Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
It was a crazy month!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Here is another good video from the McCain campaign.
March polls are not a perfect indicator. Yet, you have to like the way that the polls are favoring McCain at this early stage of the campaign. Furthermore, you have to like the evidence that independents are leaning McCain. Don't buy your airline tickets to McCain's inaugural. However, it wouldn't hurt to check flights to Washington.
Today, I read a couple of good articles about McCain:
McCain's Foreign Policy Tested Over Time by David Brooks. This is a good analysis of McCain's national security speech this week.
The 100 Year Lie by Charles Krauthammer challenges the phony line that McCain wants to be in Iraq for 100 years:
"The Annenberg Political Fact Check, a nonprofit and nonpartisan project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, says: "It's a rank falsehood for the DNC to accuse McCain of wanting to wage 'endless war' based on his support for a presence in Iraq something like the U.S. role in South Korea."
Obama, the very likely Dem nominee, is going to need a lot more than to say that he opposed the war in 2002. Obama has to address the situation in Iraq today and he hasn't so far beyond the "yes we can" nonsense!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
In 3 weeks, we have learned much about the 3 finalists for the White House.
Obama has a Rev problem and needs to check his hearing. (Why Obama's Speech Was Unconvincing by Ed Koch) It's going to be very difficult for Obama to carry this story into the general election.
Clinton has a "Bosnia" problem and must take vitamins to improve her memory. (Made-Up Memories? - Smalley) It's hard to believe that a person can make up a story about being shot at, specially when that person is the First Lady of the US. Do you believe that a First Lady would be allowed to land in a place under fire?
As Obama and Clinton beat each other up, McCain continues to look presidential with another good speech on nationals security!
Character matters in a president!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Over the next couple of months, the McCain campaign will be releasing a series of videos intended to introduce the candidate. During the primary, McCain had the wonderful Christmas ad and a couple of others, too.
This is an outstanding first chapter. Watch out for more.
As Clinton and Obama argue about this and that, McCain will present his side of the story.
What about the Iraq War? Actually, the Iraq War is not a burden on our economy:
"The overall size of our economy is $13.1 trillion. So the Iraq War is costing us less than 1% of GDP (0.91% to be exact).
Even if you add in the entire defense budget that still only gets us to roughly 4% of GDP—roughly half of what we spent on average during the Cold War, to say nothing of previous “hot” wars such as World War II (34.5% of GDP), Korea (11.7%), and Vietnam (8.9%)." (The “Iraq Recession” Fallacy By Max Boot)
What's the solution?
First, we can start by telling the truth. We are not on the verge of a Great Depression. The Iraq War is not killing the US economy. Let's get serious. Again, 95% of all mortgage payments are on time!
Let's get serious!
Second, there aren't any quick fixes except to give the free market the opportunity to straighten out some of the chairs on the Wall Street deck.
We live in a free market economy where people have the opportunity to enjoy their good decisions and live with their bad ones, too.
Third, let's understand some electoral reality. McCain owns national security. Obama and Clinton have been reduced to making you feel terrible about the US economy.
Their message of pessimism stinks!
The "doom and gloom" Dems offer:
1) tax increases (The Obama Tax Hike By ANDREW G. BIGGS);
2) "tax the rich" class warfare (Rescuing the Rust Belt? (Policies that promise a free lunch leave you hungry in the long run) By Thomas Sowell);
3) and lies about free trade! (McCain tells truth about trade)
The Dems can not stop preaching pessimism with lots of doom and gloom.
It's all that they have because most Americans would rather have McCain answer the 3am phone call! (Zogby Poll: U.S. Wants McCain to Answer the Phone)
What's my prediction? We are not watching the collapse of the US economy. We will survive this tempest and the US economy will be fine.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Where were John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards? They were at their US Senate Offices working on their pro-war statements. Where was Obama? He was in Chicago making the first of a long line of confusing statements about Iraq! Obama's supporters will be very disappointed when they learn that BO was all over the map on Iraq! (Senator Obama's Foreign Policy Judgment )
Today, we look back and come to some very limited judgements about the Iraq War.
