Brianna Myre-Wilensky: Inform yourself about what McCain has done

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Although I commend Gar William's service to our country and the American Legion, I wish he was better informed on where the candidates stand on veterans' issues. A candid look at McCain's voting record shows that he voted against veteran benefit bills more than he voted for them. The bills he did vote for gave significantly less money to veterans than the ones he voted against, even when there was a clear way to pay for these benefits. He also voted against a recent bill to give veterans scholarships, calling the bill "too generous."

Furthermore, if the economy is a key issue to Williams, he should consider what Republican policy has done to our economic well-being. The Bush doctrine has favored capitol to work and the rich to the poor.

Although the average middle class family received an 8 percent tax cut, the richest 1 percent received a 24 percent tax cut, when they needed it the least. This helped create a record deficit of half a trillion dollars per year (under Clinton, we had a surplus), which has doubled the national debt, causing the dollar to devalue and the price of oil, food, etc., to go up.

Jobs are shipped overseas (companies actually receive tax breaks for doing so) causing unemployment to rise, the deregulation of the lending market has led to the housing crisis, and the list goes on and on. The McCain economic plan proposes the same policies.

Obama wants to lower taxes for 95 percent of the population, who are in desperate need of it, and reduce the tax cuts that the rich have received.

He wants to lower health care costs for all (McCain doesn't even mention health care) and keep jobs in the United States. This election is crucial, so let's make informed decisions.

Brianna Myre-Wilensky

Craig

Comments

taxslave 6 years, 3 months ago

McCain says he'll tax your medical benefits from your employer as income, no matter what your income level is.

Obama says he'll tax the rich and give it to the poor.

"A government big enough to give you everything you need is big enough to take away everything you have."

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cantstandtexans 6 years, 3 months ago

Howdy again folks....I haven't much time but....DIDDO!!!

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grannyrett 6 years, 3 months ago

AttitudeAdjustment-Excellent points. If a president is going to get anything done, he has to work with both sides. It's called checks and balances. It works. He has shown he is able to do it. Obama is sounding more and more like a whiner. Is that what we want? I don't think so.

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rhammel 6 years, 3 months ago

Good letter, Brianna.

We need more people like you, asking the voters of Moffat County, to take the time to become informed of how the candidates stand on the issues that affect us every day. Too often people just vote for who their party tells them.

My suggestion is, if you are unhappy with the state of the economy, healthcare and other issues, we are facing today, then vote for the candidate that you believe will offer real change.

Rick

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AltitudeAdjustment 6 years, 3 months ago

And don't get me wrong, I think Obama is a nice guy, I just don't think he will do as good of a job as McCain would. He has some great ideas, but at the end of the day those ideas have to translate into workable plans. His plan to make "government cool again," while catchy, lacks substance. I am middle income, but only by a small margin, A little more and Barak will be hitting me up for about 35% of my income. Last time I checked I was the one paying back my student loans and not him. Last time I checked I was trying to stuff money away for my kid's education and not him. Last time I checked I took out a mortgage and I have to pay it back. No bank held a gun to my head and forced me to take out a loan I couldn't afford, nor are they responsible for people living on credit cards, just because credit is easy to get. People need to be responsible for their own actions and not make someone else or government come solve their problems.

I don't believe higher taxes is the issue either. Making the top 3% pay 70% of the taxes is a great idea because that frees up the rest of the 97% of people from having to pay for it, but who then will go out and start a small business or invest their money in a new project or idea? It won't be the top 3% because they won't have a dime because it will all go to taxes. Besides, even if you change the tax structure, the super rich and industry will just move more of their wealth of shore and spend the extra on really good accountants to figure out ways not to pay the tax. Lets give big business more incentive to stay in the US instead of looking at ways of taxing them to death.

