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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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Boxer takes on McCain the fighter

By Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator (D-CA)

For Immediate Release               
September 5, 2008

Last night at the Republican National Convention, John McCain used the word "fight" more than 40 times in his speech. 

In the 16 years that we have served together in the Senate, I have seen John McCain fight. 

I have seen him fight against raising the federal minimum wage 14 times. 

I have seen him fight against making sure that women earn equal pay for equal work. 

I have seen him fight against a women's right to choose so consistently that he received a zero percent vote rating from pro-choice organizations. 

I have seen him fight against helping families gain access to birth control. 

I have seen him fight against Social Security, even going so far as to call its current funding system "an absolute disgrace." 

And I saw him fight against the new GI Bill of Rights until it became politically untenable for him to do so. 

John McCain voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time in 2007 and 100 percent of the time in 2008 -- that's no maverick. 

We do have two real fighters for change in this election -- their names are Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

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Is Sarah Palin An Evolution-Denier?

By Lindsay Beyerstein
The Campaign Silo @ Fire Dog Lake

During her bid for governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin argued that creationism should be discussed alongside evolution in public school science class. Later in the same debate, she pledged not to legislate creationism if she were elected governor.

Dan Joling of the Associated Press reports that Palin did not attempt to introduce creationism into public schools during her tenure as governor of Alaska.

It's not clear whether Palin hoped kids would study Genesis and young earth creationism, or its more nebulous and politically correct counterpart, Intelligent Design (ID).

Palin's church maintains that "the Bible [is] the only inspired inerrant Word of God authoritative for faith and practice." Genesis said the universe was created in seven days. If Palin believes that the story of Genesis is a literal historical record of the creation of life on earth, it's hard to see how she could be anything but a young earth creationist....(Click here for remainder of post).

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McCain’s Self-Obsessed Campaign

By Eugene Robinson
truthdig.com


John McCain is no silver-tongued orator, as he proved in St. Paul, but it’s hard not to be stirred when he speaks of wanting only to serve a cause greater than himself—until you take a closer look and see that he’s running one of the most egocentric presidential campaigns in memory.

Not that Barack Obama lacks a healthy opinion of himself, mind you. No one wants the next president to be paralyzed with insecurity, or even to doubt for a minute that he’s the right man for the job. But after trying to ridicule Obama as a preening celebrity, if not a self-proclaimed messiah, McCain is campaigning on a platform that can be summed up in three words: me, me, me.

Much has been made of the fact that he’s a Republican running on a pledge to clean up the intolerable, unforgivable mess created over the past eight years by a Republican president—and, for much of that time, a Republican-controlled Congress in which McCain himself had great power and influence. It’s amusing to listen to a man in his fourth term in the Senate (after two terms in the House) when he rails against evil “Washington,” as if he weren’t one of this modern-day Sodom’s most prominent denizens.

There has been less comment, however, on the extent to which McCain rejects not only his party’s record but also important tenets of its stated philosophy. He’s a Republican who doesn’t entirely believe in modern Republicanism.

“We oppose amnesty” for undocumented immigrants, the GOP platform says. “The rule of law suffers if government policies encourage or reward illegal activities.” Yet McCain co-authored the ill-fated immigration reform bill that would have granted de facto amnesty to millions who are in this country without the proper papers....(Click here for remainder of article).

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Keeping Palin Under Wraps

By E.J. Dionne
truthdig.com


John McCain’s campaign acknowledged this weekend that Sarah Palin is unprepared to be vice president or president of the United States.

Of course, McCain’s people said no such thing. But their actions told you all you needed to know.

McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden all subjected themselves to tough questioning on the regular Sunday news programs. Palin was the only no-show. And it’s not just the Sunday interviews. She has not opened herself to any serious questioning since McCain picked her to be next in line for the presidency.

McCain’s advisers clearly don’t trust Palin to answer questions about policy, and don’t want her to answer many of the questions that have been raised about her tenure as governor of Alaska.

Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, gave the game away when he said on “Fox News Sunday” that she would not meet with reporters until they showed a willingness to treat her “with some level of respect and deference.”

Deference? That’s a word used in monarchies or aristocracies. Democracies don’t give “deference” to politicians. When have McCain, Obama, Biden or, for that matter, Hillary Clinton asked for deference?...(Click here for remainder of article).

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A Star Wasn’t Born

By Bill Boyarsky
truthdig.com


The Republicans’ odd-couple ticket doesn’t look so odd when you consider the shifting populations of the battleground states that will decide the presidential election.

The top of the ticket, Sen. John McCain, accepted his nomination Thursday night with a speech laying out the broad theme of his campaign: the deeply patriotic, gutsy ex-prisoner of war against a well-meaning but hopelessly inexperienced Sen. Barack Obama.

This is putting a nice face on a reprehensible strategy that is likely to fail. Without actually invoking race, the Republicans are expected to remind uncommitted voters of the historic step they would be taking by voting for an African-American for president. Inexperience becomes one of the excuses for declining to make such a choice. McCain’s years of service become a reason for voting for him.

What had been unexpected by the faithful at the Republican National Convention, of course, was McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the vice presidential nominee. McCain’s decision was cited as an example of his willingness to take a chance, to gamble everything on a hunch. It was much more than that....(Click here for remainder of article).

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She’s Clueless, He’s Worse

By Robert Scheer
truthdig.com


Ignorance is bliss, which perhaps explains Gov. Sarah Palin being so confidently wrong about the root cause of the federalization of most of the nation’s mortgage market. But what is Sen. John McCain’s excuse? Both act as if the financial meltdown of the U.S. economy has nothing to do with the policies of the political party they represent—but she at least may not know any better.

Distracted momentarily from her campaign revelries of maverick opposition to the “bridge to nowhere,” which she had supported until it became a public relations debacle, and congressional earmarks for which she, as a small-town mayor, had hustled piggishly at the federal trough, Palin made the mistake of dealing with an unscripted subject.

Referring to the government’s bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Palin opined that the two had “gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers,” displaying abysmal ignorance of the fact that only now will those privately owned banks become a huge taxpayer obligation, as the federal government takes them over. Nor can the meltdown of home values be traced to those two beleaguered institutions, because they did not make the original subprime mortgage commitments....(Click here for remainder of article).

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