Sunday, October 26, 2008

McCain vs. Obama: Your wallet

Click here for a Wall Street Journal article that compares McCain's and Obama's policies that effect your personal finances.

Friday, October 17, 2008

McCain vs. Obama: Why I don't want to vote for either

Not sure what to do with my vote. I'm inclined to not vote for either major candidate and here's why:

McCain:
  • What was he thinking in choosing Palin? McCain's best argument over Obama was experience. Palin has less experience on a national level than Obama. That takes McCain's argument away. I wonder about his judgment and her ability to step in as president if needed.
  • I want an articulate president.
  • Negative ads - purposely distorting the truth.
Obama:
  • I was hoping he was the real deal but I think he is looking like a standard politician. Go to the left to get the party's nomination and then switch to the middle for the general election. Lots of earmarks. Shady real estate deal with a convicted felon. Not being truthful about his relationships with others [Once a little controversy comes up about an associate, he distances himself. For example, I believe he knew Rev. Wright for 20 years. I would have respected Obama if he had just said that he didn't agree with the Reverend's extreme positions but that the Reverend and his church do a lot of good. Instead he throws Wright under the bus and claims he didn't know of Wright's views.]
  • Government is not always the solution. I do not want a stronger federal government but Obama leans that way.
  • Too simplistic perhaps in suggesting taxes won't go up for most because he will tax the rich and the corporations. A tax on corporations just gets passed on to us.
  • Negative ads -purposely distorting the truth.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Obama vs. McCain on the issues

I am pretty tired of all the political fighting. So, let's just get back to the issues. Here is a list of positions each candidate has taken on their official campaign web sites. I have provided the links on each issue:

Issue

Obama

McCain

Roe v. Wade

yes

no

Nuclear power

yes

yes

Drilling for oil

no

yes

Greenhouse

cap-and-trade

yes

yes

Stem cell research

yes

yes/no

Same sex marriage

??

no

Iraq

responsible withdrawal

succeed and leave

Affordable health care

yes

yes

Voluntary public service

yes

yes

Gun control

no

no

Patriot Act

yes

yes









Saturday, October 04, 2008

McCain vs. Obama: Freddie/Fannie

Open Secrets is a web site of the Center for Responsive Politics. Their mission statement says it "is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more responsive government." Using data they say is released by the FEC, they listed last month the recipients of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for the last 20 years. Top of the list belongs to Senator Dodd at $165,400 (a little conflict of interest here?). Next is Senator Obama at $126,349. McCain is far down the list at $21,550.

As a side note, Fox News has been running a story on their web site about Barney Frank being guilty of confliuct of interest. His lover/partner, Herb moses, was an assistant director of Fannie Mae from 1991 to 1998 while Frank was on the House Banking committee. CNN.com has yet to pick up this story. From the FoxNews.com article:

Although Frank now blames Republicans for the failure of Fannie and Freddie, he spent years blocking GOP lawmakers from imposing tougher regulations on the mortgage giants. In 1991, the year Moses was hired by Fannie, the Boston Globe reported that Frank pushed the agency to loosen regulations on mortgages for two- and three-family homes, even though they were defaulting at twice and five times the rate of single homes, respectively.

Three years later, President Clinton’s Department of Housing and Urban Development tried to impose a new regulation on Fannie, but was thwarted by Frank. Clinton [former president] now blames such Democrats for planting the seeds of today’s economic crisis.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

who caused the economic crisis?

Again FactCheck.org does a nice, balanced approach. It is an easy read and makes a lot of sense. Here's the link: http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/who_caused_the_economic_crisis.html