I also don'te feel as Obama does that Big Oil is the boogy man. As we speak, Exxon, BP, Chevron, etc are spending more than anyone on alternative fuels and cleaner/renewable energy. They know the future of oil is grim and they are investing the profits in new engergy, not sticking it into a few individuals pockets. only a couple % of any big oil company is owned by the oil executives. The rest is owned by the average investor. My IRA is doing pretty good because I have invested my money heavily in energy stock. So if you are mad at Exxon and BP be mad at me, because I guess I am the one getting rich from higher fuel prices, just like millions of other Americans who have retirement plans, 401K's, and IRA with account managers who's put it into energy stock. Also, you can cut your gas bill in half by not driving the darn 1-ton to go get a jug of milk. By a smaller car for all of your busy work and keep the truck for the real work the way it was designed for. Better yet, try walking, car pooling, or organizing your trips better so you don't run to town or the store five times a day.

Sure Obama has some pretty good ideas, and they appeal to alot of people, but in the end, they don't carry much substance, they just appeal to your emotions, and once you've thought about it clearly, they don't make very good sense.

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AltitudeAdjustment 6 years, 3 months ago

McCain or Obama ? I guess that's the real question here. If we judged both men on their ability to reach across the isle and support the other party McCain wins that one. Even Obama's VP supported McCain until Obama asked him to run with him. McCain is the most non-partisan politician to come along in atleast a generation. If we judged both men on experience McCain would win this one too. Obama supporters are looking at Palin and saying things like "she's one heart beat away from being president." They are worried that she may become president if McCain dies. but if we really break it down she has more experience the Obama does. He's been a Senator for two years, 18 months of which he has been running for president. Palin has held an executive position at the state level for two years and an executive position at the city level. Before his stint in the US Senate, Obama did some state legislature, but they only meet a couple months a year and the rest of the time he is panhandling his district. If we are really worried about someone with no experience being president we should be saying "Obama's one vote away from the presidency."

Sure McCain sided with Bush on a lot of issues, but so did a lot of Obama supporters. With the exception of a couple of our founding fathers, Lincoln, and Rosevelt, few presidents have had financial colapse of a market (at the end of the Clinton era we called the Dot.Com bubble), attack on US soil (9/11), a two front war, and major natural disasters (katrina) during their presidency. Is Bush to blame for a single one of these incidence? Sure we can give him the War, but that is what 99.9% of us supported at the time, except Obama of course because he seems to have had some insight into the future that the rest of us weren't privy to. We ALL asked for blood and he gave us what we wanted.

Remember when Bush was elected? Alot of people thought this guy would be a Washington outsider and rally both parties. Turned out he was way too far to the right and couldn't unite anybody. Here we have Obama and he is a "Washington" outsider and he is way to far to the left. Do you think he is going to get anything done? Not a chance. Only one has a track record of working with the guy across the isle and gettnig things done and his name is John McCain. Clinton worked with the Republicans and Reagan worked with democrats because they knew that's what it would take to make positive change. Obama won't do it and McCain will. The choice is pretty simple if you ask me.

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jeff corriveau 6 years, 3 months ago

As you said, we should make informed decisions about our next president. Having that in mind, I did a little research. Right now there are 5 MILLION more people working in our country than seven years ago! Not bad for an economy that was rocked by 9-11. And we have not been struck by terrorists since then with god-only-knows how many threats neutralized. I was wondering WHICH Bush doctrine you might be referring to? A quick check of Wikipedia lists seven Bush doctines from the concept of preemptive strikes agains our enemies, countries that harbor terrorists are themselves terrorists, the concept of using the "coalition of the willing" when the (worthless) UN won't act and the "Freedom Agenda" that of spreading democracy to the world. John McCain believes in these things and has demonstrated the courage to vote to support them while in Congress. When Obama has actually voted, not just "present" he has voted against them. Well, he was against the highly successful surge before he was for it. OMG sounds like John Kerry all over again. And he's against drilling, before he's for it. Obama "WANTS" to cut taxes but at the same time he wants to grow social and domestic programs. Where will the money come from? The middle class worker, that's where. And lastly let's consider which one of the candidates is best suited to keep America safe and appoint judges that will not legislate from the bench.

You see Briana, we have become educated and we're for John McCain!

