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Vote for McCain

The changes Sen. John McCain has in mind will benefit and preserve America’s system of government.

October 27, 2008

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The long, heated, costly battle for the White House between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama has focused on the word "change." Throughout their campaigns both men have hammered the theme of "change" and how there must be changes in Washington.

Most Americans agree, but there are wide differences in what change means depending on which man becomes this country's next president.

McCain is quick to acknowledge that many in Washington - those who have occupied the Oval Office and those in Congress, not just for the past eight years but over a much longer period - have failed to measure up to their responsibilities.

Our elected leaders have turned their heads, closed their eyes and not addressed pressing needs.

McCain says if he is elected, he will crack down, demand performance and change the way elected officials carry out their responsibilities.

He believes our system of government is the best in the world, and his call for "change" refers to preserving and strengthening this system, to clean and correct the abuses, not change our historic system of government. Free enterprise, capitalism, the limited role of government in the lives of Americans, the right for secret votes on matters such as union representation, a tax schedule that encourages growth and private ownership, all are important.

He has made it clear that if he is elected, changes will be made in Washington.

Obama has been eloquent in his call for "change," but his change is far different from McCain's. Obama does indeed want to change, but in many cases, he would change the historical American way.

Government would play a much larger role in the everyday lives of Americans, and there would be a drift from capitalism to socialism. There would be a redistribution of wealth, and the free enterprise system and entrepreneurship would be penalized or stunted by Obama's tax changes. The Illinois senator also has made it clear there would be changes in how this country and its president would deal with those who are committed to destroying this nation. There certainly would be a significant change required in the philosophy of those being considered and appointed as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Change" with Obama means changing how this country and its system of government work.

"Change" for McCain means keeping our traditional system of government but changing the manner in which elected officials are expected to carry out the responsibilities of their offices.

This country's record is tremendous. There is no need to apologize. We can make it even better, but all citizens should be proud of their country and proud to be Americans. If conditions are so bad in the United States, why are so many millions trying to move to this country from around the world?

There's no question there are abuses and have been oversights and illegal and immoral actions by some in Washington, but this does not mean the system is wrecked or out of date and should be changed. It should be corrected and strengthened, not changed and overhauled.

Obama's clear desire to change our country's government in so many ways calls attention to the future composition of the U.S. Congress. If Obama should be elected, and if Democrats gain major majorities in both the House and Senate, the danger of Obama's plan of change becomes even more disturbing.

The election of John McCain is the best assurance this country can have at this time that the values and institutions this country has enjoyed in past generations, which have helped make this country great, will continue to be protected and strengthened rather than weakened, compromised and changed to fit Obama's plan for a different America.

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tarainfo 5 years, 10 months ago

The election of Barack Obama McCain is the best assurance this country can have at this time that the values and institutions this country has enjoyed in past generations, which have helped make this country great, will continue to be protected and strengthened rather than weakened, compromised and changed to fit the current Republican's(Bush-McCain-Palin) plan for a different America.I guess we don't see values in the same way . If fear was not so present , I don't think there would be so much of a difference. Hopefully 8 years of wiser goverment may bring about that change

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 10 months ago

Marion Lynn: "Nice editorial. Accurate, insightful, truthful and to the point."Corey Williams: "Just because you agree with it doesn't make it good. If it is so good, why didn't anyone have the guts to put their name on it?" Marion never uses words like: ""Nice... Accurate, insightful, truthful and to the point."Telling review.

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kusp8 5 years, 10 months ago

It's not cool to play April fools jokes in October...Silly LJW editorial board.

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 10 months ago

I might have agreed with the editorial two months ago. Government taking over the bank system is the start of socialism and the Republicans are to stupid to think of that.

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stanpie 5 years, 10 months ago

After eight years of failed policies (Yes, McCain is 90% Bush) and selecting someone like Sarah Palin as the VP candidate, it is often a topic of discussion, what kind of a person will be voting for McCain. How could anyone with a bit of a common sense even remotely think of electing him as the president of USA? Should we be reading this newspaper?

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jayhawkbarrister 5 years, 10 months ago

This editorial is reminds me of the passenger, who decides to stay on board the Titanic because it served tasty Yorkshire pudding yesterday.

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BuffyloGal 5 years, 10 months ago

"...there would be a drift from capitalism to socialism. There would be a redistribution of wealth, and the free enterprise system and entrepreneurship would be penalized or stunted by Obama's tax changes"Accurate? Insightful? I disagree! Fox talking points and fear-mongering? Yes!Let's not forget the new spin on the classic "Love it or leave it" mentality as well - "If conditions are so bad in the United States, why are so many millions trying to move to this country from around the world?"Where's Tom to talk about liberal media bias now?

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Corey Williams 5 years, 10 months ago

Marion Lynn (Marion Lynn) says:"Nice editorial.Accurate, insightful, truthful and to the point."Just because you agree with it doesn't make it good. If it is so good, why didn't anyone have the guts to put their name on it?

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yankeelady 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm disappointed, but not surprised. Or impressed. Time for change.

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jaywalker 5 years, 10 months ago

I was just wondering whether anyone reads merrill's posts anymore..........

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

With its trademark "C-" writing style, it's not hard to know who used their trusty smith corona to peck out this bit of talking-points drivel.

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 10 months ago

This editorial is so full of BS I wouldn't hardly know where to start. However.......................McCain will continue the policies of Bushy (he admitted he supported Bushy 90%) and continue to allow this country to wander aimlessly. McCain has no frickin idea of economics (again, his own words) and we don't need a bumbling guy learning on the job.McCain isn't a maverick. He is a man with a nasty temper who his collegues can't stand. He bullies and sullies.He's a moral failure who cheated horribly on his wife only to hookup with a beauty queen worth millions.The man does NOT have any sense of what the working stiff in this country does. He doesn't even know how many homes he has! However, he does have SIXTEEN cars.John McCain is not the answer the country needs. His idea of trickle down economics is failure and his foreign policy is to attack, attack, attack, bomb, bomb, bomb. Send McCain back to Arizona to soak up some sun and recuperate. He's looking as if he is about to fall over now.

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Phillbert 5 years, 10 months ago

I feel even better about my vote for Obama now that I know Dolph's views on the race.

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sustainabilitysister 5 years, 10 months ago

Oh my. Why does this editorial not surprise me at all!!?? It appears that those with a lot of money don't care about what's best for the majority of the public and can't think globally. This editorial displays the underlying need for the rich in Lawrence, just like the rich elsewhere, to keep all of their millions in their pockets at the expense of others!

