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Friday, August 29, 2008
Well, I think McCain made a very shrewd political choice. A suburban, telegenic, executive, working mom, with the ability to fire up the conservative base.
Obama chose the person he felt would best help him govern once in office, but McCain, clearly concerned about November and not what happens afterward, chose the person that gives him a better chance to win, in the process putting someone who 2 years ago was an oil company regulator and former mayor of a town of 7,000 a heartbeat away from running the free world.
Palin replied: “[A]s for that V.P. talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the V.P. does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that V.P .slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”
Great NYT Magazine piece on Obama's economic viewpoint. Very well written, easy to read and understand, this is the kind of article I wish every voter was forced to read (and feel free to give us the corresponding one on McCain's economic values. That would be a laugh. Could you even get to 7 pages, or would it be done at "Cut taxes, because that's what Reagan says").
Per the piece, Obama will provide a MUCH BIGGER tax cut to the vast majority of Americans (everyone under $118k)
For the bottom 80 percent of the population — those households making $118,000 or less — McCain’s various tax cuts would mean a net savings of about $200 a year on average. Obama’s proposals would bring $900 a year in savings. So for most people, Obama is the tax cutter in this campaign.
This should be drilled into people somehow. Put it in many commercials. Say it in the debates.
And which of these sounds more appropriate:
McCain, by continuing the basic thrust of Bush’s tax policies and adding a few new wrinkles, would cut taxes for the top 0.1 percent of earners — those making an average of $9.1 million — by another $190,000 a year, on top of the Bush reductions. Obama would raise taxes on this top 0.1 percent by an average of $800,000 a year.... The bulk of Obama’s tax increases on the wealthy — about $500,000 of that $800,000 — would simply take away Bush’s tax cuts. The remaining $300,000 wouldn’t nearly reverse their pretax income gains in recent years.
Since I never picked one guy for the GOP, I'll do it now: Pawlenty. I don't think McCain can pick Romney now (two very rich guys isn't the right image against Obama/Biden). Thune could still be a darkhorse, as could Palin. But I'll go with the down-home economically-helpfull Pawlenty.