Monday, September 22, 2008

Same ‘O' plan as before

http://www.politickermd.com/kennethburns/3684/same-o-plan

Myself along with every other commentator whether they are liberal or conservative has been accused once or twice of not reading what the other guy is standing for. We are often accused of either drinking the same Kool-Aid as the people we agree with most of the time or having a daily talking points fax which we receive to make sure that the daily spin machine is running smoothly.

Well, let me assure you that today, I will be talking about "The Blueprint for Change" that presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is currently trying to sell America on. So far, he seems to be doing a good job as salesman because the latest poll numbers has Obama edging out McCain. I have downloaded and read the document from front to back ... and I am still not convinced that he is the right person for the job.

Obama's plans and promises are nothing more than tax code hocus pocus and replays of promises that I heard from other political candidates on both sides of the aisle. Although I admit, this plan has a splash of liberalism with a dash of socialism light on the side. I do realize that the government is about to bailout a lot of rich people right now. I am not really all that cool with it either because the economic mess is really the fault of our love of de-regulation in the 90s. But now to the task at hand...

The blueprint includes universal healthcare, which was first proposed in the 90s. Under the Obama plan he will "make available a new national health plan so all Americans, including the self-employed and small businesses, can buy affordable health coverage" similar to the plan available to members of congress. I have to be honest with you. Whenever I smell government getting involved with something that private industry can do better (provided that the screws are put to them), I get nervous because it will cost money AND it will be a big bureaucracy. I think we have enough of those.

Another universal idea being proposed is universal pre-school. He is proposing a "Zero to Five" plan "to provide critical young support to young children and their parents." The emphasis will be placed on early care and education for infants preparing them to be ready for kindergarten. Obama will create grants to help states move to voluntary, universal pre-school. Again, my problem is that it will be government-run and more bureaucracy.

Another problem I have with the blueprint for change is the idea to reform No Child Left Behind. While I am all for teachers not having to teach to a test, I am totally against what he is proposing as far as recruiting teachers. While I don't think it's fair to give college students a free ride just by checking a box (I believe they will have to earn it like everyone else,) Obama does not offer any ideas to hold teachers accountable for not doing their job. Having a master teacher mentor a new teacher is all well in good, but mentoring can only go so far.

Then there is the number of tax cuts and credits that Obama is willing to pay out. He has yet to offer a plan on how to pay for all of this other than last month where he said that taxes would be going up for you if you make over a certain amount (I believe it's $150,000 if memory serves correctly.) Among the tax credits, Obama is proposing a "Making Work Pay" tax credit where you can earn up to $500 per person ($1000 per working family) as a way to restore fairness to the tax code. He says that this would eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans. Let's be real, $500 is not a lot these days, let alone a $1000. I doubt that 10 million Americans will see such a break.

Obama is also proposing to:

  • create a 10 percent universal mortgage credit to provide tax relief to homeowners who do not itemize.
  • eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 a year.
  • expand the child and dependent care tax credit
  • establish a $4000 tax credit in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year

The above tax proposals are all well and good, but this is tax code hocus pocus. It will look good on paper (and I don't mean our paychecks) but I believe that the status quo will continue.

In addition to the fiscal voodoo, I am also unimpressed with other initiatives he has promised. I have heard many Democrats (and some Republicans) promise the following items before and failed to deliver on the goods:

  • Strengthen Civil Rights Enforcement
  • Eliminate Sentencing Disparities
  • Guaranteed Paid Sick Days
  • Ending Health Care Disparities
  • Invest in clean energy
  • Fix NAFTA to make it work for America
  • Improve our Immigration System

Bring our troops home from Iraq. This one came in recent memory because that was the promise sold by the Democrats two years ago.

As I stated earlier, I agree with Sen. Obama about No Child Left Behind pushing teachers to teach to a test. I also agree with him that we should have pushed people to service after 9/11 instead of pushing to them to shop. His competitor, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), also expressed that point as well.

Getting past the lofty promises and talking points from both sides, I look at the character. For me, Senator Obama does not really have that much of a character. He does not share my values. I know that is not a shock for many of you, but keep in mind, I liked BILL Clinton when he was president. Clinton may have creeped and lied under oath about said act, but he had enough integrity to go on national television and apologize.

Now keep in mind, I cannot do justice to Obama's 65-page document in this space. The purpose today was to point out highlights that stuck out to me and to share what I thought about them. I did read the entire document and find that the plan for change has been proposed in the years prior to this election. Hope and change is nothing new, only the person delivering it.

P. Kenneth Burns is a broadcaster and journalist who blogs at Maryland Politics Today and blog.kennyburns.com. His email is kenny@kennyburns.com.

26 comments:

T. Boone Pickens for President said...

"Senator Obama does not really have that much of a character."

What the hell is that supposed to mean ?

Bail Meeout said...

I wish people would stop talking about drinking KoolAid, it is getting sort of old and meaningless

Palin Drome said...

At least someone is talking straight.

Gene Tolius said...

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ba0_1222100920

Higgy said...

Obama seems to have no character. In the beginning he and his campaign was to be above the fray, issues only. He was not going to lower himself like others have in the past. Now, he and his ilk have become the biggest mud slingers. And, he's doing it in both English and Spanish. Which brings to mind another thought. If a person only understands a foreign language; what is the probability they are not citizens of the USA and cannot legally vote. Of course, in this state, thanks to O'Malley and his buddies at CASA citizenship means nothing.

Straight Red Guy said...