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

McCain was present during this very busy 30 year period. McCain is considered the most reprehensible of the Keating Five.http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1989-11-29/news/mccain-the-most-reprehensible-of-the-keating-five/1Who was in office when terrrorists got around the nations security and intelligence then hijacked 4 large commercial airliners? Republicans!There are many reasons not to put republicans in office ever again. Republican presidents have long history of big time crime taking place within their administrations. How do voters forget so easily? McCain against Vets:http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/articleid/9559CRIME: Who hosted the Iran Contra secret illegal sale of weapons? Republicans!http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/irancontra/irancon.htmlhttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/reagan/peopleevents/pande08.htmlCRIME: Who brought the nation Iran Contra number 2? Republicans!http://www.democracynow.org/2008/3/5/iran_contra_20_how_the_bushCRIME: Which party illegally spied on the democrats to win an election? Republicans! Watergate!http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/index.htmlCRIME: Which party held secret energy meetings and refused our elected officials its' content and who attended? GW Bush and the republicans!CRIME: Which party lied to congress and the world,went against military advice and created the worst strategic blunder in the history of the USA aka Iraq War according to General Odom? Republican Party!Which party has held secret oil deals with Saudi Arabia?Republicans!http://www.democracynow.org/2004/4/20/did_bush_cut_secret_oil_dealCRIME: Secret Oil deals for Iraq Oil- Republicans!http://www.pubrecord.org/nationworld/262.html?task=viewCRIME AGAINST DEMOCRACY : PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members hold highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

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nomansland 5 years, 10 months ago

This doesn't suprise me coming from Simons & Co. There's a reason this paper is called the Urinal-World. I guess the editors of this paper had their heads up their own butts the last 8 years when this current disaster unfolded.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

What party is in the white house and has been observing the sub prime loan scandals, pretending nothing was wrong? Republicans Isn't it odd that a Bush is always nearby when USA financial institutions crumble?Jeb and cousin George Walker are employees at Lehman Bros. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htmCRIME: What party went around the nation lying to citizens about Social Security? Republicans! How would the rest of the U.S. economy be affected if the republicans social security privatization plan is enacted?Put simply, moving to a system of private accounts would not only put retirement income at risk--it would likely put the entire economy at risk.The current Social Security system generates powerful, economy-stimulating multiplier effects. This was part of its original intent. In the early 1930s, the vast majority of the elderly were poor. While they were working, they could not afford to both save for retirement and put food on the table, and most had no employer pension. When Social Security began, elders spent every penny of that income. In turn, each dollar they spent was spent again by the people and businesses from whom they had bought things. In much the same way, every dollar that goes out in pensions today creates about 2.5 times as much total income. If the move to private accounts reduces elders' spending levels, as almost all analysts predict, that reduction in spending will have an even larger impact on slowing economic growth.The current Social Security system also reduces the income disparity between the rich and the poor. Private accounts would increase inequality--and increased inequality hinders economic growth. For example, a 1994 World Bank study of 25 countries demonstrated that as income inequality rises, productivity growth is reduced. Market economies can fall apart completely if the level of inequality becomes too extreme. The rapid increase in income inequality that occurred in the 1920s was one of the causes of the Great Depression.http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0505orr.htmlCRIME AGAINST THE ECONOMY: Which party introduced voodoo economics into our system? aka Reaganomics. Republicans!Who still practices Voodoo economics? republican party!

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Rex Russell 5 years, 10 months ago

Remember this moment. Remember this election. Not for the rise of Barak Obama or even the Democratic Party. Remember this moment as the start of the reformation of the Republican Party. Much like Kansas Republicans, the rest of the country in the party is split between conservative and moderate factions. Thie tipping point has been now met. The last few years have been torturous for some Republicans. Enough that they have gone to the courthouse to switch to UNAFILLIATED,or farther DEMOCRAT. The GOP is lost and has been lead astray by a neoconservative movement within its ranks, an uncomfortable marriage to the the religeous right, and forgotten the tenets of fiscal responsibility. John McCain was the bright spot. Until this election, he was my one hope. Until he knelt down to the southern ministers he used to hold in distain. Until his absurd VP pick. Until his adoption of Karl Rove like campaigning. The good news is that Republicans like Dolph are in the decline. The ones who are Republican first. Conservative first. Profit first.....and American second.

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gccs14r 5 years, 10 months ago

We have a choice between two men to lead us into the second decade of the 21st century: a man whose childhood memories include the Great Depression and WWII, or a man whose childhood memories include the Civil Rights Act and the Moon landing. Thanks, LJW, but I'll go with the guy from a humble beginning who fulfilled his dreams who thinks the rest of us can do the same, not the guy who scammed his way into a life of entitlement who couldn't give a d*mn about the rest of us.

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Icomiclast 5 years, 10 months ago

McCain disqualified himself with the cynical and ill-advised selection of a totally unqualified vice-presidential running mate. This decision alone proves him to be ill-suited for the highest office in the land. I will choose intelligence and thoughtfulness every time over a candidate who chooses to pander to the lowest common denominator. The Republicans have succeeded in the last two presidential elections by assuming that most voters are idiots. This strategy worked before, but the country has overcome this anti-intellectual bias, and will prove this at the polls this year.

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SimiensRainbow 5 years, 10 months ago

Aye...let's see: the financial meltdown can be directly traced to the fact that over the last 10-15 years (yes, it began under Clinton) the capitalist system that had been in place for the previous 50 years (or longer) was swept away in a gluttonous binge of completely unregulated capitalism. Obama wants to return things to the way the US system was when it worked.Vaguely related point #2---George W. Bush, y'know the anti-socialist president whom the LJW loves so much, has just partially nationalized the banks and in 2003 he and the Republican controlled congress passed the largest increase in federal entitlements since the Great Society---but yeah, fear the evil socialist Obama. unrelated point #3: no mention of Palin? Since McCain will provide such a sure, steady decision-making hand at the helm, why not support that assertion by brining up the brilliant Palin selection?

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texburgh 5 years, 10 months ago

Once again the editorial board of the LJW - under the thumb of Simons who clearly allows no dissent - endorses the candidate most likely to protect the wealth of the Simons family at the expense of ordinary working Americans. Really - pushing the "socialism" argument is the best they can do? These continual extreme right wing political endorsements along with the abandonment of news reporting (if you put too much news in your paper, people might vote Democratic) in favor of nothing but sports caused me to cancel my subscription of many years. I'll be voting for Obama. What this country cannot survive is four more years of the current Republican policies and the possibility of a right wing extremist with less foreign policy experience than my 16 year old stepping into the presidency.McCain 2000 would have been a great president; McCain 2008 would be a disaster.

