Monday, September 29, 2008

Wow ... Go find $700 Billion Somewhere Else

We seem to be looking for some statesmen that can lead this country.

Whether the issue was that this was the wrong plan or that it was to much of the right plan it looks to have gone down big -- along with your 401K portfolio.

Democrats -- 141 for, 94 against (40%)
Republicans -- 66 for, 132 against (66%)

One voter that just didn't know what to do.

207 for; 226 against (this wasn't the final / final count, but was the count at the time I was watching)

You can look at this lots of ways, but in the end, this problem was caused by the government with lots of room for blame (yes, I'm looking right at you Nancy Pelosi).
Unfortunately the same people that were responsible for the mess are still here for the clean-up and they have failed mightily.

Nice job gang.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Call it a Draw

The first McCain / Obama debate went off to a draw.

If you were looking for Obama to get a bit of schooling by McCain of Foreign Policy ... well, yes that happened.

If you were looking to see if McCain can handle the task of speaking in public (comparable to Obama and contrasted to W) ... well, yes he can.

But if you were looking for McCain to knock foreign policy out of the park or for Obama to fall on his face ... nope. Didn't happen. Obama was able to hold his own. The people that were for him before the debate are still for him. The folks that were leaning his way can still lean and feel OK about it.

The problem for McCain is that he needs more than ties in these debates. The country is already divided by party lines -- people who will not be easily swayed regardless of what is said at these debates -- leaving 15% +/- of independent or undecided voters that need to be wooed in order to tilt the balance of the election. McCain needs to provide stark, compelling reasons for why Obama is not their guy.

McCain could have scored some more significant points by hitting Obama on Obama's discussions Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki on delaying troop withdrawls. During the economic discussions he needs to hit Obama with more details get more details The bit about Obama on earmarks (almost $1 billion) was strong but is something that McCain needs to continue to press. Obama again pulled out the "90% agreement" point which McCain hasn't strongly rebutted. McCain is also going to have to be clearer and more direct on the ideas of taxation, where the money comes from and where the money goes.

Friday, September 26, 2008

House Republicans Walk Out

When I first heard this, I couldn't believe it.

Walking out is NO WAY to solve the financial problems we are now facing.

Then I did a quick Google on "House Republicans Walk Out" and found that they do this fairly often. If they don't get their way, they pick up their ball and go home.

We need them to get back in the game .... NOW.

They don't have to agree with everything being discussed but they absolutely need to be part of the process.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Obama Looks Presidential

McCain Suspends Campaign

Are you serious? WTF?

Obama responds "A President needs to be able to deal with more than one thing at a time". Exactly.

I'm reminded of Ross Perot exiting and entering his campaign. That giant sucking sound you hear is could be voters being pulled to the Democratic Party.

Not the message we needed at the moment.