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On the Economy and Integrity – McCain and Palin Wrong for America

September 16, 2008

Has anyone (besides me) felt the change in tenor in the McCain-Palin campaign, since the media and democrats started dismantling their atrocious "lie" machine?  Well, if you haven't, there has been an increasingly sharp and defensive tone in McCain's surrogates (a fact which, frankly, I enjoy), and the candidate himself when challenged on the merits of their assertions.  But even more than this, I believe that we are reaching the tether of what the "Palin Bounce" could do for McCain. 

Notice, if you would, that there has been a markedly more circumspect look at Sarah Palin's positions and qualifications for VP (instead of her gender); the focus of the campaign is beginning to crystallize around domestic issues (aka, the ECONOMY) instead of the politics of the inconsequential;  and  Sarah Palin is becoming more and more Bushesque. Her newest "sin", a decision to not cooperate with the Trooper Gate investigation.

There is much to be said on all these fronts, but I will take on just two.  To begin with, on the issue now front and center in this campaign, the economy, McCain and Palin are definitely running on empty.  The economy, if you recall, is not John McCain's strong suit, and listening to his profession yesterday in its "fundamental" strength should convince all rational voters that the man is out of touch.

Look at the facts:

  1. Another financial institution, Lehman Brothers, goes "El-Foldo";
  2. Bank of America is forced to buy (at a discount) Merrill Lynch before it goes the same route;
  3. The stock market dives 500+ points yesterday as a result of that collapse;
  4. AIG is now reporting eminent failure if it cannot secure enough funds to secure its future;
  5. The unemployment rate has jumped to 6.2% (that's high boys and girls!);

and Johny Mac says, essentially, "everything is alright"!

If that isn't empty rhetoric.  I don't know what is.

But more than just his empty words, John McCain's policy positions should sound an economic alarm in this country.  Bob Hebert, in a clear and precise way has begun to do so in today's New York Times.

"Talk about a shock to the system. Has anyone bothered to notice the
radical changes that John McCain and Sarah Palin are planning for the
nation’s health insurance system?

These are changes that will set in motion nothing less than the
dismantling of the employer-based coverage that protects most American

A study coming out Tuesday from scholars at Columbia,
Harvard, Purdue and Michigan projects that 20 million Americans who
have employment-based health insurance would lose it under the McCain

Twenty (20) million will lose their health insurance. That's bad, but it get's worse!

"For starters, the McCain health plan would treat employer-paid
health benefits as income that employees would have to pay taxes on.

means your employer is going to have to make an estimate on how much
the employer is paying for health insurance on your behalf, and you are
going to have to pay taxes on that money
,” said Sherry Glied, an
economist who chairs the Department of Health Policy and Management at
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health."

So. let me get this right.  John McCain, Republican Senator, whose party has been in power (in all branches) for the last 8 years, and whose party has been in charge of the legislative branch for the last 12 years thinks it fiscally sound to kill the insurance of 20 million people, and the rest who want to keep their health care – they just get a new tax on it!

Maybe Mr. McCain should note to himself that "Health Care" costs have been topping the reasons for personal poverty in this country.  And I thought Republicans were supposed to be the "tax cutters" (tis a puzzlement).

Secondly (and most definitely of least importance to the grand scheme), Sarah Palin can now be understandably seen as flat "untrustworthy".  She has taken pages out of Gonzo's playbook and refuses, I repeat, refuses to cooperate with the "Troopergate" investigators.  On the grounds that the investigation is politically partisan?!( Is she serious?!)

The commission which considered calling for the subpoenas of the Governor, her staff, and her HUSBAND, were made up of a 5 person group, of which 3 were GOP (one from Wasilla), the Alaskan legislature holds a WIDE Republican majority.  But we are supposed to believe that she is a victim of a political "witch hunt"?

Something in the Bull-pen stinks!

At this point we can (at least I can) draw some conclusions as to how we're going to be played by Ms. Palin:

  1. There is NO WAY she will ever answer an UN-CANNED question from the media;
  2. She is playing Kick the can with the investigators, probably with the hope of outlasting either the will of the investigator or the election cycle,
  3. and whether she is guilty or not – She looks the part!

Frankly, we should close the door on the integrity argument at this point. Palin's noncooperation speaks volumes higher than anything else.

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