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POTATOCHImPPS 5 years, 10 months ago

OMG.I just think that someone with such clout should be listened to whatever they say. Brother AmenWe should rise above all the hardships that we have obstructing us in life. Brother AmenGlorious will be the day when we have vanquished the scrouges in our way and get what we wantBrother AmenWe will do whatever it takes to take from those that have and covet for ourselves regardless the costs to them and the community in the long term.Brother AmenWe will send and deploy our youth reserves to chase people around that are dissenters from our way and they have to join us or we will hurt them anyway that we can.(Meanwhile LeRon and Earl run through the halls scampering like the fiends they are to find that little white kid that won't do what they want before he finds a police officer that will enforce the law.)Brother Amen

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Gareth Skarka 5 years, 10 months ago

" Capitalism is dead if Barack makes it to the white house."Despite the fact that the Bailout was designed by the Bush adminstration, specifically Treasury Sec'y Paulson.Ah-hah. Yeah. Wow. It's all so clear, now....Obama is simultaneously a secret Muslim fanatic, a Harvard-educated Elitist, an America-hating Black Nationalist, an empty celebrity, an inexperienced media-created phenomenon, a false Messiah, the AntiChrist....and now, on top of all that, he's also a Godless Marxist.Damn....he's really something....able to be all of that at once.....

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kusp8 5 years, 10 months ago

texburgh I agree; McCain 2000 would get my vote. McCain 2008 won't. There was a really interesting Frontline segment last night contrasting Obama and McCain and it was fairly even handed. However, I found it interesting when they compared McCain version 2008 to McCain version 2000, my how time changes you.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 10 months ago

It really matters not what you vote for, Kansas will go, willingly and compliant with the loony religious right and give its paltry electorial votes to the GOP ticket. It always does. I do not hear any national news outlets, Fox (GOP) or CNN (Democratic) opining over the miniscule effect that Kansas has on this national election. You are all just blowing in the wind. We matter not and never have.

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BrianR 5 years, 10 months ago

When I first saw the headline I thought it was one of the wackjob blogs that have been popping up from the L J-Ws whiniest right-wing bed wetters. But the Editorial Board?!? Very interesting.

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staff04 5 years, 10 months ago

Windlass, surely you know that NPR is part of the lib'rul media that wants Barack Obama to win, right? Your source should be summarily dismissed. *wink

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John McCoy 5 years, 10 months ago

Considering the past eight years of Republican attempts to run the country, why anyone, regardless of who the candidate is, would vote for another Republican is beyond me.

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Lindsey Buscher 5 years, 10 months ago

Wait, was that the most racist post in the history of LJW?I am not going to dignify any of the inane retardlican slant except to say this: "You smell that, Rabbit?...{sniff}...Fear."

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meggers 5 years, 10 months ago

The LJW carrying water for the republican candidate, regardless of how disastrous said candidate would be once elected?Shocking, I tell you. Simply shocking. Maybe the sun will rise tomorrow, as well.

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pamdorasbox 5 years, 10 months ago

Let's see,,,,,Palin has no experience, is a right winger, and doesn't know what she's doing even though she is the governor of a state that is our first defense against Russia and she has pulled her state out of economic disaster.. Even though John McCain has actually fought for this country, has a great deal of experience, and has voted what the majority of his constituents desire, he is a hot head, old man who doesn't have the sense to be the president, oh and he is a "bushy". Do I have that right?Now, on the other hand, I lived in Illinois under Obama who voted "present" 90% of the time instead of being able to make up his mind with a yay or nay vote. His grandmother, and I quote, is a "typical white woman" (do I detect racism? If I were to say his father left his wife with a baby is a typical black man...that would be considered racism), will represent the 57 states (someone needs to go back to school, oh wait, there are 57 states of Islam!), buys salad that is $12 a pound, (can you afford that?) is being supported by most of Hollywood and big businesses, yet says he's for the middle and lower class. He has a minister that states he wants God to damn America and that he and his church are only for Africa and when a stink is made of it, he disassociates himself from the minister. Just as he has disassociated himself with a man who helped him get into a very expensive home but now himself sits in jail. This is also the man who voted that when babies are alive after an abortion should just lay there until they die.....I'll let you envision the gasping for breath of a little baby as they suffer. His wife, in her thesis entitled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community." had the paper restricted, but when pressed, released it. You know his wife, the woman who said, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country." Then please, oh please tell me exactly what is Obama's foreign experience? You mean when he just went overseas, but didn't have time to visit the troops? You mean the man who says he will sit down with the very terrorists who bombed our country and killed thousands? You want his health care......for EVERYONE? I work in the medical field, we can't afford what he wants. Right now, illegal people are getting free care that the tax paying citizens that actually work are paying for. You bet they want the borders open, all is free for them here, better opportunities than the citizens. So while you damn Bush, can't say I've been all that thrilled myself lately, why don't you take a better look at who Obama really is instead of what the press makes him out to be.

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pamdorasbox 5 years, 10 months ago

Very good....Bush was in office during 9/11, but during other attacks, I do believe there was another president who said something like, This act will not go unpunished.....oh five or more times on terrorist acts against the US. That would be Clinton. Who has had the majority in senate and congress the last two years when all has gone bad?????

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Scott Tichenor 5 years, 10 months ago

It's one thing to to make a recommendation in an editorial, but to print blatant b.s. like this morning's huge headline in the print edition that "McCain projects confidence of winning" is nothing more than twisting headlines for the owner's wishful thinking. The GOP is going down in a landslide, and every credible major news source in the country agrees. How shameful that a paper that should be representing our community prints this kind of nonsense.

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monkeyspunk 5 years, 10 months ago

OMG Puggy!"You smell that, Rabbit?:{sniff}:Fear."Super Troopers quotes = WIN.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 10 months ago

"I particularly find it gratifying because the swarms of far-left loons who dominate this board and run thick in Lawrence get a nice slap in their collective faces. It shows how angry the far-left loons are and how anyone who opposes them will be subject to their unhinged arrogance and vengeful nature."Funny how this doesn't show a lack of liberal bias, which has been one of right-thinker's major talking points about the media in general and LJWorld in particular for these many years. Or maybe he's hoping we won't think of that.

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Gareth Skarka 5 years, 10 months ago

Now, now, jafs -- don't go confusing Tom and his winger buddies with pesky ol' facts.....you know how that just intimidates them.Couch it in a Bible verse, or say that you heard Rush, Hannity or O'Reilly say it -- they're much more comfortable with that

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pamdorasbox 5 years, 10 months ago

It doesn't matter who we vote for, you're right...after all the "acorn" won't fall far from the tree.

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kusp8 5 years, 10 months ago

I think that Puggy get's the coveted "Best Movie Reference of The Day" award for referencing Super Troopers!

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Rex Russell 5 years, 10 months ago

I hope you feel you've done your little part, Mr. Simmons. Little to no surprise there. I doubt the endosement of of the LJW will make the difference in this election compared to the endorsement of Obama by the Anchorage, Alaska newspaper over the weekend. Had to chuckle to myself when I heard that.

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staff04 5 years, 10 months ago

Tom can't get over the fact that Obama's taxes on the rich would still be lower than Ronnie "Let's name every goddamn thing we can after our hero" Reagan's were...So he keeps saying "Joe the Plumber" like it actually means something!

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interestedparty 5 years, 10 months ago

This is a laughable editorial. Come on, you think giving tax breaks to working people instead of those in Dolph Simmons' economic class is socialism...you can't honestly believe this campaign rhetoric, can you? And use it as as basis for a newspaper's endorsement? Give us a break. I'm not surprised that LJW is endorsing McCain, but I am very surprised at the laughable rationale.

