It’s All About the Economy, Period.

I’ve been sitting on the sidelines watching McCain make a raving fool of himself, but I couldn’t stand to sit any longer. The mere fact that after the global stock market has plunged 500 points, and the country has lost 1 trillion in profits over 4 days, he has the audacity to act as if the economy is a meddlesome issue to be ignored in favor of playing the same games and malicious character assaults is totally shameless. Also, the fact that he has tried to make experience his bumper sticker and yet he has put someone, like Gov. Sarah Palin, with: 1) a phobia for speaking to reporters, 2) with NO experience except for being a mayor of a town with less than 8000 people for 2 seconds, 3) that is also busy participating in Cheney and Rovian tactics of ignoring bipartisan state subpoenas, 4) that is trying to declare that the after the Bush Administration has abused and usurpered executive power under the unitary initiative she can feel free to insult the intelligence of the American people, by openly daring to make an anti-American, monarchical statement that the vice president can increase and expand his or her powers over Constitutionally-embedded and long-established balance of power, 5) that she wants to basically ignore our real problems of solving our economic issues in favor of taking our reproductive and health rights away even in the case rape and incest, tax our health insurance benefits and add 5 more million to the list of the uninsured, and privatize social security and making our elderly vulnerable, 6) and has the inability to directly answer questions- to be one beat away from the presidency is not only heinous, but an outrage- even for the most ardent of conservatives.

It shows his present character that he has put the Country Last. People all over the nation are losing their houses, their life savings, their LIVELIHOOD and all he can think about is trashing his opponent in desperation for not doing well in the polls? He’s trying to skirt the issue by trying to do one cheap tactic after another to hide the reality that he has NO ANSWERS for the economic issues we are suffering from and it’s unfathomable. The reality is that he is desperate and he is willing to say and do anything to continue the same, failed policies of the Bush Administration, Big Oil and the other toxic corporate interest groups that have caused this deregulated mess (and are running and funding his campaign)and have allowed and have encouraged CEOs on Wall Street to take advantage of the middle class and get bailed out while hard-working people get their houses foreclosed on and lose their jobs.

McBush has always said that the economy is not his strong suit, but still said in lock-step with the Bush Administration that the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.” Now he’s confused as to why people are rejecting his old, archaic, failed ideology of deregulation that he has stood for his full 26 years in the Senate. The same ideology that he has always pushed, especially when he got in the way of regulators while being given money by Charles Keating, the extortion criminal that he had connections with and narrowly escaped accompanying in jail for the Keating Five savings and loan deregulation scandal during the late 80’s that, like today’s crisis, had cost taxpayers billions. During the past few days, the approval rate for economic optimism has fallen drastically from 24% to single digits.  

The McCain-Palin-Bush team philosophy has failed in its “you’re on your own” bull-headedness. We need to do the patriotic initiative of saving our country that is in trouble right now and at risk of falling into a depression. John McCain, like his economic advisor Phil Gramm who said that we are a “nation of whiners” and that we are suffering from a “mental recession,” is completely out of touch and is too elitist with his 11 houses and countless cars to understand that we have been suffering for a long time before now. Now, it is just more out in the open. The economic crisis has put our families and lives at risk. No bull behind it, we need to reject the character assassination games of the McCain campaign and choose the real candidate that you know feels our pain more and that we trust more to deal with our frightening economic crisis- Senator Barack Obama.

Economy and Pennsylvania will decide this race.

