies,” CNN, June 5, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51735&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=11

15. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/faq#c1

Sources for the Five Lies:

#1: “A euthanasia mandate,” The Washington Times, July 29, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51732&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=12

#2: “It’s Not An Option,” Investor’s Business Daily, July 15, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51743&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=13

#3: “Rationing Health Care,” The Washington Times, April 21, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51742&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=14

#4: “60 Plus Ad Is Chock Full Of Misinformation,” Media Matters for America, August 8, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51734&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=15

#5: “Obama’s ‘Public’ Health Plan Will Bankrupt the Nation,” The National Review, May 13, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51744&id=16778-7179639-h3aVIex&t=16

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Birther movement can stand down

July 23, 2009

There are still a couple of people who question whether or not Barack Obama meets the citizenship requirements necessary to be President of the United States of America.

He does meet the requirements.  Check out this video clip (double-click the word “video”).

Is John Stewart the only reliable source for journalistic investigation?

What do you think?

Democrat Dave


Palin’s sexiness hurt her vote getting

March 5, 2009

From the L.A. Times blog “Top of the Ticket” comes the following:

“Newly released academic research suggests that Sarah Palin’s sexiness, while great for selling copies of Vogue magazine and political buttons about the hottest governor from the coldest state last fall, may actually have hurt her vote-getting ability, which seems to be what elections are about.”

Really?  I’d attribute her vote getting problems to her inability to put together coherent thoughts as evidenced by her media interviews.

Of course, Sarah blames the MSM for all her problems.  But, that’s a pretty consistent GOP trait as of late.   It’s a lot easier to blame “the evil MSM” than admit that America wanted someone with more than a fifth grade problem-solving level running the U.S.A.

I’m so grateful John McCain and Sarah Palin didn’t fool the American people. After 8 long years, we got one election right!

What do you think?

Democrat Dave


Bush-Cheney nightmare is over

January 22, 2009

It’s absolutely wonderful to awaken knowing  the 8-year Bush-Cheney nightmare is over.

You could see the joy in the faces of people at the inauguration.  Nearly 2 million people showed up in person in Washington, D.C., to celebrate President Obama’s election to the highest office in the land and the departure of one of the least popular administrations in our nation’s history.

I am absolutely in favor of prosecuting the prior administration for its illegal acts, particularly for any war crimes that were committed.

When the President of the United States announces to the world, “We do not torture,” and then allows and even condones “aggressive interrogation techniques” previously defined in international law as “torture,” we cannot turn the other cheek.

Prosecution of war crimes is not a partisan undertaking.  It establishes that no one is above the law, even the President of the United States.  We can allow the international community to pursue such prosecutions–that is certainly acceptable to me.

I understand that Barack Obama does not want to be distracted from the critical tasks at hand nor does he want his administration to get bogged down in what many would say is a partisan issue.  But, his administration can’t simply ignore past illegal acts.

Today, Barack Obama enjoys the approval of more than 80% of the American people.  I’m delighted that he and his team are in charge and wish them well leading us back from the brink.

What do you think?  Democrat Dave


20 days and counting–no more Bush-Cheney

December 31, 2008

I can’t wait until Noon on January 20th, 2009, when Bush and Cheney head off to retirement.  I won’t miss that smirk.

I’ve had a quiet few weeks and have not posted much since the election.  I needed to take a break, sit back and observe the political world while I attended to some business matters.

If you’re like me, you probably wish the Bush-Cheney team had stepped aside back before Thanksgiving, yielding to the Obama-Biden team.   While there is still the vacuum of leadership from Bush, he’s apparently been busy looking for ways to erode environmental and labor protections.

What am I excited about?

  • The incoming Obama-Biden team replacing Bush-Cheney
  • Our troops get a new Commander in Chief
  • The new cabinet is getting praise from Republicans  and Democrats alike
  • Colin Powell’s candor just before the election
  • A really smart, capable guy is going to be President in 20 days
  • The Iraqi government has expressed the intent to get our troops out just as Barack Obama had suggested for months
  • That the McCain-Palin ticket didn’t prevail in the last election
  • Al Franken becoming a U.S. Senator for the state of Minnesota

What irritates me?