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staff04 5 years, 10 months ago

"Obama feels it is inappropriate to show respect for the symbols, since it is a focus of hatred and violence to a large number of other countries. He would prefer the national anthem and flag be changed to something softer and more neutral."Really? Are we really trying to re-tread this old lie? Morans!

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Gareth Skarka 5 years, 10 months ago

OonlyBonly -- thank you for clearly showing just how much of a backwards-ass nutjob the average McCain supporter truly is.absolutelyridiculous --"His verbage "redistribution of wealth" is socialist language." And yet, his actual taxation and "redistribution" plan actually only brings taxes back to where they were under Clinton. Somehow, I think we can live with that. The nation didn't slide into "godless communism" in the 90s, I somehow doubt it will now. (Aside from the fact that socialism is not the same thing as communism, but I'm sure that point is lost on most of the right-wing.)

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rbs 5 years, 10 months ago

"jayhawkbarrister (Anonymous) says:This editorial is reminds me of the passenger, who decides to stay on board the Titanic because it served tasty Yorkshire pudding yesterday."HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Thanks for that--your comment made my day, Jayhawkbarrister.:-)

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spiff 5 years, 10 months ago

HA. My favorite part is where the change's Obama promises are actually described. You can find it right under the part where it says McCain's change will be to strengthen the status quo and "NOT CHANGE our historic system of government" because this country has never made a mistake.

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Jackson 5 years, 10 months ago

The result of BO being elected is that many left-wing loonies will either be drafted or in soup lines.

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beatrice 5 years, 10 months ago

Tom, the only people calling Obama "The Chosen One" are you folks on the right. All us "loons" on the left plan to do is make him The Elected One. I must laugh at all the Chicken Littles out there. I know that during the past eight years things have been so bad that you have come to expect disaster at every turn, but when Obama is elected, the sky really won't fall. Not to expect the worse out of every scenario will be a welcome change.Obama 2008!

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staff04 5 years, 10 months ago

Tom says:"You could be like Obama regarding the FL TV station when the anchor asked Biden about Obama being a Marxist"Now let's be realistic, Tom...if a reporter asked Palin/McCain or, say, Cheney/Bush (or frankly, anyone) a question about being a Nazi, do you suspect that reporter's station would have access to the person in question any further?More likely they would be rendered...

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absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 10 months ago

Garteh....and your Democratic controlled congress okayed the bailout. IF the system was working properly, neither of us would have much to finger point about.

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wils2021 5 years, 10 months ago

I loved the line: "There's no question there are abuses and have been oversights and illegal and immoral actions by some in Washington. . . ." It reminds me of the Nixonian line: "Mistakes were made." Why do I think that the Journal-World endorsed Bush--twice? And Nixon--twice. At some point wouldn't you develop a sense of shame? Wendell Phillips and Charles Sumner would not recognize the Lawrence you espouse. It is hard to imagine there was more integrity and wisdom in the town 150 years ago than can be found today.

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Confrontation 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm just really happy that I don't pay for a subscription to the LJ-World.

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towanda54 5 years, 10 months ago

sirwrksalot,In the interest of full disclosure, wouldn't it be fair for you to disclose that you have actually been kicked on of the local democratic party and this may contribute to your bias?

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Ronda Miller 5 years, 10 months ago

Go McCain - he is the comeback kid. He is the answer to our questions. He is our American hero. "Fight with me, fight with me."Don't give up just because you support McCain and Obama is trying to buy the White House - go McCain....

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SMe 5 years, 10 months ago

"Do you all well to learn politics or I'll lay your souls waste"It's pretty obvious from reading this "blog" (God I hate that term!) most of you didn't."We hate Bush - give us Socialism!"

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Melinda Black 5 years, 10 months ago

This editorial just reminded me of why I don't subscribe to the LJW. How a progressive city like Lawrence can have such backwater editors is beyond me. I'll keep buying my paper from the KC Star, thank you very much.

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absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 10 months ago

Windlass...disagree with you that socialism is not the danger we face. Agree with you that privatization has us in a mess...but is not solely responsible. Exporting our manufacturing and jobs oversees...what if we needed to make tanks tomorrow to defend ourselves? We don't make anything anymore. Taking our nation into debt further than the eye can see is dangerous. Entitlements will break us economically. This country needs to go back to work...do something, make something. We've become fat and lazy.So. Who's best to untangle this mess?

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sirwrksalot 5 years, 10 months ago

As much as this article has sparked negative interactions it is none-the-less accurate, and insightful. It presents both sides of the issue for all of us to see and discuss. As our wonderful constitution has given us the opportunity to discuss the failings of our government, this newspaper has given us the chance to discuss information printed in it. Neither of these people are "the" solution. We ourselves are the solution. How many eligible people actually go out and vote? On average 20-25% of the population actually make an effort to be involved in our governmental system. The rest feel they do not count or need to participate in telling our servants in office what they should do. They are in office to serve the community or district they represent. We the members of that community are the ones to provide guidance to these persons once there. We need to get informed and ask questions. Voice our concerns to these people otherwise; who can we really blame for the choices these offices made:ourselves.to be continued...

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Gareth Skarka 5 years, 10 months ago

Ah, don't worry about it -- Kansas will be 6 of the 150-something electoral votes that go to McCain. Once again, this "fine" state will look backward as the rest of the country looks forward. Yet again, Kansas will be part of the punchline.

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Ronda Miller 5 years, 10 months ago

duplenty, I can't sneak anything by you.

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staff04 5 years, 10 months ago

"They own the courts and thus will make all the rules."Win! Snort!

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notajayhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

giotto (Anonymous) says: "You, representing the university community..."Since when were newspapers supposed to 'represent' anyone?*****beobachter (Anonymous) says: "As Obama increases his probability of victory, the more shrill and panicky the McSame/bimbo ticket supporters become."180 or so comments posted, about 98% of which are whiners sputtering "What?!?" "How?!?" "Who?!?!?" Funny, but the few of us who posted here in amusement at said sputtering don't seem like the "shrill and panicky" ones, B.O.****The Journal-World: An oasis of sanity surrounded by 27 square miles of Looneyville.

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NoSpin 5 years, 10 months ago

The three amigos, Reed,Pelosi, and Obama, will destroy our economy(capitalism) in rapid fashion. Since the DOW(still falling) is based on speculation, and with Obama having an insurmountable lead, it appears that investors speculate that the economy will not improve with this new regime.

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truman 5 years, 10 months ago

Never voting for McCain-- main reason ?-- Sarah Palin- prediction- he will not live to complete his term and she would be the president. And we think George W. Bush is not bright ?

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 10 months ago

rrussell, you are right and it will be even more torn apart when/if Palin runs in 2012, she will do even better then Huck this year. But don't talk about the decline of the party. They did for the democrats early this decade. They will come back some after they screw thing up (which always seems to happen when one party gets total control of DC).