Now, it has coming down to this. Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain have been battling each other through the country. The polls have been up and have been down. Then comes Joe Biden the pit bill into the scene only to be overshadowed by Gov. Sarah Palin and her short-lived bump. Then comes the financial bank lending and foreclosure crisis hitting its Depression-level peak. The free-market conservatives have now become socialists begging for a bailout. Treasury secretary Henry Paulson now has the long face and is pushing the American people to quickly hand him 70 trillion taxpayer dollars to save the wheeling and dealing, gambling Wall Street lending, stock firms that have gotten drunk with power…and are now paying the price. And he wants the bailout without any regulation or anything to help all the working and middle class people that have lost their houses and their jobs due to the foreclosure crisis. The anti-regulation dogma of the Bush-McCain people have failed and they are now wanting to take the tax money and run without helping you. You can almost hear the words “recession” slip out of everyone’s mouths. And the dower look on McCain’s face is his inability to try to change the subject…the reality that now, it is all about the economy, stupid. Now, if Obama wants to become president, he better come over to this area where all the skeptical voters are and explain how in exactly detail he is going to help all these laid-off, foreclosed-on, homeless, social mobility-losing folks who are the victims of the failed, do-nothing policies of the McCain-Palin-Bush ideology.

Obama makes fun of McBush’s tire pressure agenda

ELKHART, Ind. – While campaigning in Indiana, Barack Obama swung right back at McBush’s attacks and called him out on the tire pressure cannon fodder that he tried to use in a character assassination attempt and to move attention away from the economy and American pocketbooks. McBush tried to ridicule Obama for advising the public to make sure that their tires were properly inflated  and that it saves gasoline. I don’t see what’s so comical about Obama mentioning that, considering that the American Automobile Association (AAA) and NASCAR recommends it too. McBush tried to make fun of Obama at the Sturgi’s Bike Rally about mentioning tire pressure saying, “My opponent doesn’t want to drill, he doesn’t want nuclear power, he wants you to inflate your tires.”

Obama struck McBush’s label of being a “maverick.” While there are issues that the Arizona senator has broken with his party on, he “reversed himself on position after position” to secure his party’s nomination, Obama asserted.

“That doesn’t meet my definition of a maverick.”

Evan Bayh joined him during the campaign on 2 spots in the state.

Bush actually does the right thing telling China human rights violations are wrong…was it enough?

Bangkok, Thailand- Bush told China that America stands against the communist government’s repression of its own people. A strong message delivered to the Chinese government a day before the Olympic Games. However, his mere attendance of the Olympic Games in Beijing would allow the message against China’s flagrant abuse of its own people to fall short to his own self-interest of watching the Games. However, that wouldn’t be different from the last 8 years of Bush serving his own interest through establishing his horribly-failed policies and his diligence to have his buddy, John McCain, carry his torch of corporate tax cuts and war-mongering misjudgment into the future as Bush’s 3rd term.

Of course, Bush balanced his comment with praise for China’s new disaster capitalism, and their new ways of exploiting child labor to make products for our stores back in the States. He made the speech before starting his three-country trip and it focused on praising the economic ties between the U.S. and Asia. He pledges that the next U.S. president will inherit the alliance that is now stronger than ever. He forgot to mention that the next president will have to clean up his mess and if its McSame, the next one will continue his reign of hell against the world.

The president redirected himself from focusing on his speech to his sightseeing with the people of Myanmar, or Burma, who live under a military dictatorship. Also, he’s getting ready to enjoy the Beijing Olympics since he’s a sports fan.

Our innovative, new energy choices

The American people’s environmental and economic interests have been ignored, because of cable media’s misleading, pro-Big Oil, talking head spin and John McCain’s old-style politics. And it doesn’t help when cable media persists to give McCain undeserved, favorable news coverage regarding energy policy. The McCain campaign has tried to muddle the conversation on energy policy. They have engaged in archaic, below the belt politics that have tried to distract from focus on more productive energy initiatives to solve our economic problems. The McCain campaign has engaged in flagrant flip-flopping, character assassination, divide-and-conquer political maneuvers and cannon fodder as an alternative to focusing on the real issues that have caused real pain at the pump and an empty wallet.

