Monday, September 15, 2008
John McCain: The New Change Advocate
Change is coming!!! Change is coming!!! This is what we're hearing on every campaign trail today. The question is, who is better suited to deliver change? Recently John McCain have hijacked Barack Obama's theme for change. John McCain made a comment today (09/15/08) stating that the economy is fundamentally strong. Other than the high profit big oil companies, exactly whose economy was John McCain referring to? Let's explore how John McCain would be a President of change. John McCain plan to fix Social Security is to have employees invest the taxes they pay for Social Security into a financial institution on Wall Street; sounds like a Bush administration of more of the same to me. Employees need to ask John McCain which one of the more than 117 Investment and Banking Institutions that have went bankrupt, or headed in the direction of bankruptcy under the Bush administration does he recommend? Would John McCain suggest Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or would it be Enron; the company that wrote our energy legislation in a private secret room behind closed doors with Dick Cheney? John McCain wants to continue billion dollar tax breaks for the super rich and the record breaking profit big oil companies; sounds like a Bush administration of more of the same to me. John McCain supporters should ask themselves, does the super rich and the record breaking profit oil companies, or the middle class working families need tax cuts. John McCain wants to continue the Bush administration backed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as it presently is. Barack Obama wants to change NAFTA to include the word FAIR in the trade agreement. Fair trade was abandoned by the Bush administration, John McCain will keep our trade agreement as it is. Let's take a quick look at what NAFTA has done for the average working American. Before I delve into the failings of NAFTA, I'm willing to bet the average American doesn't know our national debt includes America is in debt to Mexico upwards of 38 billion dollars. The Bush administration and John McCain says illegal immigrants are taking jobs that Americans won't do. We see advocates of this kind of sentiment put out ads on TV showing immigrants predominately working in the Agriculture industry. Before I go any further, I'll be the first to admit if I was a person living in Mexico earning $5.00 a day, and all I had to do is to climb through a hole in a fence and earn $5.00 an hour; I'd be the first person climbing through the fence. I'll pose a question to John McCain supporters, when was the last time you walked by, drove by, or visited a construction site, workers on our streets and highways, a meat plant, or a landscaping work site and saw anyone but Mexican workers? These are jobs five or ten years ago that paid $15.00 to $25.00 an hour, today these jobs are paying $7.00 to $10.00 an hour. I'm not blaming immigrants for this, everybody know it's our local Department of Commerce and business owners who want to keep wages down. John McCain and the Bush administration voted against to raise the minimum wage for the past ten years; sounds like a Bush administration of more of the same to me. John McCain voted against Dr. Martin Luther King birthday becoming a federal holiday. The bottom line is this, we all remember our Grandparents telling us, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.