Yeah, the $5000 needs to be really laid out there for people. Most people with "good" insurance don't understand how much their employers contribute. $5000/year insurance is little better than crisis insurance. Sky high out-of-pocket...the kind of insurance that will benefit you ONLY if you have a MAJOR medical issue (and you'll still be left with a very hefty tab).
My employer pays about $10k toward insurance, for me to end up with small copays, $2000 out-of-pocket, and a plan that has no deductible. I consider it "good" insurance, and something most people could live with. $5000 just won't cut it, though.
My neighbors (both the bigot two houses down and the very nice people next door) have recently put some McCain/Palin signs in their yards, so I was pulling out my beaten and bloodied Obama sign from the primaries. But I was ever so pleased when my dad asked if he could put it in his yard. I didn't mind, as I have another one coming (no later than Oct. 17th, I'm promised). After we win this thing, I plan to leave it up as long as legally allowed.
#1: The Star has been pretty pro-McCain...so their reporting of bad news means it's likely VERY bad news.
#2: Is it me, or does the McCain campaign start to seem like the "don't let Democrats make any inroads to building a permanent majority" campaign? I mean...suddenly abandoning swing states to defend Indiana? Assuming they're successful, this is, at best, an effort to keep Indiana reliably red...don't let people think that Democrats can help them in Indiana, and maybe they'll keep voting Republican. It may be a solid strategy, all things considered, but it isn't a strategy to win in 2008.
Exactly...how many Republicans voted in Bush's 2004 primary coronation? What's the point? The real comparison should be of turnout in Iowa/NH, and GE turnout in those states, or something generally more consistent.
Biden impressed me so much during the primaries. Had he pushed into that top tier (and made it to the voting in Indiana) I would have strongly given him consideration. I couldn't be more pleased with him as the VP pick, and he simply makes me more confident that a leader in whose vision I believe (Obama) will be backed up by someone who has an intimate knowledge of how DC works, which strings need pulled to get things done, and so forth. Biden's practical knowledge will be a great asset.
I agree. The mean spirited attacks are what helped create that McCain lead in the first place. He can demonstrate her ignorance without actually going at her, simply by being Joe Biden and having a wealth of knowledge that she lacks.