John McCain has only talked about oil drilling, reversing his long opposition to it, and more nuclear power. However, he has refused to go into talking about other choices of energy that are cleaner and more useful. The cable news media has also assisted the campaign’s manipulation of dialogue and information by creating a monopoly on what we talk about on the energy subject. Oil drilling is not the be-all, end-all of what we need. In fact, oil drilling is a choice that would take, according to experts, 10 years to come to fruition. Even when it does it would only give a break of only a few cents, and would swiftly be swallowed up by the oil speculation and price gouging of the oil companies. Even if they started tomorrow, it wouldn’t help. Bush’s own Energy Department reports that off shore drilling would produce no relief until about 2030. The McCain campaign needs to be realistic about the real problem and the fact that Americans are truly suffering. I guess we should not expect that much when McCain’s former energy adviser, Phil Gramm,  said a little while ago that America was having a “mental recession” and that we are a “nation of whiners.” That doesn’t sound understanding of our energy problem and needs.

We have more immediate choices by demanding President Bush to release the oil in our strategic national reserves and to demand that Congress discontinue the corporate welfare tax subsidies given to the oil companies that they do not need. John McCain has talked about creating 40 new nuclear power plants when we don’t even know what to do with the nuclear waste created by the ones we have now.

Have we forgotten the problems of nuclear power? It takes 10,000 years for the waste to break down, there is no place to dispose it in, and it is terribly harmful to humans, animals, plants and our food/ecosystems. Have we forgot the horrible disasters that nuclear power has the potential to cause, especially the damage that it has caused to lives and the environment in Chernobyl (genetic mutation to the survivors), in Japan, and what almost happened at Three Mile Island in the 70s? Why go down that road when there is fresh, innovative energy in front of us that can be made fast and easy?

Wind power equipment can be constructed really fast. Nuclear power plants cannot be built as immediately. And wind power has potential to deliver as much power as nuclear power can without the excessive environmental damage and looming threat to our way of life. Then there is geothermal energy for our home.

Geothermal energy is natural energy that can used without damage to the environment. What about titanium solar, hydrogen fuel cell, and plug-in electric energy? They can be made with the fraction of the price of what it would cost to build the older, more wasteful forms of energy. And we can create domestic jobs that can put our American worker back into employment and build our American image as a strong competitor of independent energy that won’t be exported from Saudi Arabia or other nations that support terror with our money. Those are better choices than continuing to feed the Big Oil monster that has the struggling American worker over its knee.

We cannot take at face value information coming from the McCain campaign; when John McCain has recently received campaign contributions from the very same oil industry that is making record profits at our expenses. For example, Exxon has received 11.7 billion dollars in profits over the last 3 months. The Arizona senator has been pocketing more than a million in contributions from oil executives and the money is going into an ad that promises he’s taking on the oil industry. McCain is trying to make a fool of your judgment. What about the Obama energy plan?

The Obama plan will cut U.S. oil consumption of foreign oil by 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, take 50 million cars worth of pollution off the road, and save American consumers more than $50 billion at the gas pump. At a time when Americans are paying record gas prices, John McCain proposes an additional $1.2 billion tax break for big oil companies.

Barack Obama brought together supporters and opponents of gas mileage standards to support bold legislation doubling fuel economy standards in 18 years. Obama’s plan establishes concrete efficiency targets while giving industry the flexibility to meet those targets. The Illinois senator has been one of the strongest proponents in Congress for increasing the national supply of home-grown American renewable fuels. Obama introduced the American Fuels Act with Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) to increase domestic production, distribution, and use of biofuels. Obama also championed successful legislation to make gas stations eligible for tax credits to install E85 ethanol refueling pumps.

Barack Obama will also establish a 20 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to require that 20 percent of electricity consumed in the U.S. is derived by clean, sustainable energy sources. This requirement will create thousands of new American jobs, especially in rural areas.

We, as a country, need to demand that the talk on our energy policy is as transparent, whole, and as constructive for all of us as possible. In a time when we are facing an environmental crisis, like climate change, we need to be more pragmatic about energy choices that doesn’t destroy our shores, beaches, our national wildlife refuges, or cause more damage to our planet. It is possible to have productive energy choices while protecting our planet for our children and their children.

