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Friday, August 29, 2008

DNC - Obama

It was a spectacular setting and it appeared to come off without a hitch, and of course Obama is a skilled orator so his delivery was excellent.

Experts say Obama had to deliver a state of the union style speech, but the speech was not state of the union material. He preaches of a new kind of politics while he is on the campaign trail, but the speech clashed with his definition of a new kind of politics. It was expected to have great details of his policies, but it was a laundry list hitting several "buzz word" topics.

Barack Obama, after paying brief respect to John McCain's service to our country, spend nearly a one third of the speech on an anti McCain message, not exactly his new kind of politics. He spent a great deal of time on anti George W. Bush, which is fine, but Bush is not the candidate, and McCain, contrary to the Democrats talking points, is not Bush. McCain is very much a different man with a different set of ideals and philosophy, such as government spending.

Barack Obama spend a great deal of time probably about one third of his speech with his standard soaring rhetoric with little substance.

Then the run on the issues; he touched them all during his change and promises portion of the speech. He mentioned: a change in the tax code to reward small business and workers, elimination of capital gains taxes for small business and high wage start ups, cuts taxes for 95% of working families, invest billions in renewable energy, education and recruit an "army" of new teachers and pay them high salaries, affordable, accessible health care, with his plan providing lower premiums,  paid sick days and family leave, changing bankruptcy laws to protect pensions and protecting Social Security and he touched upon equal pay for an equal day's work.

He spent several paragraphs of his speech on a gloss over of these issues, then he had one paragraph, a brief mention of paying for all these grand pandering ideas by "by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don’t help America grow," and eliminating programs in the federal budget or making them cost less. Obama has proposed a lot of spending for just the little means he proposes to pay for it.

One item conspicuously absent from Barack Obama's speech last night was the federal deficit, and how he plans to deal with it. It is going to be difficult to spend like he is proposing and eliminate our deficit.  

While Barack Obama was offering tough talk on being Commander in Chief, he made a very interesting comment.
For while Sen. McCain was turning his sights to Iraq just days after 9/11, I stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract us from the real threats we face. When John McCain said we could just “muddle through” in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights.
Let the record be clear, he was not in the Senate to stand up. Actually in 2000 he lost a race for the House of Representatives, and was not elected to United States Senator until November 2004 and began serving in 2005.

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TF said...

Mr. IVer,
It was a tremendous speech. Even you will remember your location and where you were when you heard it. As the gray lady, the NYT's, headline was that it was a call to substantially change our nation. And you buy into large parts of it.
Dammit I know you do.

hermit thrush said...

obama's "very interesting comment" is nothing but the plain truth, and you should know better, iv. in 2002, before congress passed its resolution authorizing war with iraq, obama delivered his famous "iraq speech", in which he clearly and forcefully stood up against going to war. have a look at it here. obama served in the illinois state senate at the time, not the u.s. senate, but doesn't that make his stance all the more remarkable? as a state senator, he was under no obligation whatsoever to stick his neck out there on the most heated foreign policy issue of the day. but rather than playing it safe, he chose to speak out for what he believed in. isn't that what leadership is about? and history has shown that he got it right, and john mccain got it wrong.

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