  • Bush and Cheney will likely get away with war crimes
  • That the Bush administration was able to undermine our Constitution, our economy, our environment, our regulatory processes, our standing in the world, and will face no consequences
  • There’s no accountability for Paulson and Bernake
  • I don’t know if any of the $350 billion Paulson has spent is yielding or will yield economic benefits–can anyone explain this to me?
  • That Paulson and Bernake made a case for the urgent need to buy up “toxic mortgage debt” to get the economy moving and then bought none
  • Why we’re focused on what little bailout money the U.S. auto industry is receiving ($17 billion) yet we aren’t keeping our eyes on the Wall Street bailout which continues to move along under “cover of darkness”
  • AIG’s bailout money has quietly increased from $80 billion to over $125 billion–how come?
  • How the SEC–after being tipped off about a scam Bernie Madoff was perpetrating on investors–looked the other way and how this negligence has a price tag of $50 billion.  Madoff is spending his days/nights in his luxurious New York apartment while his victims spend their days living with untold anguish.
  • The arrogance of Bush, Cheney, Ted Stevens, Norm Coleman and Blagojevich

What do you think?

Happy New Year!!    Democrat Dave


What’s Up with Alaska Voters and Ted Stevens?

November 9, 2008

It’s hard to believe that Ted Stevens is leading in the vote tallying going on in Alaska for a U.S. Senate seat.  Ted Stevens, also known as ConvicTED Stevens, was found guilty of 7 felonies for failing to disclose gifts he received as required by Senate disclosure policies. 

He’s proclaimed his innocence (like the vast majority of convicted felons) and has stated that, until his appeals process is completed, he’s considered innocent.  Really?

Sarah Palin and John McCain called for him to step down after his conviction but, since the election, Sarah Palin has backed away from her request–perhaps she doesn’t want to alienate a large block of Republican voters–those who support Ted Stevens.

Does anyone else find this ironic?  How could Alaskans vote to re-elect Stevens?  Why do they want a convicted felon representing them?  What must they be thinking?

My gut tells me that there may be a method to the madness.  The Republicans want him to win now so when he’s kicked out of the U.S. Senate, there’s a greater chance a Republican will secure the seat he is forced to give up.

But seriously–voting for a convicted felon is over the top.

What do you think?  Any Alaskans care to weigh in?

Democrat Dave


President-Elect Obama–Wow!!

November 4, 2008

What a night!!   I’m absolutely ecstatic about this victory tonight.  We’ve come so far from the last 8 years, 8 years I can’t wait to put behind us.

Back in 2004, George W. Bush declared one day after one of the narrowist victories in U.S. presidential election history that he had a “mandate.”  My immediate reaction was “bull shit”–you don’t have anything near a mandate.  He went on to talk about how he was going to spend the “political capital” that he had earned during the election.  It makes me shake my head to this day thinking about this. What an arrogant, pompous ass. George Bush and Dick Cheney have acted as though they could do whatever they wanted without repercussions.  As Keith Olbermann would say, “How dare they!”

This election is a victory for all Americans, a victory for the international community, a victory for hope, a victory for diplomacy, a victory for our veterans and active duty soldiers, and a victory for our planet.

Barack Obama is inheriting a mess: 2 wars, an economy on the verge of collapse, industries that have missed the mark and put jobs at risk, huge budget deficits, over $10 trillon national debt, etc.. It won’t get fixed overnight.  It is going to require careful thought, leadership and the ability to build coalitions of support.  Barack Obama has demonstrated that he knows how to do this.  That’s why he was elected today.

Barack Obama is a smart, thoughtful guy. He knows that with great power comes great responsibility.  If the Democrats act with the best of intentions for the citizens of our nation and the world, they may continue to enjoy the mandate they’ve been given today in the 2010 election cycle.  If they abuse this power, they can expect a reversal of fortunes.