McShame desperate to paint Obama as celebrity narcissist, worrying GOP negativity scaring voters

GOP, with empty pockets, are desperate to paint Obama as a celebrity narcissist, but some in GOP are nervous that McBush is getting too negative and not showing blue collar voters reason to vote for him. The GOP had strategized the maneuver for months and in April launched Audacity Watch. The one-liner of a narcissist celebrity nominee that can’t wait to be president started penetrating the mainstream when David Letterman did his skit “Top Ten Signs Barack Obama Is Overconfident.” That is when this started turning into a potential liability. the McBush stopped trying to hit him so much with the issues and started trying to nail Obama’s character. That is when the McBush campaign played their newest TV ad depicting Obama as nothing but a celebrity- putting his image with the Berlin crowd of 200,000 alongside Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, message: unfit to be president. However, the Obama campaign responded hours later to the ad accusing the McShame campaign of taking the low road and practicing the politics of the past.

With McShame’s desperate search for something to attack Obama with, thye are playing with risk. the constract between Obama’s charisma and McBush constant flip-flops and inability to excite his base could become more apparent and finally push Obama over the line of the commander-in-chief race. With all the previous presidents in mind, measure the personalities of John Kennedy through Ronald Reagan it is apparent that the American people do want a good amount of “celebrity” and charisma. However, the McShame campaign has failed to realize that even their own base is nervous about the possibility that the voters they are shooting for could get turned off. McBush campaign has focused so much on Obama (because, let’s face it: this race is a referendum of Obama and whether he is ready to be president) that they have failed to sell their guy. He could risk looking angry and partisan and turn off even Independents. it could further show him to be what he really is: a champion of old and archaic politics and overlooking the nature worries and concerns of the nation- the economy. Plus, cheap shots could just plain make him look juvenile. On the otherhand, it seems like he is taking his notes off the Clinton primary playbook.

However, what this means for the Obama campaign is that they need to get Obama back to making the contrast between him and the failed Bush-McSame policies that have put the American people in such a financial slump now, and that they can trust Obama on the economy because he feels their pain at the pump and the wallet. The McShame campaign have no answers except the tax cuts that have helped drain the country of its money and created a financial vampire of the endless occupation of Iraq to the abandonment of Afghanistan.

Obama and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as VP?

There is buzz around the political blogosphere that Gov. Tim Kane, Virginia Democratic governor, may be on the short-list as a possible VP choice. There is good reasoning behind it. His background is similar to Obama. He’s an ex-civil rights lawyer, a former Spanish-speaking missionary and is a governor in a state that Obama wants to turn blue.  

The governor has been seen being courted by the Obama campaign by many sources and is being very seriously considered for the VP slot.

Tim Kaine’s staff are already preparing for the possible situation if he is picked.

There are questions that come up on the ramifications for if he really is picked:

(1)How are the Clinton supporters going to react? Could there be a voter backlash? Will this put off the Clinton people and risk a further a split in the party come Convention Day? There are still 17% of Democrats that either may stay home or may even ridiculously throw their future away and vote McBush right now, like angry Clintonites in the group PUMass. Would this make that situation worse?

(2)How does Tim Kaine, a governor of 2 years, cover Obama’s criteria of experience?

(3)Why Kaine over Jim Webb? Jim Webb has the military experience that Obama needs to counteract McBush in the foreign policy dept. If you’re going to pick someone from Virginia to attract white voters into the blue column, why not try the strong hand from the state? I don’t personally like Jim Webb, because of his egregious stance against civil rights and his flagrant misogyny, but he has the potential to bring blue-collar whites into the populist and the anti-war realm.

McBush gets away with everything while Obama is knocking home runs

McBush keeps making gaffes over and over again and getting away from it. Meanwhile, overseas, Obama is doing everything from engaging the world to finding agreement with Iraqi government and people over having a 2010 timetable for withdrawal. McBush is falling over himself screwing up, begging for media attention, and he’s getting away with it. He made continuous references to Czechoslovakia, a country that doesn’t even exist anyone, he’s flip flopping on different position, and can barely even talk right on TV, and the media’s giving him a  free pass. If Obama would make these mistakes you would hear the end of it.

