(h/t to Kathryn Jean Lopez for the title)
This part of the speech typifies everything that is wrong with liberals like Obama:
In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is – you’re on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps – even if you don’t have boots. You’re on your own.
Yup. Born into poverty and your expected to make something of yourself…ON YOUR OWN? No freaking way! How could government allow this? Why don’t they understand they are supposed to hold our hands, give us handouts if we are down on our luck and all that. They can’t actually expect us to be mature adults and take responsibility for our actions, our work ethic, and our perseverance can they?
That is the mindset of the common liberal, and its a weak pathetic mindset that typifies those who want everything handed to them on a silver platter. So the applause was not unexpected.
Victor Davis Hanson was able to get that speech down from the pages and pages it once was to its core message:
The country is wrecked. Our freedoms are lost. Our soldiers are victims, not triumphant heroes. We are all impoverished except for a parasitic few. All bad news is not due to globalized changes in a radically different world, but to the nefarious greed of Bush-Cheney-McCain nexus. The Obamas, Kerrys, Pelosis, Gores, et al. who make millions a year and live in mansions, are populists uniquely called upon to tax, expand government, and think of ever new programs, as if the United States doesn’t have the largest government and the most ineffective programs in its history.
Another great argument against Obama comes from Michael Graham when Obama uttered the words “America is better then this.”
Name one thing — ONE — that Bill Clinton did in eight years with a fawning press corps that was “better” than planting a democracy in the heart of the Middle East while simultaneously liberating 23 million people from Saddam’s terror.
No one can.
If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next commander in chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.
So why not agree to those townhall debates you once agreed to but ran away from? You say your ready for that debate, McCain want’s to have it….so agree to the townhall meetings. No teleprompters to tell you what you think. Just mano y’ mano.
But we all know who will win in that arena where each of you must think on your feet. Obama has shown a remarkable lack of that ability so its not surprising he runs. And does he really want to get into a debate over judgment? Whoa boy, the man is way over his head.
Get a load of this crap:
Now, I don’t believe that Sen. McCain doesn’t care what’s going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn’t know. Why else would he define middle class as someone making under $5 million a year?
How disingenuous. Watch or read the actual statement from McCain and you can understand what he was saying, and his attempt at humor:
WARREN: No, no, actually, this is great because I may actually get to ask you a couple of extra questions, which are good. They’re the “lightning bonus round” actually.
Ok, on taxes, define “rich.” Everybody talks about taxing the rich, but not the poor, the middle class. At what point – give me a number, give me a specific number – where do you move from middle class to rich?
Is it $100,000, is it $50,000, is it $200,000? How does anybody know if we don’t know what the standards are?
MCCAIN: Some of the richest people I’ve ever known in my life are the most unhappy. I think that rich should be defined by a home, a good job, an education and the ability to hand to our children a more prosperous and safer world than the one that we inherited.
I don’t want to take any money from the rich — I want everybody to get rich.
I don’t believe in class warfare or re-distribution of the wealth. But I can tell you, for example, there are small businessmen and women who are working 16 hours a day, seven days a week that some people would classify as – quote – “rich,” my friends, and want to raise their taxes and want to raise their payroll taxes.
Let’s have – keep taxes low. Let’s give every family in America a $7,000 tax credit for every child they have. Let’s give them a $5,000 refundable tax credit to go out and get the health insurance of their choice. Let’s not have the government take over the health care system in America.
So, I think if you are just talking about income, how about $5 million?
But seriously, I don’t think you can – I don’t think seriously that – the point is that I’m trying to make here, seriously — and I’m sure that comment will be distorted — but the point is that we want to keep people’s taxes low and increase revenues.
And, my friend, it was not taxes that mattered in America in the last several years. It was spending. Spending got completely out of control. We spent money in way that mortgaged our kids’ futures.
My friends, we spent $3 million of your money to study the DNA of bears in Montana. Now I don’t know if that was a paternity issue or a criminal issue… (ed. another joke)
… but the point is, it was $3 million of your money. It was your money. And, you know, we laugh about it, but we cry – and we should cry because the Congress is supposed to be careful stewards of your tax dollars.
So what did they just do in the middle of an energy crisis when in California we are paying $4 a gallon for gas? Went on vacation for five weeks. I guarantee you, two things they never miss – a pay raise and a vacation — and we should stop that and call them back and not raise your taxes. We should not and cannot raise taxes in tough economic times.
So, it doesn’t matter really what my definition of “rich” is because I don’t want to raise anybody’s taxes. I really don’t. In fact, I want to give working Americans a better shot at having a better life, and we all know the challenges, my friends, if I could be serious.
Americans tonight in California and all over America are sitting at the kitchen table — recently and suddenly lost a job, can’t afford to stay in their home, education for their kids, affordable health care. These are tough problems. These are tough problems. You talk to them every day…
And this line was a doozy:
I will cut taxes — cut taxes — for 95 percent of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.
The problem is, as Joeseph Brusuelas (chief economic at Merk Investment) states in the video below, that once in office he will understand there is not enough rich folks out there to pay for all those welfare and free handouts he wants to give so just as Clinton did, that 250 grand line will be lowered, and lowered and lowered some more.