Wednesday, June 11, 2008

a little politics

I really don't like to get into politics, but this as an email I received today. It opened my eyes, so I need to do more research on the two presidential candidates.

I have not been happy with either candidate, in fact I really thought Mccain was a bad choice for the Republican party-but after reading this-perhaps not.

McCain's Better Half & Kids

Election 2008: Cindy Hensley McCain has been disparaged as a trophy wife, a Barbie, an heiress with fancy purses, even the Paris Hilton of politics. But there's MORE to the picture than meets the eye.


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Yes, Mrs. McCain is the perfectly coifed blonde standing dutifully behind the senator during his speeches. And yes, she wears stylish clothing and carries a Prada purse. And it's true she doesn't say much. But feminist critics who write her off as a 'stand-by-your-man' shrinking violet are selling her short. In many ways, Cindy McCain stacks up sturdier than Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. And she'd make a more impressive first lady.

Mrs. McCain: MORE than meets the eye.

While Obama's wife has been hating America, complaining about the war and undermining our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, McCain's wife has been worrying about her sons who actually are fighting or planning to fight in the war on terror. One, in fact, was until a few months ago deployed in Iraq during some of the worst violence.

You don't hear the McCains talk about it, but their 19-year-old Marine, Jimmy, is preparing for his 'second' tour of duty. Their 21-year-old son, Jack, is poised to graduate from Annapolis and also could join the Marines as a second lieutenant. The couple made the decision not to draw attention to their sons out of 'respect for other families' with sons and daughters in harm's way.

Cindy also says she doesn't want to risk falling apart on the campaign trail talking about Jimmy — who was so young when he enlisted she had to sign consent forms for his medical tests before he could report for duty — and potentially upsetting parents of soldiers who are serving or have been killed.

The McCains want to make sure their boys get no special treatment. Same goes for their five other children, including a daughter they adopted from Bangladesh. During a visit to Mother Teresa's orphanage there, Cindy noticed a dying baby. The orphanage could not provide the medical care needed to save her life. So she brought the child home to America for the surgery she desperately needed. The baby is now their healthy, 16-year-old daughter, Bridget.

Though all seven McCain children — including two Sen. McCain adopted from his first marriage — are supportive of their father, they prefer their privacy to the glare of the campaign trail. Another daughter, Meghan, 23, helps him behind the scenes.

Cindy McCain not only cherishes her children, but also her country, which in an election year filled with America-bashing, is a refreshing novelty. She seethed when she heard Michelle Obama's unpatriotic remarks that she only recently grew proud of America. 'I am very proud of my country,' Mrs. McCain asserted.

She also may be tougher than the other women in the race. While Hillary thinks she's come under sniper fire on mission trips abroad, Cindy has actually seen violence. She witnessed a boy get blown up by a mine in Kuwait during a trip with an international group that removes land mines from war-torn countries.

Mrs. McCain also is a hands-on philanthropist. She sits on the board of Operation Smile, which arranges for plastic surgeons to fix cleft palates and other birth defects. She also has helped organize 'relief missions' to Micronesia.

During a scuba-diving vacation to the islands, Mrs. McCain took a friend to a local hospital to have a cut treated. She was shocked, and saddened, by what she saw.

'They opened the door to the OR, where the supplies were, and there were two cats and a whole bunch of rats climbing out of the sterile supplies,' she recalled. 'They had no X-ray machine, no beds. To me, it was devastating because it was a U.S. trust territory.'

As soon as she returned home, she arranged for medical equipment and teams of doctors to be sent to treat the island children.

Michelle Obama may contribute to CARE, which fights global poverty and works to empower poor women. Cindy sits on its board.

While the Democrat women talk about helping the poor and needy, Cindy McCain actually rolls up her sleeves and does it. Who's the out-of-touch elitist?


and if you click on the link above in the story, here is one of the articles you will get

Real Differences
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, June 09, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Election '08: The media claim John McCain and Barack Obama share "surprising policy overlaps" and "common ground," separated by a mere "stylistic gulf." It's a laughable attempt to mask Obama's radicalism.


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This year's election for president is no repeat of the 1960 matchup of Richard Nixon vs. John F. Kennedy; 1972's Nixon vs. the far-left George McGovern would be a far more appropriate analogy.

No one could imagine Sen. Barack Obama outhawking his GOP opponent by warning, as JFK did on the campaign trail 48 years ago, that "we are rapidly approaching the point where we will be unable to act as equals at the bargaining table" with America's enemies. The bargaining table is where Obama believes his greatest accomplishments will come.

But the media establishment would have us believe that Sen. John McCain and his Democratic foe are really not so different from one another — two admirable pols with different packaging.

Last weekend, a Los Angeles Times editorial wondered if the surprising nominations of the two suggested that "something like a national consensus is developing."

It contended: "they don't differ much in their ideas about how best to protect the country" and share "common ground even in areas of opposition." The paper's conclusion: "Some might complain that this means voters will have little to choose between in November. We say: Welcome to the middle, candidates."

In a similar vein, the Washington-based Politico tabloid caricatured the two prospective nominees as a sort of political Oscar and Felix — "the Odd Candidates" — separated mainly by their very different styles. Obama and McCain are "well-cast foes, cutting distinctions on presentation, personality and personal image. One is the master of the arena rally, the other the town hall . . . both claim to be straight-talking and reform-minded, and both are occasionally self-deprecating."

What a disservice to American voters. The notion that there's "little to choose between in November" is outlandish. In fact, this may be the most consequential election ever.

In the midst of a global war on terror, this is no time to revive the na├»ve foreign policy of Jimmy Carter by having a president sit down with thugs ranging from Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to Cuba's Raul Castro, to North Korea's Kim Jong Il — then, like Carter, being shocked when they lie to him.

This time, the consequences of believing our enemies' lies go beyond invasions and coups on the other side of the world; America is faced with the real threat of nuclear terrorism and future 9/11s.

Unlike Sen. Obama and almost every other Democrat, Sen. McCain supported the surge strategy that turned things around in Iraq; by contrast, instead of completing a hard-fought victory, the unwaveringly anti-war Obama wants to withdraw prematurely.

As for fiscal policy, the nonpartisan National Taxpayers Union's comparison of the candidates' spending plans shows McCain, who has crusaded against the corrupt practice of congressional earmarks, proposing less than $70 billion in new spending annually, while Sen. Obama wants $344 billion each year. Big difference.

Sen. McCain has called for preventing President Bush's tax cuts from expiring; Sen. Obama wants higher taxes on income, Social Security and capital gains.

In comparison with McCain, Obama opposes free-trade measures that create millions of U.S. jobs, like NAFTA and CAFTA.

Wartime is no time for a frivolous journalistic focus on superficial matters of style. We are in an era in which substance has life-or-death consequences. The difference is real, and so is the choice you will make in November.

I definately need to do more homework on these two candidates before november. This is the second article I have read now that Obama wants to raise taxes on us retired folks-our capital gains (my retirement investments), my s/s, and my income-I am poor enough as it is-don't need taxes on this too.


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