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grannyrett 6 years, 3 months ago

silentman-You sure educated me. I now know some new places to go look. Thanks!

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cantstandtexans 6 years, 3 months ago

Someone needs to teach an economics lesson. With a population growth....most economies will in it's nature create jobs. But what kind of jobs are we talking about here?! High paying support your family jobs or service industry jobs? Economics 101....a country must produce the goods it consumes or at least export a product that balances the trade dollar for dollar. THAT...isn't happening. Any company that exports jobs from this country are traders to the highest degree!! While the conservative right screams patriotism, corporate America has exported millions of jobs thru at first the NAFTA agreement. Jobs went to Mexico and headed straight to China and so on. Then Mexico was bypast! And you must factor in not only the trade deficit of approximately 600 to 700 billion dollars per year...you must also factor in the Federal deficit that amounts to a government that in legal terms...is bankrupt!! 10 trillion dollars...and that DOESN'T factor in the interest that will be paid on this 10 trillion dollars!! Look at the facts, under this the GOP and a Republican led congress for 6 of the last nearly eight years....6 trillion dollars has been borrowed, a great portion borrowed from sources not conducive to national security. Palin is a smoke screen. Her lack of experience is well documented and the criminal element she obviously adheres to is the making a the first person to be impeached if McBush croaks if he gets elected. Look into her back ground. It's not difficult to Google up all the facts you need to make a clear joice for president. Palin ain't Kosher people! She was chosen not for experience sake...but because she is a women and that alone! WHAT?! Palin is a governor of a state with the population close to Wyomings?!! MAYBE??!! Her so-called religious affiliation panders right into the evangelical mindset. And if you examine that mindset, you'll discover that the so-called religious right does not give a damn about civil rights! They care about forcing this country to be "One Nation Under God"! THAT PEOPLE...IS A TOTALITARIAN STYLE GOVERNMENT! What the hell is the difference between what the Evangelicals support and the Nation of Islam?! NOT A DAMN THING! It's their way or your a subversive unpatriotic person not worthy to bear the title of an American citizen! A LIBERAL OR A COMMIE OR A TERRORIST SUPPORTER!! Radical beliefs are just that! This current administration dooped this country and McBush honestly doesn't bring anything different to the table. NOTHING! Look who he has surrounded himself with, wheather campaign mangers to advisors. It's the same crap we have put up with for almost 8 years!! Comments that support McBush is your freedom of speech. But if you're supporting a person mearly on the merits of US AGAINST THEM....and this is what I'm reading here by your comments...you need to spend a lot of time on the Google and read read read and read some more. Look into McBush's past and Palins past. It's not a pleasant picture.

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cantstandtexans 6 years, 3 months ago

And silentman....you are not stating true facts. Would you care to re-examine your comment and re-submit the truth?! Obama isn't supporting higher taxes for people like you and I! And by the way...criminals are criminals. Georgie Bush and Cheney are criminals! McBush has said over and over and over that he has supported Dufus Bush over 90% of the time on issues. What does that say about a person??! And by the way...with this 10 trillion dollars of Federal dept...where in the hell do "YOU" propose that money is going to come from to pay off this dept that the Republican president still sitting in the Oval Office help run up?! WHERE?! This country is damn near collapse financially...and the Irag war is STILL costing more than 10 billion dollars per month. Invest 10 billion dollars per month into our economy thru infrastructure improvements. For every dollar invested with federal funds into this infrastructure improvements...you create 10 dollars! Did you know this Silentman?! Tax the living hell out of the goods coming from China and India, etc. Or tell them they must buy like amounts of dollar for dollar goods and services from this country or the amount of goods these exporting countries will be slashed to the levels they buy from the U.S.A! Patriotic? HELL YES I AM!! IT'S AMERICA FIRST! But with corporate America flooding both major political parties with millions...where do you think we stand on the food chain? But looking at McBush's record of not supporting our military men and women with the benefits they deserve...while all along McBush claiming undying support for our troops....makes you wonder eh?! READ! McBush and Palin "WILL" be business as usual!! I'm sick of whats happened to this country these last almost 8 years. Hope has dissapeared for millions of Americans....and by the way Silentman!! You're assertion that this country is safer today than it was before 9/11 is not an accurate assertion as to the why and how of it all! I haven't the time to submit a thesis on this subject. If you would delve into the reasons and the reactions by the current administrations attempt to doop this country into submission of will...well..they have succeeded in their agenda. Again....study and read what these criminals have pulled off....I have!! Im' pissed and I mean REALLY PISSED OFF!! Want more of Business as Usual?!