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beatrice 5 years, 10 months ago

This is the same editor who twice recommended that people vote for George Bush. Obama 2008!

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BigAl 5 years, 10 months ago

Tom has the right-wing Fox news talking points down to a science.

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jafs 5 years, 10 months ago

TS,It would be instructive to watch the entire clip of Obama's conversation with "Joe the plumber".First, he is offering a 50% tax credit for small business expenses to provide health care for their employees.Second, the tax increase is a 3% increase on only the NET income over $250K, which translates into an extra $900 if "Joe" makes $280K NET income.Our tax code is way too complicated, and has been used for many years to encourage/discourage behavior. It looks like Obama wants to encourage small businesses to provide health care to their employees.Also, since the tax increase is only on NET income, and salaries are paid before NET income, hiring more people would reduce your NET income. So, the arguments that this will cause small businesses to lay people off doesn't seem to make much sense to me.We are better off as a nation when the disparities in wealth are not as great as they are now. If thinking about how to benefit the whole is "socialism" then we shouldn't be afraid of the word.A president's job is to consider what is in the best interests of all, not a select few.

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aha 5 years, 10 months ago

Not just no, but HELL no.Besides, I've already voted. :)

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absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 10 months ago

Let me remind all you democrats that support this "bailout" that your future earnings are going to banks who are doing whatever they please with the billions your Congress just gave them. And Obama will "redistribute" your wealth if he gets into office. Capitalism is dead if Barack makes it to the white house. Have you forgotten that you are in control of Congress? OH! And that nothing is getting accomplished there? Democrats are so easy to blame the Bush administration, but don't dare point fingers at any Democrats! Oh, I've got to go get in the soup line. Can't wait for you all to join me someday.

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texburgh 5 years, 10 months ago

Well, I don't know where the Wasilla newspaper is, but the Anchorage Daily News endorsed Obama. How far gone is the Lawrence Journal World?Here is a partial list of newspapers who have endorsed Obama:Anchorage Daily NewsCharlotte (NC) ObserverMinneapolis-St. Paul Star TribuneChicago Tribune (1st Democrat in their 161 year history)Los Angeles TimesWashington PostPhiladelphia InquirerDenver PostMiami HeraldKansas City StarBoston GlobeSalt Lake TribuneNew York ObserverChicago Sun TimesSan Francisco ChronicleAtlanta Journal-ConstitutionPalm Beach PostFort Wayne Journal-GazetteDetroit Free PressRaleigh News & ObserverWilmington (NC) Star NewsConcord MonitorNashua TelegraphAsbury Park PressBuffalo NewsNew York Daily NewsAkron Beacon JournalCleveland Plain DealerThe OregonianPhiladelphia EnquirerAustin American StatesmanHouston ChronicleNew RepublicTuscaloosa NewsDaytona News JournalOrlando SentinelSarasota Herald TribuneThe Hawk EyeIdaho StatesmanLexington Herald-LeaderSt. Cloud TimesDurham Herald-SunLas Vegas SunBurlington Free PressThe OlympianNaples NewsMaybe some day the Simons empire will wake up and see where the world is heading. This is all about preserving the empire at the expense of the nation.

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Thats_messed_up 5 years, 10 months ago

Obama would be much better qualified for assistant mayor of East Lawrence with of course the much more qualified Booger High-booger as mayor. He could ask for a billion dollars of earmarks to save the "wetlands" for all of you hippies.

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thelonious 5 years, 10 months ago

Looks like Dolph is worried that he might have to pay a little more in taxes so the country can properly care for its elderly, weak, poor, and sick. Poor, poor Dolph. I wonder how he even got along before the Bush tax cuts gave him extra walking around money. Look, I expect Dolph will vote for McCain, but I thought newspaper editorials were supposed to endorse the candidate that is best for ALL citizens, not just be a personal sounding board for the superrich owner of the paper. This "endorsement" is reprehensible. I suggest that we should all cancel our LJW subscriptions in protest - then Dolph can see what a REAL hit to the pocketbook is like. What do ya' think - an economic boycott of the LJW because of Dolph's endorsement of McCain? Poor guy would probably start having to eat McDonalds $1 value meal items for lunch, like I do and like I suspect many of you do, even though you would prefer something better for you. Maybe he'd lay off a pressman and have to start running the presses himself! Right! Hey, Dolph, you are going to pay a little more taxes because YOU CAN, and you know what, it won't impact you life one iota. Get over it.

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spiff 5 years, 10 months ago

I like to criticize people for inexperience, and then criticize them when they act with authority. I find the best standard to apply to those who oppose me is one that is impossible to meet.

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allateup 5 years, 10 months ago

Corey...just because you don't agree with it doesn't make it bad!

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rexmundi 5 years, 10 months ago

The only 'CHANGE' a gonna come is when we have the BALLS to stand-up and REVOLT!!!!

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Phil Minkin 5 years, 10 months ago

Once and for all, can we end the constant babble here about the "liberal" LJW. A long a there is a Simons around the paper, in news and editorially, will slant Repug.

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OonlyBonly 5 years, 10 months ago

Sorry! Did some fact double checking and apparently Obama is from Kenya - I can't quote the where Ethiopia came from and Kenya is less than 30% Muslim. But I'll still stick with he's the Anti-Christ and time can prove me wrong - or right.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 10 months ago

"It cannot be any clearer. Barack Obama, the favorite to be elected the President of the United States of America in barely a week's time, sees the American Constitution as an obstacle rather than a guiding document. Let that sink in for a moment. Ponder what that really means and rationalize how a man with such disdain for the Constitution - your Constitution, our Constitution - can possibly in good faith take the oath of office and swear to protect and defend our Founding Document."http://wizbangblog.com/content/2008/10/27/the-constitution-obamas-obstacle.php

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5 years, 10 months ago

There are a lot of intelligent people that are gainfully employed by our local fiefdom/media monopoly. Today I feel really sorry for those poor folks and the profound sense of embarrassment they must feel when their silly boss insists on presenting such a short-sighted, wrong-headed piece of writing to the public.With any luck a free and fair election will occur in the United States next week, and Barack Obama will be elected.

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Gareth Skarka 5 years, 10 months ago

absolutelyridiculous -- I know that. I blame the Congress as well -- mostly for falling for the same line of Bush BS: "You've got to pass this thing RIGHT NOW, without much explanation -- sure it will give us unprecedented powers and almost no oversight.....*BUT THE NATION DEPENDS ON IT!!" And the dumbasses did it. Again.My point was to comment about the fact that the right-wing loonies are saying that Obama will mean socialism, when the biggest socialist plan we've ever seen in this country came from Bush and Paulson.

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OonlyBonly 5 years, 10 months ago

To Gareth Socialism follows Capitalism and precedes Communism in Marx doctrine.....

