I'm voting Obama, but McCain is better on issues
by yellowdem1129, Tue Jun 24, 2008 at 08:46:26 AM EDT
I regularly criticize Obama, yet state dialy that I'm voting for him, why?
1. Obama will appoint truly liberal judges who ultimately are good for America. People who are open-minded and make an honest effort to do what's right. People like Souter, Breyer,Ginsburg,Stevens, and O 'Connor. I think McCain would be forced to move to right-wingers, though his instincts are similar to Obama's. While I disagree with them on a few issues, they are generally correct and I certainly can't fault their approach.
2. Obama is pro-choice, and we need a pro-choice President in a time where the Supreme Court is aging, and technology is moving against the pro-choice movement.
3. Obama supports the general idea of affirmative action and recognizing it needs to change to make allowances for class and other factors. Again, I think his general approach is correct.
4. I expect Obama's foreign policy to be rather hawkish ultimately because of the advisors he chooses. By election day, Obama will be shown to be a mainstream Democrat on foreign policy. If he listens to Joe Biden (which I think he must because Biden gives him credibility), then his approach will be pretty good. However, it will be more realistic and fact-based than McCain and certainly Bush.
5. The Democratic Party has been one of the major reasons that African Americans have prospered in this country. By choosing to associate with equality and prosperity for African Americans the party has risked obliteration but has now prospered. Now to take the ultimate step in nominating Obama is gigantic. There is no way, I wouldn't get onboard with Obama and the Democrats in this historic elections, notwithstanding the actual facts surrounding Obama.
6. I'm a democrat. This is my team. I believe in loyalty.
That said, look at everyday issues and McCain is often on the right side of the issues as far as me and normal Americans are concerned:
Take energy for example:
I support drilling everywhere it is possible within the U.S. I believe in technology and the goodness of America to deal with any problems that might occur.
McCain is closer to that position than obama.
obama's leftwing base either wants:
higher gas prices to discourage oil use
alternative technologies that might help in the future.
yet, nothing that would signal to the markets today.
McCain's plan for gas tax holiday, and drilling in the U.S. would knock the price down immediately because of speculation.
The dirty secret is that many dems support high gas prices, because it lowers demand for energy.
Not this dem.
I support more supply, more conservation, and new technology.
Right now, the media is helping our side by not showing how ridiculous dems look opposing drilling in the U.S.
We should use all the available leases now (as Biden said on MTP) and expand them.
Possible obama plan:
we should be given tax credits or some large discount to buy more fuel efficient vehicles. This would cost alot but connect it to the cost of fighting wars in the middle east to keep oil flowing, it's really cheap; esp. in lives lost.
If we immediately gave people 25 - 30 % discounts on electric, hybrids and other better performing cars, it would incentivise manufacturers to make more, and people to buy right now.
It would spur the economy, clean up the environment, and make sense.
it would balloon the deficit, but:
1. who cares, it's going to be big anyway
2. it will be for a good reason, investing in a clean earth
there are numerous other issues where dems are catering to a leftwing base and McCain sounds more mainstream like:
taxes: Obama's plans are too compliticated and wrongheaded including raising the cap on fica taxes. If he offered soemthing like a tax cut to anyone under 100,000, and tax increases to anyone over 200,000, and everyone in between held steady, that would be good.
But as it is, the "don't give tax breaks to people who don't need them" doesn't sound American. It never sells, nor should it.
Fica: though he will ultimately cave (which is good), but arguing an esoteric point about immunity for telecom countries who can argue they were helping stop a terrorist threat is dumb policy and politics. I don't think these companies were up to evil, so why punish them. Perhaps it was wrong, well fix it in the future. Sometimes flip flop is good.
Immigration: giving illegals d.l.'s is bad policy and politics. McCain has backed off of his plans and is talking much more enforcement now. Last i heard, obama was still supporting them.
All in all, this is a fun election because the signs show a blowout. Close polls in Georgia, Virginia, and other red states, with Obama pulling ahead in the blue.
Please take the time to actually make this election matter by fighting for issues rather than empty slogans. If not, we'll win without a clear direction, mess it up like after 1992 and be back in the wilderness really soon.
Remember Republicans really thought after 2002 that they were a permanent majority.
So did many dems.