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Palin + McCain Equals More Bush

Friday, September 19, 2008

by Helen Thomas

The new Republican ticket seems like the current White House tenant. Neither McCain nor Palin appear to have any significant doubts about President Bush's disastrous policies. Palin's gubernatorial tenure in Alaska is personified by massive firings when she took office. She does not tolerate dissent and shuns the media.

It seems clear to me that we would have another imperial presidency if McCain and Palin win the hearts and minds of the American people in the November balloting. Bob Woodward of The Washington Post has been privy to the workings of the Bush White House and has written four books to prove it. In his latest Book, "The War Within," Woodward depicts Bush as a "man of few doubts" who is "still following his gut, convinced that the path he has chosen is right."

Bush, who has switched from using the word "win" in speaking of Iraq to "succeed," has the gung ho McCain-Palin team behind him. The question is, why? Woodward also wrote that Bush was intolerant of confrontations and in-depth debate. He said Bush maintained an "odd detachment" in the management of the war in Iraq "and too often failed to lead."

Bush has never explained why he invaded Iraq -- a country that had no doomsday weapons and did us no harm. It's doubtful that McCain or Palin could explain Bush's mindless mission in the Middle East if they gained the White House.

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Dow Jones loses 777 points. How can we not elect John McCain:

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McCain: More of the Same on Deregulation

Pelley: In 1999 you were one of the senators who helped pass deregulation of Wall Street. Do you regret that now?

McCain: No, I think the deregulation was probably helpful to the growth of our economy.


(60 Minutes, CBS)

McCain still thinks deregulation is a good idea, even while endorsing a Wall Street bailout that would add a trillion dollars to our national debt.

So conservatives everywhere, are you really voting for candidate that endorses both bailouts and no regulation? The country is nearly bankrupt with debt, there will come a day when no one will buy our debt bonds just like right now no one will buy bonds or shares of the big Wall Street firms!

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McCain Said Healthcare Reform Should Mirror Banking System

By the DiversityInc staff

October 01, 2008

Before the economic collapse, Republican presidential nominee John McCain wrote that he wanted to mirror the healthcare system after the banking system, according to an article he penned for Contingencies magazine. In the piece, McCain wrote: "Opening up the health-insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation."

Appearing before an audience in Florida, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama told the audience: "Folks, you can't make this stuff up. If my opponent had his way, the millions of Floridians who rely on it would've had their Social Security tied up in the stock market this week."

http://www.diversityinc.com/public/4492.cfm

More pain, less healthcare!
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McCain and Bush: Unconcerned with the Needs of Ordinary Americans

By Robert Scheer

Oct 2008

Perhaps John McCain is not a perfect replica of George W. Bush, but the parallels go beyond the senator's enthusiastic support for the toxic mix of Bush's imperial foreign policy and his arrogant indifference to the travails of our domestic existence. Neither man seems to have any sense of how we actually live or what we need from government. How else to explain their common antipathy to Social Security and Medicare, which, after public education, represent the nation's most successful programs? Can you imagine the panic today if McCain and Bush had succeeded in tying Social Security to investments in the stock market? They view government as nothing more than a proud sponsor of the military-industrial complex while ignoring the threat to homeland security from corporate pirates.

Don't say we weren't warned. Bush came into office believing fervently that what was good for Enron and its CEO, Kenneth "Kenny Boy" Lay, Bush's top financial sponsor, was good for the country. So, too, McCain, who chose Phil Gramm as co-chair of his presidential campaign, ignoring the huge loophole in Gramm's Commodity Futures Trading Act, which allowed Enron, where his wife, Wendy Gramm, was on the board of directors, to so shamelessly game the energy market.

Trumpeting the benefits of the legislation he tacked onto an omnibus spending bill the day before the 2000 Christmas recess, then-Sen. Gramm stated: "It protects financial institutions from over-regulation. It provides legal certainty for the $60 billion market in swaps." Those swaps created the toxic investments that U.S. taxpayers are now stuck with as the nation struggles to save those unregulated financial institutions from bankruptcy.

McCain, who should have learned the cost of radical deregulation from his own involvement in the savings and loan scandal as one of the infamous "Keating Five," totally bought Gramm's line. McCain was the chair of Gramm's 1996 presidential bid and up until major Wall Street firms collapsed continued to echo the insistence of the former-Texas-senator-turned-banker that there was no real crisis in the financial markets.

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Four more years of Bush? ... one week to answering that question.

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
October 26, 2008

DENVER (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama sharpened his criticism of rival John McCain on Sunday, warning a record crowd of more than 100,000 supporters that a McCain White House would mean four more years of failed Republican policies and broken politics.

"We're not going to let George Bush pass the torch to John McCain," Obama told the biggest crowd in his record-setting campaign.

The thunderous crowd, which exceeded the 100,000 who saw Obama at a recent rally in St. Louis, jammed a downtown Denver park and filled the steps of the Colorado state capital building.

"Just this morning, Senator McCain said that he and President Bush 'share a common philosophy,'" Obama told the crowd. "I guess that was John McCain finally giving us a little straight talk."

Obama repeated the criticism at a later rally in Ft. Collins, where about 50,000 supporters filled a campus yard at Colorado State University.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=6115072
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