The election of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is a clear repudiation of senseless deregulation, needless torture and waterboarding, loosely interpreting the U.S. Constitution to fit the circumstances, inventing phrases to avoid obligations under the Geneva Convention requirements (e.g., “enemy combatants” vs. “prisoners of war”), warrantless wiretapping, catering to narrow special intersts to win votes, “go-it-alone” preemptive military actions, firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons, FEMA support for Hurricane Katrina, and countless other issues.  And, one more thing. Colin Powell hit the nail on the head: We are not just a Christian nation–we are a nation that includes and respects all religions. 

In just the past couple of months, Barack Obama has been called a celebrity, a socialist, a Communist, a “liberal,” a tax and spend liberal, a guy who wants to raise everybody’s taxes (contrary to his position), a pal of domestic terrorists, etc.  How pathetic coming from John McCain and Sarah Palin.  John McCain would want us to forget his pathetic campaign and his disparging words that served to polarize people, but, I’ll never forget the low road he and Sarah Palin tried to take to the highest office in the land.  The American voters won’t forget either.

But you know what–the American people didn’t buy the Republican B.S.  Even many neo-cons endorsed Barack Obama as they didn’t like what Bush and GOP has done to this country and our standing in the world. America saw through it this time. 

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

This is a proud day for all Americans.  It’s a proud day for Barack Obama and his family, his recently deceased grandmother and for all African-Americans who thought they might never see a president who looked like them.

Back in August, I started this blog at the suggestion of my wife.  I’ve been blessed to have over 5000 visitors to this blog since its inception.  Most of my visitors have come for the fact-based, research pieces that I’ve written.  Even today, I had people looking up issues such as the “Bush Tax Cuts” to understand the difference between the plan offered by John McCain and Barack Obama.  I’m grateful for folks who have come to the blog regularly and offered comments and support.  I appreciate it more than you know.  It has made this mission worthwhile.

America made it through this election cycle without one of our best commentators ever:  Tim Russert.  I have to believe that Tim Russert is smiling tonight up in heaven at Barack Obama’s victory.  I miss his insights, his smile, his energy and enthusiasm.  It was great to see his son Luke on the air during this election cycle.

I’m so happy!  Congratulations to the Obamas and the Bidens!!

God has blessed America today!  Thank God for this day and this outcome. Democrat Dave

PS:  I’m not going to retire this blog as this election cycle closes.


Election looking good for Obama

November 4, 2008

6:30 PM PST: With Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Mexico now in Barack Obama’s favor, it is virtually impossible for John McCain to win this election.  Yahoo!!!  

It’s not over yet.  There’s still voting going on out West.  If you haven’t voted for Barack Obama yet, there’s still time.

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!!  Democrat Dave


I just voted Obama-Biden!

November 4, 2008

Probably not a very unique headline given that millions and millions of Americans will be doing the same throughout the course of the day.

I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects for an Obama-Biden victory later today. 

I want to congratulate the historic achievements of Barack Obama in running a campaign that sets a new standard for what campaigns of the future will look like.

There’s little question that Barack Obama and Joe Biden have taken the high road to the White House while the McCain-Palin ticket have taken the low road.   John McCain–you aren’t the same man you were 8 years ago when you ran for this office. 

McCain and Palin have thrown disingenuous charges at Barack for weeks.  John McCain has run the most uninspired, off-message, erratic, hateful campaign I’ve ever witnessed.  They deserve to lose today’s election. 

Later today, I plan to celebrate the Obama-Biden victory as well as the rejection of the McCain-Palin ticket. 

I want to acknowledge the passing of Barack Obama’s grandmother just one day before the election.  She has to be so proud of who Barack is and the campaign that he’s run.  What a magnificent gift she’s been to American by helping to raise such a fine individual as Barack Obama.

Please vote Obama-Biden today.  Democrat Dave


Protect yourself from voter fraud

November 2, 2008

From the Obama-Biden campaign, comes this informative video:

Please vote Obama-Biden on November 4th!! Democrat Dave


Sarah Palin pranked by Canadian radio DJ’s-complete audio

November 2, 2008

Congratulations to Sarah Palin’s staff for doing such an effective job protecting her from this prank.  That this happened is unbelievable. Enjoy!

