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POINT – COUNTERPOINT

Oct 29th, 2008 | 0

The final article of a Herald-Breeze exclusive series wherein

Walton County Republican and Democrat party leaders discuss the issues.

Who should Americans choose for president and vice president, and why?

We, as Americans, have come to a clearly defined crossroad in the life of our country. It is time to choose a new leader for this great nation. There are, realistically, only two choices and these choices couldn’t be more strikingly different. One needs only sift through all the rhetoric and fear to come to the realization that only one candidate stands for true change. Only one candidate is able to raise the United States up out of the quagmire created by the Bush administration’s incompetence and arrogance.
Economically, we are in the worst situation since the great crash of 1929. This crisis can largely be attributed to the rampant deregulation of mortgage markets initiated by a Republican-controlled government. Allan Greenspan recently lamented that he had been wrong about his theories of deregulation and that it would never work for America. This economically disastrous situation has hit the middle class the hardest. Barack Obama will provide much needed tax cuts for these hard working families by implementing the “Making Work Pay” tax plan. Not only will this plan provide relief for 95 percent of Americans, it will completely eliminate income tax for more than 10 million families that need it the most. Powerful corporations will be finally be asked to pay their fair share.
The price of oil is also crippling our economy. Obama will invest our tax money where we can see a return – in renewable, clean, energy sources. This is in stark contrast to the opposition yelling, “Drill, baby, Drill!”
Our military forces are the greatest on the planet. However, they have been stretched dangerously thin. This is, in part, due to the unnecessary invasion of Iraq. This invasion was approved by a Congress that had been given false information by the Bush administration. Barack Obama has a strategic plan to get our troops out of Iraq as soon as possible. There will be a timeline. Our military will be focused on where it is needed most – in Afghanistan, where we should have focused all along.
Health care is another topic weighing on the minds of most Americans. Skyrocketing prices of all medical services have contributed to the current state of our health care system. Some citizens must cut back basic living expenses just to pay for their medications. Health insurance for the average person is almost unaffordable today. Obama has a plan to cut your current insurance cost by as much as $2,500, while giving the uninsured new and affordable choices. John McCain’s plan will actually tax your healthcare plan.
Our great nation used to be one of the most respected in history. That reputation has been shattered in the last eight years and must be rebuilt. We need allies, not enemies. We need leadership that can be respected by the leaders of the world. A McCain/Palin administration promises to continue the narrow policies of the current one. Barack Obama will restore foreign policy through diplomacy.
The times are serious for America.  We need a steady hand at the helm – not an angry, bitter one. We need a second in command with experience, knowledge, and an intelligent grasp of the intricacies involved in diplomacy and governing.
Barack Obama’s ideas are new and realistic. He has an actual, workable plan to lead America back to its former prominence.  For this reason, Barack Obama is the best choice to guide our country into the future.
May God bless our great land.
Graham Campbell-Work
Chairman, Walton County
Democratic Party

The British have a way with words, “You have to pinch yourself – a Marxist radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshiped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it’s considered impolite to say so.”  Melanie Philips, The Spectator (UK)10/14/08.
Change! That’s what the American people are demanding, and by most accounts, it’s what they are going to get. If Barrack Obama closes the deal and takes the oath of office next January, what will our country become? The United States of Obama will be a changed nation. Obama promises to end the Iraq War, step up the fight in Afghanistan and “spread the wealth around.” He will likely have supermajorities of liberal Democrats to make it tough for Republicans to act as a check and balance.
Obama will see the nation’s Constitution as a mandate to implement his brand of social and economic justice. According to the Constitution, this nation was formed to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and preserve liberty for all.” There is no doubt that an Obama-style, liberal interpretation will translate to income redistribution, also known as socialism.
Thus, an Obamaism such as “restoring fairness to the economy” means higher taxes for people who fall into that category called “the rich.” But there aren’t enough rich people to soak for Barack Obama to provide tax cuts to 95 percent of the people as he has promised. According to the American Enterprise Institute, in 2006 the top 10 percent of earners paid almost 71 percent of taxes. Lots of us will be labeled as “rich” so that we become eligible for the soaking. Besides, Obama’s tax cut plan extends to people who don’t pay taxes, so their “refund” check is really welfare. That’s wealth redistribution, and “social justice” to Obama.
Obama’s healthcare plan, would take away choices and lead to rationing. Obama is proposing a government managed health care plan (universal health care) that would create more inefficient, federal bureaucracy and cost taxpayers through the nose. If that is not bad enough, ask a Canadian how they like their universal health care.
What do you think will happen to our Northwest Florida region when Obama and Biden taking a position to cut military spending? Joe Biden cut an ad: “I’ll tell you what we cannot afford… a trillion-dollar commitment to ‘Star Wars,’ new nuclear weapons, a thousand-ship Navy, the F-22 Raptor” (the Raptor is the aircraft that is coming to Eglin, AFB, and surrounding bases). Mr. Biden is right that we can’t afford a thousand-ship Navy, not that anyone has proposed it. Current levels of funding don’t quite suffice to operate 300 ships, or about half the number the U.S. had at the end of the Reagan arms buildup.
There will not be enough Republicans in Congress to stop any of this. So hide some money in the coffee can in the back yard and get ready for the United States of Obama.
I am voting for John McCain because he is a proven leader who rises above ideology and partisan bickering to get things done for the good of America. He has displayed this leadership throughout his military and political career. His integrity, honesty and commitment to service to his country is beyond reproach. John McCain understands that he’s working for the American people and that’s the kind of politician we need more of in Washington. McCain, along with running mate, Governor Sarah Palin, both have a proven track record of cutting pork barrel spending, both at the federal and state levels. McCain has challenged Republicans and Democrats to work together in Congress and has led them by example. He has a long track record of working across the aisle with both democrats and republicans in Congress to craft and pass legislation that is in the country’s best interests. McCain has continually broken party lines to do what he feels is best for Americans like you and me.
No matter your opinion of the war in Iraq, the fact is we’re there. McCain has said since the beginning that we didn’t have enough troops in Iraq to get the job done right. He pushed for, and supported, a US troop surge that has been very successful. The reduction in the level of violence in Iraq is well documented and celebrated. Barack Obama was against sending anymore troops. McCain has a health care proposal that provides citizens a tax credit to purchase their own health insurance. They can choose a private health care plan or stay with their employer’s plan. John McCain will not increase taxes, he understands what economics is about, contrary to others beliefs.
Senator McCain, for president, he is the person we can rely on to keep America strong and protect her.
Tim Norris
Chairman, Walton County
Republican Party

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