Joe the Plumber, Obama’s Socialistic Tax Plan, and Mike Huckabee

October 16, 2008

First, Joe the plumber. He’s become and overnight political celebrity and here is some video and commentary about the statement that brought him his five minutes of fame:

Also, note the discussion about Obama’s tax plan. The idea that 95% of American’s will get a tax cut sounds good until you consider how many American’s don’t pay taxes. You know those American’s that don’t pay taxes? Yes? You know whose money will be giving them those checks? Yours and mine. Obama wants to take my hard earned money and give it to other people as he sees fit. Sorry, but I think I’m a much better manager of my money than the government and I can support the needy by giving to my local church and to other charities. The government does not need to become a charity. My wife and I work hard for the money we have. We don’t live outside of our means and are nearly debt free (just a small amount on some of my student loans). Why should the government punish my wife and I and many other Americans for being responsible? The only thing that will come out of this is you will have more people not wanting to earn as much because of the higher taxes. Good job, government, tax our productivity even more and then give it to those who aren’t productive. That gives me great motivation to go out and work my tail off. Fair Tax anyone?

Mike Huckabee will have Joe the plumber on his show this Saturday. If you haven’t watched the show yet, be sure and check it out. It’s laid back gives Huckabee a good forum to talk about conservative issues.

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Negative Ads: McCain or Obama, who has aired more?

October 16, 2008

Here is an interesting article from the Weekly Standard blog about which candidate has aired more negative ads. The last two paragraphs are the most interesting. Here in the link to the article.

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The Media Narrative on McCain’s Negativity

During last night’s debate, Obama claimed that all of John McCain’s ads have been negative:

Obama: And 100 percent, John, of your ads — 100 percent of them have been negative.

McCain: It’s not true.

Obama: It absolutely is true. And, now, I think the American people are less interested in our hurt feelings during the course of the campaign than addressing the issues that matter to them so deeply.

But professor Ken Goldstein of the Wisconsin Advertising Project issues a statement that the candidates have aired about the same amount of negative ads:

from June 4 to October 4, we found that 47 percent of the McCain spots were negative (completely focused on Obama), 26 percent were positive (completely focusing on his own personal story or on his issues or proposals) and 27 percent were contrast ads (a mix of positive and negative messages).

But what about Obama? Our analysis reveals that 39 percent of all general election Obama TV ads have been positive (solely about his record, positions or personal story), 35 percent have been negative (solely focused on McCain) and 25 percent have been contrast ads – mixing a bit of both. So, on a proportional basis, the McCain campaign is and has been more negative than Obama.

But, Obama has aired over 50,000 more ads than McCain. So, hasn’t he simply aired more of everything – including negative ads – than McCain has this year, or than anyone in history, as McCain may have alleged?

If one just looks at pure airings of negative ads, McCain has aired more than Obama. If one allocates contrast ads as half positive and half negative or considers contrast ads as negative – as the Advertising Project does – the tone of the McCain and Obama campaigns has been absolutely identical.


Obama Still Does not Support the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act”

September 24, 2008

I know that the issues that seem to be driving both the Obama and McCain campaigns right now are mostly economic related. The instability of the world markets, bail-outs that could potentially carry a price tag pushing a trillion dollars, and the question of what to do to prevent something like this from happening again.

With economic issues taking center stage many social issues seem to have been pushed to the back burner. In my opinion, the issue of abortion is one that should stay front and center. I think it is Obama’s stand on this issue that disturbs me the most about him. His failure to support a bill that would grant infants who survive abortions medical care and basic human rights is frightening and disturbing. His politically expedient answer at the Saddleback forum where he said issues of life are “above my paygrade.” Where do you draw the line, Sen. Obama? If a living, breathing infant is not worthy of basic human rights, where do we draw the line about when a person becomes worthy? Have we really become so hardened as to ignore the cries of a living baby all in the name of freedom of choice? What kind of freedom is that?

It is a very sad statement about our society that we have become so selfish that we would murder in the name of of convenience. That is why issues of life will always be on center stage for me when I choose a candidate, and that should also be the case for the rest of America.


New Spanish Obama Ad Misquotes Rush Limbaugh- “Shut your mouth or get out!”