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AltitudeAdjustment 6 years, 3 months ago

CST,

You make good arguments, but most can be said for Obama aswell. Almost no experience outside of a small stint in state legislature and no real experience as a US Senator (his entire tenure has been to vote "present" and to run for the White House). I completely agree with you about jobs going to foreign countries. But economics 101 (which you don't want to get into an argument with me on economcs trust me) talks about product (and manufacturing) life cycle. We shipped jobs to China because we as consumers demanded it. All 300 million of us are guilty for demanding cheaper and cheaper products. Wal-Mart came along and listened and once they gave America a taste for "Discount" we couldn't get enough. WE shipped jobs to China because underwear and toys were to expensive and Hasbro and Fruit of the Loom worried about Matel and Haines so they figured they could save 15 cents on a shirt if it was manufactured in Asia. This 15 cents per shirts amounted to billions of dollars to their bottom line and that the average consumer could use that 15 cents to buy a can of Tuna Fish. This is called purchasing power and it allowed our people to buy more with their disposable income. Of course you are correct about the US not being a manufacturing economy. John Keynes said we could only give each other hair cuts for so long before the economy crashes. Lucky for us everyone is using credit to the max, that's what has supported us for the last two decades.

Also, NAFTA was a bi-partisan piece of Doctrin and although it was signed by the first Bush it was supported by Clinton in his run for the white house in 92.

You are absolutely correct that Palin was chosen because she was a women. The exact reason millions voted for Bilary in the primary. What is Hilary's experience besides being First Lady and a junior senator? And how many people are voting for Obama just because he is black? Alot! that's how many.

Truth be told, McCain is more of a democrat than most of the democrats west of the Mississippi and east of the Siera Nevadas. He is the most liberal Republican to come along in 20 years, and although he did side with Bush on a lot of important issues, he also disagreed with Bush, but not on issues of national security, which was the primary focus of the last eight years.

Lastly, if you think a guy who spent years in a Asian prisoner of war camp because he wouldn't come home without his comrads (we call that integrity) and a working class mother are "unpleasant" people, I hate to know what your idea of an American is. Also please note how I have not made one mention of Obama being "Islamic" because I don't write BS on these forums. He is no more Islamic than I am, so don't spout a bunch of slash and burn crap that is not relavent to the issue of who has the experience and who has the record of getting things done, because McCain has the edge in those two areas.

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cantstandtexans 6 years, 3 months ago

Well howdy Patrick.....and nope! I'm still buried with this project.

Silentman....with different opinions and knowledge of issues, in one word I'll show you why McBush isn't the person to take over the Oval Office. Ready? IRAQ!

There is complete information to show that Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with national security. NOTHING!! And who thumps the podium with war talk and 100%+ supports this countries involvement with invading Iraq. Now...It's no use getting into a debate on the WHYS and the HOW COME'S when it comes to the reasons behind this incredible unilateral mistake demanded by Cheney and Bush....but we cannot change what happened with this war. But we can look forward and say.....who supported this invasion and who was against it. And who continues to bang away at the notion we need to stay as long as necessary to defeat Al Qaeda. Was Al Qaeda in Iraq and did Hussien needed to be overthrown? Now you get into very murky waters when you investigate what was lied about to start this war with Iraq. LIES AND LIES AND SUPER LIES for a war that was intended not to be won. I need to go....I'll follow up when I can about this true fact....but McBush isn't even healthy enough to assume the responsibilities of the presidency.

Will continue..........

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