CNN agrees with me--it's time for the Dems to trample the Republicans on their most vulnerable issue--the economy.
For a change instead of insulting what people are saying, I'm going to give a list of things that need to be said about John McCain. These are in no particular order except for the first one:
- This one is for all of us, Blues and Reds: We need to put our social issues (abortion/choice, same-sex marriage, etc.) and come together on the one issue that affects us all more than any single issue ever could. It is only then that we can truly make a difference as a nation.
- John McCain does not stand for change nor does he even understand the concept. John McCain is not a maverick. A maverick is someone who stands up to things that don't work and either fixes them or gets rid of them. Amongst the things that John McCain has not stood up for, fixed or gotten rid of: (a) an antiquated tax system which favors the wealthiest amongst us with more feedback than a bad mic at a Metallica concert; (b) a campaign finance system in which he doesn't even believe; (c) lasting, proper and meaningful dialogue on the immigration issue. (Don't even try and tell me those matters don't impact the economy.)
- John McCain hates regulation, so his quip yesterday about Wall Street's regulation needing work is absolutely worthless.
- John McCain has sided with big business far more often than he's ever sided with the "American Worker" he claims is so fundamentally strong.
- John McCain couldn't find the middle class with a map, a compass and an invitation to K-Mart. He claims he was joking about the "less than $5 a year" comment, but odds are he wasn't. He doesn't understand that a tax credit for something does nothing to help people do anything.
- John McCain fails to understand what it is like to be a regular American homeowner. As Joe Biden alluded to at the DNC, how can you have a kitchen table conversation when you don't know which kitchen you are supposed to be at? This is exascerbated by the fact that his campaign staff and he believes that Fannie and Freddie should be spun off into private companies. Great. This privatization of the bare minimum has to stop.
- Health care is priority number one. If people dont' have to worry about health care, they are more able to find a job based on other factors and truly live out the American dream. Tax credits, as McCain proposes, to privatize the system are inadequate and could actually do harm in an area where "do no harm" is the motto.
- Governmental programs are good--a small government never solved problems. McCain and the Republicans are fatally flawed in believing that privatizing everything leads to greater business advantages. Perhaps that's true for the 3% already on top, but it neglects to take anyone else into account. We all can't be entrepreneurs or small business owners. This cannot stand as a service economy. The American Worker may be fundamentally strong--but it doesn't mean jack unless he has a job.
- Cutting taxes isn't the answer. It is merely an over-used and tired old campaign tactic started back in the 80s when taxes were actually high. Taxes are the lowest they've been in 50 years. Lowering them more can only hurt us.
- It's one thing to bail out federally-backed industries, but those same rules must apply to individuals. It shouldn't be shameful to get governmental assistance. Companies do it all the time. We need to shed light on that.
What did I miss?