This is OUTrageous.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-rogers/john-mccains-chief-of-sta_b_128362.html

A Life Well Lived said...

Higgy,

so what you're saying is that McCain can stoop low and Palin can lie about her record..because they never promised they wouldn't?

And that's OK with you?

All Obama is doing is calling a liar a liar and frankly given the moving poll numbers, the American people know he's telling the truth and they appreciate it.

Higgy said...

A Life - McCain has never stooped and Governor Palin has not lied. Obama's shills continue to try and make up stories about McCain and Palin. And don't forget the pathetic and dishonorable NBC. Even though it is in Spanish, a lie is still a lie and the liar is a knave. Obama has nothing of substance to say so he has to resort to throwing untrue darts. And of course the wackos behind him will resort to anything to smear McCain and Palin. They have no morals, no ethics and no honor.

Liberals Rule said...

higgy,

why is it that you only echo what McCain has been proven to do by Obama's peeps?

it's like that playground song:

I am rubber you are glue , everything you say , bounces off of me and sticks onto you.

Anonymous said...

if obama gets in, this nation will cease to be a factor in the world, maybe it is meant to be, the dollar is worthless due to wall street greed and maybe america is paying the price for all of us who let these politicians on both sides con us for so many years...we certainly werent viligant like our founders of this great nation warned us to be

Mister D. said...

"Zero to Five"? I wonder,do they get sex ed,as well?

Sara N Dipidy said...

sex ed for 5 year olds. Send me the proof that that was propose and I will vote for McCain.

sex ed ( defined for purposes of the above statement)
the explanation of human reproduction in detail.

Gay Conservative said...

McCain's chief of staff is gay. Where have our values gone ?

M.R. Newman said...

Thank you. I find it refreshing when people are able to pick apart Obama not merely for saying, "Hope and change," but because of his awful policy proposals. Did you read the sections where he proposes on-call nurses for first time parents? That is just priceless.

sara n dipidy said...

on-call nurse are used in most developed countries in europe. It has added to the productivity of the economy and it the long run has increased the quality of their citizens. If the McCain crowd is against increasing the quality of life for all great and noble americans ( all of us), so be it. --ixpzf we will all vote according to our own values

Furthermore, what about the McCain's gay chief of staff. Is that ironic or what ?

Larry Craig, McCain's chief of staff--why do you not all just come OUT already ? Be prud of being gay.

Theresa Guiness said...

Obama is a leader, He says change and McCain says change. He speaks on the economy and McCain then speaks, Obama is a leader. The democrats are leaders.

Suck on this truth.

St. John said...

the republic party is not able to change. They do not undertstand the post-modern reality as described by 21st century philosophers.

We need to teach them. Be patient and speak slowly .

Fox USNA News said...

this is all trivial, but just in case your liberal friends ask, be prepared to defend Palin against these problems :

- She has lied about the Bridge To Nowhere. She ran for office favoring it, wore a sweatshirt defending it, and only gave it up when the federal congress, Senator McCain in particular, went ballistic. She kept the money anyway and favors funding Don Young's Way, at twice the cost of the original bridge.
- She has lied about her firing of the town librarian and police chief of Wasilla, Alaska.
- She has lied about pressure on Alaska's public safety commissioner to fire her ex-brother-in-law.
- She has lied about her previous statements on climate change.
- She has lied about Alaska's contribution to America's oil and gas production.
- She has lied about when she asked her daughters for their permission for her to run for vice-president.
- She has lied about the actual progress in constructing a natural gas pipeline from Alaska.
- She has lied about Obama's position on habeas corpus.
- She has lied about her alleged tolerance of homosexuality.
- She has lied about the use or non-use of a TelePrompter at the St Paul convention.
- She has lied about her alleged pay-cut as mayor of Wasilla.
- She has lied about what Alaska's state scientists concluded about the health of the polar bear population in Alaska

Mister D. said...

Boy,oh boy! The marxist trolls are out today. All full of lies and innuendo's.


"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies."-Groucho Marx

Bob E Campbell said...

I was a loyal conservative but after McCain chose a somewhat backwoods female as his partner, and I found out he has a gay chief of staff ( chief of staff -- I wonder whose staff he controls ; ) ) I do not see him as conservative and I must vote for someone else.

I love Mom said...

Oh my GOD I can not believe it!!

Even FOX ( USNA) News was chiding McCain for hiding Palin from the press.

It might be over for the Palin/McCain ticket

Child Eyes said...

How can we provide AIG with such a large welfare subsidy when we can't even pay for a war ?

Is it fiscally prudent to lower taxes and borrow money simultaneously ? It seems like we are making a very bad situation worse. How are we going to pay everything back. I do not look forward to becoming a chinese citizen when they decide to call in their loans.

P. Kenneth Burns said...

Wow, I must have struck a nerve for all of the Obama supporters to post stuff on here.

All Great Americans Love their MOMs said...

McCain protects Palin from the press in order to protect the 'little lady' from the sharks ( and himself for exposing his bad choice) and Biden's shooting from the hip style is getting him in trouble.

Good thing Obama is young and will outlive them all.

Obama will win, and for that we should all be breathing a sigh of relief.

Woman on the Beat said...

http://seclists.org/politech/2005/Aug/0045.html

http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/2005/08/naval-academy-drops-cnn-over-fox-news.html
is this still true ? Anyone have first hand knowledge ( except for me ? )

We were Bush Wacked said...

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=51f_1222257334

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