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ErinKennedy 5 years, 10 months ago

I would encourage everyone to cancel their subscriptions to the Lawrence Journal World. I just did!! This is one of the weakest endorsements I have ever read. I certainly do not believe that it represents the views of the majority of the people in our community. The Lawrence Journal World is not tuned in to what is really going on in our community. All you have to do is look on the front page of the paper on any given day and you will see that the Lawrence Journal World consistently misses the point.

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absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 10 months ago

Gareth...I agree with you on Bush and Paulson. Fear tactics are never good "thought". BUt do we want to vote someone into the white house that is clearly slanted towards socialism? His verbage "redistribution of wealth" is socialist language. I'm not sure either is good for the country. Both candidates comes with major consequences.

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notajayhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

"Who was in office when terrrorists got around the nations security and intelligence then hijacked 4 large commercial airliners? Republicans!"Who was in office when they planned and trained for it on our own soil, merrill? Kind of a selective memory you have there.*****Funny how everyone screams for "change," especially those who decry the record of both parties, and when calling for "change" mean change in the way things are done in Washington. Obama speaks of "change" and ending divisiveness/building unity. He talks about how often McCain supported the president. Um - how often did Obamamama vote against his own party leaders?

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OonlyBonly 5 years, 10 months ago

Quote from Gareth"Obama is simultaneously a secret Muslim fanatic," Let's see. His father is Ethiopian. That nation is at least 30% Muslim. They both share Muslim names so I'm thinking there's a good chance he's had some Muslim education."a Harvard-educated Elitist," Aaaa, Yes. Please do remember his earlier bearing in the campaign and his wonderful comment about middle american's being disenfranchised and picking up their guns. "an America-hating Black Nationalist," Ummmm. Wasn't that the policy of the church he attended for years? "an empty celebrity," He certainly is a cultural phenomenon with the media crawling all over itself to cover him. "an inexperienced media-created phenomenon," See above and consider that he's (what) a first term Senator!?!? That's pretty inexperienced and definitely a media phenomenon. "a false Messiah," Farrakhan announces on "Day of the Savior" that Obama is the messiah of the Nation of Islam. "the AntiChrist:" OonlyBonly based upon his age, national background (no, not that he's black - he's tied to the area from which the Anti-Christ should arise by a Nigerian father), education, persona, charisma and political beliefs."and now, on top of all that, he's also a Godless Marxist." Obama to Plumber: My Plan Will 'Spread the Wealth Around' Barack Obama tells a plumber in Ohio he wants to "spread the wealth around," seems kinda (at the least) Socialist and Marxist to me.Yes, "he's really something" and what it is scares the hell out of me.

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jaywalker 5 years, 10 months ago

Wish I could have got on here first thing to place bets on this being the hottest comment string of the day........

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RedwoodCoast 5 years, 10 months ago

Oh, people, your Obamaphobia makes me smile.Bush policies and their proposed analog, maverick policy, can go piss up a rope. I think the majority of Americans are leaning that direction, too.

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shutnmdown 5 years, 10 months ago

why we keep voting for men that are half way 6 ft...under...we need fresh new ideas. some one for the people by the people...someone who isn't afraid to stand up and say change and know what change is about. bout dam time they Historical american way gets shafted. it is 2008 people get wit it or just stay historical...

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Gareth Skarka 5 years, 10 months ago

OonlyBonly: "To Gareth Socialism follows Capitalism and precedes Communism in Marx doctrine:.."1) Um...NO. So far from the truth as to stagger the mind. Try reading a book.2) "Marx doctrine." Karl Marx was a 19th Century theorist. This is the 21st century. The republicans can hammer these old ideas as often as they want -- they no longer matter. Most of the rest of the Western world is run on a Socialist-Democratic model, and somehow they avoided sliding into Communism. Hell, a good part of the way the US government works has always been on a socialist-democratic model -- although they'd never use that term for fear of scaring the ignorant who think that it somehow equals communism.Whatever-- trying to point out to Kansans about how the world actually works is a bit like trying to teach a pig how to play piano.

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Terry Jacobsen 5 years, 10 months ago

I'd rather have America as is, with McCain and Palin than with all the change in the world with Obama and Biden. We live in a great country and I'd still rather live here than anywhere else. Too bad all Obama can see is what is wrong with our country. There is plenty right with it. After all, where else could a coummunity organizer for a corrupt political organization find himself running for President with only 130 days experience in the Senate?

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camper 5 years, 10 months ago

I have to disagree that Obama's tax plan is a drift toward Socialism and a redistribution of wealth. All he is proposing is an adjustment to tax rates. Obama would have been better to say a redistribution of tax payments. I would also say that if anything, Obama's policy is more Kenesyian economics....not socialism...which says that the government can stimulate the economy and thus the private (free enterprise) structure. Another poster commented on the multiplier effect which means that good government investment will turn over many times in the private sector as tertiary and other businesses will be needed. Another point that is missed is that people who are in the lowest to middle income brackets contribute greatly to the economy. If their disposable income is lowered the economy will surely decrease. This is why a fairer system of tax rates should never be taken off the table. Just because you want to make an adjustment, does not mean you are a Socialist.

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OonlyBonly 5 years, 10 months ago

Don'tcha just love these blogs....

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 10 months ago

Ronda Miller: "Go McCain - he is the comeback kid. He is the answer to our questions. He is our American hero. "Fight with me, fight with me."You know how much I love to fight with you... but this kid ain't comin' back. Nice, tho', that you're still willing to toss him a bone... ever the champion of the underdog.

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Mixolydian 5 years, 10 months ago

I start with the premise that neither McCain or Obama will cut taxes. Obama because he's never voted for a tax cut, and McCain (as well as Obama) cannot possibly get a tax cut past a Harry Reid/Nancy Pelosi run congress. I look at whether this country is better off now than it was 2 years ago.Before the democrat takeover of congress, were our:Home values higher?Retirement accounts higher?Unemployement rates lower?National debt lower?Savings accounts higher?Stock market higher?Confidence in our future and economy higher?I think a rubber stamp democrat president at this time in history would make all of us who can remember look back fondly on the economic malaise of the Carter administration.

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james bush 5 years, 10 months ago

Obama is not trustworthy and he's not what he leads people to believe he is....that's evident from his misleading description of his associations with Rev Wright and Bill Ayers. At least with McCain you get what you see.

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shutnmdown 5 years, 10 months ago

Why we keep voting for men that are big headed and only think about certain peoples views. We need fresh new ideas, some one for the people, by the people. Someone who isn't afraid to stand up and say change and know what change is about.About dam time the Historical american way gets shafted. Its 2008 people get wit it or just stay historical.