Obama-Biden in 2008! Democrat Dave


Sarah Palin–the face of the Republican party in 2012

November 2, 2008

I say “hooray” to this idea.  Her brand is just what America needs to ensure there’s a Democrat in the White House.  Bring it on, Sarah!!

Democrat Dave


Special measure on San Francisco ballot to honor George W. Bush

November 2, 2008

Voters in San Francisco on Tuesday will decide whether to rename the city’s wastewater treatment plant as the ‘George W. Bush Sewage Plant.’  [Note: I’m not making this up.] 

Should this measure pass, there’s talk of an orchestrated plan to have everyone flush at high Noon eastern time on inauguration day as a final send-off to President Bush.  Unorthodox?  Perhaps.  Inappropriate?  You decide.

Democrat Dave


“My Friends: The Musical”–the McCain-Palin campaign

November 1, 2008

This is a bit over a 3-minute look at the McCain-Palin campaign. Very informative and entertaining!!

What do you think?

Enough! Obama-Biden in 2008!! Democrat Dave


Colin Powell endorsement of Barack Obama–another look

October 31, 2008

Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama is certainly one of the high points of the 2008 Election. 

As we enter the final 4 days of the campaign, Colin Powell’s words from the October 19th “Meet the Press” bear repeating, especially for an undecided voters at this point:

I know both of these individuals very well now. I’ve known John for 25 years as your setup said. And I’ve gotten to know Mr. Obama quite well over the past two years. Both of them are distinguished Americans who are patriotic, who are dedicated to the welfare of our country. Either one of them, I think, would be a good president. I have said to Mr. McCain that I admire all he has done.

I have some concerns about the direction that the party has taken in recent years. It has moved more to the right than I would like to see it, but that’s a choice the party makes. And I’ve said to Mr. Obama, “You have to pass a test of do you have enough experience, and do you bring the judgment to the table that would give us confidence that you would be a good president.” And I’ve watched him over the past two years, frankly, and I’ve had this conversation with him.

I have especially watched over the last six of seven weeks as both of them have really taken a final exam with respect to this economic crisis that we are in and coming out of the conventions. And I must say that I’ve gotten a good measure of both. In the case of Mr. McCain, I found that he was a little unsure as to deal with the economic problems that we were having and almost every day there was a different approach to the problem. And that concerned me, sensing that he didn’t have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had.

And I was also concerned at the selection of Governor Palin. She’s a very distinguished woman, and she’s to be admired; but at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made.

On the Obama side, I watched Mr. Obama and I watched him during this seven-week period. And he displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at problems like this and picking a vice president that, I think, is ready to be president on day one. And also, in not just jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor. I think that he has a, a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well.

I also believe that on the Republican side over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party and Mr. McCain has become narrower and narrower. Mr. Obama, at the same time, has given us a more inclusive, broader reach into the needs and aspirations of our people. He’s crossing lines–ethnic lines, racial lines, generational lines. He’s thinking about all villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values.

And I’ve also been disappointed, frankly, by some of the approaches that Senator McCain has taken recently, or his campaign ads, on issues that are not really central to the problems that the American people are worried about. This Bill Ayers situation that’s been going on for weeks became something of a central point of the campaign.

But Mr. McCain says that he’s a washed-out terrorist. Well, then, why do we keep talking about him? And why do we have these robocalls going on around the country trying to suggest that, because of this very, very limited relationship that Senator Obama has had with Mr. Ayers, somehow, Mr. Obama is tainted. What they’re trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings. And I think that’s inappropriate.

Now, I understand what politics is all about. I know how you can go after one another, and that’s good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It’s not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift. I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that’s what we’d be looking at in a McCain administration.

I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian.

But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, “He’s a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.”

This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards–Purple Heart, Bronze Star–showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn’t have a Christian cross, it didn’t have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.

Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way. And John McCain is as nondiscriminatory as anyone I know. But I’m troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions. So, when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we’ve got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time?

And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities–and we have to take that into account–as well as his substance–he has both style and substance–he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president.

I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world– onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.

Wow! Colin Powell makes a compelling case for the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008.  Democrat Dave


What to do with Sarah Palin’s $1200 energy check to Alaskans?

