Hit my Palin page link above for a horrendous video exposing her cruelty to animals — her achilles heel.
McCain’s Parrot Campaign
If you have noticed, McCain is now parroting the Obama positions. But behind the parrot’s beak lies a person so attuned to distortion that it requires some serious truth telling — well beyond the scope of the media — to expose the fact that parroting is actually telling lies big time.
McCain is now telling his listeners that he will give a tax cut to every family with children.
The truth is that McCain will let the current Bush tax cuts stand.
McCain would cut the taxes of people making over $2.9 million by a nice $269,994.
And generous John would also cut taxes for an impoverished family making under $19,000 annually by a princely $19. Enough to buy a half a tank on a good day.
I am being unfair, you say. Cherry picking?
McCain would cut the taxes of households making $38,000 by $133. (There is a list of all his cuts below.)
Let’s see how Obama weighs in.
Those big earners above would see a tax increase of $701,885. They would only get to keep a little over $2 million.
Those lower income tiers would see cuts of $567 and $893 respectively.
A substantive, discussable difference. Something Larry Summers and Bob Rubin could chew on a bit.
Let us turn to that MIDDLE income bracket: $66K-$112K.
McCain cuts $1009, Obama cuts $1290. Get the idea.
When all is said and done, Obama has cost the country only around $100 each to achieve a massive and fair change in the distribution of wealth. McCain’s cuts will cost the nation more than $1000 each. Obama delivers a much bigger bang to the middle class, seniors and low income folk for one tenth of what it will cost McCain to give a paltry few dollars to the least and a hundreds of thousands to the most wealthy.
Here are all the numbers, courtesy of the Tax Policy Center
$603K and up
Income Based on Average Tax Bill
$603K and up
Use of The Info Here Would Underline The Message of This New Obama Ad
Obama’s Smartest Afghanistan Play
On September 8, Human Rignts Watch sent a salvo across the bow of the notion that increased power alone will solve much in Afghanistan:
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan from US and NATO airstrikes nearly tripled from 2006 to 2007, with recent deadly airstrikes exacerbating the problem and fuelling a public backlash, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The report also condemns the Taliban’s use of “human shields” in violation of the laws of war.
Though operational changes advocated by Human Rights Watch have reduced the rate of civilian casualties since they spiked in July 2007, continuing tragedies, such as the July 6, 2008 strike on a wedding party and the August 22, 2008 bombing in Azizabad, have greatly undermined local support for the efforts of international forces providing security in Afghanistan. SOURCE
It is almost a truism that we should move troops into Afghanistan. But Afghanistan makes Iraq look like War 101. Compared to Iraq, Afghanistsn — since the British devised the term “the Great Game” to describe colonial efforts to prevail there — is a sink hole that has brought major powers to humiliating defeat for centuries.
The notion of a resurgent Taliban is hardly the sort of thing one wants to walk away from, if one is concerned for the Afghan people. But the prospects of simply shifting from a tenuous conclusion of the unnecessary war in Iraq, to a conflict that promises to be about ten times as difficult, is more than daunting.
It is a situation that calls for the same degree of insight that made Barack a passionate opponent of our entry into Iraq.
My own impression of the Kill Osama Card is that it is pandering.
We get Osama and what do we do?
Help create an organization run by people whose names we do not know.
If you want some perspective on this, read Juan Cole’s shocking suggestion that the original Al Queda has already been defeated.
My frank sense is that we should use the Afghanistan impasse to rethink war, just as we rethink ways police subdue wrongdoers.
Our air-heavy, hideously expensive, laser-laden forces can intimidate, but who remembers Shock and Awe with anything but revulsion and shame?
The best service of the fighting men and women Barack celebrates is their human “community organization” performance on the ground, among the people.
We need a move beyond a tech-heavy, trigger-happy global war machine to something … simpler and more effective.
The alternative could well be another endless engagement that will go down, with Vietnam and Iraq, as a stupid war that never should have been fought — at least as it WAS fought. Not to mention a financial sinkhole bigger than the one we are already in.
There may be more than one way to win a war on terror.
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