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I want to stop talking about Barack Obama so much, I really do, but the man just won't keep his mouth shut, and every time he opens it lately, garbage pours out. I couldn't ignore this. Listen to this stuff he said about John McCain, from the Associated Press:
"Just look at what he said last week. John McCain gave a whole speech about what he'd do to make Washington work, but he didn't even mention the corporate lobbyists who are the main reason it doesn't work," Obama said. "He says he's against earmarks. Well, who does he think is slipping those pork projects into our laws? He says he's against waste. Well, who does he think is promoting it, waste in government? He says he's for opening up government. Well, who does he think is keeping it closed?"
Obama wants to talk about earmarks ? Fine, let's talk about earmarks.
John McCain requested NO earmarks for the fiscal year 2008. ZERO. I don't know how McCain could do any better than that. John McCain has been the biggest anti-earmark guy in Congress for years.
As for "who is slipping those pork projects into our laws", it's politicians like Barack Obama, that's who. Obama requested 100 earmarks for the fiscal year 2008, totalling $300 million. Obama has requests for $3 million for planetarium equipment, $200,000 for a new theater for plays, $8,500,000 for an asian carp barrier, $500,000 for marina improvements, $1,000,000 for a children's museum, $3,000,000 for a park, $4,000,000 for a reading program (don't schools already teach kids to read ? Just asking), $1,000,000 for expansion of an indigenous people's exhibit, and on and on. Here's the complete list. Obama has also requested earmarks for the hospital where Obama's wife works. An administrator at that hospital said Michelle Obama was "worth her weight in gold". No doubt. Mrs. Obama was promoted and her hospital salary tripled about the same time Barack entered the U.S. Senate. That was all entirely coincidental, I'm sure.
Obama wants to talk about corporate lobbyists ? Fine, let's talk about corporate lobbyists.
Obama is making a dustup about the fact that McCain has two people working for his campaign who were corporate lobbyists in the past. They are no longer corporate lobbyists, having resigned those positions to work for McCain's campaign. Let's not forget it was John McCain who championed lobbying reform and campaign finance reform in an attempt to reduce the influence of lobbyists and special interests. I can't really even believe Barack Obama is attempting this argument against McCain. If McCain was the Obamanator, he'd say 'this is a debate I'm happy to have', because reducing D.C. corruption and special interest influence has been one of McCain's passions. He has a long record showing that.
In addition, OBAMA ALSO HAS LOBBYISTS ON HIS PAYROLL. According to The Hill:
Three political aides on Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) payroll were registered lobbyists for dozens of corporations, including Wal-Mart, British Petroleum and Lockheed Martin, while they received payments from his campaign, according to public documents. The presence of political operatives with long client lists on Obama’s campaign contrasts with his long-held stand of campaigning against the influence of special interests.
So Obama is doing the same thing he's criticizing McCain for doing by using former corporate lobbyists. Unbelievable. I wonder why that fact didn't make it into the Associated Press story. No, I don't really wonder. I already know why. It's the same reason so many falsehoods are promoted by the mainstream media. They are in the tank for the Democratic party. Or, maybe I'm wrong and the Associated Press just couldn't locate the information. I know it took me a good 20 seconds to find it.
Next up from the Daily Obamanation is this little nugget of Messianic wisdom:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK” - Barack Obama
Well, there's news. I didn't realize we had to ask other countries for permission to drive, eat, and heat our homes. Boy, life sure sounds rosy in Obama's future world, eh ? We'll be immobile, hungry, and cold, begging the UN for food and energy. Great. Sounds sort of Dickensian, like Oliver Twist.
Change You Can Believe In.
On the bright side, Obama has made some real progress on the Iranian foreign policy issue I wrote about the other day. Last week, Obama said Iran was a tiny country that wasn't a big threat to America, and now, only a few short days later, he realizes Iran is a grave threat to America. Congratulations, Mr. Obama. That must be that HOPE you keep talking about. I HOPE you figure out some more stuff real soon. I knew that 'American Foreign Policy For Dummies' book was a good purchase.
I have one other thing to say about Barack Obama today, and it's regarding Obama's whining about the GOP picking on his wife. If he doesn't want his wife's statements to be used politically, he should GET HER OFF THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. IF SHE'S MAKING STUMP SPEECHES FOR HIM, SHE'S FAIR GAME. What is wrong with this guy ? He's starting to act like he's the Thought Police, telling people what they can and can't discuss. And what did he mean when he told the GOP to "be careful" talking about his wife ???? What's he going to do, put the GOP in the Gulag if he becomes president ?
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