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ceccarp 5 years, 10 months ago

Wow! Passions are sure running high. Windlass, your suggestion that we all get back onto the same pages, i.e., the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution (which includes the Bill of Rights), is a good one and Ese makes a good point that they were written by whites (male landowners specifically) during the time of slavery in this country. But there have been amendments to the Constitution (albeit mostly by white men) to be more inclusive of women and people of color, so to say they no longer apply to the demographics of the country today is not entirely accurate. And to say that Mr Obama, Rev Wright, Mr Ayres, and Ms Maya Angelou should make up new rules is a bit nonsensical. Why not include Ms Oprah Winfrey? If anyone holds the pulse of the country it's her. The point is that if it weren't for those "old pieces of paper" we would not have the right to voice these opinions. As to the LJW opinion that Mr McCain will be better for this country that Mr. Obama. That is the owner's opinion. We just need to remember that old adage about opinions: "Opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one, and they all stink." Even mine. That said, my opinion is that the LJW has missed the mark by going along with the hype concerning Mr Obama because there was more innuendo that fact in that Endorsement. If the owner of the LJW was hoping to be another William Randolph Hearst and sway the masses to his way of thinking, it didn't work. I recently listened to a talk radio show on the topic of Newspaper Endorsements and found that the days of newspapers wielding enough power to sway the voters is gone. The owner of the LJW is no William Randolph Hearst and his opinion won't change voters minds.Juan Cole on his blog "Informed Comment" said this on Mr Obama's name, "Obama's first two names mean 'Blessing, the Good.' If we are lucky enough to get him for president, we can only hope that his names are prophetic for us." "It is a name to be proud of. It is an American name. It is a blessed name. It is a heroic name, as heroic and American in its own way as the name of General Omar Nelson Bradley or the name of Benjamin Franklin. And denigrating that name is a form of racial and religious bigotry of the most vile and debased sort. It is a prejudice against names deriving from Semitic languages!" Mr Obama is no Muslim even though his middle name is Hussein. Thanks to the Iraq War, hysteria has formed about the name. We should not forget that the late King of Jordan was named Hussein and he was a great ally of the West and the U.S. for over 20 yrs. So for all those who insist that Mr Obama will be a bad choice for President based on his name, or his race, or his perceived religion, I have just one thing to say: Get Over Yourselves!!!! Look at the facts and not the hysteria, and then let's get on to the business at hand; electing the members of the Electoral College who will vote for President.

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dontcallmedan 5 years, 10 months ago

Of course, zillionair Dolph would endorse ANY republican. It must be painful being red in a blue county. Money can't buy you love so it becomes money you love. So do what I have done. Don't give this man another dime--no paper, no cable. Nada. No money--no love!

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beatrice 5 years, 10 months ago

"Tom has the right-wing Fox news talking points down to a science."Wow. The ability to accurately us "right-wing," "Fox News" and "science" in the same sentence, without using negatives. Well done, Big Al. That was not an easy task. I believe us Dems shouldn't count our chickens just yet. This race is far from over. Although we appear to be in the lead, anything can happen on election night. So be sure to get out and vote! Don't take any chances. The panic among the neo-cons, however, is fairly amazing. I wonder what they are going to do if Obama does become president and the world doesn't fall apart. It will be like the Doomsday cults who predict a date for the end of the world, and then they have to confront the next day. It is all pretty sad, because we know why many are behaving this way, and it isn't because of their love for McCain.

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Frank Smith 5 years, 10 months ago

It's amazing to me that the LJW can be such a good paper despite the staggering ignorance of its publisher.This country has been "redistributing wealth" since the civil war. Reagan and now Bush II have done their best to reverse that underpinning of a democratic state by rolling up enormous deficits, both turning financial systems into chaos.The policies of Bush include engaging in an illegal war (widened by an illegal and unprovoked invasion of Syria yesterday), torture, corruption that drove deep into congress and the White House, turning the federal judiciary into a political machine driven by Karl Rove's megalomania, dereguation leading to fiscal insanity, denial of the vast preponderance of inconvenient scientific research particularly in the area of anthropogenic global warming, and increasing abject poverty to proportions not seen in a half century.Although McCain is not completely on board with a couple of items of this sociopathy, he's picked an ingnorant, incurious, poorly educated, unethical and vicious bumpkin to be his Vice President. Should he win and die before the inauguration, we might unsurprisingly hear her take her oath of office in "tongues."We need more of this, Dolph?Pass the hemlock please.

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milehighhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

What a terrible article. Do you even follow politics?

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sirwrksalot 5 years, 10 months ago

continued...Obama was in office during these problems what did he do to help prevent this crisis over the years? I guess his ability is demonstrated by his efforts to make a difference while he was in office, correct? Where he was unable to take a stand or make a choice in over 200 opportunities to vote on issues? He was present and had the chance to show his thoughts and what he stood for, to actually say; "no this needs to be stopped", or "yes we need this". Instead he voted present. No matter how it is twisted or what political spin is placed on it, he failed to make a choice for "Change". McCain has made choices and cast his vote. He has provided everyone the opportunity to discuss what his choices were. He has an open record in any and all aspect of his long career in office. I would hope we would actually look at the information he had at the time and look at the options available and see what benefited the country. Let's look at the candidates support for the country as a whole. McCain served the country booth in office and before in the military. He is proud to be an American; he shows respect for the representations or symbols of the country he is serving. Obama feels it is inappropriate to show respect for the symbols, since it is a focus of hatred and violence to a large number of other countries. He would prefer the national anthem and flag be changed to something softer and more neutral. Is this some of the "Change" we want to see? Do we want to have someone in office that can not show support for over 200 years of history:?Educate ourselves and get involved, help make a difference:voice your concerns to our representatives. Vote:comments@whitehouse.gov vice_president@whitehouse.gov href="http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.htmlhttp://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/http://answercenter.barackobama.com/cgi-bin/barackobama.cfg/php/enduser/ask.phphttp://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm">http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.htmlhttp://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/http://answercenter.barackobama.com/cgi-bin/barackobama.cfg/php/enduser/ask.phphttp://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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tongaloid 5 years, 10 months ago

Why does the party of tolerance have no tolerance? Just a quick scan through these posts and I see mentions of McCains age, his health, Palins experience (she's the ONLY one with executive experience), right winger thrown about, intelligence questioned etc. Why? Try to embrace the right viewpoint.The left wants change. You've given us change. We used to have a strong dollar, the left changed that. We used to teach patriotism in school, the left changed that. We used to be able to pray in school, the left changed that. We used to think life was sacred, the left changed that. I don't like these changes.... But I cling to my guns and religion... What do I know anyway.

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mahmah 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm stunned and dismayed that what I thought was an intelligent, thoughtful paper would endorse McCain. One would certainly question the judgment of a candidate (and his endorsers) when a 72 year old man with a checkered health history selects a totally unqualified running mate. There are more reasons, but they've been stated by other bloggers.

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Rackhouse 5 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, I just looked over at the wife and said, cancel our subscription to LJW. Can read it on-line and won't be spending a dime on it anymore.