October 31, 2008

From my esteemed colleague at Mudflats (http://mudflats.wordpress.com) comes this gem:

I got my $1200 energy rebate check from Sarah Palin a couple weeks ago, and so did every other human being in Alaska.  This money, which came from the wealth of oil companies doing business in Alaska, got spread around by the Governor to help Alaskans defray the rising costs of energy that made the oil companies profitable enough to provide Alaska with the money for the rebate check that defrays the cost of energy…..(you get the circular idea).

At the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally here in Anchorage, a woman drove by as I was returning to my car. She leaned out of her window and said, “Are you going to get a $1200 check this year?” “You mean the rebate check? Yes,” I said. “So how can you hate Sarah Palin!?!” she quipped, looking angry and smug at the same time. “Are you going to SPEND it???” she spat. I said the first thing that came to mind, “Yes, I’ll probably donate it to the Obama campaign.” She screeched away.

And I didn’t tell her the whole truth. I’ve actually spread my wealth around to lots of good progressive candidates, both in Alaska and outside.

Priceless.  Democrat Dave


Dick Cheney supports Barack Obama

October 31, 2008

In the spirit of acknowledging all the disingenuous lies and distortions of the McCain-Palin campaign, I made up this headline.  But, unlike the McCain-Palin campaign, I acknowledge that it’s not true. 

One of the leading neo-conservatives has, indeed, thrown his support to Barack Obama.   This guy isn’t from the “liberal media.” From the Huffington Post on the 30th of October, 2008, comes the following:

Francis Fukuyama, the prominent academic and an early intellectual defender of neoconservatism, endorses Barack Obama in the pages of the American Conservative magazine:

I’m voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term. But in the waning days of his administration, he is presiding over a collapse of the American financial system and broader economy that will have consequences for years to come. As a general rule, democracies don’t work well if voters do not hold political parties accountable for failure. While John McCain is trying desperately to pretend that he never had anything to do with the Republican Party, I think it would a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale.
McCain’s appeal was always that he could think for himself, but as the campaign has progressed, he has seemed simply erratic and hotheaded. His choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate was highly irresponsible; we have suffered under the current president who entered office without much knowledge of the world and was easily captured by the wrong advisers. McCain’s lurching from Reaganite free- marketer to populist tribune makes one wonder whether he has any underlying principles at all.

So, why is anyone voting for the McCain-Palin ticket at this point? This guy has nailed it.

Enough! Obama-Biden in 2008. Democrat Dave


McCain needs help with economy–his choice?

October 29, 2008

John McCain has always admitted that the economy is not his strength. Damn the bad luck–that’s where we need the most help right now. Check out this 30-second video clip:

Democrat Dave


Let’s put an end to McCain-Palin lies about Barack Obama’s tax plans

October 29, 2008

If you’re sick and tired of John McCain’s non-stop stream of lies about Barack Obama’s tax plan, this video can help you put an end to it.  From JedL over at DailyKos comes this gem.

 

As JedL says:

As the video shows, the fact is that under Obama’s plan, 95% of Americans — including Joe the Plumber — would get a tax cut. Income over $250,000 would be taxed at pre-Bush levels (same as during the Clinton years).

That’s not spreading the wealth — that’s a tax plan designed to create wealth by strengthening the middle class.

Don’t tell Matt Drudge or FOX News, but John McCain himself took the same basic approach to taxes as Barack Obama — at least until the 2008 presidential campaign brought about some changes in his views.

Now, with just six days to go, the only thing John McCain has left to run on is a bogus and hypocritical attack on Barack Obama’s tax cut plan. To the extent this video can help reveal that truth, getting it into enough hands could help put an end to John McCain’s lies about Obama’s tax cut plan.

Thanks! Democrat Dave


Barack Obama draws 100,000 in Denver; John McCain trying to raise money

October 26, 2008

When things are going well, they’re going really well.  Barack Obama drew approximately 100,000 people to a rally in Denver today.  Guess folks want to see the next President of the United States.

I happened to receive a John McCain solicitation trying to raise money.  Immediately made me donate another $100 to Barack Obama.  Don’t worry–I’ll send in the GOP fund-raising solicitation (they pay the postage) and let them know I donated money to Barack Obama in John McCain’s name.

