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Friday, August 29, 2008
Sarah Palin
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.

One fun fact, here's what Palin said earlier this year about the vice presidency:
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.”
posted by CB @ 2:42 PM   0 comments
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Obama should win on the economy
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.
posted by CB @ 1:16 PM   0 comments
Toot toot, and a GOP VP Pick
That's me tooting my own horn a little bit, for correctly predicting Joe Biden as Obama's running mate.

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.
posted by CB @ 1:14 PM   0 comments

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