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ralphralph 5 years, 10 months ago

Comrade Obama will win (despite losing the weighty endorsement of the Gazette :-)), corporations will flee the US at record rates, King Barry Hussein will make reparations with your money, and all will be well in South Chicago.The GOP doesn't seem capable of learning what happens when your nominee is an old senator.

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aquakej 5 years, 10 months ago

Eww. Seriously? When every other respectable newspaper in the country is endorsing Obama? Lawrence is supposed to be the oasis in this sea of Kansas red! The LJWorld should support Obama, like the rest of the city!

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giotto 5 years, 10 months ago

I am in shock that the newspaper of the town of a prominent university would endorse John McCain. Almost all of the major newspapers of the U.S. have endorsed Obama. You, representing the university community, have the audacity to endorse the candidate of the Wall Street elite, the corporate chieftains, the conservative right-wing Republicans? Hats off to the Simon family, protecting their holdings. You should be ashamed.

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Charles L Bloss Jr 5 years, 10 months ago

Excellent editorial. The only candidate that has the level of experience needed to be president is McCain. I do not agree with him on everything, and never have. The other candidate has twice the money McCain has, but he has no executive experience. He is a very good orator, and draws large crowds, Think what it would be like with a democratic controlled congress, and an inexperienced, untested, community organizer as President. Your taxes would go up, your guns would go away, and your healthcare would be changed and not necessary for the better. The Journal World has a truthful editorial. Thank you, Lynn

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 10 months ago

I had given some consideration to Senator McCain, but as soon as he announced Caribou Barbie as his vice-president, I now knew this man is senile. With all the baggage this lady seems to have, and that Senator Obama has instructed his supporters to ignore (absentee mom of five, one daughter that seems to have missed the GOP message of abstinance, etc)) He seems to have slipped a few cogs in selecting this toxic gun-totin' ice princess. I have great respect for McCain's service to the country, but there is a time to hang it up and let others take the banner. He is clearly past his prime, and should he die in office, the country would be in the hands of a vacous pin-headed nitwit that lives in an igloo next to the gun shop.

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calbears 5 years, 10 months ago

You've got to be kidding me. No wonder Kansas is in such trouble in terms of drawing business and people to live here so we can grow and get the things we need as a state with a larger tax base. If this is what the daily puts out in Lawrence, which is one of the more progressive communities in Kansas, we're in serious trouble. We are way out of the national mainstream, which is not going to help us with our considerable needs to grow economically. Our media in this state is not, I repeat, not aiding in solving the problem but fueling it with editorials like this one. Why doesn't the media here just say it once and for all "ALL PEOPLE WHO AREN'T FROM GOD'S COUNTRY, I.E. KANSAS, STAY AWAY. WE DON'T WANT YOU." And then Little State on the Prairie can go back to sleep.

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notajayhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

mahmah (Anonymous) says: "I'm stunned and dismayed that what I thought was an intelligent, thoughtful paper would endorse McCain."I'm stunned and dismayed that you'd attribute the qualities of intelligence and thoughfulness to a piece of paper.

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williaa 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad I don't pay for this newspaper. I'd hate to think my money was being spent to support such skewed views of the world.

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giotto 5 years, 10 months ago

I posted earlier but neglected to mention that the Simons would never want to offend their friends at the Kansas City River Club and Kansas City Country Club by supported Obama, the candidate of their consituency.

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towanda54 5 years, 10 months ago

I doubt that newspapers really make much money off the subscriptions they sell and rely more on advertising dollars for revenue. It might make a person feel good to cancel their subscription, but boycotting the advertisers and letting them know why you're boycotting them would be more effective, in my humble opinion.

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ilikestuff 5 years, 10 months ago

Interesting editorial. Obama simply isn't being honest with his supporters. He can't do all the things he's promising while giving a tax cut to 95%. I believe the tax-cut issue is nothing but a campaign ruse to get elected then run roughshod with a far more liberal agenda than anyone could have possibly predicted. I hope I'm wrong. While in the midst of a recession or circumstances very much like one, raising taxes is the surest way to drive whatever is left of the economy into the ground.Still, one has to love Biden's "flourishes".

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mara 5 years, 10 months ago

I did pay for a subscription, wrote a letter to the editor about why I'm canceling, and I'll be doing that in the morning. I would urge any of you who are paying for this paper, which is completely non-representative of this city, to do the same.Forget about politicking - let your wallets do the talking.

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4thgencowgirl 5 years, 10 months ago

You got it!!! Douglas County Sucks!!! They both are politicians and playing it well. I will say McCain did fight for me and so did Dole. I say, Thank You!!!

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bad_dog 5 years, 10 months ago

As Dolph says, "Vote for McCain". That's what al Qaeda wants too.The Endorsement From Hell:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/opinion/26kristof.html?em

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towanda54 5 years, 10 months ago

Ironic that his own state disapproves of him in such a large proportion.Sounds like a very scientific study there and totally unbiased. :~ )

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Michael Sizemore 5 years, 10 months ago

How very, very disappointing.But I guess you can't fault people for lookin' after their own.I really am considering dropping my subscription over this.Not because we disagree, but because I'm not really sure I want my news filtered by someone who buys into that BS republican pandering.So, bye for now I've got some soul-searching to do.If I don't see you again, take care. Hope that whole McCain thing works out for you.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

"Ironic that his own state disapproves of him in such a large proportion."Obama is going to win in a landslide in Illinois.

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absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 10 months ago

You will get change with Obama. Your tickets to the soup and bread lines...checks in the mail every month. Oh, it will be a good life, no more working so hard. No more worrying about taxes and those wealthy people...they just keep us dumb, fat and happy. We'll be able to talk about Marxism once again since it will be in fashion.Can't wait to vote for McCain!

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staff04 5 years, 10 months ago

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dontcallmedan 5 years, 10 months ago

Oh--and no money for broadband either. If you buy that service, you're PAYIN' for PALIN.

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justsayno 5 years, 10 months ago

I just returned from a trip through the state of Illinois and found it to be very eye-opening. Of course I did not travel every street and highway in the state but did see a large portion of it and the McCain signs outnumbered the Obama signs by probably close to 10 to 1. Ironic that his own state disapproves of him in such a large proportion. Do they know something that we don't know. Unfortunately it sounds as if we will know soon enough.

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monkeyhawk 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm not sure if this has been posted, but it might interest our local editor:"Media's Presidential Bias and Decline""The traditional media are playing a very, very dangerous game -- with their readers, with the Constitution and with their own fates......"http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=6099188&page=1

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mom_of_three 5 years, 10 months ago

Didn't have time to read the other 200 posts, but have two points. Couldn't McCain do something about the elected representatives who have done nothing while he was a senator? And could he be considered one of those, after all, he's been senator for over 20 years?And I heard that McCain wants to buy the bad mortgages from the banks, make them into good mortgages and have the government be the lender to the homeowners. Isn't that socialism, too?

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uncleandyt 5 years, 10 months ago

What is that word for a government which is controlled by big business?

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