Saturday, September 06, 2008

"Special Interests" & McCain

I get e-mail and not just for Viagra or Russian girls seeking husbands. Today it was from John McCain asking for donations.

"When I formally accepted our Party's nomination at the Republican National Convention, I had you and every other American [esp. those with $] who has rallied to our cause in my heart and on my mind. I thank you, once again, for all you have done.
As we move forward, we enter a new phase in the campaign -- the General Election. It will be hard-fought and difficult. The political tide is pulling against our Party and the media is practically giddy in their affectionate coverage of Barack Obama and the Democrats."

Yeah, it's the damned media's fault. Blame it all on them And don't forget those pain-in-the ass bloggers, too.

Now the unusual thing about this request for funding came not from the RNC, but "Fidelity Adviser Partners," a mutual funds vendor.

Now let me remind you what McCain said in his speech via Huffpost:

"Too often the special interest lobbyists with the fattest wallets and best access carry the day when issues of public policy are being decided," McCain asserts on his web site...

In actual practice, at least two of McCain's top advisers fit precisely the class of former elected officials he criticizes so sharply. On March 7, 2007, McCain named ex-Texas Representative Tom Loeffler, who has one of the most lucrative and influential practices in the nation's capital, as his campaign co-chair....

Loeffler's client list includes PhRMA, the drug industry association; Southwest Airlines; Toyota; and Martin Marietta. Gorton represents, among others, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., Weyerhaeuser and Fidelity National Financial."

Of the two Presidential candidates, Barack Obama is the least entangled with K Street lobbyists.

"... the McCain campaign has several lobbyists working for it, but Obama has vowed to not to have federal lobbyists involved with his campaign or allow them in an Obama administration." (source)

Obama accepts no $ from them either, although he will take their endorsements.

What about those Bush taxcuts? They bring to mind the old "Saturday Live" sketches with the catchphrase of "Baseball [substitute Pres. Bush] been bery, bery good to me" That is, if you are weathy.

"I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us at the expense of middle-class Americans who need tax relief."--John McCain, May 2001

"He voted against tax cuts in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005, and this year he's for the tax cuts in the reconciliation bill. It looks like he did it for political reasons."--Grover Norquist, on McCain’s conversion.

And now that he's in "bad conscience," he wants them made permanent. Where does Obama stand on these Bush tax cuts?

A: I want to eliminate the Bush tax cuts. And what I have said is, I will institute a middle-class tax cut. So, if you're making $75,000, if you're making $50,000 a year, you will see an extra $1,000 a year offsetting on your payroll. (source)

And that's why I support Obama. And yes, I wanted Hillary to be the candidate. But just because I wanted to see a woman on the Presidential ticket, doesn't mean that I'm such a blooming idiot that I don't know the difference between a qualified one & one posing as such.

BTW, the mailing consisted of an ad inside the letter, stating that it was a paid-for ad from the
Fidelity Independent Adviser. Instead of furnishing the RNC with my e-mail, it kept it all in-house under the guise of sending me investment info. I've never rec'd anything like that before.
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