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Real change

October 31, 2008

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To the editor:

Your editorial (Oct. 27) must have been based on the McCain talking points or written by a McCain staffer. The editorial claims that Sen. McCain will bring about real change in Washington. How is that possible when his campaign staff and closest advisers are credentialed lobbyists for corporate entities that created the current economic mess? McCain posing as a maverick and agent of change is nothing more than a Trojan horse for those folks.

Your attempt to spread fear by uttering the word socialism is almost comical, and your tax-and-spend mantra is typical of the same old tired, trite Republican cliches. In case you haven't noticed, the concept of "redistribution of wealth" isn't a new liberal concept. The government has been in that business since 1933 with the introduction of Social Security, which was created because another Republican administration created the stock market crash of '29 and the Great Depression.

I would add that the current Republican administration, including John McCain, passed the recent economic stimulus package, which is nothing more than another form of the "redistribution of wealth." Let us not forget all the corporate tax breaks and incentives that are another form of wealth redistribution targeted to the already wealthy.

Far from changing the system of government, Barack Obama will open the doors for those who cannot buy a lobbyist to gain control once again of government and have a real impact on legislation that affects their daily lives. That is real change.

Patrick Pritchard,
Lawrence

Comments

Flap Doodle 5 years, 5 months ago

"Lost in the attention given to Obama's Internet surge is that only a quarter of the $600 million he has raised has come from donors who made contributions of $200 or less, according to a review of his FEC reports. That is actually slightly less, as a percentage, than President Bush raised in small donations during his 2004 race, although Obama has pulled from a far larger number of donors. In 2004, the Bush campaign claimed more than 2 million donors, while the Obama campaign claims to have collected its total from more than 3.1 million individuals."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/10/21/ST2008102103028.html

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BigDog 5 years, 5 months ago

Interesting how Joe Biden is never mentioned .... is he actually running .... why is he almost invisible ..... why has he been unwilling to talk with the press more ..... why are his medical records not questioned .... he has had a couple of near fatal aneurisms (sp?) ..... he has made racist comments about people from India but the press barely mentions it ..... he has pushed very liberal agendas ... he made a statement that Hillary Clinton would have been a better Vice Presidential choice than him .... he believes if NObama is elected .... in the first 6 months there will be an international crisis challenging Barack Obama .... his own wordsAnd this guy, Joe Biden, would be Barack Obama's Dick Cheney

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Bowhunter99 5 years, 5 months ago

oh... Nobama even outraised Bush in 2004.. He's raised more money than BUsh and Kerry combined in 2004... Lobbyists have already bought nobama.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

At Fort McNair, an army base located along the Potomac River in the nation's capital, a chance reunion takes place one day between two former POWs. It's the spring of 1974, and Navy commander John Sidney McCain III has returned home from the experience in Hanoi that, according to legend, transformed him from a callow and reckless youth into a serious man of patriotism and purpose. Walking along the grounds at Fort McNair, McCain runs into John Dramesi, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who was also imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam.McCain is studying at the National War College, a prestigious graduate program he had to pull strings with the Secretary of the Navy to get into. Dramesi is enrolled, on his own merit, at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in the building next door.http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/23316912/makebelieve_maverick/print

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smarty_pants 5 years, 5 months ago

I gave Obama money too, and I make less than $50K/year! So put that in your pipe and smoke it!

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Mimis_friend 5 years, 5 months ago

I think you are wrong. If we have McCain and Palin, we will have totally erratic government and they will have a complete road block with a Democratic Congress. We need youth and we need change. I am sick of the conservative lies about everything from going to war to our economy and the Repugs have lead the way. We need change. McCain was in the military but not a leader in it. He spent 5 years in Hanoi Hilton just like many of us, but he was a loser in the academy and was one of the lowest in his class. What does that tell you about his leadership. That is what the Naval Academy is all about: LEADERSHIP!He doesn't campain for something he campains against Obama. If he were running against Hilary, he would be campaining against Hilary, not for a new program or a better solution to our problems. He is not a leader and that is what we need.And then there is Palin. Give me a break! Palin? She has as much smarts as the one who cuts my hair. She has a degree in journalism. When I was in college at an honors univeristy, journalism was the major losers took because we didn't have a general studies degree. Name one article this journalist wrote. Any Pulitzers or awards of any kind? Oh Yes, she has an unwed pregnant teenage daughter. That matters doesn't it?

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BigDog 5 years, 5 months ago

Richard might need to look a little closer at the Obama finances ..... huge contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ..... it was Democrats who stopped attempts to provide greater oversight of these organizations. John Snowe, Treasury Secretary started warning about the subprime issue is 2001. It was also raised by John McCain and other Republicans in 2005 .... but was attacked by Democrats as just a way to keep lower income and minorities from achieving the American dream of home ownership. If you don't buy what I am saying research it for yourself ..... the video of the Congressional hearings are online.Also the last de-regulation of the financial industry was signed into law in 1999 by none other than President Bill Clinton. Republicans share some blame in this mess too. Some of them voted for the legislation that Clinton signed off on. They should have continued to speak up if they believed this was going to be such a problem ..... and if the media ignored it ..... bring your message to the people .... then at least if no believed you and it still blew up people were made aware.

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goodcitizen 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm getting a little tired of the "where did Obama get all this money" talk. Obama got 50 bucks of the money from ME! And the last time I checked I was a born and bred Kansan, who works more than full time and has no ties to any foreign governments or terrorism (unless you want to believe our former Sec of Ed. about the NEA). ;)

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lubyloo 5 years, 5 months ago

Sarah Palin & Joe Da Plumma in 2012!!! Palin Power! Unclog the drain and flush the toilet! Especially in those non-pro-America areas of the country!!! Maverick! Maverick! Maverick! Heehhhh???!!! You're all Joe the Plumber!!!! Heehhhh???!!!! I'll follow Bid Laden to the gates of Hell. :-) Heehhhh???!!!! Read my lipstick! Heehhhh???!!!! I'll find some examples and bring 'em to ya! Heeehhh??!!!

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madmike 5 years, 5 months ago

So far, the only racist posting here is you, confrontation.

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Confrontation 5 years, 5 months ago

You scared white boys better pack your bags and head for the border. You can't stand to see a non-white in power, and your racist world is about to have a heart attack. So long, losers.

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madmike 5 years, 5 months ago

My belief is that after four years of a Democratic dictatorship under Obama, Pelosi and Reid, this country will be on the verge of open revolt.

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grimpeur 5 years, 5 months ago

"I also choose to avoid the plague and anthrax."I agree with Mr. Stahmer on this.

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cynster 5 years, 5 months ago

Anyone that wants to vote for Obama is crazy...no military experience!!!! We are in the middle of a war people! First he wants to pull troops out, bring them home, now he says he wants all troops moved to Afganistan!!! Liar liar, pants on fire.............

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Andrew Stahmer 5 years, 5 months ago

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Liberty_One 5 years, 5 months ago

LOL, this poor fellow really believes that Obama isn't just as bought and paid for as McCain. Where does he think Obama is getting the money to run 30 minute primetime ads? Obama won't change a thing. He'll continue to spend money like there's no tomorrow, he won't change the federal reserve and the devaluing of the dollar. He won't change the crooked politicians with their wasteful pork-barrel spending. Obama is just more of the same, just like McCain.When you chose the lesser of two evils, you are still chosing evil. Vote third party!

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