For example, During a CBS interview on Tuesday, McBush made a mistake about the “surge” strategy in Iraq. While he was being interviewed by Katie Couric, he said that the “surge” was responsible for the “Anbar Awakening,” where he claimed that  Sunni sheiks turned against Al Qaeda, and that was instrumental in reducing violence in Iraq. BS. That wasn’t true. Was that seen by anyoone watching that interview? No. They edited the error out of their program. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann exposed the fraud…”…It aired Katie Couric’s question, but in response, it aired part of McCain’s answer to the other question instead.” Of course, on the same day they continued the lie that the media was giving more attention and favored Obama. The Huffington post found the sherade as well. Click link to listen to Keith Olbermann confront the 2-step CBS tried to play on their viewers.…

Click below for video of Olbermann exposing McCain and CBS.  

Obama’s trip overseas has potential to swing race, analysts say.

Obama is making a trip overseas to shine a beacon on America’s interests, and the reporters are following him. By the Illinois statesman going over to Europe and the Middle East, it shows him in a strong light as a possible commander-in-chief . With the extreme interest of other countries in Barack Obama there is a chance he will get mostly good coverage from the 12,000-mile journey. Of course, there are going to be folks that are going to look at this as mostly a stunt, specifically the Bush-McCain associates and European conservatives. However, the most important thing is that Sen. Obama will very likely get a positive response from the Iraqi people from this, because even though American presidents have been unpopular there for decades Obama’s position in taking troops out of there will raise his popularity there and give him more of a commanding resolve and influence over affecting the troubled situation over there and give towards his national security creds. And that position will give him a strong ground to stand on, because if the majority of the American people want the troops home, and a majority of Iraqis, including the Maliki government, want them to leave…to the point that they have refused to sign on to anything from the Bush Administration that would lead the troops to stay a prolonged period of time there, then it is clear the tide is turning in Barack’s favor.

McBush was the one urging him to go overseas, and now he’s flip flopped about it and calling it a “photo-op.” The McBush campaign is trying to stain Obama’s resolve by trying to say that Obama’s long-standing position of pulling the troops out in 16 months is a premature stand before going over to Iraq. And cronies in the corporate press are trying to peddle the false reasoning like greasy door salesmen pushing broken product on you on your day off at home. Congress’s approval rating is lower than Bush’s, their ratings are between 9%-14%, just because they have rolled over and played lapdog to the Crony-In-Chief over ending the war by giving him a blank check with billions borrowed from China when they could have cut the funding.

Analysts say that this could swing race either way. This could swing it positively towards his way in influencing perception to the world and the American people that he’s ready to lead, or the other way if he does a significant gaffe.

McBush is also unhappy that it will take away from all the attention and oratory snuggling that he’s been getting from the sycophantic pet press. Surprisingly, with all the attention he was getting from them in their yearning to sit on the lap of Good ol’ McDonald McBush, it’s amazing how they’re not able to share the warm, fireside stories to us, the American public, of all the flip-flopping he’s done on issue after issue- oil drilling, economy, environment, Far-Right evangelists, the Bush tax cuts, abortion, campaign finance reform, on torture, ethanol, the Confederate Flag, and on having any principled belief whatsoever. They’re exciting stories too, of all the times when he was for all these different issues before he was against these different issues- and how he’ll say anything to get elected. And how fun it would be for him to nominate a Massachusetts governor who also flip-flops on everything and how Mitt Romney would fit that mold.

In effort to help his buddy McSame, Bush takes ban off off-shore drilling in the Wildlife Refuge.

In an effort to help his buddy, McSame and destroy the environment, Bush has taken the ban off Off-shore Drilling. This does not come as a surprise in a time where Bush-McCain and Co. have nothing to lose in showing their affection for each other while destroying the Wildlife Refuge and environment to our detriment. Beautiful. And Congress still refuses to put impeachment back on the table. Of course, we are forced to see the world’s biggest tantric sex session between Bush-Mcsame and the rest of the Neo-Cons over off-shore drilling and destroying the future of the American people. It’s time to throw the snakes back in the pit and vote for change.