My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. ~ Dr. Evil
Was Dr. Evil’s dad John McCain?
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to promise on Monday that he will balance the federal budget by the end of his first term by curbing wasteful spending and overhauling entitlement programs, including Social Security, his advisers told Politico.
All this while spending indefinitely on the Iraq occupation and cutting taxes for the wealthy? Impressive! Who said “the issue of economics is not something [McCain has] understood as well as [he] should”? [Hint: it was John McCain. ~ ed.] McCain doesn’t understand economics like a fox, I’d say!
I’m not trying to persuade my McCain supporting reader(s) to vote for Obama. And I know most of my Yahoo friends probably lean towards voting for Senator Obama already. My purpose here is to debunk the myth that Obama wants to tax and spend and McCain will give the average American all sorts of tax breaks. I don’t necessarily care why anyone supports McCain, as long as it’s for honest reasons – in other words, don’t tell me you’re voting against Obama because McCain supports Bush’s tax cuts, unless you’re wealthy.
CNN recently broke down the numbers of both candidates’ tax plans, and based on household income demographics, we glean the following:
- 97% of taxpayers may see a reduction in income taxes under Obama’s plan; only the wealthiest 1% will see any significant increase in their tax bills.
- 85% of taxpayers, meaning those earning under $112,000, could take home more under Obama’s plan then McCain’s.
- 67% of taxpayers, those earning less than $66,000 could take home an average of $500-$700 more per year under Obama’s plan then McCain’s.
Disclosure: I voted for Obama in the primary and strongly prefer him as our next president over Clinton.
I was not around to witness the Jack and Bobby era first-hand, but before this latest wave of JFK comparisons I felt that in Obama I was witnessing a phenomenon akin to JFK/RFK. Yet, the more I hear the ‘Obama as the Black Kennedy’ meme, the more suspicious I become.
And since Caroline and Teddy have made overt their feelings about the Obama/Kennedy connection, more people have jumped on the bandwagon and each day a different old-Democrat war horse comes out and echos the “I knew JFK and Mr. Obama is a new JFK” theme. In Kristoff’s New York Times column, we see this:
“I’ve worked for three presidents and known two or three others,” said Michael Blumenthal, who started his public career under President Kennedy and served as Treasury secretary under President Carter. “And Obama is just about the only politician I’ve ever seen who compares to Jack Kennedy.”
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