Originally posted by grover
The 10 Biggest Differences Between Obama and McCain
You know I just can't resist 'lists' ....
I believe that the appropriate answer to the posited question should
have taken the form
1. they are of different races
2. they are of different generations (ages)
3. they wear different clothes
4. they are married to different women
etc... because these are the things mark the differences between the two men.
But the list:
1. Who They Want to Tax
2. How They Would Shape the Supreme Court
3. How They View Democracy
4. How They Want to Change the Health Care System
5. Their Plans for Iraq
6. Their Views on Energy
7. How They Treat Our Vets
8. What They Think America's Young People Should Know About Sex
9. Internet Access
10. Their Views on the Global Market
Is about policies that NEITHER of them is likely to have 'thought up' or 'have any say on'. And most Americans should be aware of that fact.
1. Our tax policies are the domain of the Fed. Ultimately, federal taxes are solely for their benefit - to service the national debt we incurred
through 'public' spending (
). Who gets taxed and how much is actually a function of what we (the people) owe. Whatever plans they propose
are hardly the result of their own intellect. Politicians merely 'present' the plan and put their celebrity face on it. Ultimately, the plans they
present are only 'plans' - we shall see how they play out in reality once the process of compromise and lobbying has it's moment to affect the
outcome. Besides, the source of plan A and plan B is probably the same.
2. In my opinion the Supreme Court should be reseated every 14 years (just like the renewing of the Fed's charter). The only presidential focus on
this came from a core of ideologues who have accomplished much in reducing the effective value of this 'check' on the system. Each of them can look
forward to what? 2 maybe three justices changing seats? With the deck already stacked, it seems unlikely that this will enter the realm of 'radical
change' from what we've seen thus far. I believe that it won't make a bit of difference to the American people unless they really find another
method - outside the political - to determine the makeup of the supreme judicial authority of the land.
3. Democracy is a subject. One's 'view' of it, or opinion is not relevant to what 'it' is. Further, consider this. The office they seek is
one of public service. Should their personal feelings become more relevant than those of the people of this country (we have seen where that can
lead)? Both are cut from the same politician's cloth. We know that they 'speak' to whomever is listening to increase their acceptance and
popularity. What do we really know about what they 'think' of Democracy, if anything at all. Remember the tired quote from President Bush "...
[the US Constitution] is just a God damned piece of paper". Do you think that would have made a difference had he said it before
election? Yet everyone could have anticipated his claiming to love and 'support Democracy. Even though we aren't one. We are a Constitutional
Republic (I know you know that already).
4. Health Care is NOT a system. It is a business. That iron-clad foundation is the core of the problem. Both believe that profit has a place in
the medical care of human beings and the control of access to it. What possible difference does it make? We must recognize that not everything,
including this nation, can be run like a business. No genuine 'care' is represented in any process that involves considering the restoration of
good health as a 'cost' instead of a guarantee.
5. Iraq. Come on people. The entire legislative, political, and diplomatic effort of the last years has been devoted to ensuring that we are NEVER
actually leaving Iraq! Frankly, I can;t imagine how people can't see that plainly when both of the 'major' candidates have continued to directly
asserting we will 'have a presence' in Iraq. The disposition of armed forces is now part and parcel with the economic empire building paradigm - to
which BOTH of these men adhere.
6. Essentially they differ not at all. If it is assured to make money - we will have energy. That's all. Sure we'll 'look into' research,
(it's profitable) sure we'll 'explore' new sources. But in the end, it is not up to them is it? So what does it matter what 'they' want? This
is the illusion that political comedy always portrays, the notion that the President can "make" things happen. The reality is the industry has more
control over this than we (the people) do; if it's not profitable for them, it's not going to happen. Why do you think we don't see ALL of our
'public' facilities run on solar power? It's "too expensive" they say. Well, WHY is it 'too expensive'. Not the materials, not the labor,
not the technology..., it's too expensive because the industry has priced it out of reach. Not enough profit. Not gonna happen. Their lobbyists
have seen to it. And they will continue to do so; both of these candidates are on their team.
7. Veterans!???? No - this is totally bogus.
Vets' claims found in piles to be shredded
I don't even want to go there....
The only reason they even THINK of Vets' is because almost all of them vote. Once the election is done.... we don't exist as a 'national'
8. The LAST thing in the world I care about is what these to socialite celebrities think about 'teen sex'. I can't abide the notion that the
President's personal opinion is somehow 'more important' than the people's.
9. Again, this is the industry's domain. They will do as the corporate interests direct them. Profit is king here and we had better start
accepting that reality. The industry itself will encroach as far as they can and the 'people' have no say in the matter. The President will be
used to introduce whatever changes they want. Putting his face on the package. That's how politics works.
10. Both candidates are products of the same corporate regime. They own both parties, the house and the senate. We will do whatever the financial
rulers want, or they will take away the president's toys. These two propagate ignorance and misconception regarding nearly all matters financial.
Pick you lies, column A and column B. No substitutions!
[edit on 17-10-2008 by Maxmars]