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Originally posted by Andrew E. Wiggin
and for me: the verdict is clear.
Originally posted by Andrew E. Wiggin
My flip flopping came from the inventors of flipology themselves: The media.
So - instead of giving up- i went and checked things out for myself,
This is something that I have not come to a firm resolution on...
….What I know is that there is something extraordinarily powerful about potential life and that that has a moral weight to it that we take into consideration when we're having these debates.
…. what I have consistently talked about is to take a comprehensive approach where we focus on abstinence…
…. we're also recognizing the importance of age-appropriate education to reduce risks. I do believe that contraception has to be part of that education process.
Q: What is(Sp) your view on the decision on partial-birth abortion…?
A: I think that most Americans recognize that this is a profoundly difficult issue…
…the broader issue here is: Do women have the right to make these profoundly difficult decisions? And I trust them to do it…
… can we start talking about the things we do agree on? Reducing teen pregnancy; making it less likely for women to find themselves in these circumstances.
…we can't deliver on the kinds of health care reforms that Clinton and I are looking for. McCain is willing to have these troops over there for 100 years. The notion that we would sustain that kind of effort and neglect not only making us more secure here at home, more competitive here at home, allow our economy to sink.
…I two years ago introduced a provision that would eliminate predatory lending, something that I had already helped to get passed at the state level.
Right now we've got a whole host of corporate loopholes and tax havens. There's a building in the Cayman Islands that houses supposedly 12,000 US-based corporations. That's either the biggest building in the world or the biggest tax scam in the world, and we know which one it is.
Sometimes markets fail, and that's when labor laws and government regulation are necessary correctives.
We can restore a law that was in place during the Clinton presidency--called Paygo--that prohibits money from leaving the treasury without some way of compensating for the lost revenue.
Our rural communities are the backbone of Illinois. Yet, factories have closed, jobs have disappeared, and homes and farms have been foreclosed upon. Effective federal programs are necessary to protect the rural economy.
Obama adopted the CBC principles:
The CBC is focused on economic empowerment issues including:
New Markets and Small and Minority Business Development. The CBC will seek to increase opportunities for minority and small and disadvantaged businesses by expanding contracting opportunities in the public and private sectors, increasing access to capital, creating tax incentives for capital improvements, removing outdated and restrictive regulatory barriers, and streamlining and enhancing procurement tools to encourage minority and small business utilization.
Trade and Global Economic Empowerment. The CBC will work to ensure that the benefits of the dynamic global marketplace extend to minority businesses, and Africa and developing countries. To this end, the CBC will propose and support trade and investment initiatives designed to bridge the global digital divide, create jobs, improve infrastructure, promote sustainable development, and raise living and work standards for people of color around the globe. Moreover, the CBC will work to ensure that America’s international trade agenda and priorities also meet these goals.
Increasing Affordable Housing Opportunities. The CBC’s goal is to increase the nation’s homeownership rates. Home ownership is one of the best wealth creation vehicles for minority families. We will work with lending institutions and community organizations to ensure that minorities are afforded every opportunity to realize the dream of owning a home.
Source: Congressional Black Caucus press release 01-CBC10 on Jan 6, 2001
On the issue of Bear Stearns, every financial expert I know says that if it had failed, it would have rippled throughout the entire financial community and would have caused greater problems which eventually would have come down on the average citizen if our economy continues to decline the way that it's been doing.
Of course there's a role for government, but it's not to reward greedy speculators. It is not to reward people who misbehave…
You could argue that Americans overall are better off, because we have had a pretty good prosperous time, with low unemployment and low inflation and a lot of good things have happened. A lot of jobs have been created. But let's have some straight talk. Things are tough right now.
We need to make the Bush tax cuts permanent
I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated…
….Actually, I don't know where you got that quote from. I'm very well-versed in economics.
Of course, any nation that no longer has economic strength sooner or later will lose its military strength, so it's a national security issue..
…If oil reaches $100 a barrel, which many people think it may, $400 billion of America treasure will go to oil-producing countries. Some of those monies will go to terrorist organizations….
As president of the United States, I'd take an old veto pen that Ronald Reagan gave me, and I'd veto every single pork barrel bill that comes across my desk. quote]
Yes, please do!
Here is one I know about
The lie –
$233 million for a bridge to nowhere.
McCain's TV ad cites "$233 million for a bridge to nowhere," calling the cost "outrageous." Funding for the "bridge to nowhere," also known as the Gravina Island bridge in Alaska, was tacked on to a 2005 transportation bill.
Whether it was truly a "bridge to nowhere" is debatable: Gravina Island, while it has almost no permanent population, is also home to the Ketchikan International Airport, which processes about 200,000 passengers a year. Alaskan officials hoped that the bridge would simplify airport access and allow development on Gravina. The bridge was not the only or the most expensive project attached to the transportation bill, and it may not have been the most frivolous. But it became a symbol for government pork.
In light of the furor over the "bridge to nowhere," Alaska's governor opted to use the money for other pursuits. The bridge was never built, but McCain has been using it as his prime pork example since 2005.
Source: FactCheck.org: AdWatch of 2007 campaign ad, "Outrageous" Nov 20, 2007
Another example of how most politicians will even turn on their own and resort to spin (lies or exaggerations) if they feel it will get them elected. Alaska and its needs are often misrepresented by both sides due to the fact they don’t see Alaska as being relevant to their own political futures.
I can see that to truly do this in all honesty would require many more posts. I’ve barely scratched the surface of the reasons I can’t bring myself to vote for either Obama or McCain. I think I’ll leave it at my thoughts on these two issues for the moment.
Originally posted by poet1b
Well, excellent use of colored fonts to post propaganda.
One link goes to the google home page,
the other link goes to an anonymous web site, and even then the policies the op contributes to the candidates does not match what is on the web site.
Here is the information on John McCain's Budget and Economy positions.
Gee, this doesn't follow at all what the op posted.
Surprisingly, the site does not give Obama's positions on the Budget and Economy.