Obama Chooses Biden
Joe Biden was the right choice for Obama. I liked him in the Democrat’s primary race. He lends experience and gravitas to the Obama ticket, while not overshadowing the top of the ticket (like Hillary would have done). Now that this is done and the hand wringing is over, it is clearly the right decision.
The question still remains, though: Can two waste-of-skin Democrat senators actually succeed at the top two executive positions of the biggest enterprise in the world? I’m still not convinced.
The Many Houses of McCain
You couldn’t turn on the news or radio this weekend without hearing the sound clip of McCain telling a reporter that he’d “Uhhh… have his staff get back to him” when the reporter asked how many houses McCain currently owns. The headline was quickly generated: “McCain Doesn’t Know How Many Houses He Owns!”
Truthfully, though, that’s not the case at all. It seems to me that a more likely scenario is that McCain didn’t want to say how many houses he owned. Clearly, a republican candidate for president bragging to a reporter about his investments in a time of economic downturn is a bad political move, and McCain could see that coming. It was in the way he stammered before dodging the question that he created a whole new problem for himself. I’m afraid such lapses and stammering might become standard fare for a 70+ year old candidate for president. So much for straight talk.
The truth is, knowing how many houses McCain owns doesn’t hurt him at all in this race. Why? Because that is the great American Dream (read: Myth), that everyone can be rich and own multiple residences! Why do you think raising taxes on the rich is so hard to do? Because everyone worries about the day when they too will become RICH! In this country, it is certainly no crime to be wealthy, and McCain is.
Nancy Pelosi is a Communist
Yesterday on Meet the Press, Tom Brokaw pressed Nancy Pelosi on the issue of energy, and how she now supports offshore drilling, which she had adamantly opposed weeks ago. Her justification? If we put offshore drilling on the table, we get to put a whole lot of other issues on the table, like tax breaks for oil companies, and even levying new taxes on oil companies for using the oil that “belongs to the American people.” She went on and on for 5 minutes talking about how these oil companies profit off of oil that “is the American people’s.”
Well, in case Nancy forgot, this country is based on ~240 years of PROPERTY OWNERSHIP, including mineral rights. In fact, property ownership is one of the most distinctly American things anyone can do in their life. There is no question that the framers were highly concerned with protecting the rights of private property owners – and oil and mineral rights are no exception. They don’t belong to the “American people” (read: government), they belong to individual Americans and companies who have made the investment in their future.
And for the record, your super-fake smile really bothers me…