I supported this war in '03 because I understood (and continue to understand) the big picture. The Dems were right about Saddam Hussein in '98 and '02. It's a shame that they let political considerations get in the way of something related to our national security.
War anniversaries make wonderful TV shows for our 24/7 news channels. However, they have little historical relevance. I'm not really sure what the 5th anniversary means anymore than I understand what the 20th anniversary of Disney Channel tells us. They are dates and not much more than that!
Hugh Hewitt remind us of another anniversary:
"It has been 80 months since radical jihadism struck America.
We have not been struck since at home, and two countries which menaced the U.S. have had their regimes changed and the long, very difficult work of reconstructing them begun. Syria is out of Lebanon, Libya is disarmed, and Hezbollah badly smashed though Israel did not triumph in 2006.
The point is that it isn't the fifth anniversary of the war, but the anniversary of the start of a central battle in a wider war, one that is going on around the world and which will continue for a very longtime." (80 Months After 9/11)
Who will say that we have not been attacked since 9-11-2001? I don't know. However, it is also a very important anniversary.
Why haven't we been attacked? Luck? Perhaps. It would also be fair to say that Pres. Bush's tough approach toward terrorists and terrorist havens has been successful.
As his campaign implodes, Barack Obama decided to change "The Rev" subject and give another Iraq speech. Hillary Clinton gave her speech the day before.
The Democrats are obviously lost in some kind of Iraq fantasy. It is a game called: Who will win the "get out of Iraq sooner" contest? Who can tell anti-war supporters that I will end the war quicker?
It is a dangerous game and it reflects the total lack of seriousness present in what they used to call the party of Harry Truman and John Kennedy.
I should add that the Pelosi-Reid Congress promised to end the war. What did they do? Nothing! They were reduced to non-binding resolutions. The Dems are great at talking and giving speeches. Why should we believe Obama and Clinton when they say the same about ending the war?
Why do Dems hate Bush and McCain so much? Because McCain and Bush have the political toughness of sticking to a position beyond the next poll.
The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post are usually on different political corners. With respect to the Dems' Iraq fantasy, they are on the same page.
See The WSJ's America and Iraq:
"Where do we go from here? Iraq's transition to self-government remains fragile enough that U.S. forces will need to remain there in some numbers for years to come.
The two countries will have to strike a long-term U.S.-Iraq military agreement, which would serve the interests of both countries.
For Iraq, it would show America's continuing commitment in a rough neighborhood.
And for the U.S., it would make the job of containing Iran easier.
President Bush can best serve his Presidential successor by leaving enough troops on the ground to give him or her some strategic flexibility.
It is therefore unfortunate, and dangerous, that both Democratic candidates have backed themselves into a corner by endorsing rapid withdrawal from Iraq.
In a speech yesterday in North Carolina, Barack Obama called for an almost complete U.S. withdrawal in 16 months. He continues to endorse the illusion that defeat in Iraq will help us prevail in Afghanistan; the opposite is closer to the truth.
We will never maintain the support, either at home or abroad, to prevail in Afghanistan if we show we can be driven from the more vital strategic prize of Iraq."
See The Washington Post's Fantasies on Iraq:
"In fact it will be terribly hard -- and it can't be done responsibly in the way or on the timeline the two Democrats are proposing.
We can only hope that, behind their wildly unrealistic campaign rhetoric, the candidates understand that reality."
This is complicated. It'd be nice if Dems understood such complexities rather than just exploit Iraq for domestic political advantage.
The guys at Power Line had the best analysis of Obama's Iraq speech:
"For Obama, as for most Democrats, democracy is a worthy goal that should be pursued, and is likely to enhance stability, everywhere except Iraq. It is hard to take seriously politicians whose policies are driven more or less exclusively by the need to disagree with President Bush on every possible point."
The bad news is that Obama and Clinton are all about disagreeing with Bush. The good news is that McCain is ahead in the polls.
Somehow, the US public has figured out Iraq. It is tough and complicated. Best of all, the US public has figured out that the Dems don't have a clue.
What can we say on the 5th anniversary of this war? We will be in Iraq for a long time.
Clinton and Obama do not have the political courage to tell you the truth. McCain does!