September 18, 2008

I was listening to talk radio this morning and discovered that many of the conservative talking heads are up in arms over a blatant misuse of a statement Rush Limbaugh made over two years ago. I personally hate the way both sides will pick a two second sound bite out a much larger statement and try to make people believe something completely false.

I think the reason why this ad ticks me off so much is that it tries to pain the entire Republican party as anti-immigrant and in doing so, whether intentionally or unintentionally, will lead to statements like “Republicans are rascist.”

I went over Rush Limbaugh’s website to see what he had to say about the ad and what his explanation for the statement featured in the ad.

Here’s what he had to say:

We were making fun of Mexican immigration laws by trying to point out the stark difference between what you can do as an immigrant or illegal immigrant in Mexico versus what they can do here.  Now, let me just give you some of the highlights of this.  “Everybody’s making immigration proposals these days.  Let me add mine to the mix.  Call it the Limbaugh Laws.  First, if you emigrate to our country–” Now, you have to keep in mind that when this Update ran, we’re in the midst of another one of these high-pressured debates of illegal immigration, and we have learned what Mexican immigration laws are.  I’m simply, in this Update, informing people what Mexican immigration laws are.

“Everybody’s making immigration proposals these days.  Let me add mine to the mix.  Call it the Limbaugh Laws.  First, if you emigrate to our country you have to speak the native language.  You have to be a professional or an investor.  No unskilled workers allowed.  Also there will be no special bilingual programs in the schools with the Limbaugh Laws, no special ballots for elections, no government business will be conducted in your language, foreigners will not have the right to vote or hold political office.  If you’re in our country, you cannot be a burden to taxpayers.  You are not entitled to welfare, food stamps, or other government goodies.  You can come if you invest here an amount equal to $40,000 times the daily minimum wage.  If not, stay home.  But if you want to buy land it’s going to be restricted.  No waterfront, for instance.  As a foreigner, you must relinquish individual rights to the property.  And another thing, you don’t have the right to protest.  You’re allowed no demonstrations, no foreign flag waving, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies.  You’re a foreigner, either shut your mouth or get out.  And if you come here illegally, you’re going to jail.  You think the Limbaugh Laws are harsh?  Well, every one of these laws I just mentioned are actual laws of Mexico today.  That’s how the Mexican government handles immigrants in their country, yet Mexicans come here illegally and protest in our streets.  How do you say double standard in Spanish?  How about no mas?”

If you want to see all his comments you can check them out here.


Sarah Palin Interviewed on Hannity and Colmes

September 18, 2008

Here is the video from Gov. Palin’s interview with Sean Hannity. The final portion of that interview will air on the program this evening.


Gianna Jessen- “Born Alive” Ad

September 17, 2008

Here is the ad mentioned in the previous post. I watched the H&C interview on the internet this morning, and quite frankly, it stuns that anyone could talk to a woman like Ms. Jessen and not support a Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Where do we draw the line? When does a human get human rights? Some questions that her story should make everyone think about.


Gianna Jessen on Hannity & Colmes

September 16, 2008

I am not a Hannity and Colmes fan. I don’t like any of the “talking heads” shows that yell at each other, and pit “right” and “left” against one another. With that said, check out a clip from last night’s show (Monday): it’s a brief visit with Gianna Jessen. I read Gianna’s story as a young teenager, and between it and the Atonement Child, I have never thought about different position on abortion: there isn’t another one to be had. Gianna is an amazing young woman and a huge part of the pro-life movement. How can anyone look at her, and still believe that abortion is killing tissue and that knowing her medical history (she has cerebral palsy–as a result of her botched abortion), that abortion isn’t painful or harmful. She’s right: “if abortion is about ‘women’s rights’ … what were mine?” Please watch.

Oh, and I just found this, in looking for a link to the TV ad that prompted Gianna’s interview. The news media can’t even get her story right, because getting it right means that they have to face the truth. Why can’t people wake up to the reality of what abortion really is? I know we’re facing serious problems with the economy, with health care, with our tax system, with foreign policy, with spending, but what about the least of these? Those who can’t even protect themselves? Gianna’s story shouldn’t sit easy with anyone on the fence on abortion. Please, at least look into her story, before you write it all off as another part of the crazy right-wingers.