On One Hand

September 3, 2008

Putting Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket to distinguish McCain from Bush…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 8:40 pm

…is like changing the color of a cigarrette box to prove smoking won’t cause cancer.

Cool new carton…

…same old emphysema, carcinoma, hacking cough.

New unknown candidate…

…same topheavy, reckless, elitist politics.

SAME policy on taxes. SAME policy on use of military force. SAME policy on use of diplomacy and foreign policy. SAME policy on abortion rights. SAME policy on healtcare. SAME policy on education.

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  1. SAME policy on taxes. SAME policy on use of military force. SAME policy on use of diplomacy and foreign policy. SAME policy on abortion rights. SAME policy on healtcare. SAME policy on education.

    Ditto for John Kerry and Barack Obama.

    Comment by jdhenchman — September 4, 2008 @ 3:53 am | Reply

    • And John Kerry never proved to be a dismal failure at the presidency, did he?

      Remember I voted for John Kerry.

      Comment by ononehand — September 4, 2008 @ 4:00 am | Reply

      • Change = Same, Outsider = Insider!

        Comment by jdhenchman — September 4, 2008 @ 4:11 am

      • Comments

        I think we’re all in agreement that, at a macro-level, both candidates have the standard party positions that have been held for some time. That’s not surprising. But this still doesn’t make either candidate a carbon-copy of their predecessors (Kerry and Bush respectively).

        In an important respect, governing philosophy and general judgement are substantive areas where Obama and McCain are distinct from Kerry and Bush. I’ll make this distiction clear by saying the following. If McCain had been in office for the last 8 years, I think we would have never invaded Iraq. The Iraq War was a massive mistake perpetuated by poor judgement and lack of information. Bush trusted the wrong foreign policy establishment (Cheney/Rumsfeld camp) – in this situation, the administration massively underestimated the difficulty of their task and only focused on the positives. Despite his hawkish rhetoric, I just don’t see McCain making the same mistake in that exact situation.

        And for balance, I’d say that Obama, at least superficially, strikes me as different from Kerry because his judgement is massively aided by his intelligence. Obama – to my knowledge – isn’t trained in economics, but I’ve been very impressed by the extent to which he can quickly speak on economic issues. In my reading, he actually grasps the concepts behind the positions he takes. This is similiar to Clinton, who according to Greenspan and Rubin, did make an earnest effort to understand the economy, instead of merely knowing the talking points.

        Comment by sleepyreaderz — September 4, 2008 @ 4:43 am

      • Re: Comments

        Just to add: I don’t see this election as a significant shift in the realm of ideas.

        Comment by sleepyreaderz — September 4, 2008 @ 4:50 am

      • Re: Comments

        I wish things weren’t so bad that we were impressed by the rare candidate who wants to know things beyond the talking points.

        Comment by jdhenchman — September 4, 2008 @ 11:55 am

      • I didn’t vote for Barack Obama because he was an “outsider,” I voted for him because he would support universal healthcare, repeal the Bush tax cuts, support labor unions and increase the national minimum wage.

        I did NOT support Hillary Clinton in the primaries because her story was “we need to fight dirty like the Republicans so we can win” and I do not beleive you defeat your enemies by adopting their low ideals. But I would have supported her in the general, even though she is an “insider,” because she supports universal healtcare, repealing the Bush tax cuts, supports labor unions and would increase the national minimum wage.

        Comment by ononehand — September 4, 2008 @ 5:06 am


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