Here’s some key points from John McCain’s letter (you may want to grab a Kleenex before reading further–it may make you tear up a bit–not):

Dear Friend,

We’ve reached a critical juncture in the campaign.  The Obama Democrats and their left-wing, special interest allies have come forward in a united front combining their enoromous fundraising arsenal.  Meanwhile, the national Democrats led by Chairman Howard Dean are stepping up their cynical campaign of distortions and outright lies, and with the help of their cronies, are raising staggering amounts of money.

My friend, the last thing we Republicans can afford is to have our hands tied behind our backs due to the fact that their candidate broke his promise to the American people and refused to accept the presidential campaign spending limit–which means they will have no limit as to what they can raise and spend.

We simply can’t be in a situation where the Democrats hold a huge financial advantage over us in the last crucial month leading up to the elections.  That’s why I am writing to you today, as a most valued and trusted member of our Party.

You support is essential right now.  So, please send in a generous Emergency Membership Contribution of $35, $50, $100, $500 or even more if you can afford it.

…I would not ask for your help if the circumstances were not so dire.  However, it is clear that the weeks and days ahead will be the most important yet in our battle to defeat the Democrats and their deeply flawed policies that embrace higher taxes, more government spending, socialized medicine and surrender in Iraq.

…Thank you for your steadfast support of our Party and our country.

Sincerely, John McCain

John McCain lies even in his fundraising messages. What a pathetic guy he’s become as a result of this election.  But, that issue aside–since McCain accepted public funds, how can he still be raising money?  Or, do those rules not apply because “McCain says so?”

Enough!! Obama-Biden in 2008! Democrat Dave


Apple opposes California’s Proposition 8

October 25, 2008

Apple has not only come out against Proposition 8–an amendment that proposes a California state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage–it has offered funding to defeat the initiative.   Here’s Apple’s press release:

No on Prop 8

October 24, 2008

Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.

I urge a No vote on Proposition 8. Thank you, Apple, for seeing it the same way!! Democrat Dave


Change: Barack Obama and the “wassup” dudes

October 25, 2008

Hasn’t Cindy McCain made her fortune from Budweiser?  Oh well…

For all you “Joe Six Packs” out there, enjoy.  Democrat Dave


Biden interview with a Florida wingnut TV news host

October 25, 2008

Looks like this interviewer was loaded up with RNC talking points.  Joe Biden does a great job of responding.  Democrat Dave


Is the election over yet?

October 25, 2008

If you believe the polls, the Obama-Biden ticket is going to have a resounding victory against the McCain-Palin ticket.  I believe the polls.  Why?  Obama is consistently ahead in the polls.  This mitigates the potential issue of a one-off polling result such as the AP poll we saw earlier this week.

Democrats can’t become complacent–we need to get out the vote to ensure that we close the deal for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  Polls don’t win elections–it’s only the final vote tally that counts!!   Michele Obama reminds us yesterday that we can take nothing for granted.

I got really ill about 10 days ago and am well on the mend now.  I was so sick, I missed the final debate.  That’s sick!  The McCain-Palin tone hasn’t promoted better health for me.  It’s only made me crave an Obama-Biden victory and for us to “get this over with.”

I’ve now reached the point where, like George Bush, I don’t want to hear anything that John McCain or Sarah Palin have to say.   It’s all about bashing Obama-Biden, not telling us why they offer a better solution for America.

The McCain-Palin ticker only advances FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about Barack Obama.  The American people aren’t buying it.  McCain-Palin aren’t mavericks, they aren’t for the middle class, and they really aren’t for change.  They are for pandering to their base.

The McCain-Palin campaign has become a travesty for them and good news for the Democrats–the GOP down-party races, e.g., House, Senate, etc., are suffering due to the McCain-Palin ticket.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden want a victory to help steer this country in a different direction.  McCain-Palin want to win to preserve the status quo.  In my mind, the choice is clear:  Obama-Biden is the ticket!!

Enough!  Obama-Biden in 2008!!  Democrat Dave